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Next Day Access Reopening San Antonio Location

San Antonio, Texas, August 31, 2020: Next Day Access is pleased to announce that it has re-opened its San Antonio, Texas business under new ownership. The Next Day Access San Antonio franchise, which provides home accessibility and mobility products, is owned by Staci Gonzales and Eric Smith. They have 22 years of experience working together in other franchise businesses, the last four years of which was with Next Day Access of Orange County, CA. Individuals interested in Next Day Access can easily find everything the company has to offer right on the Next Day Access website, where you can browse through all of the products and services they offer including but not limited to wheelchair ramps, stairlifts, grab bars, bathroom safety products, portable showers, and walk-in tubs.

Next Day Access also provides its clients with a variety of solutions to help them lead better and more productive lives in the homes they love, allowing seniors to age in place rather than in an assisted care facility.  Some of those services and options include home modifications such as door widening and bathroom modifications, automatic door openers, rental and rent-to-own programs for non-custom products, and financing options where available.

Next Day Access looks forward to serving the San Antonio community with its products and services and is pleased to bring to the city its “Whole Home-Whole Life” approach. This approach means they are a consultative business offering solutions rather than pushing products or making hard sells to be profitable. 

According to owner Staci Gonzales, “The entire team at Next Day Access San Antonio location is passionate about the opportunity to serve individuals and provide them with the tools they need to lead happier and healthier lives. It’s our mission to help our clients have the accessibility they need at home and beyond. Next Day Access aims to give the freedom of mobility and access back to people who have had it stolen or experienced a sudden loss of ego due to aging or unfortunate circumstances.”

Individuals with limited mobility or baby boomers who wish to age in the comfort of their own home can now turn to a locally owned business, backed by a national brand, they can trust to meet all their needs in an expert and professional manner. In addition to the San Antonio, Texas franchise, Next Day Access has locations across the country. Visit www.nextdayaccess.com for a list of locations to find the store able to serve you. 

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, pool lifts, porch lifts, grab bars, and walk-in tubs. Next Day Access also takes pride in being responsible members of the communities they serve.

A Victim of the Minneapolis Riots Needs Our Help

Close to midnight on May 29, the third day of the riots, Launette Figliuzzi’s life was going to forever change. Unable to sleep, she was in the kitchen to get a snack when she felt an unexplainable and intense neurological pain in her back. Her alarmed husband, Tom, immediately called an ambulance and they took her to the Fairview Hospital in Princeton, MN, about 10 miles from their home. Little did Tom know he wouldn’t hold his wife’s hand again for the next three months. 

The doctor there believed Launette had suffered a spinal stroke and that time was crucial. The hospital had called for a medical helicopter to airlift her to Fairview Southdale Hospital of Edina, MN since it was best equipped to handle this kind of rare stroke. Later they were informed the medical helicopters had been grounded due to the heavy air traffic as a result of the uncontrolled riots. 

Delayed Medical Care Due to the Riots

Instead, they transported her by ground; however, due to the riots, all of the major highways had been closed. This caused the ambulance to be rerouted down many side streets, causing huge delays in her care. 

By the time Launette arrived at Fairview Southdale, her paralysis had moved up to her waist and shortly thereafter, up to her chest. After multiple MRI’s, a diagnosis of a spinal stroke was confirmed. However, tragically, by then it was too late for Launette to receive the drug used to break up blood clots and halt and/or reverse the damage caused by the stroke.

That night, as Launette lay frightened and all alone in her hospital room due to COVID regulations, she couldn’t quite grasp she had become permanently paralyzed from the chest down and that her life was irreparably altered. Fortunately, she was later transferred to the Minneapolis VA hospital, which is known for its top-rated Spinal Cord Injury Center. She is still an inpatient there, receiving excellent care and undergoing extensive therapy.

Anger Sets In

As the months pass by, Tom can’t help but be frustrated and angry that his wife was denied access to timely medical care due to the riots. He is certain immediate treatment would have been instrumental in keeping her paralysis from setting in. If the authorities had been allowed to control the riots, she would have had access to quicker aid with the use of the air ambulance. The mayhem and violence allowed to go unchecked for three whole days by state and local officials directly impacted Launette’s access to the critical care she so desperately needed. 

A Silent Casualty of the Riots

In the media, Launette has remained a silent casualty. She has become collateral damage due to riots that have been portrayed by the media as “mostly peaceful protests.” As a result, Launette is permanently paralyzed from her chest to her toes. 

Tom Figliuzzi explained, “Launette is such a positive person, but it does bother her when she hears commentary coming from the state and city leadership proclaiming that the damage is only bricks and mortar…” 

Launette said, “The governor needs to know I am not bricks and mortar, I’m a real, live human being who is now paralyzed for the rest of my life.”

Deserving of our Help

If anyone deserves help, it is Launette, who is a mom/bonus mom to 5 kids and grandmother to 13 grandchildren. She served 22 years in the US Army and retired achieving the rank of Master Sergeant (E-8). She then served another 15 years as the County Veterans Service Officer in Sherburne and Wright County MN, and in Cass County, North Dakota. She has helped thousands of veterans obtain their earned benefits and now, ironically, she desperately needs that same kind of help for herself.

How Next Day Access has Helped

We have worked with the VA to get Launette more accessibility in her home. When asked what he thought about the service he has received from Next Day Access, Tom said, “I have nothing but genuine love for the people at Next Day Access. They’re very empathetic. I want to commend Bill who helped install a threshold ramp from the VA (not one of Next Day Access products) free of charge. Who does that these days? I also want to give praises to April, the heart and soul of the branch. She makes sure everything gets ordered and is on time. She literally cried when one of the parts didn’t arrive on time. I also really appreciate Chris, the owner, who reached out to give his take on a bathroom modification.” 

According to Tom, “Next Day Access professionalism goes beyond just their jobs. These are real people with real families and they really care.” 

How You Can Help

Some have asked why Launette needs a fundraiser when she utilizes the VA. Unfortunately, there is a false impression that the VA provides everything a veteran needs when they are discharged. Although the VA provides basic immobility ramps and safety devices, most veterans bear the financial burden for home adaptations, vehicles, and specialized equipment. Of course, there are exceptions, but she does not fall within those parameters. 

At the urging of family, friends, and others who know and love Launette and Tom, a GoFundMe account has been set up. It was a hard decision to accept the help, as they are from backgrounds that don’t ask or impose on others. But now, they themselves need to overcome a huge financial burden that neither of them could have imagined. 

One large expense they need funding for is a specialized wheelchair. This wheelchair has the ability to not only transport but it can help Launette with therapy. It raises her into a standing position for better circulation and for weight-bearing on her limbs to prevent osteoporosis. This is a very costly wheelchair and is well out of their means. They would use any extra monies raised for home adaptations so they are able to remain in the home they love.

If you are able to donate any amount of money towards these items, click here to visit their GoFundMe page. Tom and Launette want to thank you in advance for your generosity.

Some people live with conditions that require taking medication their entire life, while others develop certain health conditions as they get older. Elderly people striving for independent living at home have to manage their medication so they don’t take too much, too little or miss taking it altogether. When caring for the aging population, you can help them stay on track in several ways. Here are some medication management tips to consider to help your senior loved one stay safe and as healthy as possible.

Go To Your Loved One’s Doctor Appointment

Whether you’re a primary caregiver for your loved one or just want to help them thrive with independent senior living, consider going to a couple of doctor appointments with them. Sometimes older people don’t know what questions to ask the doctor, so they refrain from asking any and just read the label on the prescription. You need to know things like whether the prescribed medication reacts negatively with any over-the-counter pills, supplements or even vitamins your loved one may take regularly. As a caregiver, you can have some peace of mind managing their medication when you get answers and hear advice straight from the doctor.

Create A Schedule With Reminders For Taking Medication

You may not be able to be with your senior loved one 24/7 to monitor when they take their medication and how much they take. Investing in an organizing product, tool, device or a combination of them can be helpful for your loved one and give you peace of mind at the same time. You could color-code them, set reminders or alerts for when it’s time to take medicine or anything else to help them out. There are several apps to use on your smartphone or tablet for this purpose, but you can also go the old fashioned route with handwriting instructions on a calendar for them. Understanding what works for them specifically is important to increase their chances of successful independent living

Watch For Potential Side Effects

When you go to your loved one’s doctor’s appointment, the doctor may indicate potential side effects to look out for. Monitor those closely, as well as any other side effects that occur after they take their prescribed dosage. Some of the side effects may be immediate, like fatigue, dizziness or confusion. Others may occur over time, like changes in sleeping patterns, eating patterns and weight fluctuations. No matter how minor some of these changes may seem, reach out to the doctor to confirm those are normal reactions and there are not any long-term concerns to be worried about.

Next Day Access has great respect for caregivers who help their senior loved ones thrive with independent living. Managing medication is a major part of this and there are plenty of other aspects to consider as well. We offer a wide variety of mobility products and devices to make the home more accessible, so feel free to contact us at any time if you believe accessibility needs to be improved in your or your loved one’s home.

One of the most common triggers of health conditions is the weather. Hot and humid weather in particular can make skin conditions flare-up, as well as diseases like osteoarthritis. This WebMD article even suggests the risk of heart attacks increases with high humidity. Having high blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, and high humidity can cause a person’s blood pressure to rise. Whether you’re a senior or if you’re a caregiver providing senior care, here are some of the things you should know about the link between humidity and blood pressure.

Why Humidity Can Trigger High Blood Pressure

When the humidity level is at 70% or higher, a senior’s risk of high blood pressure increases. The reason is the heart has to sometimes circulate twice as much blood throughout the body and can become overworked. Sweating is a good thing to help cool the body down, but sometimes it’s not enough. Drinking plenty of water is essential, especially if you’re a senior who already deals with elevated blood pressure levels.

Look For Signs Of Humidity And Heat-Related Illness

Some of the signs of humidity-related or heat-related illnesses are difficult to detect since they are common everyday conditions. However, if you’ve spent time outdoors and notice some of the following signs, seek medical assistance or advice immediately:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Cramping muscles
  • Headache
  • Swollen body parts
  • Clammy skin
  • Rapid pulse
  • Lethargy
  • Confusion
  • Lack of sweating
  • Excessive sweating

It’s important to take a break from what you are doing, find a cold glass of water and a cool place immediately if you experience these symptoms while being outdoors. Every second makes a difference and could save your life the quicker you react.

Preventing Health Issues During Hot And Humid Weather

There are some simple solutions to consider when it comes to preventing health issues during the humid parts of the summer. Staying hydrated at all times, avoiding spending excessive time outdoors and eating a healthy diet are things everyone can be more conscious of. You could also take some strain off of your body by investing in a wheelchair ramp or a stair lift rather than having to go up and down stairs throughout the day. Seniors with mobility limitations may put their bodies through more strain than what’s necessary by using the stairs. A wheelchair ramp is easy for professionals to install and can help you reduce the amount of effort you put into simple tasks significantly.

Next Day Access understands the dangers of hot and humid weather when it comes to senior care. Having mobility aids and assistive devices can take the strain off of you physically, but they can also promote better overall health by making movements less strenuous. As we enter the hot and humid summer season, take a look around your house and see what may be causing you some problems with your mobility. And always feel free to contact us to schedule a free home evaluation to see how we can help.

Everyone has a different perspective on aging. Some people can’t wait to reach retirement age so they can do some of the things they want to do, but couldn’t because of other responsibilities. Other people are scared to retire because they don’t want their health to decline by not being active and working. It’s not too early to start thinking about retirement and how you’ll spend your time as a senior. Here are some helpful ways to think about aging and how to not only embrace it but celebrate it as well.

Be Comfortable In Your Skin

Seniors often put unnecessary stress on themselves. When it comes to your appearance, physical changes are going to happen as you get older. Instead of constantly trying new skincare products to remove wrinkles and getting your hair colored to hide the gray strands, consider embracing your natural appearance and understand changes are part of getting older. The more you fight against the aging process, the more frustrated you may get, which is no way to spend your time as you get older.

Spend Extra Time Volunteering

Being of retirement age may mean you have more time on your hands. Use that time to fulfill a void you may have and volunteer at an organization that’s meaningful for you. If you have a hard time getting around, investing in an electric scooter can open up a new world of possibilities for you. Seniors often experience direct benefits from volunteering, like better physical health, less stress, strong sense of purpose and more. You may not have had the time or energy to spend volunteering while you were in the workforce, so embrace the opportunities you have available now as you’re older.

Travel As Often As You Can

Traveling is a perfect way to celebrate aging. Most people want to travel more, but can’t due to having so many other responsibilities that get in the way. If you want to travel across the country, invest in an auto lift to carry your electric scooter or wheelchair and you’ll have fewer limits to worry about. And if you’re not sure where you want to go or what’s out there to experience, connect with others in online groups or organizations to get some ideas. You may even make some new friends in the process that end up being travel buddies throughout your retirement years.
Some people enjoy being busy and experiencing new things when they get older. Other people would rather stay at home and enjoy relaxation. Regardless of how you view enjoyment as you age, Next Day Access is here for you. We offer a wide range of mobility and accessibility products to help you get around wherever life takes you. If you need a wheelchair ramp installed at your home to enjoy life more, we’ve got you covered. And if you need something to help you travel the country, like an auto lift or electric scooter, we have reliable options to choose from. Don’t hesitate to contact us at any time to learn more about our options and how we can help you.

Most seniors understand the importance of eating a balanced diet and exercising frequently. A commonly overlooked aspect of senior living is the effects a positive attitude can have on a person’s overall health and wellbeing. Constantly being stressed and having negative thoughts can speed up the aging process and potentially develop physical health concerns. When the sun rises every morning, look at it as another opportunity to make a difference in your life or someone else’s. Here are some tips on starting your day in a positive light.

Read A Positive Inspirational Story Every Morning

Feeding your mind with positivity takes effort. There are too many negative things in the world portrayed through the news and social media, so you have to seek out positive stories. It could be that reading inspirational quotes online is what you need to get your mind right. Whatever it is that inspires you, start with it first thing in the morning before any negativity naturally creeps in.

Morning Exercise Benefits The Body And Mind

Going on an early morning walk is great for seniors during the summer since it’s typically the coolest part of the day, even if it’s just a short walk down your wheelchair ramp and to the end of the driveway. But even if you have a hard time walking first thing in the morning, going for a stroll on your mobility scooter can benefit your mind. You could also do exercises like yoga, Pilates, swimming or mental exercises through meditation. Starting your day with both mental and physical exercise can have positive effects for the rest of the day.

Focus On Positive Self-Talk

Most people don’t realize how much negative self-talking they do every day. It’s easy to be self-critical, overly negative or think everything is going against you. Sometimes you just need to focus on the positive things in your life, whatever that may be. Comparing yourself to others is rarely going to end up being positive because people are naturally critical of themselves. Instead, think about the things you enjoy in life. Whether it’s your grandchildren, the home you live in, your friends, your financial situation or anything else, count your blessings and appreciate what you have. Some people aren’t fortunate enough to have access to things like a porch lift or mobility scooter to help them move around their homes, so those are things to be thankful for as well.

Lift Your Spirits With Laughter

Laughter is sometimes the greatest medicine you can take to promote a positive attitude. Watch funny videos to start your day, call a friend and tell funny stories or play with your pet. Anything that creates laughter is good for your body and mind and can get your day started on the right track.

At Next Day Access, we know negative thoughts can occur when seniors have limited mobility and need assistance moving around. Our goal is to help make those situations as positive as possible. We can quickly and easily install a wheelchair ramp or porch lift if those would be beneficial for you. Having an accessible home can create a more positive attitude, so contact us today to see how we can make it a reality.

Spending quality time with your dog at home is great for both of you. As a senior living at home, a companion may be exactly what you need to reduce stress, boost your mind and spirit and more. Another health benefit of having a dog is the exercise you get when taking them for a walk. While it may not seem like it’s a strenuous outdoor activity, positive changes are happening to your mind and body with every walk. Here are some other reasons why the aging population needs to take their dog on frequent walks.

Build Strength, Improve Balance And Increase Stamina

It’s easy for a senior living at home to fall into a sedentary lifestyle, especially if they don’t have any job responsibilities. Getting out and walking or exercising may not be attractive, but if you have a dog that requires it, then you’ll be more likely to do so. A simple walk with your dog can build strength in your legs, back and other muscles. It can also improve your balance and increase your stamina the more times you go for a walk. One fear the aging population has, in general, is falling and getting injured, but a simple exercise like walking your dog can reduce that risk significantly.

Clear Your Mind And Reduce Stress

Being at home all the time may seem like a relaxing idea at first, but it can also let bad thoughts creep into your mind. Watching the news can sometimes lead to depressing thoughts and impact your mood and stress levels. Anytime you’re feeling this way, take your pet for a walk to clear your mind. An outdoor activity like this can help you get out of your environment and think more positively. Stress isn’t good for anyone, and seniors especially need to practice stress management.

Get Quality Exercise That’s Not Intense

Exercising can be difficult for the aging population due to aching joints, muscles, lack of balance and other concerns. Walking your dog is not a strenuous exercise, but it’s more beneficial for your health than you think. A daily walk can help burn enough calories to manage your weight better, improve your bone health and even aid your digestive system. 

Create Social Opportunities

A senior living at home by themselves can get bored easily. Walking your dog provides opportunities to socialize with other people who may or may not be doing the same things. Dogs are naturally social, so they won’t hesitate to greet themselves to other dogs or people. Use that as an opportunity to be friendly and strike up a conversation with a neighbor and build relationships.
Taking care of the aging population is important to Next Day Access. Every little bit of exercising you can do is beneficial for your health, and your dog will love every minute of it as well. Get out of the house today and spend some quality time with your furry friend. And if there’s anything we can do to improve the accessibility of your home or help you get from one place to another easily, contact us at any time.

Proper nutrition is essential for seniors who strive for independent living. A healthy combination of lean protein, fruits, vegetables and nuts can provide the necessary nutrients needed to keep the immune system strong and fight off certain diseases. Every senior has different dietary needs or restrictions depending on their body or their medical condition. However, snacking on the right types of foods between meals can be beneficial for the vast majority of people. Developing healthy habits takes some time and these delicious snacks can make the process easier.

Cold Snacks

A nice cold snack on a hot summer day is just what you need sometimes. But don’t reach for the popsicles, ice cream or other snacks loaded with sugar. Instead, try some of the following cold snacks that will be equally as refreshing:

  • Frozen grapes
  • Frozen bananas
  • Greek yogurt
  • Fruit smoothie
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cashew milk or unsweetened almond milk

It’s tempting to grab a convenient snack out of the freezer on a hot summer day, but try not to fall into the temptation and start your journey of developing healthy habits with these treats instead.

Crunchy Snacks

Many people believe crunchy snacks can satisfy their hunger or cravings better than anything else. If you like eating crunchy snacks, don’t reach for the unhealthy potato chips you bought at the grocery store. Try these other healthy alternatives instead:

  • Baked apple chips
  • Butterless and salt-free whole-grain popcorn
  • Baked sweet potato chips
  • Kale chips
  • Baked banana chips
  • Whole-grain crackers
  • Cucumbers or carrots dipped in hummus

The great part about these snacks is you can easily make them at home and flavor them how you want for a great-tasting treat.

Specialty Snacks

If you want to take your snacking to the next level, get creative with some of these ideas:

  • Roasted almonds
  • Whole wheat toast with avocado
  • Black beans and pita bread
  • Seasoned edamame
  • Bell peppers stuffed with guacamole
  • Sliced tomatoes with olive oil and feta cheese

When you know which healthy foods you like, you can get as creative as you want to make some tasty specialty treats all summer long.

Remember The Water Also

No matter what snacks you indulge in this summer, it’s important to remember to stay hydrated as well. Some of the healthy snacks, particularly fruits and vegetables, will help keep you hydrated since they have high water content. Seniors often get dehydrated much more quickly than others so drinking extra water is ideal.

Next Day Access wants to help seniors stay safe this summer. Developing healthy habits is key to successfully aging in place. We offer mobility products to help you enjoy your home even with a mobility limitation. If you have trouble walking the stairs, a stair lift could be a great solution for you as you go in and out of your home. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a free home evaluation to see how we can help.

Sometimes there’s an unfair perception of older people in general. Just because a person is approaching age 60, 65 or even 70 doesn’t mean they are close to being required to live in an assisted facility. Plenty of older people live long and healthy lives independently on their own. Of course, they may require a wheelchair ramp, mobility scooter or other assistive devices at some point, but that’s just a normal part of aging. Regardless of if an elderly person is living at home, a retirement community or nursing home, here are some debunked myths about aging.

Elderly People Can’t Learn Anything New

This myth has been around for a long time and you may refer to it as “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Seniors still have the capability of learning new things as they get older, and it’s proven by the number of elderly people using the internet, being active on social media, shopping online and more. These activities weren’t available to them growing up and they may have just started participating in recent years. So while some older people may choose not to learn something new, it doesn’t mean they are incapable of doing so.

People Get More Stubborn And Grumpy As They Age

There could be very good reasons for stubbornness and grumpiness. Most of the time these characteristics depend on the person’s health, mobility, stress and other factors. According to research conducted by Stony Brook University, people generally get happier after they turn 50 due to reduced stress, more positive feelings and fewer worries. If a senior living at home becomes grumpy or stubborn suddenly, consider asking them some questions to discover the reason. They may be in physical pain, not be able to move around as much as they want or anything else causing frustration. Something as simple as installing a porch lift or a wheelchair ramp at their home may increase their happiness level significantly.

Health And Physical Abilities Decline Quickly With Aging

Plenty of older people are healthier than they have ever been. Physical changes will happen over time, but those changes can’t be solely attributed to age. People who don’t get enough exercise, are constantly stressed, have poor eating and drinking habits and don’t socialize enough will often have poorer health and physical abilities as they age. On the other hand, people who do the opposite may feel better than they ever have at age 65 and beyond.

Next Day Access has talked to plenty of seniors in great health who want to live their life to the fullest. Sometimes aches and pains will develop and create limited mobility, which can be frustrating for people who have lived independently their entire lives. We offer mobility and assistive devices to help seniors continue living their lives normally. If you can improve your quality of life by having a mobility scooter, wheelchair ramp, porch lift or any other type of assistive product, contact us today and we would be happy to set you up.

It can be easy to lose track of your healthy habits during the summer. With the outdoor gatherings, barbecues, vacations and other activities, there’s often too much easy access to unhealthy food options. It’s usually acceptable to indulge occasionally, but remember to keep your long-term healthy habits in check and do what you can to maintain a balanced diet. Preparing a nice summer salad can be healthy and tasty at the same time. Here are some great tips to consider whether you’re preparing for a party or just want a great salad for yourself.

What To Include In Your Summer Salads

Eating plain spinach salads can get old unless you have some flavors added in with it. Consider incorporating a mixture of spinach, romaine, cabbage, kale and any other leafy greens you enjoy eating. Including sources of protein like beans, nuts, seeds, lentils and grilled chicken make for a healthy and tasty addition. Avocados and hard-boiled eggs are also popular healthy choices. And of course, you can’t go wrong with fresh fruits and vegetables like raisins, tomatoes and carrots. When you’re enjoying independent living as a senior at home, many of these items can be kept in your refrigerator, freezer or pantry for a long time so they are easily accessible.

Ingredients To Avoid

Creamy dressings, processed cheese and other unhealthy toppings may make your salad taste great, but don’t promote healthy habits. Opt for grilled chicken over fried chicken and choose olive oil-based dressing instead of ranch dressing or bleu cheese. Glazed nuts, granola, canned fruit and dried fruit may seem harmless, but they often include added sugars to make them taste better. Processed meats and croutons have a high amount of sodium and should be limited or avoided.

Get Creative While Maintaining Healthy Habits

No one ever said healthy habits have to be boring or tasteless. Whether you’re enjoying independent living at home or preparing for a gathering of guests, a creative and healthy salad is a great choice to offer. Incorporate a unique mixture of various ingredients to create deep flavors to enjoy. The great thing is there are so many different combinations there’s sure to be something you can find that you like. This summer, experiment while maintaining healthy habits and spruce up your dinners for the better.

Next Day Access takes independent living for seniors seriously. While we don’t claim to be experts in the food industry, we do know how to make your living space safer. We offer mobility products and devices like wheelchairs, mobility scooters, stair lifts, porch lifts and other similar products. And if you just need a simple wheelchair ramp or threshold ramp to give you peace of mind and confidence around your home, we can help you with that also. If there is anything we can do to help you feel safer and more secure at your home this summer, feel free to contact us at any time.