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Next Day Access Celebrating 2023 mobility solutions

This year has been a memorable journey of launching new partnerships, expanding our mobility solutions, and actively contributing to local communities. These efforts are not just business milestones; they are reflections of our core philosophy—to enhance the lives of those we serve and to create meaningful impacts in every community we touch. 

As we pause to celebrate these achievements, we invite you to join us in revisiting the major events, articles, and milestones that have shaped an extraordinary year at Next Day Access. 2023 has been a year marked by innovation, dedication, and a deep-seated commitment to inclusivity and mobility independence.

Furthering Our Commitment to Inclusion and Independence

Reflecting on the key events of 2023 highlights how each one has been a stepping stone towards creating a more inclusive community and providing those with mobility challenges added independence.

A major highlight of the year was the introduction of the EasyLift by LiftUp, an innovative platform lift designed to improve mobility and accessibility. This product represents a significant advancement in the field, providing access between two levels for wheelchair users and individuals with impaired mobility and walking restrictions. It can be installed both indoors and outdoors, providing access for varying height layers. The lift’s sleek design is not only simple and stylish but also highly functional, catering to the needs of its users with ease.

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September is National Preparedness Month

In September, during National Preparedness Month, we promoted the crucial role mobility solutions play in emergency preparedness. This month-long event allowed us to showcase key mobility solutions vital for emergencies, especially for individuals facing mobility challenges. Our focus was on educating the public about the importance of preparedness and how our products can provide assistance in such situations. 

November is National Family Caregivers Month

During November, Next Day Access paid tribute to National Family Caregivers Month, recognizing the invaluable efforts of caregivers. The company highlighted the heroes of mobility and assistance, acknowledging the dedication and hard work of those who support family members with mobility needs. This celebration aligned perfectly with the Next Day Access’s mission to not only provide mobility solutions but also to support and uplift the caregivers who play a crucial role in the lives of those with mobility challenges.

Celebrating New Next Day Access Locations

Badge: Franchise Journal Top Brands 2023

We believe that exceptional service is built on the foundation of convenience and genuine connections that create personalized customer experiences. This commitment to excellence has not only driven our expansion but has also been recognized industry-wide, with Next Day Access being named a top brand by Franchise Journal for 2023.

The company expanded its reach significantly this year, opening 7 new franchise locations across North America. As we celebrate these new openings, we look forward to seeing the positive impact they will continue to have in their respective regions. Here’s a look at each new location and what they bring to their communities. 

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Birmingham, AL

Next Day Access Birmingham marked the company’s first venture into Alabama. Opened in octubre 2023 by Amy and Scott Riley, this franchise is dedicated to serving the Greater Birmingham area with a range of accessibility products. Amy’s background in senior care and Scott’s business acumen combine to offer a compassionate and knowledgeable approach to mobility solutions.

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Amy and Scott Riley

Tampa, FL

In Tampa, Florida, Next Day Access Tampa began operations in octubre 2023. Owned by Josh Kearns, a figure in wheelchair rugby and advocate for underserved communities, this franchise emphasizes personalized service and a deep understanding of mobility needs. Josh’s unique background and commitment to accessibility make this location a valuable asset to the Tampa area.

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Josh Kearns

Central Dallas, TX

Next Day Access Central Dallas, which opened in septiembre 2023, is the fourth Texas development for the company. Owned by Dave and Phairat Rice, the franchise brings a wealth of experience in business and a personal touch to the Dallas market, offering a wide range of mobility solutions for aging safely at home.

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Phairat Rice

North Houston Expansion to Katy, TX

Next Day Access North Houston expanded its operations into Katy, Texas in agosto 2023. This expansion, under the leadership of Brian Week, has allowed the franchise to serve a broader customer base and provide more efficient, improved customer service in the Greater Houston area.

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Brian Week

Dallas-Celina, TX

In mayo 2023, Next Day Access Dallas-Celina opened its doors. Owned by Brien and Lesli Caldwell, this franchise is driven by a personal connection to mobility challenges. Their dedication to finding the best solutions for their customers’ needs has already made a significant impact on the local community.

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Hamilton, ON

marzo 2023 saw the opening of Next Day Access Hamilton in Ontario, Canada. Owned by Joel Varghese, this franchise is the fourth Canadian location for Next Day Access. Joel’s business background and commitment to the aging-in-place industry have been pivotal in providing better living experiences for people with limited mobility in Hamilton and surrounding areas.

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Joel Varghese

Oak Brook, IL

Next Day Access Oak Brook in Illinois, owned by Sakher Almakhamreh, opened to serve the local communities with a range of accessibility and mobility solutions. Sakher’s diverse background and commitment to helping the community make this franchise a valuable addition to the Oak Brook community.

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Sakher Almakhamreh

Every new franchise location actively contributes its unique blend of expertise, compassion, and dedication to its community. This supports the Next Day Access’s mission to enable people to live safely, comfortably, and independently in their homes. As we look ahead to 2024, Next Day Access plans to grow its franchise network further. This expansion will bring quality mobility solutions to even more communities, boosting our capacity to serve a diverse range of clients.

Throughout 2023, Next Day Access has been at the forefront of providing valuable insights and tips to enhance mobility and safety in various aspects of daily life. Here’s a look at the 8 most-read articles shared by the company:

1. Preventing Bathroom Injuries

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Bathrooms are a common location for injuries, especially for those with mobility challenges. Next Day Access highlighted the five most common bathroom injuries, such as slips and falls, and provided easy to implement recommendations to prevent them. The article highlights the importance of installing accessibility products like grab bars, non-slip mats, and shower seats. These budget-friendly modifications not only minimize risks but also promote a safer, more comfortable bathroom environment. 

2. Choosing the Perfect Stairlift

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Stairlifts have grown in popularity for homes and for good reason. Improving home mobility, they provide safe and easy access to different levels of a home. Next Day Access offered comprehensive guidance on selecting the best stairlift solution, considering factors like stairway design, user needs, and budget. The article covered a range of options, from indoor to outdoor stairlifts, helping readers to choose a stairlift that best fits their home layout and personal mobility requirements.

3. Pool Lifts for Accessibility

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Participation in recreational activities like swimming is essential for everyone. In this article, Next Day Access discussed six different types of pool lifts, detailing how each contributes to accessibility and mobility for pool users. The piece highlighted how these lifts allow individuals of all mobility levels to enjoy the therapeutic and recreational benefits of swimming.

4. Installing Wheelchair Ramps

Next Day Access offers a wide range of wheelchair ramps

Next Day Access outlined five key reasons to install a wheelchair ramp, ranging from promoting independence to ensuring compliance with legal accessibility standards. The article also provided tips on selecting the right type of ramp and considerations for installation.

5. Guide to Ceiling Lifts

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Ceiling lifts are an effective solution for safely transferring individuals with limited mobility. Next Day Access’s comprehensive article offered insights into how these lifts enhance mobility, safety, and independence, particularly in caregiving scenarios. The guide covered various types of ceiling lifts, installation requirements, and how they can be integrated into home settings.

6. Aging in Place Tips

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The amount of seniors who prefer to age in place has increased exponentially over the years. For seniors aiming to live independently at home, this article presented four practical tips for aging in place. The advice focused on how to adapt living spaces to senior needs, such as by modifying bathrooms for safety and ensuring easy access throughout the home. The article also touched on the importance of emergency preparedness and the role of technology in maintaining independence. 

7. Winter Wheelchair Safety

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Navigating winter conditions can be challenging for wheelchair users. Next Day Access shared eight essential tips for safe wheelchair use during the colder months. This included advice on wheelchair maintenance, strategies for dealing with snow and ice, and the importance of proper clothing and accessories for warmth and visibility.

8. Benefits of Vertical Platform Lifts

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This article explored five ways vertical platform lifts can make life easier for wheelchair users. VPLs provide a practical solution for overcoming height barriers in homes and public spaces. The article discussed the flexibility of VPLs, their ease of use, and how they enhance the independence and accessibility of wheelchair users.

Spotlight on Mobility Solutions Techs 

In 2023, Next Day Access proudly celebrated the exceptional contributions of its technicians, each embodying a high level of expertise and unwavering dedication in their respective locations. These skilled professionals have played a crucial role in elevating customer experiences and maintaining the highest standards of service in mobility solutions. Their commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction has not only enhanced the company’s reputation but also significantly impacted the lives of those they serve.

Each of these technicians represents the heart and soul of Next Day Access’s mission, blending technical skill with a deep empathy for the individuals they assist. Their dedication and expertise not only reflect our company’s high standards but also profoundly impact the lives of those we serve. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to each of them for their achievements and for embodying the true spirit of service and commitment. Their stories, featured in our articles, are not just showcases of professional excellence but also inspiring examples of how individual dedication can make a real difference in the world of mobility solutions.

Community Contributions towards Mobility Independence in 2023

2023 was a year of significant milestones for various Next Day Access franchises, each marking their own unique contributions to the field of accessibility and mobility solutions. From innovative installations to community support, these franchises have made notable strides:

  • Dallas-Celina’s First FlexStep Install: The Dallas-Celina franchise achieved a milestone with the first commercial FlexStep installation in Dallas, improving accessibility with this cutting-edge solution. FlexStep serves as a multi-purpose solution, converting from a regular staircase to a wheelchair lift at the push of a button. This installation not only enhanced the accessibility of the building but also set a precedent for future adaptive technologies in the region. 
  • AED Funds to Colorado Springs: In a notable move towards ensuring safety and emergency preparedness, Next Day Access Colorado Springs received funding for Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). The AEDs are crucial in providing immediate assistance in the event of cardiac emergencies. The franchise used the PPACG-AAA funds to equip their staff with these life-saving devices in both their offices and vehicles for use during travel.
  • Large Event Ramp Installation in North Houston: Highlighting their expertise in large-scale projects, North Houston Next Day Access installed an event ramp for the grand opening of the Omni PGA Frisco Resort. The custom-designed event ramp not only provided essential accessibility for the event but also highlighted the importance of inclusive design in public spaces. 

Looking Ahead to 2024: Advancing Accessibility Solutions and Independence

As we close the chapter on an eventful 2023, Next Day Access remains committed to its mission to better the lives of those with mobility challenges. The year’s highlights are milestones that underscore our commitment to making the world a more accessible place. 

Looking forward, we are filled with optimism and determination to continue breaking barriers and empowering individuals to live safely and independently in their homes. Our focus will be on harnessing emerging technologies and user-centered designs to enhance the functionality and comfort of living spaces for those with limited mobility and disabilities. We plan to expand our reach through strategic partnerships, community engagement, and awareness campaigns, ensuring that our solutions are accessible to a broader audience. Our commitment goes beyond providing equipment; it’s about nurturing an environment of independence and self-reliance, making every home a haven of comfort and safety.

Here’s to a 2024 filled with breakthroughs and advancements in mobility solutions, where every step we take brings us closer to a world where independence and accessibility are realities for all.

4 Next Day Access 4 More Tips for Seniors to Live Independently at Home

For seniors, being able to live independently at home remains a common choice. According to a report from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, the vast majority of adults 65 years and older live in detached, single family housing. If you are part of this population, you are nearly as likely to live alone as with a spouse, child, or other family member. Put another way, 50% of seniors live at home alone.

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Whatever your living situation at home looks like, you should know the vital importance of a strong support system. Many studies show that strong interpersonal and social connections benefit nearly every dimension of a senior’s life, including:

  • Physical function
  • Mental health
  • Life satisfaction
  • Managing chronic conditions
  • Navigating stress
  • Recovering from injury or illness
  • Longevity

The truth is, you’ll have better chances of long-term success if you stay informed and prepared. This article is part of a series focused on living independently as an older adult–also called “staying in place” or “aging in place.” Part 1 covered tips to prepare yourself and your home.

Welcome to Part 2!

This article is Part 2 in the series, and covers 4 MORE tips for seniors who want to live at home–with a focus on strengthening your support system:

  1. Learn the benefits of belonging
  2. Use technology to connect
  3. Make primary care a habit
  4. Record your preferences

We hope this series is a helpful resource for you. Please note that these articles are intended for informational purposes only and should not substitute medical advice. If you have health-related questions or concerns about living at home, we recommend you consult with your medical provider.

Our expertise is focused on accessibility solutions for your home. Contact your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access for a FREE in-home consultation. We’ll conduct a safety assessment and offer recommendations based on years of experience and thousands of happy customers served.

Customer Review: “Unable to return to my home of 35 years, my wife found us a home that was very close to being totally accessible. A friend recommended Next Day Access and was very happy with their service. I appreciated that I was not pressured, the prices were fair, and there was no haggling. It’s good to have competent workmen in your home who have your best interests in mind.” Steve, Minnesota

1. Learn the benefits of belonging.

Tip #1 to Live Independently at Home

There are many reasons why staying in place is the most common choice for seniors. Perhaps you’ve lived in your home for decades and want to stay where your favorite memories were made. Maybe you feel more comfortable living in a familiar house and neighborhood. Or maybe you downsized recently and want life to continue as normally as possible, for as long as possible.

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Whatever your reasons, a major advantage of being able to live independently at home is keeping your connections with friends, family, and neighbors. Social connections provide strong protections for seniors who live at home including:

  • Less loneliness
  • Higher quality of life
  • Better outcomes

For example, a recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology found that loneliness contributed strongly toward higher depression rates and lower self-ratings of health in older adults. The report associates loneliness with social isolation as a result of “having a smaller social network, more functional limitations, and limitations in engaging meaningful activities.”

Another report published in American Psychologist describes the health benefits of social integration for seniors, including “reduced risks for infectious illness, cardiovascular disease, overall cognitive and physical decline, and both cancer-specific and overall mortality.”

At the same time, loneliness is a serious issue for older adults in the U.S. Polling data from the University of Michigan shows that 1 in 3 adults between 50 and 80 years old experience isolation. Loneliness rates have doubled since the 1980s, resulting in serious, widespread effects on public health–enough for former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to identify loneliness as an “epidemic.”

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Strenthen Your Connections.

If you want to strengthen your social connections, check out resources from the Administration for Community Living or consider the following:

  • The Friendship Line is a phone “warm” line operated by staff and volunteers from the Institute on Aging. The line offers a variety of services including well-being telephone check-ins, grief counseling, bereavement support, home visits, and crisis intervention.
  • The AARP Virtual Community Center offers free online events and classes for “education, self-improvement, and fun.”
  • The Senior Center Directory can help you locate the nearest senior center to your home. Senior centers are a great place to meet people in-person and get involved in activities, classes, volunteering, and other programs. Many centers also facilitate counseling, support groups, meals, transportation, and other social services.

If your social life is limited by accessibility issues, please reach out to us. Your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access can work with you to find solutions based on your unique needs.

“Competitively priced, quality materials, and professional installation: what more can one ask for? The ramp is super and it enables my Mum to safely come and go from her home. Many thanks! Best in class client service and work.”

Paula, Toronto

2. Use technology to connect.

Tip #2 to Live Independently at Home

Recent developments in technology have revolutionized life for older adults. From the comfort of home you can visit with friends and family, attend medical appointments, schedule transportation–the possibilities are almost endless. As the U.S. population ages, technology is being adapted specifically for use by older adults.

You can use smart technology in your home for security, smoke alarms, lighting, appliance monitoring–even alerts when your milk expires! Both in and out of your home, technology can also be a powerful tool to connect you with your support system.

Below are some innovations that keep you safe and connected while you live independently at home:

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Smart monitoring.

In Part 1 we introduced Smart Alert Tech plugs and sensors that protect your privacy while monitoring your safety. You can also use smart plugs to improve safety in other ways. For instance, you can set a timer and stop worrying that you’ve forgotten to turn off your space heater. Or you can pair your smart plug with an app on your mobile device to control lights remotely–reducing the risk of losing your balance or tripping in the dark.

Online technology training.

Most people know about technology like smartphones, social media, and video calls by now. According to surveys by Pew Research Center and MetaFacts, a growing number of adults 65 years and older use these technologies to stay connected, engaged, and informed:

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  • 61% use a smartphone
  • 45% use social media
  • 39% use one-to-one video calls
  • 36% use multi-person video calls/conferences

Even so, many seniors have questions about how to use technology. You might have questions about the basics, or want to know which platforms are best to connect with others. Or you might want to know how to protect yourself while using online technology.

You can find support for your questions by reaching out to organizations like Cyber-Seniors. Cyber-Seniors is a nonprofit organization that pairs seniors with volunteer technology trainers who can help you learn a wide range of skills. Below are a few recent webinars that share how you can use technology to connect with others:

Another option is Senior Planet, a nonprofit organization founded by AARP and Older Adults Technology Services (OATS). Senior Planet describes their purpose as helping “older adults to come together and find ways to learn, work, create, exercise, and thrive in today’s digital age.” 

The organization’s technology training focuses on five “impact areas”: financial security, social engagement, creative expression, health and wellness, and civic participation. Check out Senior Planet’s free online offerings including:

Telehealth.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, remote technology has become an increasingly popular option to access physical and mental health care. Depending on the services you access virtually, you might hear the terms “telemedicine,” “telehealth,” “virtual care,” or “e-visits” when getting healthcare online.

While each of these terms has a slightly different meaning, they can all be considered forms of telehealth. The Health Resources and Services Administration defines telehealth as “the use of electronic information and telecommunication technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, health administration, and public health.”

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Like other demographics, older adults are using telehealth more since 2020. According to a recent research from AARP, 50% of adults aged 50 and older reported they or someone in their family has attended telehealth appointments within the past two years.

Survey respondents reported a variety of reasons for using telehealth including:

  • Regular doctor’s visits
  • Prescription renewals
  • Talking about new medical issues
  • Diagnosing illnesses
  • Getting care for a family member

If you have questions about using telehealth as an older adult, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has online resources that you may find helpful. You may also find support by contacting your medical provider or local senior center.

Of course, technology can help you stay connected both inside and out of the home. Contact your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access for more information on technology that keeps you safe, connected, and empowered while on-the-go.

“The entire process was much quicker than we had hoped for and the work was exemplary. All of the individuals involved in the process are in A+.”

Keith, California

3. Make primary care a habit when you live independently at home.

Tip #3 to Live Independently at Home

You can maintain relationships with doctors you trust.

You can also improve your chances of staying safe and healthy when you live independently at home by actively partnering with your doctor to build continuity of care. Continuity of care is defined as consistent healthcare services that are appropriate to your needs over time.

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Primary care serves as one of the most important components of continuity. Consider findings from recent research published in Scientifica about the benefits for seniors who receive primary care:

  • Less healthcare costs
  • Reduced risk of hospitalization
  • Improved health outcomes
  • Lower morbidity

By seeing a primary care provider regularly, you can access an array of beneficial services including preventative care, early detection, and management of chronic diseases. 

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Plus, your primary care physician can effectively coordinate with specialists or other providers if you need support from another department or facility. Consider this: a recent Profile of Older Americans survey reports that 26% of people 65 years and older visited a hospital emergency department in the past year.

With emergency room visits more common amongst seniors, having continuity of care can make an important difference when the unexpected happens. By building a good relationship with your doctor, you’ll have better support from a professional who knows your medical history, needs, and preferences.

If you need safe, reliable access to in-person medical appointments, contact us. Your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access can meet you at home and hear about your accessibility needs. We’ll work with you to find a solution that fits your specific situation.

“I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and Parkinson’s Disease, with severe mobility issues. Next Day Access was extremely flexible: on the day of installation, they showed up on time…the installers were professional, courteous, and knowledgeable. They took the time to answer all my questions, were in and out of here in no time, and the job was completed in a very timely manner. Would recommend them to anyone needing this type of help with access around your home, and for those with loved ones who need the freedom of mobility that this provides.”

Monty, Colorado

4. Maintain physical accessibility outside of your home.

Tip #4 to Live Independently at Home

Many older adults experience mobility limitations–and barriers when they live independently at home.

If you choose to live independently at home, you can make a big difference in your quality of life by ensuring physical accessibility outside of your home–also known as “outdoor mobility.” In the context of outdoor mobility, physical accessibility involves removing barriers that would others reduce or prohibit your movement outside of the home to access things like:

  • Goods and services
  • Employment opportunities
  • State and local programs
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According to research published in Frontiers of Physiology, more than 1 in 3 people aged 70 years and older reports limited mobility.

You might have a mobility limitation, impairment, or disability related to any one or more of the following:

  • Muscle weakness or stiffness
  • Weight concerns
  • History of falls or balance issues
  • Injuries
  • Surgeries
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Weight concerns

Additional studies from The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health underscores the importance of outdoor mobility for older adults’ health and wellbeing. Researchers say that mobility “goes beyond accessibility” in affecting people’s sense of “independence, control, status retention, integration, and ‘normalcy.’” Outdoor mobility is a big deal!

Even with federal civil rights protections like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), many people face barriers based on mobility limitations, impairments, or disabilities–particularly older adults. 

Researchers identified the following common barriers to outdoor mobility for older adults:

  • Lack of accessible transportation alternatives
  • Environmental factors like hills, stairs, and available parking
  • Sense of isolation while living alone
  • Extreme weather conditions

There are health risks associated with limited outdoor mobility.

Seniors who face barriers to outdoor mobility may be at risk of a status known as “homebound.” Homebound status is defined by researchers at Mount Sinai as leaving the home once per week or less. Research shows that homebound adults may face worse outcomes in physical, mental, or social health, as well and increased mortality rates.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the prevalence of homebound adults has risen significantly. According to recent research published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the number of U.S. adults who qualify as homebound has more than doubled since 2020.

Research published in BMC Geriartric identifies potential factors associated with an increased risk of being homebound including:

  • Older adults
  • Females
  • Mobility device users
  • Anyone with dementia
  • Those with prior history of falls
  • People living with anxiety or depression
  • Individuals experiencing social isolation

As you can see, some of the above risk factors cannot be changed. However, many of the factors above can be mitigated by removing barriers and restoring outdoor mobility.

You can get professional support right away by contacting your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access. We’ll schedule a free in-home consultation that simplifies your process, identifies barriers, and offers relevant solutions.

“Next Day Access has been exceptional in every part of the process. From my first inquiry, all questions along the way to the final installment. Their prices and warranty are very competitive, but most importantly to me I have confidence in their service and professionalism. I know if I have any issues, I’m in good hands with Next Day Access.”

Randy, Maryland

Let us help you remove barriers to outdoor mobility–quickly and safely.

For more than 25 years, Next Day Access has helped thousands of older adults remove barriers to their mobility–both in and out of the home. Your local accessibility experts keep your needs and goals both front and center–you are our priority from the first point of contact to the end of installation.

For help right away, you can contact us to get started. You can also read on to learn about a few of the accessibility solutions we offer that restore outdoor mobility quickly and safely:

Transportation solutions to live independently at home.

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We can help you to restore access to pathways, vehicles, and transportation alternatives based on your specific needs. With Next Day Access, you can enjoy a customized wheelchair, power chair, or scooter that gives you exactly what you need and gets you exactly where you need to go.

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Our wheelchair car and vehicle lifts restore access that allows you to use your mobility device while driving–or secure it outside for maximum interior space.

For another space-saving solution, portable ramps provide vehicle access and can also be used on-the-go for accessing businesses, homes, and other destinations. 

Environmental solutions.

Wheelchair ramps can restore your access over steps, hills, and other changes in elevation. We install customizable modular systems that offer quick installation, lasting durability, and trustworthy traction.

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For exterior spaces that are too small or steep for a ramp, consider solutions like porch lifts or outdoor stairway lifts. You may prefer a porch lift if you use a mobility device like walkers, scooters, or wheelchairs. If you walk unassisted or use a smaller device like a cane, you might prefer an outdoor stairway lift.

If you’re not sure about which solution is best for your home, just ask us. We’re happy to help you.

Connection solutions.

For some people who live alone, leaving the home may feel like a risk. You can keep friends, family members, or caregivers informed through a variety of means–including Smart Alert Tech. Earlier we shared how this technology can help you stay connected while you live independently at home.

You can also use Smart Alert Tech to keep others informed of when you leave and return from the home:

  • Use the Smart Alert Tech plug on your porch lift or stair lift
  • Add a Smart Alert Tech sensor at your front door

By using Smart Alert Tech, you can give yourself and others greater peace of mind when you’re out and about.

Weather solutions to live independently at home.

All of the products we just mentioned are designed to protect your safety in hazardous weather conditions. 

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For example, open weave aluminum wheelchair ramps provide ample drainage to avoid buildup of snow, ice, or water. We can install porch lifts that operate in extremely cold weather conditions, so you can have peace of mind when you leave the home.

Many customers love our mobility ramp and wheelchair rental program that provides affordable, seasonal access to wheelchairs, ramps, lifts, and other mobility products. All products in our rental line are ADA-compliant and installed by factory-trained experts.

With the right resources, you can live independently at home and have a safe and empowering experience. We hope this article has offered helpful information about staying connected to your support system–virtually and physically.

Remember: if you need help, we’re here for you. Schedule a free in-home consultation by contacting your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access. We will bring the industry’s best knowledge, skills, and products to your front door.

“I was totally amazed and so appreciative of the rapid response, professionalism, and workmanship that was provided. I will be referring Next Day Access to everyone. It was truly a superb experience…getting the ramp was the one thing I was dreading, but of all the work that had to be done Next Day Access made it the best experience of all….thank you so very much!!!”

Constance, Tennessee

Everyday tasks can be challenging for aging adults due to certain health conditions such as low vision or weakened muscles. We rounded up a few products that we hope will make tasks less complicated. 

1. Clip-on book light

It is much easier for aging adults to see with additional light. The great thing about the clip-on booklight is that you can use it anywhere. It does not have to be just for reading. The booklight is perfect for reading as well as crafts or hobbies.

2. Large button remote control

The remotes that generally come with today’s televisions often have very small buttons. It can be frustrating for aging adults to figure out the correct button they need. You can help them easily transition from the original remote to a large button remote control. The simplified remote means they will have an easier time watching their favorite movies or shows. 

3. Bed Rail

Getting in and out of bed can be difficult for aging adults, especially if they have back problems, arthritis, or are recovering from surgery. Whatever the scenario, a bed rail is a helpful device. The rail assists them by offering additional stability since they can hold onto the rail as they get in and out of bed. Many rails also come with storage pockets that can hold their remote or glasses. Additionally, the rail helps to keep them safe. With the rail up, they are considerably less likely to fall off the bed.

4. Amazon Echo

Technology has come so far and has been helpful in so many ways. In this case, the Amazon Echo can act as an “assistant” for an aging adult. The Amazon Echo is a voice-activated device that plays audiobooks and music, tells the weather, reads the news, and more.  

5. Grab Bars

Grab bars are beneficial when aging adults need to use the restroom, especially as their muscles weaken. The bars make sitting and standing much easier since they can pull themselves up by leaning on the grab bars. They are easy to install, but you will need to be sure to install them in the proper place. 

These are just a few items to make everyday life easier for aging adults. There are many more devices available. In fact, at Next Day Access, our primary goal is to provide aging adults and people with disabilities items to make life better for them. We sell and install wheelchair ramps, walk-in tubs, grab bars, bed rails, scooters, and much more. Contact us today if you need more information. 

Would you love to have greater peace of mind that your loved one is safe and protected when you cannot be with them? An innovative new product aims to do just that for you. The product is called Smart Alert Tech. The product is a simple, unassuming way to monitor your loved ones and their daily lives.

How Does Smart Alert Tech Work?

The Smart Alert Tech is a Smart Plug that essentially serves as a plug-in plug. One part of the plug goes into the wall like usual, and then you plug something you know is used daily by your loved one at a particular time into the other side of the plug, such as a coffee pot or the television.

The product relies heavily on your loved one’s routine. As a result, you may want them to know that you will start to worry if they do not turn on the tv or coffee when they usually would. You then download the Smart Alert Tech app and check it every morning to see if they are up and starting their day with no problems. You can get multiple devices for added peace of mind if you want. Once you have paired the device, you can set the alarm to show that your loved one is maintaining their routine. 

Benefits of Smart Alert Tech

The Endless Capability-the Wi-Fi plug works with nearly any electronic device. Just be sure to pick an electronic device your loved one uses every day and pair it with the Smart Plug

It is more than just a Smart Plug-since you pair the device with your phone and can use a dedicated app to monitor your loved one, and this makes the Smart Alert Tech an exciting new option for keeping our aging loved ones safe. 

Offline Notifications-If you lose power or Wi-Fi and have an interruption in service, you will receive an alert via the app regarding the issue. 

Virtual Access-From anywhere in the world, you can change alert times, set vacation timers, check electricity usage, and more. In addition, you can give access to other family members, caregivers, or friends through the App.

At Next Day Access, we are always excited to share any new and innovative ways to keep your loved one safe and give you peace of mind. We also offer many products to keep your loved ones safe when they decide to age at home. Whether they just need grab bars in the bathroom or a wheelchair ramp installed, we can help. 

Today, there are close to 131 million people who use wheelchairs to move around the world. Most rely on the same decades-old technology to get around. Despite all of the improvements wheelchairs make to the quality of people’s lives, little has changed about the wheelchair. At Next Day Access, we are excited about any new gadgets and devices that could enhance our customers’ lives, so we researched disability products for the future. Here are a few of the new inventions we hope to one-day hit markets. 

Self-Driving Wheelchairs 

In South Korea, a company, Guru IoT, is currently developing a self-driving wheelchair. The wheelchair can navigate through a crowd and avoid hurdles. It also has safety features like emergency braking and more. The newly developed self-driving wheelchair can hopefully solve many problems that people with limited mobility face. Often, the manual wheelchair can be hard to use for children below a certain height or adults with weak muscle power.

Smart Chairs 

Say hello to “Luci.” Luci is a wheelchair accessory that can transform power wheelchairs into intelligent chairs. The frame, which attaches to the mobility device has eight sensors. It can perform tasks like reducing speed or stopping to prevent accidents.

With safety being one of the top concerns, the development team at Luci ran a series of crash tests to measure the different types of impact caused to wheelchair users. During their tests they found that 87% of power wheelchair users reported only one trip or fall in the past three years. So, while it has some room for improvement, it does look exciting. 

3D Printed Carbon Fiber Wheelchairs

Medical 3D printing has allowed for a reinvention with wheelchairs. Phoenix Instinct, a mobility equipment supplier in Scotland has developed the Phoenix i. The Phoenix i is a lightweight, carbon fiber wheelchair. This new invention makes it easier to have more control in terrains and greater flexibility and stability.

The advancements in technology is exciting and hopeful. At Next Day Access, our goal is to help keep you safe and comfortable while aging-in-place. Contact us for a free in-home safety evaluation.

Now more than ever, scams are much more common. While anyone can get scammed, most times, it’s your aging loved ones that are the victims. To help combat this form of elderly abuse and really avoid elder fraud altogether, we went to Consumer Reports and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to get their tips on keeping our loved ones safe from fraud artists.  

Of the different forms of elderly abuse or elder fraud, financial scams are the most prevalent. In these scenarios, a senior citizen is coerced, bullied, or tricked into relinquishing their hard-earned assets. Studies show that only 1 in 44 victims report the crime, making it more difficult for the FBI to combat it.

Additionally, seniors may be less inclined to report fraud because they do not know how, or they may be too ashamed of having been defrauded. They also may be concerned their relatives will lose confidence in their abilities to manage their finances. And when one chooses to report a crime, they may be unable to give detailed information to investigators. 

“Often the ones in a position to see what is happening in time to help stop a fraud are the ones who are part of the payment process. They include the banks, gift card sellers, and others,” says George Slover, senior policy counsel for Consumer Reports. But there is still a long way to go in stopping fraud against senior citizens, and individuals are still the first line of defense.  

A few tips to keep you or your loved ones protected against fraud: 

  • Search online for the contact information and the proposed offer. Sometimes you can find other people post information online about a similar scam. 
  • Resist from acting quickly. Scammers rush their victims and like to create a sense of urgency and persuade victims into an immediate action.  
  • Don’t respond to text messages or calls that come from numbers you don’t recognize. If it’s important, the caller will more than likely leave a voicemail.  
  • Be aware of emails that note a change of financial information, attachments, links, unusual content and requests. Validate changes to financial date by photo with a trusted contact every time.  

Your protection and safety are top of mind. To learn more about how to stay safe from fraud, the FBI site has a list of common scam scenarios, resources, and more. 

Dementia can be a frightening and overwhelming diagnosis. Fortunately, there is the technology that can help patients that live with the disease. These devices can assist caregivers and help your loved one feel safer and more secure. Yes, your mobile devices ease anxiety and can help establish routines as well as have apps that improve memory.

We have compiled a list of cell phone applications designed to promote independence for individuals with dementia. Listed below are applications that can make memory loss more manageable and help caregivers ensure their loved one is safe.

Mobile Apps that Improve Memory In Aging Loved Ones

Talking Mat 

Staying connected with a loved one that requires memory care is essential to their safety and quality of life. Phones are not always easy for individuals with dementia to navigate. Now there are applications on cell phones that can help.

Talking Mat is an app that allows caregivers to communicate their needs and preferences through pictures. It works by using unique, specially designed picture communication symbols. 

Greymatters: Reaching beyond Dementia 

This Greymatters app is perfect for reminiscing. It is an online scrapbook of sorts. You can put family pictures on the app and add voice narration to help evoke memories. You can set it up in storybook format or as a memory card game. It also has a section for pop-culture references, so your loved one can see some of their favorite artists.

MindMate 

Founded by 3 former caregivers, MindMate is a popular app for aging loved ones. It is an all-in-one app to help keep the mind and body healthy. It has mental and physical workouts, recipes, games to stimulate the brain, and lots more.

The app also offers other tools such as music playlists. Music can help with memory loss and evoke emotions. MindMate is a great app for caregivers to communicate with their loved ones or patients.

Other Memory Aids 

There are many more apps specifically designed as memory aids and new ones being created all the time. By harnessing the power of technology, apps can help people struggling with memory loss connect with loved ones and feel more comfortable.

At Next Day Access, our goal is to help our customers feel comfortable and safe at home. We offer a wide variety of home modifications and mobility equipment to assist aging loved ones. Contact us today to schedule a free in-home consultation. 

If you are a wheelchair user, everyday tasks can be difficult and require help. Luckily, advances in accessibility and mobility equipment that will give you the helping hand you need with various assistive technologies.

The most transformative technologies are still being refined, such as self-driving cars and prosthetic limbs (powered by mind control), but there are assistive technology devices on the market now that can make life a little easier. Here are a few of our favorites: 

Assistive Computer Devices

If you are using a touch screen computer or tablet, a few different companies now make mounts that attach to your wheelchair and allow you to handle the device at any height. The apps also have accessibility options that refine the user experience specifically for people with disabilities.

Once you download the app, you can set up voice-to-text typing, digital readers, oversized mouse, and keyboards, and eye-tracking computer systems that control the computer with your eye movements. 

Smart Home Assistants

At-home digital assistants like Google Home and Amazon’s Echo decrease the amount of time you spend fidgeting with your phone or computer. These devices are set up as personal assistants and can manage all sorts of tasks. You can talk to the virtual assistants like a human, and they will respond. The devices can answer questions, give suggestions, set thermostat temperatures, and turn lights on or off. 

Smartwatches

Smartwatches are a portable device that’s designed to be worn on a wrist. They synchronize with your smartphone, offer apps, and keep a record of your vitals.

They can help you stay aware of your health by monitoring your blood pressure, heart rate, and several other health components. Additionally, since the watch syncs with your phone, you can do everything your phone does from the watch.  

If mobility or accessibility is presenting a challenge to your independence, Next Day Access has a solution. Our services include in-home consultations and product installation services. If you have any questions or you would like to schedule an in-home safety consultation, contact us today. 

Many caretakers, doctors, and nursing homes stress the importance of exercising mental health as well as physical health in seniors. A convenient and effortless resource to stimulate the brain is by using applications (apps) on electronic devices.

Brain Health Apps for Seniors

There are several benefits to putting apps on your or your loved one’s devices, such as increased mood, self-esteem, improved memory, and cognitive health. We have compiled a list of the most popular and entertaining brain health apps for seniors: 

Luminosity 

Luminosity tops the list of brain-stimulating apps. Neuroscientists specifically designed the app for older adults. The app has over 50 different games that help challenge the mind by increasing critical thinking and problem-solving techniques. The games within the app vary tremendously, thus keeping it from ever feeling dull. 

Cognifit

Like Luminosity, Cognifit also contains several different games within the app, but you can compete with players from around the world. The app offers fun games to evaluate and train your memory.  

Elevate

Elevate was selected by Apple as “App of the Year.” Another brain training app designed to increase focus, speaking abilities, math skills, memory, and critical thinking. Users can set on a personalized training program that elevates over time depending on your increasing aptitude and skill level.  

Brain Health Made Simple

Each of these apps offer a variety of brain health activities to keep seniors sharp. As mentioned earlier, at Next Day Access, we care about our customers as if they were a part of our own family. It’s important that we share information that can help your mental health. If you or your loved one need any accessibility or mobility products for the home, contact us today to schedule a free home evaluation. Whatever your accessibility needs may be, we got you covered.  

An important part of senior living is staying as active as possible, both mentally and physically. Brain stimulation is critical as seniors get older to reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

Brain-Stimulating Activities for Seniors

Engaging in activities like reading can keep the brain stimulated, and hand exercises are equally as effective. Using your hands and fingers requires lots of brainpower; here are some activities you can suggest for your aging parent to try.

Sewing

Your aging parent might have sewed as a hobby many years ago. It’s a hobby that has become recognized for stimulating the brain because sewing requires creativity, which helps develop new brain cells. Some of the other benefits are reducing stress and depression and creating a calming environment. 

Playing Musical Instruments

Musical instruments like the clarinet, flute, or piano require a lot of hand and finger coordination. Playing an instrument or taking music lessons can help boost your aging parent’s brain’s health. It helps decrease the loss of memory and cognitive function. Simply playing the instrument for 10-15 minutes each day can stimulate the brain because of the precise and detailed motions.

Playing With Clay

Believe it or not, playing with clay is a great way to perform hand exercises. It is common for residents in senior living to play with clay because it’s an outlet for emotions, creates stimulation, and requires concentration. Picking up a simple physical practice like clay will enhance mindfulness and overall improve mental health. 

Hand Stretching

Simply flexing the fingers and hands can improve blood flow and keep the fingers flexible at the same time. Your aging parent should pay attention to this and consistently move their hands throughout the day, even when resting. A stress ball is an effective and easy way to do this. 

Next Day Access helps seniors with mobility concerns make life more comfortable and easier. Mental and physical health are vital, and there are many different ways to accomplish both. We are here to help your aging parent in any way we can, so contact us today to learn more about our products and services.

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