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With the harsh holiday season and delayed shipments, Next Day Access Richmond owner, Jesse Henby drives 300 plus miles in severe snowstorm for a stair lift to install in a customer’s home. 

There are many tasks and things people do in their daily lives that others cannot do without the help of another individual. That’s why Next Day Access provides accessibility and mobility solutions to help individuals with limited mobility live independently in their homes.

Accessibility Solution: the Stair Lift

Stair lifts are one of the many solutions. They help people age in place or with limited mobility go up or down the stairs. Living in a two-story home can become strenuous and dangerous when faced with an injury, recovery, or aging. But with this helpful accessibility solution, individuals can sit comfortably and glide along the staircase.

Bruno Elan Stairlift 1
Stair lift

However, sometimes the need for a stair lift can be sudden and unexpected, leading to stress and urgency. A customer of Next Day Access Richmond faced just that.

The customer scheduled a date with Next Day Access to install a stair lift before bringing his wife home from the hospital. But due to the severe snowstorms and delayed deliveries, Henby realized the stair lift would not arrive in time to meet the customer’s needs because the package was inaccessible.

He scrambled and reached out to neighboring Next Day Access locations asking if they had any stair lifts available. Luckily, Next Day Access Baltimore had one available. With one of the core values of Next Day Access being “responsive,” every situation and customer is met with urgency.

Henby drove 300 plus miles to pick up the stair lift during a snowstorm to bring back to Richmond for his customer.

Jesse Henby-Owner of Next Day Access Richmond
Jesse Henby, Owner of Next Day Access Richmond

About Next Day Access

Next Day Access is a local provider for accessibility and mobility solutions for homes and commercial businesses. With franchise locations across the United States and Canada, their goal is to help aging loved ones and people with limited mobility and disabilities live safely, comfortably, and independently in their homes.

A fall for an aging loved one can be detrimental because their bones are more brittle causing a hospital visit. We at Next Day Access want to help prevent falls for you or your aging loved one.

We understand sometimes older adults could be on medication that could cause dizziness which makes them more likely to fall. To ensure safety this winter season, here is a list of tips to help you stay safe.

Fall Prevention Tips

  1. When getting out of a car, be sure to use a car handle that slides into your car door or a handle that attaches to the handle near the top of the door. Both help you lean down on them as you exit the vehicle. Once you have your footing, grab arms with your companion and slowly make your way indoors. 
  1. Use handrails when provided. Move slowly, taking your time to use the railing as far as it will get you.
  1. Wearing gloves keep your hands warm and can be helpful when gripping walls or rails. Keeping your hands free can improve your ability to maintain balance. Consider wearing a cross shoulder bag, backpack, or fanny pack.
  1. Concentrate on the path ahead without distractions, and walk slowly. Make sure to firmly plant each foot on the ground as you walk. 
  1. If you have your cell phone on you, call the family member or friend you are meeting. If you are by yourself, ask a store employee or manager to assist you.
  1. Plan ahead for your outing. If you notice treacherous, snowy, icy, rainy, or slippery weather, do your best to rearrange your plans. 
  1. Wear proper footwear. You get a pass on fashion during winter weather! Wear boots or shoes with textured soles with a grip on the bottom that adheres to messy weather. 
  1. If you need a mobility device to help, ensure you have one with a good grip.
  1.  Do not rush. If that means you must leave home sooner, so be it. Rushing can cause a slip. 
  1. Lastly, always ask for help! People are often willing to assist you. 

Let Us Help

At Next Day Access, we want to help keep you safe and avoid falling. Our mission at Next Day Access is to ensure our customers are safe, comfortable, and independent. Contact us for accessibility and mobility equipment you may need.

Are you preparing your home so you can safely age in place? Here is a checklist to help ensure every area of your home is accessible and safe. At Next Day Access, we offer an assortment of mobility and accessibility products available. Check out how to improve the comfort and safety of your home.

Your Accessible Home Checklist

1. Entryway to Home

You will need to invest in a wheelchair ramp or a vertical platform installed at the front door. We also offer thresholds which allow mobility devices to maneuver over a front entry step.

This can help an aging adult enter the home with more ease. Lastly, make sure there is plenty of lighting in your entryway.  

2. Throughout the Home

  • Doorways need to have a 36-inch width to allow wheelchairs and walker devices room to maneuver. 
  • Area rugs are trip hazards. It is best to put away all area rugs. 
  • If the home is a 2-story, consider installing a stairlift or elevator to help you access your bedroom.
  • If you are in a wheelchair, to turn comfortably, you need a 60-inch open radius. Therefore, make sure furniture is arranged so you can move easily. 

3. In the Kitchen 

  • Arthritis or developing weakness can make turning knobs difficult. Instead, consider a touchless or lever handle faucet.
  • Move everyday items to accessible places and consider hide-away or pull-out cabinets for easier use. 

4. In the Bathroom 

  • The bathroom needs to be at least 5 feet by 8 feet to fit a wheelchair comfortably. 
  • Floors can become slippery. Installing non-slip flooring or non-slip mats can prevent falls. You can also include the non-slip mats in the bathtub. 
  • A shower chair and a hand-held shower needs to be installed in the shower. 
  • Grab bars need to be placed strategically throughout the bathroom. 
  • A walk-in-tub should be considered sooner than later. Stepping over a bathtub is a leading cause of severe falls for older adults.

Lastly, a ceiling lift for safe transfer is a fantastic solution to help if you or your loved one have limited mobility. A caregiver can assist with transfer from bed to chair or from room to room.

If you or your loved one needs help deciding which mobility and accessibility, contact us at Next Day Access. During the consultation, we will come to your home to help show the many areas that might need a solution.

Getting in and out of your car can be quite difficult when faced with limited mobility. At Next Day Access, we provide solutions for older adults, people with limited mobility, or disabilities, wanting to remain independent and continue living at home. Part of being independent is accessing your vehicle when you need to go for a drive. We offer a variety of products to assist you to safely get in and out of your car. The equipment on this list is perfect for people needing help with automotive mobility.  

Swivel Seat Cushion 

The swivel seat cushion aids users with getting out of their vehicles. The design is simple. It is a round cushion you sit on when you get into the car. When you are ready to leave the vehicle, the cushion rotates towards the door. It helps pivot hips and rotate legs out of a car. The cushion works best on leather seats but can also be used on cloth. A bonus of the Swivel Seat Cushion is that it is made of memory foam, which makes it not only safe but comfortable.

HandyBar 

An ultimate automotive safety tool. The HandyBar helps the user sit or stand safely and comfortably while entering or exiting the vehicle. The bar is designed with a non-slip grip to provide stability and balance. It is lightweight and stores easily in your glove box, door compartment, or purse. The unique product also duals as a seat belt cutter and a window breaker in the case of emergencies.

Car Caddie

The Car Caddie provides ease when getting in and out of the vehicle. The support handle is compatible with any vehicle that has a frame around the entire window. It is a durable and strong nylon strap that can support up to 250 pounds.

All of these products can help support you or your loved one. With limited mobility, entering and exiting the car can become troublesome. However, these solutions can help you continue an independent and active lifestyle. If you are struggling to figure out what accessibility and mobility solutions you need, our accessibility experts can help. Next Day Access offers free in-home safety consultations to evaluate homes. Contact us to learn more about how we can make your home safer and more comfortable.

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Remodeling your bathroom when a loved one becomes dependent on a wheelchair for mobility isn’t always an option. This is why we offer Fawssit portable showers for our customers. After a long day, a shower is a perfect way to relax and unwind. However, when you suffer from a disability or injury, showering can become difficult and dangerous. The shower is designed to help people using a wheelchair get in and out of the shower with ease. 

How the Fawssit Portable Shower Works 

The showers come assembled, so no tools or construction is required. The only two things you need are access to an electrical outlet and a sink. The unit is set up within 15 feet of a sink (if a longer distance is needed, you can contact the manufacturer, and they can make hoses to fit your home up to 30 feet). The sides of the shower fold open and secure with velcro straps. The unit comes with a vinyl drain pan that sits on the bottom. The front opens, so the wheelchair user enters and exits the unit. Attach the shower head to the sink faucet, plug the pump into a 3-prong outlet, and voila, you have a portable shower!

Once done showering, there is no need to wait for the pan to drain. The pan is designed to keep water from leaking when the wheelchair user exits. When the individual is done showering, turn off the pump, dry the water off from the curtain and pan, then fold the unit to be stored away until its next usage.

Variety of Models 

There are a variety of Fawsitt Portable Showers. The Standard showers fit 220 lbs. And the Bariatric model can accommodate up to 400 lbs. There are also models for a reclining wheelchair or extra space for a caregiver aiding with bathing. When you are deciding which model will best fit your needs, our accessibility experts at Next Day Access store can help you.  

At Next Day Access, our goal is to help people with disabilities live independently while being safe and comfortable. Contact us for a free in-home safety evaluation. 

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Discussing your aging loved one’s driving days coming to an end is not easy; yet, it is a meaningful and necessary conversation. Your loved one might express frustration towards giving up the freedom to drive, but ultimately it is safer for them and others on the road. It is common for older adults to have slow reaction times and hearing or vision problems. Other than health issues, how can you tell you need to take on driving? The best approach is to look for warning signs before the conversation. This way, you will know if you need to insist on talking about it because there are real reasons to be worried, or are you off base, and their driving skills are still going strong? Here are a few signs.  

Their Car Has New Scrapes or Dents 

Look over your loved one’s car. Do you see any fresh dents or scrapes? Is there any damage near their garage, garden, or mailbox? Any dents or scrapes on their vehicle indicate they could be misjudging the space around them. You should also try to find out if they recently received a ticket or traffic warning. Did their auto insurance increase for any reason? If so, discuss this with your loved one. 

Driving has Become Mentally Difficult 

Look for signs that your loved one seems agitated or tired while driving. This could indicate they are having a tough time. Often the cause of their irritation could be because of a hindering physical disability. Here are a few signs that indicate driving might have become stressful for them: 

  • They get lost easily, even in familiar areas. 
  • They struggle turning the car around or backing up. 
  • They have trouble seeing traffic signals or road signs.  
  • They mix up the brake and gas pedals or press both at the same time. 
  • They respond slowly to unexpected situations. 
  • Other drivers honk at your loved one because of their driving.

They Have Too Many Close Calls 

A sure sign your parent/grandparents’ driving skills are declining is they have had too many narrowly missed accidents. Sometimes, this happens due to misjudging gaps in traffic, misreading traffic signals or road signs, or underestimating the speed of oncoming cars.

Driving can be risky business. It is best to be proactive when assessing your parent’s driving. They may worry losing their ability to drive can make them a burden or make them feel less independent. Encourage and support them by talking to them about their alternate transportation options. There are many options for getting around town, such as the help of family members, riding services, or public transportation.  

If you notice your loved one having a tough time getting around the house or neighborhood, visit our website. At Next Day Access, we specialize in accessibility devices, home modifications, mobility equipment, and more. Our goal is to help keep your loved ones safe and comfortable at home and on the go. Contact us for a free in-home safety consultation.

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is civil rights legislation prohibiting discrimination and guaranteeing people with disabilities the same opportunities as everyone else. The guidelines help ensure that anyone with a disability can enjoy the same employment opportunities, shop hassle-free, and freely participate in any state or local government programs and services. Essentially, the ADA is an equal opportunity law put in place for people with disabilities. 

If you are opening a new business that caters to the public and has over 15 employees, you will need to follow ADA guidelines when designing your floor plan. It is against the law to ignore these guidelines. The ADA website has a list of the exact measurements and the standards, when installing accessible equipment. To help you get your business ADA compliant, we have compiled a helpful checklist to get you started.  

ADA Checklist (Not to be Confused with Your ADA Compliant Booklet) 

How Large is your Entrance? 

Ensure your doorways are wide enough that wheelchairs or other mobility devices can enter comfortably. Also, make sure that there are access doors in place.

Are Your Aisles Obstacle Free? 

Ask yourself if it will be challenging for anyone with a mobility device to navigate the aisles or reach the shelves? Is it easy for them to get around? Will they feel embarrassed trying to maneuver around tables or chairs scattered around corridors or hallways? 

Are your Bathrooms Easily Accessible? 

Even if you only have one stall, make sure the stall is wide enough that a mobility device can maneuver. Additionally, it is essential to have grab bars and an outward swinging door. Grab bars can allow for a safe transfer from a mobility device to the toilet. Other modifications such as a wall-mounted or pedestal sink are ideal for wheelchair accessibility, giving full use of the sink.   

Again, make sure to obtain a copy of the current ADA standards and review these in detail to see which ones apply to your business. 

At Next Day Access, the accessibility experts can help you get your business ADA compliant. Whether you need wheelchair ramps or need to make sure your doorways are up to code, we can help you out. We also specialize in home modification products and have an assortment of mobility devices. Contact us today to schedule an in-home consultation. 

The first mobility scooter that ended up being a commercial success, was invented in 1968 by plumber, Alan R. Thieme. The idea came to him when he realized the lack of mobility options that was available for a family member who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. His scooter could travel at three to four miles per hour, and before he knew it, people from all over the United States began making requests for the scooter. 

Every year, new scooter models are created with better comfort, tech, and ergonomics. They have become more comfortable and easier to operate. A scooter is often best for people who tire easily, have limited flexibility in the upper body, and whole-body disabling conditions. 

Why Use Mobility Scooters?

There are several benefits to purchasing a mobility scooter. Here are some of the ways a mobility scooter can improve your life: 

  • Increased Accessibility- Modern mobility scooters fit perfectly with the ever-changing ways people socialize. Shopping Centers are constantly improving accessibility, making it much easier for mobility scooters to access. 
  • Injury Prevention- With the aid of mobility scooters, the chances of fall-related injuries decrease significantly.  
  • Comfort- Owning a mobility scooter limits the need for physical movement. If you have had an injury or illness, not having to overly exert yourself can allow for a more comfortable healing process. 
  • Increased Independence- Mobility scooters mean independence on wheels. Rather than having someone push on a wheelchair, scooters make it easier for the user to leave the house when they want.

We are proud to offer mobility scooters. At Next Day Access, we provide a free consultation to help you determine which scooter meets your specific needs. Contact us to schedule your free consultation. 

Living with a disability can cause loneliness. It is nice to find a place where you can talk and read about other people in similar situations. There is a community of individuals with disabilities, looking to connect with others. Here are a few accessible online resources that can be helpful and assist in bringing this community together.

Assistive Technology 

The Assistive technology website aims to give people with news and resources about new developments in technology to aid people living with a disability. The website brings you the latest news about new apps, electronic devices, and prototypes of accessibility equipment. 

Disabled World 

Disabled World shares information from world governments, educational institutions, disabilities, and organizations. It contains a range of topics. From medical research to tips on maintaining good health while living with a disability, the website can be a great resource to learn more about the disability community.

Uncomfortable Revolution 

This website started in Ireland. It is a favorite among individuals with disabilities because of its humor. Their website description page reads as follows, “Living with chronic illness and disability means having some pretty awkward conversations. Uncomfortable Revolution is the place to share and vent those uncomfortable moments.”  Their tagline is the best, “Let’s get awkward together!”  It is a light-hearted and fun website, perfect for when you are having a no-good, unbelievably difficult day. 

Make Your Home Accessible

These are just a few of the top accessible online resources that help guide, entertain, and build a community for individuals with disabilities. At Next Day Access, we provide resources to help you bring back your independence and confidence. Contact us to schedule a free inspection of your home. Our evaluations will tell us what your home needs to better accommodate your lifestyle. Next Day Access is here to help your “Whole home and your Whole life.” 

As you get older, you become more susceptible to getting pneumonia. According to the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, studies show that people aged 65-69 get pneumonia at a rate of 18.2 people per 1,000 people. And in the age group of 85 years and older, cases increase to 52.3 people per 1,000 people. Developing pneumonia can be severe for seniors, especially if they have any other underlying conditions. Maintaining healthy habits is critical as they continue independent living, and here are some facts about pneumonia.

Common Pneumonia Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms and signs of pneumonia include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Chest pain while coughing or breathing normally
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Coughing with phlegm

These symptoms may be more severe in some seniors than others, so it’s important to prioritize senior care and take all the precautions necessary to keep them safe. As a caregiver, monitor these symptoms very closely and if they begin acting out of the ordinary, seek medical assistance as soon as possible.

Risk Facts About Pneumonia

Age is a risk factor for getting pneumonia. People who have weak immune systems are also more susceptible to getting pneumonia since their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight off the infection. And people with existing respiratory issues or who have experienced viral infections in the past have a higher risk of getting pneumonia. If your elderly loved one is considered high-risk for developing pneumonia, help them incorporate healthy habits to boost their immune system as much as possible so their body can fight off the infection.

Preventing And Treating Pneumonia

As with any infection or disease, prevention is not always possible; however, there are several things you can do to lower the chances of getting pneumonia. Your doctor may recommend getting the pneumococcal vaccine and the flu shot. But some other ways are practicing healthy habits like eating balanced meals, staying physically active, and washing hands thoroughly.

As far as treatment goes, it’s recommended to visit a doctor when you start showing signs. Since there are different types of pneumonia, the doctor needs to examine you to determine the best treatment. The goal is to stop the infection before any major complications arise, and you can often do that from the comfort of your home rather than in a hospital.

Developing pneumonia can be devastating for seniors. Staying physically active is a great way to boost your immune system, and Next Day Access can help. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn about our mobility products that can help your elderly loved one move around with ease.

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