Take Your Accessibility Wherever You Go

Take Your Accessibility Wherever You Go

Take Your Accessibility Wherever You Go

The United States has come a long way in making more places accessible for those with mobility challenges. People who depend on wheelchairs, power scooters, walkers, canes or who are unable to navigate stairs due to age or health are still finding many places they cannot access. Now you can take your accessibility with you wherever you go. There are a lot of foldable and portable ramps that you can keep stored in your vehicle so you are always ready to go even if there is not a handicap ramp in place. Maybe it is to go visit a friend or relative’s home that is not accessible—or a park, restaurant, office, shop—anywhere that does not have an accessibility ramp. Riding in a friend’s vehicle? Don’t let that stop you! Just bring your own ramp!

Single Fold Portable Ramps

SUITCASE Graphite Fiber ramp

These Single Fold ramps bridge the gap over steps, curbs and raised landings. The 5ft and 6ft ramps can also double as ramps to enter and exit most minivans. Simply unfold the hinged ramp. Position for maximum safety and support, or fold in half and carry like a suitcase. Take it with you for whenever you need it.

Tri-Fold Portable Wheelchair Ramps

Trifold Wheelchair Ramp

The Tri-fold® Advantage Series ramp, with its unique 3-fold design, provides the length required for wheelchairs and scooters to easily access steps, vehicles and raised landings. They can be carried as a set, or quickly separated into two individual sections – making it even easier to use, carry and store. The Trifold Ramp is available in 5, 6,7, 8 and 10 ft lengths. Easy to store in your vehicle so you have it when you need it.

Threshold Scooter & Wheelchair Ramps

ThresholdRamp

Threshold ramps are a small lightweight, durable and modular ramp designed for doorways, sliding glass doors and raised landings. One can be used by itself or two can be combined to allow for passage over raised areas. These mobility ramps are both great for scooters and wheelchairs. They are small enough to move from door to door or take along with you on an errand or a road trip.

Contact one of our professional accessibility professionals to see which portable ramp will meet your needs!

Gifts Ideas for mobility challenged

Gift Ideas for the Mobility Challenged

Gifts Ideas for mobility challenged

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift that could truly aide in greater independence, safety and accessibility for someone you love who has challenges moving freely through life? Maybe your loved one is in a wheelchair or power scooter uses a walker or cane. Perhaps they are simply growing older and need a little help moving about. Maybe their disability has left them with a lack of mobility due to a stroke, heart issues, traumatic injury, genetic disability, or from a progressive disease.  Here is a list of possible gift ideas:

Automatic Door Opener 

Door Opener Wall Switches

Installed in your home to make entry and exit easy as a push of a button.

Stairlift 

Stairlift

Can be installed on your existing indoor or outdoor staircase to give a power ride up and downstairs

Power Lift Chair 

Lift Chair

A multi-positioning recliner that comes in up to 10 sizes that lets the user change positions with an easy control from sitting, napping, lying flat, watching TV, to assist in standing. Give them their new favorite chair.

Wheelchair Ramps 

Wheelchair Ramps

Come in various materials to give independent access anywhere there is a change in elevation.

Portable Ramps 

Portable Ramp

Can be folded and taken with you to provide access where there is no permanent ramp.

Wheelchair Vertical Platform Lift 

Platform Lift

A mini wheelchair elevator that can be installed in your home to access another level inside or outside.

Valet Seat

Valet Seat for Trucks

A power lift seat that lowers and swivels to aide in entering a vehicle.

Walk in Tub

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There are various models that allow safe independent access to showering or bathing. Give the gift of privacy and independence. There is even a Safeway Walk-in Door that can add a door to your existing tub.

Bath Safety Products

Grab Bars

Grab bars, sliding shower chairs and toilet seats all make thoughtful gifts to make the bathroom safer and more private.

Transportable Commode/Shower Chair 

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For the person on the go, this foldable chair can double as a shower chair or commode that travels.

Stocking Stuffers

Reacher or grabber, bedside tray, a hanging organizer for wheelchair or powerlift chair.

Remember that your loved one will not only enjoy the gift that adds to their independence and accessibility, but they will treasure time with you.

BraunAbility Valet Seat

Transfer Independently from Wheelchair to Vehicle with a Valet Seat

BraunAbility Valet Seat

When it has become more difficult to transfer in or out of your vehicle, the Valet Seat is a perfect solution. Perhaps you have a special needs child who is growing and you are endangering your back by lifting, or you or your loved one needs assistance getting in or out of the vehicle. The Valet Seat can easily be installed in your new or existing car, SUV, van, or truck on the passenger or driver side. The touch of a button controls this beautiful powered seat which can swivel out and lower to grant safe exit or lift for entry for the driver or passenger. It can hold up to a 330 lb adult.

Your factory installed seat can be removed and stored untouched so it can be replaced when you are ready to sell your vehicle. You can even reinstall the Valet Seat in your next applicable vehicle. The power settings allow it to recline or slide forward or backward for more comfortable personalized seating. The Valet Seat has armrests and footrests and you can even add heated seats for extra comfort.

Choose from a variety of colors to match your vehicle interior. The Valet seating meets all safety standards including child safety codes. It can be matched with available vehicle lifts to make it easier to load wheelchairs and power scooters. Check into these available models of the Valet Seat:

Valet Plus

Valet Plus

Get in and out of higher vehicles effortlessly. The Valet Plus seat rotates, extends and lowers to your individual needs.

Valet Limited

Valet Seat Limited

Your luxury ride begins even before entering your vehicle. The Premium Valet Limited offers more standard power features than any turning vehicle seat available. And the sleek appearance is second to none.

Valet LV

Valet Seat LV by Bruno

Rotate and slide your car seat. Get in and out of your sedan with ease with the Valet LV turning car seat. Featuring the comfort, durability and good looks of the Valet Signature Seating line, the Valet LV power rotates at a push of a button and manually slides beyond the door frame to make traveling easier than ever.

Contact your Accessibility Professional to ensure you choose the correct Valet Seat for your vehicle and needs.

Wheelchair Lifts for SUVs

3 Types of Exterior Vehicle Lifts for Wheelchairs and Scooters

Are you overwhelmed by the choices of Vehicle Lifts for your wheelchair or Power Scooter? Let’s see if we can clear up some of the confusion. Exterior Lifts ride on the outside of your vehicle as opposed to inside. Some of the benefits of using an Exterior Vehicle Lift is that it can be mounted or pulled outside, leaving more room inside your automobile. It is usually less expensive since it doesn’t require installing extra wiring to your car. It is simple to use as you just roll your mobility device on, lock in place and use the control to lift in place.  Let’s take a look at three different types of Exterior Vehicle Lifts:

Wheelchair Lifts For Cars or Sedans

Bruno Chariot

Carry your own personal wheelchair or power scooter with you wherever you go. Just wheel onto the platform and your mobility device rises in place so you can pull it on a little trailer behind your car. The outside is hitched and pulled, leaving all the interior space of your vehicle free.  These vehicle Lifts often can grant independent use in loading and unloading. Make it easy to take your wheelchair or scooter to the store, doctor or on a road trip. There is also a simple power lift to carry a folded manual wheelchair outside your car without breaking your back trying to get it in the trunk. Harmar and Bruno both offer models to carry your device outside your personal car.

Wheelchair Lifts For SUV or Crossover Vehicles

Wheelchair Lifts for SUVs

Keep all your passenger and cargo space by transporting your wheelchair or power scooter with the Out-Sider by Bruno. You can even add the available swing-away option so you can access the back cargo area even with the lift in use. It is as easy as wheeling on to the platform and pressing a button to lift in place. Then go where you want.

Wheelchair Lifts For Pickup Trucks

Wheelchair Lifts for Pickup Trucks

 Harmar and Bruno both have vehicle lifts specifically designed for trucks. Truck Lifts have the power and flexibility to load and unload from the driver or passenger side, tailgate or curbside, standard or extended cab. There are models which can carry your device behind the pickup or in the bed of the pickup.

As always, it is very important to ask your accessibility professional to help you find the correct Vehicle lift for your personal vehicle, mobility device and to give you as much independence and accessibility as possible with your particular disability.

Portable Ramp

Differences between modular and portable wheelchair ramps

When there are so many different types of Wheelchair Ramps on the market, it is good to be informed before making your final decision on which type best suits your specific needs. A Handicap or Wheelchair ramp can be a vital asset to your home, business, school, church or office. It can make the difference on whether or not you, your loved one, or clients can even enter the front door. Ramps not only offer access to those using wheelchairs or power scooters, but make it safer for anyone with any type of mobility issue including those using a walker, knee scooter, crutches, a cane, pushing a stroller, or those who simply are unable to navigate stairs or steps. A common question seems to be about the difference between modular and portable ramps.

Modular Wheelchair Ramp

Modular Wheelchair Ramps

  • Crafted in modular sections at the factory to meet all ADA standards and codes
  • Offers quick installation by factory-trained crew
  • Available in attractive materials: natural wood, heavy duty steel, and maintenance-free aluminum depending on anticipated traffic, design and budget
  • Aluminum and Steel offer textured or mesh non skid flooring
  • Can be used for temporary or long term use
  • Can be installed without damaging your existing structure
  • Offers safe welcome access to those with any type of mobility challenge
  • Can be relocated or modified if needed by moving or adding sections
  • Often available to be rented
  • Can be removed and sold when no longer needed

Portable Ramp

Portable Wheelchair Ramps

  • Can be used for special occasions (weddings, graduations, house guests…)
  • Excellent solution for short term use  such as anticipated short recovery period
  • Foldable ramps for  vans
  • Specialty ramps like to go over rough thresholds
  • Ramps on wheels which can be moved around (great to access stages, platforms, altars…)

 

Ask for a free consultation from an experienced accessibility professional to evaluate your space and needs to help determine whether a modular or portable Wheelchair Ramp will be the best solution for you, your loved one, your church, school, or business. A Wheelchair Ramp is one of the most critical ways to offer safe, independent access.

Residential Vertical Platform Wheelchair Lift

Options for home access with limited landing spaces

If your home has stairs or changes in elevation that are impossible for you or your loved one to navigate any longer, there are some great solutions available. Even if you have limited landing space, there are still options to grant access to those stairs or raised levels. Stairlifts or Vertical Platform Lifts (also known as Wheelchair Elevators) are worth looking into to grant access for any type of mobility issue.

Stairlifts and Vertical Platform Lifts are both available for interior or exterior use. That means that whether you are in a wheelchair, use a power scooter, a walker, cane or are unable to navigate stairs due to injury, health or growing older, you can still use all parts of your home. One of these amazing solutions may even keep you from moving from the multi-level home you love.

Stairlift

Stairlifts

  • Take up very little room with a rail system installed along existing stairs
  • The attractive supportive chair folds up out of the way when not in use
  • Available in models for indoor and outdoor use
  • Can be fit for use on curved, straight, spiral and multi-landing staircases
  • Have a second power source in case of an outage
  • Offer a safe, smooth, easy lift up and down existing stairs
  • The low-profile rails and the comfortable chair are available in choice of colors
  • There is a platform model which can carry a wheelchair in use up and down the rail system
  • Some models are available to rent

Vertical Platform Lift

Vertical Platform Lifts

  • Take up a small amount of floor space
  • Self-standing mini Elevators that lift a person, wheelchair or scooter straight up and down
  • Available in models for interior or exterior use
  • Great for raised decks, second floors, lower basements, apartments…
  • Choose from open or enclosed platform lifts
  • Safe, reliable lifts to encourage independent access and movement to upper and lower levels
  • Great solution for home, office, church, and business use
  • Offers access for those in wheelchairs, scooters, using walkers, canes, or for anyone who cannot safely navigate stairs.

 

Contact your accessibility professional for a no-obligation consultation to help you see how we can make your home, office, church or business accessible on all levels.

stairlift rentals

Should I rent or purchase a stairlift?

StairliftsWhen looking for a stairlift to grant access to upper and lower levels in your home, people often ask if they should purchase or rent a stairlift. The answer depends on your particular situation, duration of need, and of course, the stairs in your home. A stairlift consists of a rail system, carriage unit and chair that transports the user safely up and down existing stairs. It is an affordable way for you or a loved one to be able to access all areas of your home when the stairs cannot be safely navigated.

Almost any type of stairs can be custom fit with a stairlift—straight, curved, spiral, multi-landing, exterior and interior. However not every type of staircase can be rented. If you have one straight single run of 10-14 steps, you may be able to rent a stairlift. However, curved, spiral and staircases with turns or multi-landings need very customized fittings for the rail system. Most of the time, straight staircases are the type which can be rented. Check with your accessibility professional to set up a free consultation to evaluate and measure in your home. They can determine if rental is an option. There are times you can rent to own, rent for the duration of recovery, or for a house guest.

Make sure to use a reputable brand like Harmar, Bruno and Handicare. All three of those manufacturers are highly rated and exceed all safety and ADA standards. They stand behind the modular designed parts which make up the stairlift system. Make sure the stairlift you purchase or rent meets these requirements:

  • A backup source of power to ensure operation in case of an outage
  • A seat belt for the chair
  • A lock to keep children from playing on the stairlift
  • The weight capacity should meet your individual needs
  • A swivel seat that locks in place at the top and bottom of the stairs for easy seating.
  • An overload detector and governor to regulate speed
  • Ask about a maintenance plan to cover any repairs

Some companies have a minimum rental period of about 3-4 months to cover cost of installation. Ask about a buy-back program if you sell your home or no longer need the stairlift. The value of gaining the independence and safety of going up and down stairs is a big consideration when thinking about buying or renting a stairlift for indoors or outdoors in your home. Sometimes it means the difference in staying in the multi-level home you love and feel comfortable in.

Aluminum Ramp

Should I rent or purchase a wheelchair ramp?

Aluminum Ramp

If you are wondering if you should purchase or rent a wheelchair ramp, a simple rule of thumb is if you think you will need the ramp for six months or less, consider renting. It is even possible to rent a wheelchair ramp for one day for special occasions such as weddings, graduations or for a houseguest. Wheelchair Ramps can be permanent or temporary, depending on the needs of your home, business, church or school.

AccessNSM offers National Ramps which are highly-rated, quality-crafted handicap wheelchair ramps which are available in different materials including wood, steel and aluminum. If you rent, that will be taken into consideration. One of our accessibility professionals can offer a free consultation to help you decide which material. We can measure and configure ramps which will custom fit your particular area and need. Since our ramps are crafted at the factory and modular in design so they can be quickly installed and used immediately. If your rental ramp turns into a longer-term need, we can use it to apply to purchase.

Rental options are perfect for:

  • Short-term rehabilitation (after surgery, stroke, etc)
  • Hospice or end-of-life situations
  • Rental properties
  • Houseguest with disabilities
  • Special Events
  • Residential and Commercial Installations

Whether you purchase or rent a ramp, our ramps are attractive, safe and meet all ADA standards and codes. AccessNSM has beautiful and affordable warm natural wood ramps, portable ramps, Heavy duty powder-coated steel ramps and lifetime maintenance–free Aluminum ramps with mesh flooring. All our ramps are skid resistant, with highest safety ratings and quickly installed by an experienced team.

Make your home, school, church, business or any public place more welcoming and accessible to those with any kind of mobility challenge- whether they are using a wheelchair, power scooter, walker, knee scooter, or simply aging and unable to navigate the stairs or any changes in elevation.

AccessNSM Holiday Specials

Stairlifts – the Perfect Gift of Safety and Independence

Stairlifts

Give the perfect gift of safety and independence this holiday with a professionally installed stairlift. When your loved one can no longer manage the stairs in your home and feels confined to the lower part of your home, you can give them complete access to any upper level. For someone who is mobility challenged, this could be the greatest gift you could give them. A stairlift can grant them a safe way to independently go up and down any stairs in your home whether it is indoors or outside.

A stairlift consists of a rail system which is professionally installed along the top edge of the stairs (on either the wall or railing side). The rail is attractive yet low profile since it is available in colors to blend with your décor. The comfortable supportive chair is carried up and down the rail system on a carriage unit. At the touch of a button, the stairlift smoothly transports the user with ease to the next level and back. The seat comes in a variety of colors and fabrics, and can be inconspicuously and easily folded up out of the way when not in use. A back up power source is built in for those rare occasions there is a power outage.

There is also a stairlift rental program available if you want to make sure your home offers full access to visitors over the holidays. Perhaps your loved one is in a wheelchair. Explore the possibility of a platform for the user to simply wheel on and lock in place. The platform lifts the wheelchair-in-use up and down the rail to grant access to other levels.

AccessNSM Holiday Specials

Ask about our Super Holiday Special on stairlifts which can be quickly installed by our trained crew. One of our accessibility professionals is ready to offer a free in-home evaluation. Give your loved one a stairlift for the holidays because it offers:

  • Independent access up any stairs—indoors or outside.
  • Custom fit for curved, straight or spiral staircases.
  • An attractive solution for inaccessible stairs to multi-leveled areas
  • A safe, easy way to travel up and down stairs which have become impossible to navigate
  • Access to basements, raised decks, lower level garages, upper stories, raised entries…

Outdoor Stairlift

Give the gift that will help your loved one stay in the home they love, give them complete independent access to all levels and help them to fully enjoy your home. Contact us at AccessNSM to help you give the gift they can truly use.

Lift Chairs

Your Favorite Recliner Chair for Now and Later

Lift Chairs

If you or someone you love is nearing retirement age (or perhaps has already retired), this is a great time to begin putting plans into action to age in your own home. Everyone knows that a great recliner is one of the most critical pieces of furniture right now and as you grow older. It makes perfect sense to enjoy your favorite chair right now—and have it already in place as you begin to lose mobility. One of the great Power Lift Reclining Chairs can be your favorite thing to come home to relax in now, and it will serve you well throughout your remaining years.  

With two highly rated Lift Chair makers, Pride Mobility and Gold Technologies, in our line-up, AccessNSM can help you find the perfect fit for you and your needs. There are ten sizes available so every person can find a custom fit for their body size and shape—from the most petite to Extra Tall and Extra Wide. A good fit is half the battle in finding your perfect new favorite chair. Yet there is so much more to finding a chair that will serve you now and later.

There are multiple positions your new power lift chair can place you in, depending on the activity you are doing. A power button can easily switch from one position to another. Perhaps you want to relax and watch a football game, or sit up to eat, read, or do a craft. If you need to take a nap, you can even lie flat. You can have your feet up in multiple positions or place them on the floor. So you can relax and get comfortable now. Think about later: when it’s hard to get up out of your favorite chair. A simple touch of a button automatically raises you to a standing position. You may need to sleep in your chair to keep a certain body part elevated; you may spend more time in your chair than in bed as you get older. You won’t have to depend on someone to assist you out of your chair or to change positions. It is all powered by controls that allow you to control your movements in your favorite chair in your own home.

Consider getting your new favorite chair now. You get to pick the color, fabric, style. It will fit your body like a glove. You can begin enjoying your chair now and for years to come.