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Announcing Next Day Access Grand Opening of Boca Raton Location

Coconut Creek, Florida, February 15, 2021: Next Day Access is pleased to announce the opening of a new location in the Boca Raton area. The Next Day Access Boca Raton franchise, which provides home accessibility and mobility products, is owned by President Geri Castaldo and Vice President Jesse Castaldo. Individuals interested in Next Day Access products and services can easily find them on the Next Day Access website, where you can browse through their offerings including but not limited to wheelchair ramps, stairlifts, grab bars, bathroom safety products, and vehicle lifts.

Next Day Access also provides a variety of solutions to help seniors age in place rather than in an assisted care or nursing facility. Some of those services include product installation services, in-home safety consultations, home and bathroom modifications, rental and rent-to-own programs for non-custom products, as well as possible financing options.

As a family-owned business, the Boca Raton Next Day Access is pleased to usher in to the community their  “Whole Home-Whole Life” approach. This means as a consultative business, they offer solutions to people with disabilities or who want the comfort of aging in place, rather than a business that simply promotes products and services to make a profit. 

After a long and successful career as the owner of a software engineering company, co-owner Geri Castaldo was called to the accessibility solutions industry when her aging parents became ill. She began focusing on updating their condo so she could grant their wish of staying in their own home as long as possible. According to Geri, “With the accessibility modifications we made, the importance of enhancing their sense of freedom and ensuring their safety became clear. As co-owner of Boca Raton’s Next Day Access franchise, it’s my main goal to bring accommodations to others so they can also live happily and safely at home.” 

Geri’s son, co-owner Jesse Castaldo, was also inspired by taking care of his grandparents as they tackled accessibility challenges at home. “I’m grateful to work in an industry where I can make a difference in the lives of others. I appreciate that our clients have complex individual needs. I look forward to listening intently to each unique situation and helping our customers find the best, most cost-effective solutions.” Both owners are Certified Aging in Place Specialists.

Their Field Technician, David Hyler, brings to the new franchise 10 years of customer service experience. He said, “I take pride in knowing that my everyday work is changing the lives of those with accessibility needs in our community. I look forward to working closely with our clients to professionally install our lines of accessibility products.”

Anyone with mobility related disabilities who wishes to age in the comfort of their own home can now turn to a locally owned business. This new Next Day Access franchise is backed by a national brand they can trust to meet all of their needs in an expert and professional manner. In addition to the Boca Raton, Florida, franchise, Next Day Access has locations across the country. Visit www.nextdayaccess.com for a list of nearby locations. 

About Next Day Access: Next Day Access provides individuals with mobility and accessibility products and services, including residential and commercial wheelchair ramps, stairlifts, vehicle lifts, grab bars, and walk-in tubs. Next Day Access also takes pride in being responsible members of the communities they serve.

Wheelchair users appreciate the independent living they have when they can go to different places on their terms. However, this quality of life can be altered quickly if the wheelchair becomes damaged and not identified early enough. An older study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information showed that tipping and falling accounted for up to 80% of injuries among wheelchair users. Many of those injuries could have been prevented by getting their wheelchair maintained regularly. Here are five common dangers caused by damaged wheelchairs.

Damage To Wheels And Locks

Wheels and wheel locks are some of the most important components of any wheelchair. If any issue is present with the wheels, it will significantly limit the user’s ability to navigate safely. Identifying a flat tire is simple, but it’s a good habit to do a quick check of the wheels after extended use. This is especially true if you bumped into an object or rode over rough terrain. The wheel locks should be evaluated frequently as well since they can lead to serious injuries if not working correctly.

Mechanical Issues

Mechanical issues in a power wheelchair can arise periodically. Everything from a weak battery to an overused motor and anything in between can happen depending on various factors. The problem with mechanical issues is they can arise when you least expect them to and leave you stranded in the process. However, with a regular maintenance checkup, an expert technician can identify potential issues before they become a problem, so you won’t have to worry about being stranded.

Worn Or Damaged Seat

A worn or damaged seat won’t necessarily create a safety hazard when riding the wheelchair, but it can lead to other issues. Depending on how often and for how long of durations you use the wheelchair, a damaged seat can become uncomfortable to the point where it can create pain. People need to be comfortable when operating their wheelchair, so get the seat repaired or replaced if it becomes uncomfortable.

Slow Leaks On Tires

If you notice a slow leak on a wheelchair tire, don’t delay getting it repaired professionally. Too many wheelchair users make the mistake of simply filling the tire with air before each use, but this should only be done once or twice until you can get it fixed for good. Slow leaks on tires can be detrimental to independent living efforts since you could become stranded somewhere. Plus, it’s not safe to have one tire less inflated than the other since it can make the wheelchair off balance and possibly tip over.

Loss Of Control Of The Wheelchair

Some issues can occur with a wheelchair that makes the user lose control of it. When this happens, you put your safety and the safety of others at risk. Many times losing control seems unexpected, but it is later discovered that an existing issue caused the problem, and the damage could have been prevented with a maintenance checkup. It’s always ideal to get ahead of these issues by having your wheelchair regularly maintained.

Next Day Access wants to help seniors achieve independent living as safely as possible. Whether you’re in the market for a new wheelchair or need assistance in maintaining yours, contact us at any time.

Anyone who uses a wheelchair to get around normally should prioritize regular maintenance checkups. According to a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, people who did not maintain their wheelchairs frequently and did not use a wheelchair prescribed by a professional increased their risk of having an accident significantly. No matter how old your current wheelchair is, it’s a good habit to have it maintained regularly. Depending on how often you use it, regular maintenance could be monthly or just a couple of times each year. Here’s why wheelchair maintenance checkups are critical for maintaining independent living.

Avoid Sudden And Unexpected Problems

Sudden and unexpected problems can leave you stranded in places you don’t want to be. People who use a power wheelchair could find themselves stuck in a grocery store, parking lot, or anywhere else they go often. The mechanics of a power wheelchair need to be examined periodically to ensure any potential issues are caught before they leave you stranded. By doing so, you’ll significantly reduce your risk of having an unexpected issue.

Wheelchair Damage May Not Be Obvious

Even if you inspect your wheelchair yourself frequently, some damage may be hidden from the average person. If you use your wheelchair daily, it has to go over rough terrain, water puddles, mud, debris, and many other things often. Cleaning your wheelchair afterward is essential, but sometimes those elements could get into the internal mechanisms of the wheelchair that aren’t easily visible. Sometimes you’ll notice a problem right away, but other times problems won’t be discovered until a trained and experienced eye examines it.

Keep Your Wheelchair In Good Working Condition

If you rely on your wheelchair to continue independent living, then it needs to be kept in good working condition. This will make it more reliable when you need it most, while also extending its lifespan. Sometimes small issues can lead to large issues in the future and may create the need to buy a brand new wheelchair. Routine maintenance and repairs often pay for themselves in the long-run when you compare it to buying a new one.

Maintain Independent Living

Wheelchair users appreciate their wheelchair most because of the independence it gives them. In this regard, people with power wheelchairs should keep maintenance logs and prioritize maintenance as much as they would a vehicle. Repair technicians need to know the history of maintenance and repairs to make the appropriate recommendations when needed. Just like if your vehicle stops working, a non-functioning wheelchair can be a great inconvenience and put a temporary halt to independent living.
Next Day Access offers reliable wheelchairs for people who need them to maintain independent living. We highly recommend regular maintenance checkups for every wheelchair, and we have experienced technicians to help you out. Our goal is to ensure you can keep moving whenever you need to without fear of breaking down or becoming stranded. Be sure to contact us to learn more about how we can help you maintain independent living with your wheelchair.

The winter season brings many challenges for people with disabilities, so now is the time to begin preparations. Anyone who uses a mobility scooter or a wheelchair needs to take precautions to ensure their devices are safe to use anywhere they go. Slippery sidewalks, pathways, and even a wheelchair ramp can be very dangerous when snow and ice are present. By taking the proper precautions now, you can ensure you’ll be safe and ready for the many different weather elements the winter season brings. Here are some tips to consider.

Schedule A Service Appointment

If you use a power wheelchair or mobility scooter, scheduling a service appointment before the winter weather begins is essential. The batteries and other electrical components react adversely to cold weather, just like vehicles do. Even if you keep yours stored in your home, it’s ideal to get all mechanical components and batteries evaluated since you may have to take it out into the elements at some point. The last thing you want to happen is finding out your battery was weak at the wrong time, and you end up getting stranded out in the cold as a result.

Have Snow Tires Installed

People who have to use their wheelchair or mobility scooter outdoors often should consider getting snow tires installed if the area is prone to getting snow. Tires with better grips make for a safer experience for you and others around you. Just like vehicles, a wheelchair or mobility scooter can slide out of control on icy surfaces if proper precautions aren’t taken. The local technician in your area can recommend the type of snow tires you need based on your region.

Be Prepared For Outages With A Backup Power Source

No matter how predictable your day-to-day life is, it’s sometimes hard to predict when power outages may occur. This is why it’s critical to ensure your mobility scooter or power wheelchair is always fully charged, so it’s accessible when you need it most. During the most intense winter storms, you could be without power for several days, which means you need to have a backup power source available as well. Your mobility device is your key to independent living, so if you don’t have a way to charge it, you could be in a dangerous situation. Invest in a generator or other backup power source to ensure your mobility device is ready to go when you need it.

Next Day Access wants to ensure everyone using a mobility device is safe this winter. In addition to investing in a quality mobility device and maintaining it regularly, be sure to also keep family members or friends informed when you have to go outside. Sometimes batteries can fail unexpectedly, so if others know where you are, they can come to get you as quickly as possible. Our goal is to ensure this does not happen to you, so contact us today to see how we can help you get through the winter season as safely as possible.

A senior living at home who has to navigate stairs every day has to take extra precautions to prevent falls. One misstep can lead to a potentially devastating fall that could lead to severe injuries and put their independent living efforts in jeopardy. According to a 23-year study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, more than 24 million people had to be treated in emergency departments because of an injury related to stairs. This equates to over one million people per year on average. Simple home modifications for seniors can go a long way in preventing falls, and installing a stair lift is a common one. Here are some of the benefits and reasons why surprising your loved one with a stair lift this year could be the gift they need.

Reduce The Risk Of Falling

Whether your senior loved one admits it or not, chances are they are slightly fearful or hesitant about going down the stairs at times. People who have stability concerns particularly would benefit from a stair lift since it reduces the risk of falling significantly. They simply need to sit in the stair lift, press a button, and the device will take them up or down the stairs. The peace of mind provided with the reduced risk of falling makes for a priceless gift.

Maintain Independent Living

Seniors with a two-story house may be limited to the first floor if it’s painful for them to walk up the stairs or they feel unsafe doing so. This can put a damper on independent living since they are unable to access every area of their home and may need assistance getting things from the second floor. A stair lift can solve the problem and is one of the simplest home modifications for seniors to make.

Access The Home Pain-Free

Climbing the stairs can be painful for a senior loved one whether they express it to you or not. This can result in staying on one level of their home for longer than they would like simply because they don’t want to put themselves through more pain by navigating the stairs. A stair lift is a wonderful alternative to allow your senior loved one to access their entire home pain-free. 

Visit The Outdoors With A Stair Lift

Don’t forget about the outdoors when you’re looking for home modifications for seniors that need to be completed. An outdoor stair lift can be a great gift to give as well since some seniors don’t go outside as much as they would like to. Outdoor stair lifts are designed to withstand weather elements, and you can also invest in a protective cover to help keep it in good shape for years to come.

The gift of independence is often what seniors want, but they don’t know exactly what types of gifts would help them achieve it. Next Day Access can help you provide this to them by offering and installing a quality stair lift in their home. If you have any questions about a particular stair lift or are ready to schedule an appointment to have it installed, feel free to contact us at any time.

Whether you’re providing senior care for a loved one or if they are focused on independent living, creating a safe and comfortable environment at home is a priority. As we get older, aches and pains may become a normal part of life and can get to the point where relaxing on the recliner is the most comfortable thing to do. However, sometimes it can be a struggle getting in and out of a standard recliner, and it may not be as comfortable as it was a few years ago. A lift chair is a wonderful option for seniors regardless of their mobility limitations, and we’ve examined some of the most ideal features your senior loved one may enjoy.

Multiple Reclining Positions

Some lift chairs recline like a standard recliner to a position at about 45-degrees. Others recline much more to a position of 180-degrees to mimic a bed. Many seniors choose a lift chair that reclines to 180-degrees, so they have more options to choose from depending on how they are feeling on any given day. They may start in the lift chair by relaxing and watching television or reading a book, but then decide to take a nap. With multiple reclining positions, they can do both without having to get up.

Massaging Features

Lift chairs also come with massaging features to create a luxurious experience in the comfort of the home. This is a great feature for people who need some senior care, as it can target pain points or aches that may be limiting mobility. Each lift chair is different regarding the various massaging options it offers, so you can make the appropriate selection based on your loved one’s needs.

Soothing Heat

A heated lift chair is a perfect thing to have in the winter months. It’s particularly good for people who may experience back pain or other muscular pain. When you turn on the heat on your lift chair, it will slowly heat up to provide a comforting experience while relaxing in the living room. Whether it’s to relieve some pain or just to be nice and warm when it’s cold outside, this is a feature most people enjoy with their lift chair.

Controlling The Lift Mechanism

Having control of the lift mechanism is important for seniors striving for independent living. They can use the buttons on the side of the chair or on the remote to recline to the perfect position at any time. Seniors often need to reposition themselves when they sit in one spot for a while, and with a lift chair, they have the independence to do so easily.

Next Day Access enjoys seeing the looks on people’s faces when they receive their new lift chair. The benefits of a lift chair speak for themselves, and arguably, the most important benefit is the independent living opportunity it provides. Everyone has specific features they like about a lift chair, and most will agree that it’s a worthy investment in many ways. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or if you are ready to purchase yours.

A mobility scooter can provide a significant amount of independence for seniors who have mobility limitations. However, this independence comes with the responsibility to ride safely to protect yourself and others around you. In many ways, a mobility scooter should be treated as a vehicle in that it should be maintained regularly, and proper precautions should be taken when operating it. Staying aware is one of the main factors when operating a scooter, and here are some tips for staying safe at all times.

Practice First To Become Comfortable Operating One

If you’re new to riding a mobility scooter or if you’ve just received a different model, practicing in an open space with few obstacles is a great place to start. Practice making turns, getting a feel for how fast the scooter goes, how it reacts to bumps, and try navigating a scooter ramp if you can. One of the most ideal ways to get used to riding a mobility scooter safely is by practicing, so take advantage of every chance you get.

Make Sure Others Can See You

You may feel like you’re visible to everyone when riding a mobility scooter, but it’s not natural for vehicles to look for them. Ensure you are visible when riding on the side of the street so traffic can see you. Consider attaching a flag to the back and include lights and reflectors on all sides of the scooter so it can be seen from every angle, day or night. You can’t assume others are watching for you, so the goal is to make your scooter as visible as possible.

Know How To Navigate A Scooter Ramp

Whether you have a scooter ramp at your home or if you’re visiting a public place with one, take some precautions when navigating it. Always approach the ramp as straight as possible to ensure your scooter will fit and so you won’t have to make any unnecessary turns. Go slowly on a scooter ramp and if other people are walking on it at the same time, stop and let them go by rather than trying to avoid them by moving to the side.

Ride On Sidewalks Rather Than Streets

A mobility scooter can significantly enhance the senior living experience for many people. While scooters can often be operated on the streets, it’s safer to do so on sidewalks whenever possible. You don’t have to worry about traffic on sidewalks, and if other people are walking, they can easily move to the side for you. Plus, if you have any problems with your scooter, you can feel safer stopping on the sidewalk rather than having to stay on the street.

Next Day Access offers several mobility scooters to help seniors meet their needs. Our professionals will teach you some tricks to help you operate your scooter as safely as possible, and we encourage you to prioritize safety every time you sit on yours. If you’re ready to invest in a scooter or upgrade to a new one, contact us at any time, and we would be thrilled to help.

Whether you’re a business owner installing a wheelchair ramp at your establishment or a homeowner needing one at your home, having a professional install it is important. In addition to being ADA compliant, professional installation of a wheelchair ramp can give you peace of mind knowing it has been inspected for safety and will not negatively impact your independent living efforts. A wheelchair ramp is essential for people with mobility concerns, and here are some of the main reasons why installing one is a task that should be left in the hands of professionals.

Not Worrying About Architectural Barriers

Not many wheelchair ramps are exactly alike due to the architecture of the building. The good news is professional wheelchair ramp installers have seen virtually every obstacle thrown their way, and they can avoid any barriers while providing a safe and sturdy wheelchair ramp. Precise measurements and innovative designs are necessary for unique situations, and most of the time, these are better to be left in the hands of a professional.

Professionals Follow All ADA Guidelines

ADA guidelines are in place to keep ramps safe for all users. The average individual may not know all the ins-and-outs about ADA compliance, and if they do, they may not have the proper tools, equipment, or expertise to meet the guidelines when installing a ramp. Professionals are obligated to meet these standards, and you can feel a sense of peace knowing the ramp at your home is secure.

Sturdiness And Safety Are Priorities

It doesn’t take much for a wheelchair ramp to be unstable. For a person with mobility concerns, even the slightest wobble or sway from a ramp can be enough to throw them off balance and potentially injure themselves. A professional wheelchair ramp installer will not allow this to happen and will ensure it is completely sturdy before leaving your home. They will even allow you to use it a few times and address any questions or concerns you may have.

Most Professional Installers Are Cost-Effective

Many people make the mistake of installing a wheelchair ramp themselves simply because they believe the cost of hiring a professional installer is too high. But when you consider the cost of the materials, the time it takes, and the necessary tools you need to complete the project, you’ll likely see how cost-effective professional installers are. Plus, you have the added element of peace of mind knowing the project will be completed the first time correctly without having to make any changes.

The experts at Next Day Access are highly trained and qualified to install any wheelchair ramp. When you reach out to us for a free home assessment, we will closely evaluate your space to determine how the layout of the ramp will need to be and give you a precise cost estimate. We always recommend having our professionals install your wheelchair ramp to ensure safety, security, and peace of mind. Be sure to contact us today to get the process started with improving your independent living and reducing any mobility concerns you may have.

Whether you’re hosting a holiday event at your home and need to make it wheelchair accessible, or if you or a loved one experienced an injury or had surgery and will be in a wheelchair for a few weeks, temporary wheelchair accessibility is simple. Sometimes all you need is a portable wheelchair ramp that’s easy to use instead of the stairs leading to the inside of your home. Regardless of the mobility concerns you’re worried about, renting a wheelchair ramp is a simple process. If you don’t need a permanent wheelchair ramp at your home, then here are some wheelchair ramp renting tips to consider.

Consider The Duration You Need The Wheelchair Ramp

A portable wheelchair ramp can be installed quickly by a professional, but you need to think about how long you’ll need it to determine the installation date and the date it gets removed. If you’re simply accommodating a guest with mobility concerns, you can rent it beginning a few days before your event and have it removed a couple of days afterward. But if you need a portable wheelchair ramp through the duration of a short-term rehabilitation you may be going through, then ask your medical professional about the length you can expect to have mobility concerns. Most wheelchair ramp rental companies will allow you as long as you need, with the option to add a few more weeks or months if something unexpected arises.

Professionals Should Install And Remove The Ramp

While it may seem simple enough to install a wheelchair ramp on your own, this is a job most suitable for professional installers. They know exactly what to look for to ensure safety and security and can get ahead of any potential challenges before they become problems. And when it comes to removing the wheelchair ramp, rely on the professionals to do the job as well to ensure your home and the ramp doesn’t get damaged in the process.

Think About Indoor And Outdoor Use

Wheelchair ramp rental companies may offer everything from a portable wheelchair ramp to a threshold ramp and even a full ramp that can be installed outside the home. Think about how your home needs to be wheelchair accessible for the situation you’re in. If you go outside frequently, a ramp on your back porch may be a necessity. Various types of indoor ramps are also available to make navigating every area of the home easier.

Work With A Rental Company You Can Trust

There are plenty of wheelchair ramp rental companies out there, but make sure you work with a reputable one. Look at online reviews, the company’s history, licensing, and other important factors. Ask plenty of questions about your wheelchair ramp rental, and make sure the company gives you thorough answers. A wheelchair ramp installed incorrectly could have devastating consequences, which you won’t have to worry about when you work with the right company.

Next Day Access offers professional installation and removal of wheelchair ramp rentals. Be sure to contact us to discuss your needs, and we will accommodate any situation you may have.

Smartphone apps are designed to help you be more productive, make life more convenient, improve your lifestyle, and many other things. For wheelchair users, some smartphone apps could save your life or get you out of a situation where you’re in danger or trouble with no help. Independent living is often about utilizing the resources available to you to make life easier. Here are four valuable smartphone apps every wheelchair user should consider downloading and using.

Access Earth

The Access Earth app brings together a network of wheelchair users who exchange ideas and valuable information relevant to their lives. You can find out information like which restaurants are wheelchair accessible in your area, which attractions cater to wheelchair users, and other related information. The information comes from wheelchair users like you, so you can trust it’s reliable and useful and can help you plan for certain events or outings.

Wheelmate

The Wheelmate app is designed to help wheelchair users quickly find parking spots and wheelchair accessible restrooms. If you are always on-the-go at malls, shopping centers, grocery stores, or attend other events, turn on the Wheelmate app, and you’ll find a great parking spot quickly. It can be challenging navigating traffic in a busy parking lot or at a venue, but the Wheelmate app can take a little stress away.

ICE Standard With 911

The ICE Standard with 911 app is an essential app every wheelchair user should install on their smartphone. Most people have a lock screen on their smartphone that requires a password to enter. This is necessary for security purposes, but what happens if you’re experiencing a medical emergency and are unable to open your phone? The ICE Standard with 911 app is designed for you to input important health and medical information into the app, which can be accessed by medical personnel without needing your smartphone password. So if you’ve been in a wheelchair accident or experience another type of emergency, they can have access to your health information so they can make the appropriate decisions to help you.

Medisafe Pill And Med Reminder

An important part of independent living is keeping up with the medication you have to take regularly. This can be a challenge even if you stay at home most of the time. With the Medisafe Pill and Med Reminder, you’ll be alerted every time you need to take a particular medication. Simply spend a few minutes entering the necessary information, and you’ll always be reminded when it’s time to take your medication so you won’t risk missing a dose.
Next Day Access is here to help wheelchair users live life as normally as possible. Utilizing technology is a big part of independent living, and these smartphone apps can significantly enhance your quality of life. Give them a try and explore other apps that could help you live life as simply as possible. And if there’s anything we can do to assist, don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.