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5 Incredibly Important ADA Requirements Any Business Must Meet

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Did you know that older adults are treated in the emergency room for injuries sustained in a fall every 11 seconds? Life can become more difficult as you age. Something as simple as opening a door can cause joint pain from arthritis, and bending over to pick something up could throw out your back. Aging isn’t fun, and many places that you once enjoyed may be difficult to get to. This is the exact reason the United States has the Americans with Disabilities Act or the ADA. For the elderly as well as those with disabilities, this law is essential to functioning in the modern world.

What is the ADA?
There are certain rules the ADA places upon businesses and public infrastructure that allow those with disabilities to access them. These are aptly known as accessibility standards. These include but are not limited to:

    • Handicap door opener buttons are those blue buttons with the stick figure silhouette of a person in a wheelchair that you see outside of a building. They are important for people in a wheelchair who may be unable to open the door, or for elderly individuals who may find the door prohibitively heavy.
    • Wheelchair ramps are fairly self explanatory, but important all the same. If a building is located up a flight of stairs, but you are in a wheelchair, you will not be able to get up the stairs. Wheelchair ramps for stairs circumvent this issue.
    • Elevators must be able to accommodate wheelchairs both in terms of internal dimensions and with regards to the width of the entrance into the elevator.
    • Handrails are very important to those who are able to walk but need something to assist them in the act. On staircases especially, it is common for older individuals to slip and fall. With handrails there to stabilize them, this becomes less likely.
    • Bathroom stalls are too small to fit a wheelchair inside, which is why handicap stalls are a necessary design criterion for public bathrooms. Handrails must be installed as well.

Everything the ADA requires businesses to include in their design, from handicap door opener buttons to more room in a public bathroom stall, is important and in many cases necessary for the handicapped peoples of America.

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Answering Common Questions About Lift Recliners For Elderly Use

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According to AARP and the National Conference of State Legislatures, 90% of people over the age of 65 want to live in their home as long as they can. Fortunately, there are many devices designed to improve household mobility and overall quality of life. Lift recliners for elderly use, for example, are devices growing in popularity, which can assist those with mobility issues from transitioning from the sitting to standing position. Here’s a quick FAQ about lift recliners for elderly use to help you make the best decisions regarding your mobility needs.

What specific mobility issues are lift recliners most accommodating to?
There is a wide range of mobility issues that cause people to invest in lift recliners. They’re typically most helpful for people who have trouble going from a sitting to standing position and back again. But there are multiple positions that lift recliners can move to in order to help you stand upright as comfortably as possible.

What are the different lift recliner positions?
While each brand of lift recliner is different, for the most part, they’re two- or three-position devices. The primary position is the default and exactly like a typical chair. The second position reclines in a rearward position to extend and outstretch for leg extension — think of a typical chair in the reclined position. Finally, three-position lift recliners extend rearwards, rising the ottoman and extending further back than the typical recliner.

 

Lift Chair Recliner Positions

What type of material are lift recliners made from?
Lift recliners come in many different fabrics and materials, so it’s up to the user to determine which material they find most comfortable. If you’re unsure about the material, think about how long you anticipate spending in the chair at any given time. If it’s going to be a major place of relaxation for you, a more breathable or microfiber material is suggested. But above all, if you have a material that makes you most comfortable, that’s the best bet.

Ultimately, over 2 million senior citizens visit the emergency room each year for injuries caused by a fall. Understanding how lift recliners for elderly use help enhance accessibility is the best way to achieve full mobility and make the best decision for your accessibility needs. For more information about medical lift chair recliners, contact Access NSM.

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3 Benefits of Investing In Automatic Door Openers For Your Home

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Approximately 53 million Americans live with a disability, and according to a recent study, the most common disability is associated with limited mobility. And while there are countless devices designed to help patients achieve full mobility, one of the most difficult aspects of getting around your home in an electric wheelchair often involves opening and closing doors. If you’re struggling to get through doorways due to your limited mobility, it’s important to understand all the advantages that come with installing handicap automatic door openers. Here are just a few benefits of investing in handicap automatic door openers for your home.

Ease of Use
Automatic door openers do come in multiple models and designs, but for the most part, they’re incredibly simple to use and maintain. They typically operate using either motion sensor technology or with a simple remote control or button. Whichever your preference, rest assured that as long as the doorway meets ADA door requirements, your wheelchair will comfortably fit through without any extra hassle or maneuvering on your part.

Preservation of Privacy
The difficulty that many people experience when opening and closing doors in an electric wheelchair often leads them to do it only when necessary. This can negatively impact privacy, and everybody deserves to feel comfortable in their home. Installing handicap automatic door openers throughout your home can ensure that you always have a comfortable level of privacy in your home.

Flexibility During Installation
Finally, many people are often deterred from installing devices designed to improve mobility simply because they assume the installation process is difficult. However, the professionals that install these devices in homes typically have years of experience doing so and are fully trained on the latest safety procedures and accessibility standards, so you can rest assured that they’ll be in and out of your home in just a few hours, and your device will be up and running and ready for use.

Ultimately, approximately 6.8 million Americans use assistive devices to aid their mobility, and handicap automatic door openers are just one device that makes lives easier every single day. For more information about devices designed to improve mobility, contact Access NSM.

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3 Tips To Improve Accessibility Based On ADA Door Requirements

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Approximately 53 million Americans live with a disability today, and according to a recent study, the most common disabilities are all associated with limited mobility. While many patients make alterations to major rooms of their homes to make mobility easier, it’s important to understand that doors and doorways themselves can also be modified to accommodate any type of mobility-related issue.

If you’re trying to make your home or business compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, here are just a few pieces of advice for understanding ADA door requirements and modifying the doors and entryways in your home or commercial building.

Ensure Leveled Entrance
Checking the level of the floor in between rooms is a crucial aspect of increasing mobility of common household doors and entryways. Many doors have a strip of wood on the bottom that serves as part of the door’s frames and separates the rooms. However, it isn’t strictly necessary and can be easily removed to return the floor to its leveled state. Similarly, if there is a discrepancy in the level of the inside and outside flooring, it’s simple to add a piece of scrap wood to the lower leveled side to ensure a flat surface all throughout.

Widen Doorways Themselves
This may not be a feasible option for all financial or architectural situations, but it’s worth considering for those who do have the investment. Traditional door frames tend to be about 32 inches wide. However, most wheelchair designs require a high level of precision and accuracy to properly navigate through that tight of a space. That’s because many modern wheelchairs have a wider design that needs a full 36 inches of space in order to move through doorways comfortably and safely.

Similarly, depending on your living situation, it may be easier and more logical to simply remove certain doors completely. Make sure to consider even small modifications, such as ADA door opener requirements, which can improve access and mobility in many ways.

Don’t Forget The Doorknobs
Finally, it’s important to remember to adjust the type of doorknobs in accordance with your mobility needs. Traditional doorknobs do require a certain level of dexterity to operate with ease. If you have wrist-related mobility issues, arthritis, or certain types of paralysis, door handles can be a major barrier. When trying to improve mobility and access in your home or commercial building, consider installing door handles designed for maximum ease of use.

If you’re trying to meet ADA door requirements or simply make your home more wheelchair friendly, then keep these accessibility standards in mind and be aware of even small changes you can make. This is a great way to invest in quality of life and overall wellbeing.

For more information about complying with ADA door requirements or to order wheelchair lifts for vehicles, door openers, and other mobility devices, contact Access NSM today.

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Guide To Understanding Types Of Wheelchair Vehicle Lifts

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According to the AARP and the National Conference of State Legislatures, 90% of people over the age of 65 want to live in their home as long as they can. While aging in place is extremely popular, it’s not always practical. That is, unless the right steps are taken to prepare a home for seniors with mobility challenges.

And while there are many assistive devices designed to aid mobility, wheelchair lifts are some of the most useful and versatile in helping people with limited mobility get where they need to go and live a comfortable life. For seniors living in large or two-story homes, these lifts are especially important for making aging in place possible.

However, for transportation purposes, wheelchair vehicle lifts are also incredibly beneficial to maintaining quality of life. Here’s a quick guide to help you understand the various types of wheelchair lifts for vehicles available today.

Exterior Wheelchair Lifts for cars, trucks, vans and SUVs

Exterior Wheelchair Lift Example

Outdside or Exterior Vehicle Lifts
Outside wheelchair vehicle lifts are used to secure a wheelchair to a vehicle’s exterior. It’s usually attached using a trailer hitch receiver so that it can be safely and securely transported from location to location. Exterior wheelchair lifts for vans and other vehicles are growing in popularity because they can be used with vehicles of almost any size. They’re also beneficial because they don’t take up valuable space inside of the vehicle itself.

Finally, it’s important to know that these outside vehicle lifts can be moved from vehicle to vehicle using a relatively short and simple process. It should also be noted that outside lifts are generally best for those who can stand for two to three minutes while the lift is operating. But once the wheelchair is strapped down and covered, moving it from place to place is made much easier.

Interior Wheelchair Lift for vehicles

Interior Scooter or Wheelchair Lift Example

Inside or Interior Lifts
Finally, interior lifts are cost efficient and improve mobility, although they are a bit more difficult to operate for some users. They’re similar to hybrid lifts, but instead of operating with the push of a button, indoor lifts swing outward in order to lift and load the wheelchair or scooter.

Check out the video playlist above of Harmar and Bruno scooter and wheelchair lifts that are available.

Ultimately, being able to differentiate between the benefits of outside lifts, hybrid lifts, and inside lifts can help you make the most informed decision regarding your mobility needs.

AccessNSM provides various types of the scooter and wheelchair lifts for cars, trucks, vans and SUVs, manufactured by Bruno and Harmar. Contact an AccessNSM branch today for a free evaluation.