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Next Day Access locations now offer the EasyLift. 

The EasyLift is an easy-to-use platform lift providing access between two levels for wheelchair users and individuals with impaired mobility and walking restrictions. This platform lift can install indoors or outside, giving access where there is a height difference of levels, up to 1.25m or 4.1ft. The elegant design of the lift is simple, stylish, but most importantly, functional.

It operates in a few different ways. It can be controlled by using the three buttons on the lift, a supplied remote control, or the control panels above and below the lift. The lift’s intuitive operation and adaptable design make it suitable for many different situations. This means any user can quickly become familiar with the EasyLift, wherever they first use it.

The lift is available in 3 standard platform widths; 800, 900 and 1100 mm, optional safety doors or safety barrier, pit based installation, etc. 

Features:

  • Lifting capacity: 400 kg
  • Squeeze hazard protection
  • A stable, registered lifting principle giving a safe and comfortable travel
  • And more!

To see if your local Next Day Access offers the EasyLift, or if you have any questions, please contact us.

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Event Ramp Installation for Stage Access

Frisco, TX, May 8, 2023: Next Day Access North Houston provided two event ramps for wheelchair users for the grand opening of the Omni PGA Frisco Resort in Frisco, Texas.

Next Day Access North Houston is a local provider of accessibility solutions, such as wheelchair ramps, stairlifts, pool lifts, and bathroom safety products. As a part of its services, the business installs rental wheelchair ramps for events and short-term accommodations. Ramps provide an accessible solution for individuals, whether older with limited mobility or had a recent injury. 

Next Day Access North Houston installed a temporary wheelchair ramp for event guests to safely access the stage.   

“We’re honored to provide accessibility solutions in support of today’s ceremony.  Serving our community is important and personal to us,” said Brian Week, Owner of Next Day Access North Houston.  

To learn more about Next Day Access North Houston, visit www.nextdayaccess.com/north-houston-tx  

Omni PGA Frisco Resort

The resort features two 18-hole championship golf courses, a lighted 10-hole, par-3 short course and 2-acre putting course, and an entertainment area known as the Monument Realty PGA District. Golfers and non-golfers of all ages and skill levels can enjoy the game.  

The Omni PGA Frisco Resort features 500 guest rooms and suites, 10 four-bedroom ranch houses, four pools, and indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces.  

About Next Day Access 

Next Day Access is a leading 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.

Next Day Access Opens in the Dallas-Celina Area to Provide Accessibility and Mobility Solutions to Local Communities

Celina,Texas, May 1, 2023: Next Day Access is pleased to announce the opening of Next Day Access Dallas-Celina. The franchise location, a provider of residential and commercial accessibility and mobility solutions, is owned by husband and wife Brien and Lesli Caldwell.

Brien and Lesli are co-owners of Next Day Access Dallas-Celina. Brien holds a marketing degree from Northeastern State University and 30 years of marketing experience across various industries, including airline, hospital, and casino roles. Lesli has a Psychology degree from Texas A&M University and recently retired from a 25-year career with GEICO.

Through Next Day Access Dallas-Celina, Brien and Lesli want to provide a valuable service to their local community. Lesli herself, experiences mobility issues, which has given them both a greater appreciation and compassion for the challenges their customers face. They are dedicated to finding the best mobility and accessibility solutions tailored to their customers needs.

“With this opportunity, we are most excited about having the chance to positively impact a person’s and even their family’s life,” said Brien, Vice President of Next Day Access Dallas-Celina. 

The Next Day Access Dallas-Celina location will provide a wide range of accessibility and mobility solutions for residential and commercial customers. Their product line includes wheelchair ramps, in-home lifts, bathroom safety solutions, pool lifts, scooters, and more. Their team has the knowledge and skills to help create a safer and more accessible environment. 

Learn more about Next Day Access Dallas-Celina by visiting https://www.nextdayaccess.com/celina-tx/ or calling 469-361-3300.

About Next Day Access

Next Day Access is a leading 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. Learn more by visiting www.nextdayaccess.com.

Next Day Access Hamilton, ON Opens to Bring Accessibility and Mobility Solutions to Local Communities

Hamilton, Ontario, March 6, 2023: Next Day Access is pleased to announce its new location in Hamilton, Ontario. It is the fourth development in Canada for Next Day Access. The Next Day Access Hamilton franchise, a provider of residential and commercial accessibility and mobility products, is owned by Joel Varghese. 

Before Next Day Access, Varghese owned and operated his own successful business for over five years and was responsible for sales, marketing, and operations. This included end-to-end management of the supply chain, sales activities, services, and support. 

Varghese began his search for a new opportunity in the fall of 2021 and came across Next Day Access. His interest sparked as he learned more about the brand and the aging-in-place industry.

“This industry is new and niche, especially in Ontario,” said Varghese. “I want to help my community by helping provide a better living experience for people with limited mobility and disabilities, whether with bathroom modifications or installing a stair lift.”

Next Day Access Hamilton will focus on providing accessibility and mobility solutions to individuals of all ages across Hamilton and surrounding areas. 

To learn more about the Next Day Access Hamilton franchise, please visit www.nextdayaccess.com/hamilton-on.

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.

Next Day Access Oak Brook, Illinois Opens to Bring Accessibility and Mobility Solutions to Local Communities

Next Day Access is pleased to announce a new location in Oak Brook, Illinois. Next Day Access Oak Brook franchise, a provider of residential and commercial accessibility and mobility products, is owned by Sakher Almakhamreh.

Almakhamreh moved to the United States from Jordan in 2016. Since living in the Oak Brook area, he opened an LLC consulting for foreign services. While in Jordan, Almakhamreh practiced law and prior to that was a supervisor for a dealer universal vehicle company. He also served in the Jordan military for seven years. 

With the desire of wanting to start something new and challenging, Almakhamreh connected with a franchise agent and discovered Next Day Access. After learning more about the brand’s mission and meeting the staff, he felt Next Day Access is the right fit.

“There are three big reasons why I wanted to join the brand,” said Almakhamreh. “The first is helping my community who need accessibility solutions. The second is it’s a family-based business, which I like. Lastly, the home office staff. They are responsive, considerate, and compassionate.” 

Next Day Access Oak Brook will focus on providing accessibility and mobility solutions to individuals of all ages across Oak Brook and surrounding areas. 

To learn more about Next Day Access Oak Brook, visit their website: www.nextdayaccess.com/oak-brook-il 

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. Learn more by visiting www.nextdayaccess.com.

Knoxville, Tennessee: The team at Next Day Access Knoxville installed a 146 linear feet ADA-compliant commercial ramp for an elementary school in Loudon County, Tennessee. The permanent commercial ramp allows students in a mobility device, such as a wheelchair, to access the playground.

Installing a Commercial Ramp at an Elementary School

With the playground being on top of a hill, the only way students could access it was the stairs. The Next Day Access Knoxville team took three days to install the commercial ramp. The rainy weather conditions and the ramp being on a slope caused a hindrance to the installation process

“This was a huge job for us,” said Josiah Tillett, Branch Manager of Next Day Access Knoxville. “It’s so satisfying to see the ramp come together according to plan. While the weather made it more difficult to install, we were able to get it done, and ultimately help create an accessible and inclusive space for all students.” 

This was Next Day Access Knoxville’s third ramp install for Loudon County. The team has previously installed wheelchair ramps for Loudon High School’s football stadium. 

About Next Day Access 

Next Day Access is a leading 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. Learn more by visiting nextdayaccess.com or calling 856-312-7439.

When aging adults reach a point where they have accessibility concerns, it is time to consider remodeling their bathrooms to keep them safe. A bathroom not designed for aging adults has many slip hazards, and a simple fall could be more painful and debilitating for an aging adult. Next Day Access offers many solutions to make the bathroom as safe as possible for aging adults. Here are a few tips to keep your aging loved one safe in their bathroom. 

Install Grab Bars, Shower Handles, or a Tension Mounted Pole 

Aging adults with poor balance will try to steady themselves by grabbing a towel rack or wall-mounted sink. Neither is designed to hold a person’s body weight. Invest in sturdy grab bars, and safety poles. Install the grab bars on the wall around the toilet and in the shower with the shower handles. Make sure they are firmly bolted to the wall and are grip resistant. 

A newer concept for aging adults is the tension-mounted pole. It can be placed anywhere in the house where your aging loved one needs help with balance, but it is especially helpful in a bathroom, alongside grab bars and shower handles. The tension pole is a floor-to-ceiling metal rod with an “S” shape bar in the middle of the rod so your aging loved one can use a hand-over-hand technique to pull themselves up without injury. 

Consider Investing in a Walk-In Tub or Quick Tub Conversion Kit 

One of the most challenging moves for an aging adult with accessibility concerns is stepping over the tub to shower or take a bath. At Next Day Access, we offer walk-in tubs. The walk-in tubs have an outward swinging door that allows your loved one to walk straight into the tub. Many also have a tall seat in the tub, so your loved one does not have to bend down when bathing, or if they prefer to shower, the bench acts as a shower seat. 

The quick tub conversion kit supplies you with everything you need to turn your existing bathtub into a step-in shower while still maintaining a fully functional bathtub. It is similar to the walk-in tub, but it does not include a bench.  

Ensure the Bathroom has Slip Resistant Rugs and Mats 

It is inevitable that while showering or bathing, the bathroom floors will end up wet. Make sure to place slip-resistant pads down in the shower and ensure any rugs outside the tub or shower are also slip-resistant. 

Install a Bio Bidet 

To ensure your loved one gets as clean as possible and for even more ease in the bathroom, you could install a Bio Bidet. We recommend the extremely popular Bio Bidet because it offers both comfort and the functionality of a heavy-duty commode. The Bio Bidet also offers a cleansing method that many people have claimed is far superior to other bidets. 

Everything that Next Day Access sells we also install. Our experienced installation team will ensure that each bathroom product is secured correctly. Our goal at Next Day Access is for aging adults to be able to age in place. We provide several products that ensure the home is safe and comfortable for them. If you need help remodeling a bathroom to keep your aging loved one safe, do not hesitate to reach out to your nearest Next Day Access. We also offer in-home consultations to ensure the entire home is secure. 

Did you know that most American adults own an average of at least 300,000 items? Also, one out of ten Americans have an off-site storage rental for their excess belongings, according to Joshua Becker, who wrote: “21 Surprising Statistics That Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own, Becoming Minimalist.” 

Over their lifetimes, aging adults will accumulate several items over the years that could now be cluttering the home. Too much stuff in the home can make it hard to move around, which can be especially dangerous for aging adults.

Living in a cluttered space can also make us feel more anxious or depressed. Here are some decluttering tips for aging adults in your loved one’s home, so they feel safer and more comfortable at home. 

Declutter One Room at a Time 

Decluttering can feel overwhelming if you do not limit yourself to one room at a time. To begin, it might be helpful to declutter the room with the greatest number of possessions. Starting here could help your aging loved one not feel overwhelmed with the process.

For some aging adults, it became ingrained in them not to throw things away that “could” be valuable. You may know the item is not and will not be, but perhaps they are no longer savvy about what sells. Also, many aging adults have inherited many things that they are sentimentally attached to.

For these items, you could try to figure out clever storage ideas. These days between places like The Container Store or Amazon, you can find many ways to creatively store precious items.  

Make Piles 

Separate the piles into keep, throw away, and donate. If your loved one is having trouble sorting items into these piles, you can include a maybe pile that you can revisit once you separate everything else. This will help your loved one feel in control instead of being pressured in the moment. 

Get Rid of Items That Could be Dangerous 

If your loved one has limited mobility and needs assistance balancing, they must have a clear pathway for their safety. They will also likely need your help throwing away items they cannot reach. Items such as: 

  • Expired food items 
  • Broken furniture 
  • Old medicine 
  • Broken dishes, including pots and pans 
  • Broken appliances  
  • Rugs you deem a trip hazard 
  • Unused wires or plugs for electronics 
  • Any damaged items lying around that you know will never be fixed 

Throw Away Duplicate Items 

Many people buy duplicate items because they misplaced an item, or maybe the item was on sale, and they like it more than the one they have at home. Whatever the reason, these duplicate items add up in each room. For example: 

  • Bathroom: Your aging loved one could have many towels, rugs, and toiletries they do not need. 
  • Office: Notebooks, scissors, pens, stationery – All these items could take up valuable space. 
  • Kitchen: Over the years, it is likely your aging loved one has collected numerous dishes, coffee mugs, silverware, etc. These duplicated items could generously be donated to a local mission. 
  • Closet: Many ladies and some men love to have a variety of clothes. There is nothing wrong with that unless many of their clothes are almost exact replicas of each other. This could include accessories as well. 

Put Items Where They Belong in the Home 

Try to ensure that every item has a place it belongs. Silverware should go in the drawer in the kitchen. Books should be on a bookshelf. A coat should be hung in the coat closet. The list could go on and on. The quickest way for a house to get in disarray is when items are strewn about the house instead of in their rightful places. 

We hope these tips will help you to make the home safer and more comfortable for your aging loved one. At Next Day Access, it is our goal to help aging adults be able to live out their lives in their homes.

We offer several products that assist with mobility, such as grab bars or wheelchairs, among many other accessibility devices or mobility equipment. If we can ever help you ensure your loved one’s home is safe, please do not hesitate to reach out to your nearest Next Day Access to schedule an in-home consultation

A new study by researchers at the University of Virginia found that people with type 2 diabetes who attend an annual wellness check are significantly less likely to require a major lower extremity amputation within the same year. 

The research involved Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, who are now entitled to a free yearly healthcare visit. The research found that 36% of people with diabetes had decreased odds of amputation just by attending this free check-up. 

Jennifer Lobo, a researcher from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA, presented findings at the 82nd American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Session in New Orleans, Louisiana. She said that “People who made use of the new free annual wellness checks had diabetic foot issues diagnosed earlier than those who did not attend the wellness check.”  She also suggested that, “Policymakers should prioritize incentives for having patients participate in annual wellness visits to improve preventative care and reduce major lower extremity amputations, particularly in the Diabetes Belt.”  

The Diabetes Belt, where the study took place, is made up of 644 counties in the Southeastern and Appalachian USA. The study showed that people in the Diabetes Belt had a 27% higher risk of requiring a major lower extremity amputation when compared with surrounding counties.

Previous research from the team found that precisely one additional major lower extremity amputation per 1000 people was needed in the Diabetes Belt compared to other counties. 

The study also found that there are significantly increased rates of diabetes-related amputations among non-Hispanic Black patients in comparison to non-Hispanic White patients. This is true for inside and outside the Diabetes Belt. Researchers suggest the discrepancy could be due to relatively low available resources in the Diabetes Belt area. In order to boost preventative care in this area, more resources need to be available soon. 

“While Annual Wellness Visits are a free visit for qualified Medicare beneficiaries, additional incentives or resources to overcome systematic access to care barriers are needed to support patient attendance,” says Jennifer Lobo. “Patient education about the value of Annual Wellness Visits and preventative care could also help improve utilization of Annual Wellness Visits, hopefully reducing the rate of major amputations.” 

The new FREE Annual Wellness Visits provided by Medicare will benefit millions of people with Type 2 Diabetes, but only if they take advantage of the free visit.  

At Next Day Access, we encourage you to take advantage of this wellness visit. However, if you have recently had an amputation, we encourage you to visit your nearest Next Day Access. We provide many types of mobility equipment to help you get around safely and independently after an amputation. We sincerely hope you will never find yourself needing an amputation, but we are here for you if you do.  

It seems that lately, there are always changes to our Social Security. It can be hard to keep up with what is new, and when you have a question, it can be difficult to reach anyone by phone. Most of the time, when you need to speak to someone at the Social Security office, you need to make an appointment to meet in person. Many people understand that before they go to the Social Security office, they should plan to be there for some time. That is why we have researched some of the most frequently asked questions and answers pertaining to Social Security and aging adults. We hope this will be more convenient for you. 

What is the maximum Social Security retirement benefit payable? 

Depending on the age you choose to retire will determine the amount of money you receive from Social Security. If people do not have other income coming in to support themselves, they may choose to work as long as possible. So, let’s say you decide to retire at your full retirement age of 70 in 2022, your maximum benefit would be $4,194. However, if you retire early at 62, your maximum benefit is significantly less at $2364. When ready to retire, you can go to the Social Security website and fill out the online retirement application. The application will let you know how much you put into your social security accounts over the years and calculate your payment based on when you choose to retire. It will give you a good idea on whether you should continue working or if you can afford to retire early. The retirement application is considered the easiest and most efficient way to apply for your retirement benefits. 

How do I earn Social Security credits, and how many are needed to qualify for benefits? 

The Social Security Administration uses your total yearly earnings to determine your Social Security credits. In 2022, the amount needed for credit is $1,510. You are allowed four credits for any year. As average wages increase, the amount needed will also increase, so you might want to check this figure every few years. You must earn a certain number of credits to qualify for Social Security benefits. The number of credits needed depends on the type of benefit you apply for and your age. No one needs more than 40 credits to receive their Social Security benefit. 

What earning types have special rules? 

Usually, Social Security earnings are calculated the same way for most Americans that worked throughout their life. However, there are some types of earnings that have additional rules. The earning types with special rules include the following: 

  • Farm Work 
  • Federal Government Housing 
  • Household Employment 
  • Military Service 
  • Nonprofit or Religious Organizations 
  • Railroad Earnings 
  • Self-Employment 
  • State and Local Government Employment Wages 
  • Work Outside the United States 

How important is it to monitor your earnings? 

If you want to be sure you receive all the money entitled to you when you are due to receive your Social Security benefits, you should be keeping up with exactly how much you are paid each paycheck and recording it. If your employer did not correctly report just one year of your work earnings to Social Security, your future payment could be almost $100 per month less than what it is supposed to be. 

We hope providing some Social Security answers helps clarify specific issues you may have been concerned about in your retirement. At Next Day Access, we care about our customers. Our goal is for each of our customers to live safely and independently at home as they age. While we do not work as benefit analysts, we offer many products like wheelchair ramps, scooters, vehicle lifts, and more to keep you safe and remain in your home as you age. Please do not hesitate to contact your nearest Next Day Access if you have questions or would like to schedule an in-home consultation. 

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