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4 Next Day Access 4 More Tips for Seniors to Live Independently at Home

For seniors, being able to live independently at home remains a common choice. According to a report from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, the vast majority of adults 65 years and older live in detached, single family housing. If you are part of this population, you are nearly as likely to live alone as with a spouse, child, or other family member. Put another way, 50% of seniors live at home alone.

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Whatever your living situation at home looks like, you should know the vital importance of a strong support system. Many studies show that strong interpersonal and social connections benefit nearly every dimension of a senior’s life, including:

  • Physical function
  • Mental health
  • Life satisfaction
  • Managing chronic conditions
  • Navigating stress
  • Recovering from injury or illness
  • Longevity

The truth is, you’ll have better chances of long-term success if you stay informed and prepared. This article is part of a series focused on living independently as an older adult–also called “staying in place” or “aging in place.” Part 1 covered tips to prepare yourself and your home.

Welcome to Part 2!

This article is Part 2 in the series, and covers 4 MORE tips for seniors who want to live at home–with a focus on strengthening your support system:

  1. Learn the benefits of belonging
  2. Use technology to connect
  3. Make primary care a habit
  4. Record your preferences

We hope this series is a helpful resource for you. Please note that these articles are intended for informational purposes only and should not substitute medical advice. If you have health-related questions or concerns about living at home, we recommend you consult with your medical provider.

Our expertise is focused on accessibility solutions for your home. Contact your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access for a FREE in-home consultation. We’ll conduct a safety assessment and offer recommendations based on years of experience and thousands of happy customers served.

Customer Review: “Unable to return to my home of 35 years, my wife found us a home that was very close to being totally accessible. A friend recommended Next Day Access and was very happy with their service. I appreciated that I was not pressured, the prices were fair, and there was no haggling. It’s good to have competent workmen in your home who have your best interests in mind.” Steve, Minnesota

1. Learn the benefits of belonging.

Tip #1 to Live Independently at Home

There are many reasons why staying in place is the most common choice for seniors. Perhaps you’ve lived in your home for decades and want to stay where your favorite memories were made. Maybe you feel more comfortable living in a familiar house and neighborhood. Or maybe you downsized recently and want life to continue as normally as possible, for as long as possible.

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Whatever your reasons, a major advantage of being able to live independently at home is keeping your connections with friends, family, and neighbors. Social connections provide strong protections for seniors who live at home including:

  • Less loneliness
  • Higher quality of life
  • Better outcomes

For example, a recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology found that loneliness contributed strongly toward higher depression rates and lower self-ratings of health in older adults. The report associates loneliness with social isolation as a result of “having a smaller social network, more functional limitations, and limitations in engaging meaningful activities.”

Another report published in American Psychologist describes the health benefits of social integration for seniors, including “reduced risks for infectious illness, cardiovascular disease, overall cognitive and physical decline, and both cancer-specific and overall mortality.”

At the same time, loneliness is a serious issue for older adults in the U.S. Polling data from the University of Michigan shows that 1 in 3 adults between 50 and 80 years old experience isolation. Loneliness rates have doubled since the 1980s, resulting in serious, widespread effects on public health–enough for former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to identify loneliness as an “epidemic.”

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Strenthen Your Connections.

If you want to strengthen your social connections, check out resources from the Administration for Community Living or consider the following:

  • The Friendship Line is a phone “warm” line operated by staff and volunteers from the Institute on Aging. The line offers a variety of services including well-being telephone check-ins, grief counseling, bereavement support, home visits, and crisis intervention.
  • The AARP Virtual Community Center offers free online events and classes for “education, self-improvement, and fun.”
  • The Senior Center Directory can help you locate the nearest senior center to your home. Senior centers are a great place to meet people in-person and get involved in activities, classes, volunteering, and other programs. Many centers also facilitate counseling, support groups, meals, transportation, and other social services.

If your social life is limited by accessibility issues, please reach out to us. Your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access can work with you to find solutions based on your unique needs.

“Competitively priced, quality materials, and professional installation: what more can one ask for? The ramp is super and it enables my Mum to safely come and go from her home. Many thanks! Best in class client service and work.”

Paula, Toronto

2. Use technology to connect.

Tip #2 to Live Independently at Home

Recent developments in technology have revolutionized life for older adults. From the comfort of home you can visit with friends and family, attend medical appointments, schedule transportation–the possibilities are almost endless. As the U.S. population ages, technology is being adapted specifically for use by older adults.

You can use smart technology in your home for security, smoke alarms, lighting, appliance monitoring–even alerts when your milk expires! Both in and out of your home, technology can also be a powerful tool to connect you with your support system.

Below are some innovations that keep you safe and connected while you live independently at home:

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Smart monitoring.

In Part 1 we introduced Smart Alert Tech plugs and sensors that protect your privacy while monitoring your safety. You can also use smart plugs to improve safety in other ways. For instance, you can set a timer and stop worrying that you’ve forgotten to turn off your space heater. Or you can pair your smart plug with an app on your mobile device to control lights remotely–reducing the risk of losing your balance or tripping in the dark.

Online technology training.

Most people know about technology like smartphones, social media, and video calls by now. According to surveys by Pew Research Center and MetaFacts, a growing number of adults 65 years and older use these technologies to stay connected, engaged, and informed:

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  • 61% use a smartphone
  • 45% use social media
  • 39% use one-to-one video calls
  • 36% use multi-person video calls/conferences

Even so, many seniors have questions about how to use technology. You might have questions about the basics, or want to know which platforms are best to connect with others. Or you might want to know how to protect yourself while using online technology.

You can find support for your questions by reaching out to organizations like Cyber-Seniors. Cyber-Seniors is a nonprofit organization that pairs seniors with volunteer technology trainers who can help you learn a wide range of skills. Below are a few recent webinars that share how you can use technology to connect with others:

Another option is Senior Planet, a nonprofit organization founded by AARP and Older Adults Technology Services (OATS). Senior Planet describes their purpose as helping “older adults to come together and find ways to learn, work, create, exercise, and thrive in today’s digital age.” 

The organization’s technology training focuses on five “impact areas”: financial security, social engagement, creative expression, health and wellness, and civic participation. Check out Senior Planet’s free online offerings including:

Telehealth.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, remote technology has become an increasingly popular option to access physical and mental health care. Depending on the services you access virtually, you might hear the terms “telemedicine,” “telehealth,” “virtual care,” or “e-visits” when getting healthcare online.

While each of these terms has a slightly different meaning, they can all be considered forms of telehealth. The Health Resources and Services Administration defines telehealth as “the use of electronic information and telecommunication technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, health administration, and public health.”

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Like other demographics, older adults are using telehealth more since 2020. According to a recent research from AARP, 50% of adults aged 50 and older reported they or someone in their family has attended telehealth appointments within the past two years.

Survey respondents reported a variety of reasons for using telehealth including:

  • Regular doctor’s visits
  • Prescription renewals
  • Talking about new medical issues
  • Diagnosing illnesses
  • Getting care for a family member

If you have questions about using telehealth as an older adult, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has online resources that you may find helpful. You may also find support by contacting your medical provider or local senior center.

Of course, technology can help you stay connected both inside and out of the home. Contact your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access for more information on technology that keeps you safe, connected, and empowered while on-the-go.

“The entire process was much quicker than we had hoped for and the work was exemplary. All of the individuals involved in the process are in A+.”

Keith, California

3. Make primary care a habit when you live independently at home.

Tip #3 to Live Independently at Home

You can maintain relationships with doctors you trust.

You can also improve your chances of staying safe and healthy when you live independently at home by actively partnering with your doctor to build continuity of care. Continuity of care is defined as consistent healthcare services that are appropriate to your needs over time.

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Primary care serves as one of the most important components of continuity. Consider findings from recent research published in Scientifica about the benefits for seniors who receive primary care:

  • Less healthcare costs
  • Reduced risk of hospitalization
  • Improved health outcomes
  • Lower morbidity

By seeing a primary care provider regularly, you can access an array of beneficial services including preventative care, early detection, and management of chronic diseases. 

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Plus, your primary care physician can effectively coordinate with specialists or other providers if you need support from another department or facility. Consider this: a recent Profile of Older Americans survey reports that 26% of people 65 years and older visited a hospital emergency department in the past year.

With emergency room visits more common amongst seniors, having continuity of care can make an important difference when the unexpected happens. By building a good relationship with your doctor, you’ll have better support from a professional who knows your medical history, needs, and preferences.

If you need safe, reliable access to in-person medical appointments, contact us. Your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access can meet you at home and hear about your accessibility needs. We’ll work with you to find a solution that fits your specific situation.

“I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and Parkinson’s Disease, with severe mobility issues. Next Day Access was extremely flexible: on the day of installation, they showed up on time…the installers were professional, courteous, and knowledgeable. They took the time to answer all my questions, were in and out of here in no time, and the job was completed in a very timely manner. Would recommend them to anyone needing this type of help with access around your home, and for those with loved ones who need the freedom of mobility that this provides.”

Monty, Colorado

4. Maintain physical accessibility outside of your home.

Tip #4 to Live Independently at Home

Many older adults experience mobility limitations–and barriers when they live independently at home.

If you choose to live independently at home, you can make a big difference in your quality of life by ensuring physical accessibility outside of your home–also known as “outdoor mobility.” In the context of outdoor mobility, physical accessibility involves removing barriers that would others reduce or prohibit your movement outside of the home to access things like:

  • Goods and services
  • Employment opportunities
  • State and local programs
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According to research published in Frontiers of Physiology, more than 1 in 3 people aged 70 years and older reports limited mobility.

You might have a mobility limitation, impairment, or disability related to any one or more of the following:

  • Muscle weakness or stiffness
  • Weight concerns
  • History of falls or balance issues
  • Injuries
  • Surgeries
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Weight concerns

Additional studies from The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health underscores the importance of outdoor mobility for older adults’ health and wellbeing. Researchers say that mobility “goes beyond accessibility” in affecting people’s sense of “independence, control, status retention, integration, and ‘normalcy.’” Outdoor mobility is a big deal!

Even with federal civil rights protections like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), many people face barriers based on mobility limitations, impairments, or disabilities–particularly older adults. 

Researchers identified the following common barriers to outdoor mobility for older adults:

  • Lack of accessible transportation alternatives
  • Environmental factors like hills, stairs, and available parking
  • Sense of isolation while living alone
  • Extreme weather conditions

There are health risks associated with limited outdoor mobility.

Seniors who face barriers to outdoor mobility may be at risk of a status known as “homebound.” Homebound status is defined by researchers at Mount Sinai as leaving the home once per week or less. Research shows that homebound adults may face worse outcomes in physical, mental, or social health, as well and increased mortality rates.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the prevalence of homebound adults has risen significantly. According to recent research published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the number of U.S. adults who qualify as homebound has more than doubled since 2020.

Research published in BMC Geriartric identifies potential factors associated with an increased risk of being homebound including:

  • Older adults
  • Females
  • Mobility device users
  • Anyone with dementia
  • Those with prior history of falls
  • People living with anxiety or depression
  • Individuals experiencing social isolation

As you can see, some of the above risk factors cannot be changed. However, many of the factors above can be mitigated by removing barriers and restoring outdoor mobility.

You can get professional support right away by contacting your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access. We’ll schedule a free in-home consultation that simplifies your process, identifies barriers, and offers relevant solutions.

“Next Day Access has been exceptional in every part of the process. From my first inquiry, all questions along the way to the final installment. Their prices and warranty are very competitive, but most importantly to me I have confidence in their service and professionalism. I know if I have any issues, I’m in good hands with Next Day Access.”

Randy, Maryland

Let us help you remove barriers to outdoor mobility–quickly and safely.

For more than 25 years, Next Day Access has helped thousands of older adults remove barriers to their mobility–both in and out of the home. Your local accessibility experts keep your needs and goals both front and center–you are our priority from the first point of contact to the end of installation.

For help right away, you can contact us to get started. You can also read on to learn about a few of the accessibility solutions we offer that restore outdoor mobility quickly and safely:

Transportation solutions to live independently at home.

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We can help you to restore access to pathways, vehicles, and transportation alternatives based on your specific needs. With Next Day Access, you can enjoy a customized wheelchair, power chair, or scooter that gives you exactly what you need and gets you exactly where you need to go.

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Our wheelchair car and vehicle lifts restore access that allows you to use your mobility device while driving–or secure it outside for maximum interior space.

For another space-saving solution, portable ramps provide vehicle access and can also be used on-the-go for accessing businesses, homes, and other destinations. 

Environmental solutions.

Wheelchair ramps can restore your access over steps, hills, and other changes in elevation. We install customizable modular systems that offer quick installation, lasting durability, and trustworthy traction.

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For exterior spaces that are too small or steep for a ramp, consider solutions like porch lifts or outdoor stairway lifts. You may prefer a porch lift if you use a mobility device like walkers, scooters, or wheelchairs. If you walk unassisted or use a smaller device like a cane, you might prefer an outdoor stairway lift.

If you’re not sure about which solution is best for your home, just ask us. We’re happy to help you.

Connection solutions.

For some people who live alone, leaving the home may feel like a risk. You can keep friends, family members, or caregivers informed through a variety of means–including Smart Alert Tech. Earlier we shared how this technology can help you stay connected while you live independently at home.

You can also use Smart Alert Tech to keep others informed of when you leave and return from the home:

  • Use the Smart Alert Tech plug on your porch lift or stair lift
  • Add a Smart Alert Tech sensor at your front door

By using Smart Alert Tech, you can give yourself and others greater peace of mind when you’re out and about.

Weather solutions to live independently at home.

All of the products we just mentioned are designed to protect your safety in hazardous weather conditions. 

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For example, open weave aluminum wheelchair ramps provide ample drainage to avoid buildup of snow, ice, or water. We can install porch lifts that operate in extremely cold weather conditions, so you can have peace of mind when you leave the home.

Many customers love our mobility ramp and wheelchair rental program that provides affordable, seasonal access to wheelchairs, ramps, lifts, and other mobility products. All products in our rental line are ADA-compliant and installed by factory-trained experts.

With the right resources, you can live independently at home and have a safe and empowering experience. We hope this article has offered helpful information about staying connected to your support system–virtually and physically.

Remember: if you need help, we’re here for you. Schedule a free in-home consultation by contacting your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access. We will bring the industry’s best knowledge, skills, and products to your front door.

“I was totally amazed and so appreciative of the rapid response, professionalism, and workmanship that was provided. I will be referring Next Day Access to everyone. It was truly a superb experience…getting the ramp was the one thing I was dreading, but of all the work that had to be done Next Day Access made it the best experience of all….thank you so very much!!!”

Constance, Tennessee

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.

Click the button below to learn more about the EasyLift.

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You might be surprised to learn that home accessibility in the United States is rare. While 13.7% of U.S. adults have a mobility disability–including 1.7 million people who use wheelchairs or scooters–only 9% live in accessible homes. Even so, there is good news: one-third of homes could be modified for wheelchair accessibility. This is one reason that many people choose to modify rather than move. In homes where steps, stairs, or other elevation changes pose a challenge, vertical platform lifts (VPL) can provide an important solution.

Vertical platform lifts (VPL) at a glance

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Vertical platform lifts (VPL), also called porch lifts, provide vertical access with the push of a button. VPLs work via a lifting mechanism that raises people on a sturdy, flat platform up to 14 feet high. VPLs can be installed either indoors or outdoors to reach entrances, decks, porches, upper story rooms, and basements. VPLs are also relatively cost-effective, safe for use in all weather conditions, and useful when space is tight.

While options vary by product, all of our wheelchair lifts include the following features:

  • ADA and ASME compliant
  • 750-pound weight capacity
  • Made in the USA or Canada
  • Multiple sizes, many customizable
  • Optional accessories
  • Warranty coverage

Curious to know more? Read on to learn 5 ways a vertical platform lift (VPL) can make your life easier.

You can also get help right away by contacting your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access. We offer free in-home consultations to discuss your accessibility needs, identify potential safety issues, and recommend the best solutions.

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“Would easily turn to Next Day Access again if we need mobility services…they were very transparent and made sure that we were involved and satisfied throughout the installations. Five stars all the way!”

– Karl, Florida
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Vertical platform lifts can save you space

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Vertical platform lifts (VPL) offer vertical access in spaces too small for ramps. Consider the guidelines for ramp slopes from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA recommends a maximum slope ratio of 1:12, meaning every foot of rise should utilize a ramp at least twelve feet long. While this ratio provides a safe and usable solution for many, it also proves impractical for some. Space limitations based on yard size and height of an entrance or access point can eliminate ramps as a solution outdoors. Additionally, most interiors lack the necessary space to create multi-story access.

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By comparison, VPLs can provide vertical access with a very small footprint. With a VPL platform as small as 32” by 42”, you can gain up to 14 feet of rise! The space saving benefits of VPLs extend beyond the barriers of ramps. In fact, many people prefer VPLs to ramps, even when given the choice. By taking up less space, VPLs can protect existing landscaping, walkways, and parking from coverage by lengthy ramp runs and turn platforms.

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To determine the best options based on available space at your home, contact your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access. During our free in-home consultation, we’ll evaluate the layout of your exterior or interior. You’ll gain helpful insight about installation recommendations and products best suited to your unique needs.

“The quality of work was excellent. We’re exceptionally satisfied with the services and found that it was exactly what we were looking for.”

– Margaret, Iowa

VPLs can cost less

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Vertical platform lifts (VPL) achieve cost savings for many people, compared with other options. VPLs serve as an affordable alternative to solutions such as lengthier ramp systems and in-home elevators; lifts also cost less than many renovation projects or moving costs. Consider the costs of alternative solutions to VPLs:

Complex ramp systems. As we mentioned earlier, ramp slopes should not exceed a 1:12 ratio. In the case of small rises–such as a single step from the walkway to the entrance–a ramp might be the more economical choice. However, costs increase quickly on properties with hills, multiple-step entries, or access points above ground level. Once rises exceed 30 inches, the ramp system will require multiple runs and platforms to maintain a safe and comfortable slope. The more complex the ramp system, the more expensive.

Home elevators. Home elevators and VPLs perform similar functions. Both are designed for vertical access to rooms on multiple levels or stories. Both are safe to use, easy to operate, and operate with a smaller footprint. Although elevators and lifts function similarly, elevators cost significantly more. The product itself can cost double or triple that of a VPL. Elevators also require extensive construction as part of installation, adding to the steep price. By contrast, VPLs can be installed with simpler modifications and provide affordability without sacrificing functionality.

Moving fees. People searching for a wheelchair-accessible home find steep competition with scarce options. In the United States, less than 1% of homes are wheelchair accessible. Even “livable” homes for people with moderate mobility impairments make up less than 4% of the market. According to Paul Moody of Pro Mover Reviews, costs to move a three-bedroom home range from $2,250 to over $10,000. These prices don’t include increased mortgage payments, down payments, closing costs, or other fees associated with buying a home. In some cases, moving will cost less money than modifications like VPLs. However, there are many cases in which installing a VPL will save money–not to mention the headache of moving.

Exterior modifications. In the United States, 68% of homes require the use of steps. If your home is one of them, you might opt to install an accessible entryway elsewhere. With the right factors, this expense might be more economical. However, there are plenty of situations in which exterior modifications can cost much more than a VPL. For example, walkout entrances can cost thousands of dollars due to excavation, foundation prep, labor, and door framing. This expense does not factor in any interior modifications required to make space for the walkout entrance or create accessibility to upper floors. By comparison, installing a VPL requires minimal disruption to your exterior and can utilize existing entrances.

Interior modifications. For wheelchair or scooter users who want to make their existing home accessible, the cost of interior modifications can quickly skyrocket. For instance, nearly one in four homes lacks a bathroom on the entry level. To build an accessible bathroom, costs can range anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000. Installing a VPL is much less expensive and maintains access to bathrooms on other levels of the home.

Want to know the cost of installing a VPL in your home? Contact your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access for a free in-home consultation. Pricing depends on a few factors including the location of installation and the product you choose. Our pros can help you to determine the best options for your needs and budget.

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“The install was done efficiently and quickly and throughout the process, the team was helpful. Reasonably priced, quality product, and good service—can’t ask for more.”

– Danielle, California

Vertical platform lifts can reduce stress

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By installing a VPL, home can become a haven for wheelchair or scooter users instead of a source of stress. Research indicates that access is the most common disability-related stressor for wheelchair users. Specific to the Physical Disability Stress Scale, “access” relates to a person’s freedom of movement both inside and outside of the home. Over a third of respondents in a recent study self-reported stress due to inaccessible places that included stairs or other physically inaccessible features.

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Yet for nearly 87% of wheelchair users, home is neither designated as ‘accessible’ or even ‘livable,’ according to the American Housing Survey. This means the vast majority of wheelchair users in the United States are living with the daily stress of inaccessibility within their own homes.

With such troubling data, one might wonder why people don’t move into accessible homes. The burden of moving is one reason among many. Moving is often ranked as one of life’s most stressful events on a list that includes death, divorce, and getting fired. Avoidance of stress is not the only reason people choose to remain in their homes. People also choose to adapt to their existing home in order to maintain a sense of independence, connection with neighbors, and financial stability. The loss of these supports rank as stressful in their own right, and can compound the stress of a move.

Because some of the most common barriers to accessibility at home involve steps, stairs, or other changes in elevation, VPLs are a great solution. VPLs restore access for wheelchair and scooter users and create a stable, sustainable, and low-stress living environment for years to come.

Wondering if a VPL is right for your home? Contact your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access for a free in-home consultation. We can take a look at the layout of your home and suggest modifications that reduce stress and improve your quality of living.

“Our local accessibility experts were very knowledgeable and thorough in the selection and installation of a vertical platform lift. Any questions or concerns were solved immediately.”

– Candice, North Carolina

VPLs can expand accessibility

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There are several ways that VPLs can expand accessibility in the home. In particular, VPLs offer more accessibility for wheelchair and scooter users. Where stair ramps require transfers and additional wheelchairs, VPLs create vertical access with weight capacity for both user and chair or scooter together. For all users, VPLs offer a contained space to carry additional items like walkers, canes, crutches–or anything else you’d want to bring from one level to the next including groceries, luggage, and delivery items. For this reason, VPLs offer more accessibility options than stair lifts.

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Additionally, operating a VPL is straightforward and reliable. People with a diverse range of abilities can operate VPLs from Next Day Access using the following mechanisms:

Continuous pressure. For operation on the platform, all VPLs available through Next Day Access utilize continuous pressure methods including rocker switches, paddle switches, and up/down buttons. As the name suggests, users can move the VPL by applying continuous pressure in the desired direction. This method is accessible and safe for a wide range of abilities.

Remote control. Primary users or assistants can operate the VPL using a remote–or wireless–control. Remote controls can be handheld or installed alongside the platform for easy access. Note that this option is available only on select models.

Call/send controls. Call/send controls are hardwired and installed off of the platform. Primary users or assistants can operate the VPL by pressing a button either to “call”  or “send” the platform between levels. Note that this option is available only on select models.

Do you want help identifying the best VPL for your needs? Contact your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access for a free in-home consultation. We can help you to expand accessibility at home and live life on your own terms.

“Thanks to Next Day Access I could resume access to all three levels of my home, go out to eat with neighbors, and surprise my mother on her 88th birthday. I will be forever thankful for this company’s professionalism and caring nature.”

– James, Texas

Vertical platform lifts can support safety

Next Day Access Vertical Platform Lifts support safety

By installing a VPL, you can enhance safety for yourself and others visiting your home. VPLs can serve as a powerful ally when navigating inclement weather, physical obstructions, and power failures. Below we’ll expand on these common ways that a VPL from Next Day Access can support your safety. 

Inclement weather. With minimal maintenance, many VPLs can be operated safely in a variety of weather conditions. VPLs from Next Day Access include features like all-weather controls, specialized coating, as well as standard and add-on heating kits that improve functionality in extreme cold.

Injury prevention. All VPLs carry safety features to prevent injuries during operation. Safety gates and barriers automatically close during operation. Obstruction sensors can detect objects under the platform and signal the lift to stop. Emergency stop switches on the platform give users the power to halt operation quickly if necessary.

Power failures. People who use power chairs and scooters know how disruptive a loss of power can be. Fortunately, many VPLs contain backup battery power sources so you can maintain access even during a power outage.

It is very important to know that the safety of your VPL depends on choosing a trusted product and installation team. Your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access are trained and seasoned professionals. You can trust our team to offer the best options based on your particular environment, layout, and accessibility needs. We’ll also make sure you know how to maintain and operate your new VPL with confidence.

To get started, schedule an in-home consultation today with your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access. Consultations are always 100% free!

“Next Day Access has been exceptional in every part of the process. Their prices and warranty are very competitive, but most importantly I have confidence with their service and professionalism. I know if I have any issues, I’m in good hands with Next Day Access.”

– Randy, Maryland 
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Did you know January is National Bath Safety Month? Join us in the effort to raise awareness about bathroom injuries and how to prevent them! While bathroom safety is important for everyone, it is especially important for people who use wheelchairs or have other mobility issues.

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The truth is, bathroom injuries are commonplace. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bathroom injuries result in 235,000 emergency room visits every year in the United States for people aged 15 and older.

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Falls are the most common type of injury sustained in the bathroom, leading to 4 out of every 5 emergency room visits. While people of every age and ability face risks when using the shower, tub, sink, or toilet, bathroom injuries are most common amongst adults 65 years and older. 

There are many reasons why older adults face higher risks. As people age, it is common to experience changes in balance, strength, mobility, health, and cognition. Each of these factors contributes toward a person’s risk for falls, slips, and other bathroom injuries. Similar to people of all ages, older adults also experience greater risks related to variables like medication use, choice of footwear, and safety of the living environment.

Facts about falls and bathroom injuries

Particularly for older adults, falls can lead to devastating and even deadly outcomes. Consider the following facts about falls:

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These statistics might sound alarming, but we also have good news to share: fall prevention is in your hands! There are several ways you can reduce your risk of falling at home as well as other bathroom injuries. By knowing the risks, taking care of your health, and establishing a safe living environment, you’ll improve bath safety and minimize accidents.

Read on and discover how to prevent the 5 most common bathroom injuries. For in-person help, contact your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access. We offer free consultations to help identify potential safety issues in your bathroom. We’ll also offer recommendations for the best product and design options to meet your needs!

1. Support yourself while bathing or showering.

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Nearly a third of bathroom injuries occur while bathing or showering. This fact makes sense, doesn’t it? With a combination of slick surfaces, higher temperatures, and elevated tub rims or surrounds, people are more prone to slips, loss of balance, or fainting.

While bathtubs and showers are designed to protect your house from water damage, many lack the necessary safety precautions to prevent slipping. One of the quickest and easiest ways to improve traction is by purchasing anti-slip bath mats or stickers. To choose a bath mat or stickers that reduce risks in tub or shower, look for the following qualities:

  • Non-slip or anti-slip material that support good underfoot traction when wet
  • Strong grip to prevent movement against the tub or shower surface
  • Ease of cleaning to protect against soap residue, mold, and mildew buildup
  • Sufficient coverage to minimize contact with slippery surfaces

While mats and stickers offer some protection against slipping, they do not account for other injuries sustained while bathing including the loss of balance.

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For greater protection, many individuals opt to bathe while seated or lying down. In addition to a non-slip mat, consider options like the Invisia Bath Bench, Rane Folding Shower Seat, or Rane Shower/Changing Bed. Additionally, grab bars and safety poles can improve stability for bathing while standing, seated, or lying down or transitioning between positions.

It is important to remember that even surfaces advertised as “slip resistant” can be hazardous as a result of soap residue, mildew, and mold buildup. For this reason, regularly clean all surfaces in your shower and tub–including mats–as an essential part of bath safety.

If you are interested in a bench, seat, or bed for your tub or shower, contact your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access. We offer free consultations to help you choose the best options particular to your needs and the design of your bathroom.

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2. Reduce slip risks outside of the tub or shower.

Slipping is the second most common injury in the bathroom. Just like tubs and showers, bathroom floors are slippery when wet! And floors aren’t the only problem. Many bathroom rugs increase injury risks due to improper traction, drying capabilities, or curling. In fact, bathrooms are the most common place for rug- and carpet-related falls to occur in the home.

Fortunately, you can make a big difference with small additions to your bathroom like weighted shower curtains, non-slip rugs, and grab bars. Weighted shower curtains prevent excess water from leaking onto your floor outside of the tub or shower. If water happens to leak onto your floor while bathing, consider drying the floor before stepping out.

When properly designed, bath rugs can reduce instances of falling or slipping. To choose a bath rug that is more helpful than harmful, look for the following qualities:

  • Non-slip, non-skid, or anti-slip backing can provide better traction for your feet
  • Water absorbing can reduce the likelihood of slipping on wet surfaces
  • Quick drying can limit degradation due to mold and mildew
  • Low clearance can reduce the likelihood of tripping

Grab bars are a versatile option to aid in stability both in and out of the tub or shower. As the name suggests, grab bars are designed to be grasped while a person stands still, walks, or transitions between lying down, sitting, bending, or standing up.

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Depending on your needs and the design of the bathroom, grab bars can be installed vertically, horizontally, or at an angle. You can choose from a wide range of grab bar styles and materials that fit your idea of home, including options with custom sizes. There are even designs that double as soap holders, shelves, and holders for towels and toilet paper.

Want help deciding where to install grab bars in your bathroom? Contact your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access for a free consultation and estimate. We’ll visit your home and identify how grab bars can aid your safe movement.

3. Take care while using the toilet.

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The risks associated with getting on, off, or using the toilet increase dramatically with age, accounting for as many as 37% of bathroom injuries for adults 65 years and older. For people 85 years and older, this rate rises to 51%. In particular, toilets pose a risk for older adults who use the toilet more frequently due to urinary incontinence or those who experience changes in heart rate or blood pressure due to abdominal strain, dehydration, medication usage, or the transition between sitting and standing.

When it comes to toilet safety, slower is safer. Give yourself plenty of time to make your way to the bathroom, seat yourself on the toilet, and stand up afterward. Moving at a slower rate reduces the risk of slipping or tripping. Slow movements also offer some protection against heart rate and blood pressure changes when sitting or standing up that lead to fainting, light-headedness, or dizziness.

Additionally, there are a variety of products that support safer toilet use. A few of our favorites include the following:

Bidet seats. Bidet seats attach to your existing toilet and utilize a soft stream of water for cleaning as an alternative to toilet paper. They can reduce the risk of balance loss from twisting and bending to wipe with toilet paper. They also provide a slightly elevated seat for safer transition between sitting and standing. You can choose options that include heated seats, remote operation, and water pressure control for maximum comfort and ease of use.

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Support arms and grab bars. Installing support arms or grab bars near the toilet provides greater stability when transitioning between sitting or standing, as well as while using the toilet. While grab bars can be used anywhere in the bathroom and beyond, support arms are specifically designed for use around toilets. The anti-slip arms provide steady support while using the toilet, as well as transitioning on or off of the seat.

Accessible washbasins. Accessible washbasins include features like support rails, flexible positions, and adjustable heights. With a wide variety of manual and electronic options available, accessible washbasins provide greater ease of use and movement in the bathroom.

Want professional input? Contact your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access for a free consultation. We can help you design a safer, smarter bathroom.

4. Prepare to exit the tub or shower safely.

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The fourth most common cause of bathroom accidents involves exiting the tub or shower. These accidents often involve tripping over the surround, rim, or lip, or the loss of balance while stepping over them. With approval from a healthcare provider, older adults can exercise to improve function and balance that reduces the risk of falls by as much as 24%

Because injuries while exiting the tub happen to people of all ages, the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention suggests that “adding grab bars both inside and outside the tub or shower might help prevent bathroom injuries to all household residents.” In fact, a recent study showed a recovery of balance 75.8% more often for participants who used a grab bar than those without. In addition to grab bars, other supportive products like safety poles and support arms can further reduce the risk of accidents while exiting the tub or shower.

Curious to know what a safe exit system looks like? Elder Care Consultant Cynthia Wilson offers a brief demonstration of the grab bars installed in her mother’s bathroom. Notice how each grab bar is strategically placed. Cynthia’s mother can use the grab bars to support herself while standing up from the shower bench and taking her first and last steps out of the tub.

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Walk-in tubs are another great option for safe entrance and exit from the tub or shower. Walk-in tubs utilize a door that swings open and shut for easy access, and seals watertight for bathing or showering. We offer a wide range of conversion kits, freestanding, and built-in models that fit bathrooms of nearly any size.

You can schedule a free consultation by contacting your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access. We can help you design a safe exit system in your bathroom and install it within hours!

5. Protect yourself from fainting bathroom injuries.

The fifth most common injury sustained in bathrooms relates to fainting. Many fainting injuries relate to a sudden change in heart rate or blood pressure that is referred to in medical terms as “syncope.” Syncope is a common type of fainting that happens suddenly, lasts for a very short time, and ends with spontaneous recovery. While syncope does not always indicate an emergency on its own, the sudden loss of consciousness in small spaces like bathrooms can lead to serious injuries that require medical attention.

The origins of syncope vary greatly including cardiac, neurological, endocrinological, and psychiatric causes. The most common form of syncope is reflex or “vasovagal,” representing a third of cases. Vasovagal syncope involves a nervous system malfunction that can occur in response to the following:

  • Sitting or standing position
  • Severe emotional distress
  • Sudden pain or injury
  • Overheating
  • Dehydration
  • Diuretic or vasodilator use

For individuals with higher risk factors for syncope or other forms of fainting, consider the installation of grab bars and safety poles. These supportive products can increase your peace of mind and help during the early onset of a fainting spell while you still have consciousness.

You can further protect yourself from fainting injuries by recognizing the warning signs. Some, though not all, episodes are preceded by symptoms including:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Feeling dizzy or light-headed
  • Sweating
  • Palpitations

If you experience these symptoms in the bathroom, you can reduce the risk of injury by getting flat on the floor. Lie down as safely and quickly as you can, with legs elevated if it is possible. If you cannot flat, consider sitting with your head between your knees. Once your symptoms pass or you regain consciousness, be sure to check in with your medical provider. Sometimes, fainting spells can indicate more serious issues that require immediate attention.

Don’t delay, reach out today.

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We hope this article has provided helpful information about bath safety! Please note that this article is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice. We advise you to consult with your healthcare provider about recommended fall prevention strategies related to medication, exercise, or other lifestyle changes.

If you want help deciding on the best bathroom products for your home, we’re here to help. Contact your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access for a free consultation and estimate. We’ll listen to your thoughts, identify risks, and provide recommendations that increase your peace of mind and support your safety in the bathroom.

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Next Day Access 5 things you should know about wheelchair ramp rentals

Some people have weeks to prepare for renting a wheelchair ramp. Others have just hours. Whatever the case for you, questions about ramp rentals do not need to slow down your plans! Below we answer some of the most common questions people ask before renting a wheelchair ramp:

  • Should I rent or buy a wheelchair ramp?
  • Are wheelchair ramp rentals safe?
  • Which wheelchair ramps are available for rent?
  • How do I get started on renting a wheelchair ramp?
  • Can I arrange for a rented wheelchair ramp to be installed ASAP?

For faster help, contact your local accessibility experts with Next Day Access. We can answer your questions and schedule a free in-home consultation. Our local accessibility experts bring nationally-recognized professional standards to your front door, along with the best selection of wheelchair ramps for rent.

These folks are truly awesome, not to mention kind, courteous, and professional! Next Day Access came to the house, took measurements, and installed an ADA complaint rental ramp, all in the same day. Very sturdy, quality work. For me and my family this was indeed a godsend!

Steve, Tennessee

1. Rentals cost less in the short-term

One of the most common questions we hear is, “Should I rent or buy?” There are a number of reasons why people ask this question, and often it relates to cost. We understand that finances impact the decision-making process when people need to rent a wheelchair ramp. Many of our customers are navigating additional expenses related to recovery from surgery or an injury, end-of-life care, aging in place, or travel.

While there are good reasons for renting and buying, we typically recommend wheelchair ramp rentals as the more affordable option for short term use. If you need a wheelchair ramp for a few days up to a few months, consider renting. Rentals may also make sense for people whose timeline is uncertain, as well as those who want to test out a product before buying. In these cases, Next Day Access offers flexible financing options including rent-to-own.

Absolutely, hands down the best service and value for money! I rented ramps for my home. The price was very affordable, they were extremely responsive, and gave me multiple options.

Jill, Texas

In-home consultations with Next Day Access are free. Contact your local accessibility experts to receive a home safety evaluation and learn more about solutions that fit your needs and budget.

2. Rentals are safer than DIY solutions

Installing a safe wheelchair ramp prevents injuries to yourself and others. For this reason we do not recommend DIY-built ramps. Even well-built DIY structures often fail to account for ADA guidelines, local codes, or changing weather conditions. For ramps with too steep of a grade, wheelchair users or those assisting may face difficulties wheeling up or down the ramp. Without proper drainage the ramp may become slippery during inclement weather. Failing to account for proper width and platform dimensions may render the ramp entirely inaccessible.

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Next Day Access Article Illustrations2 identifying safety features

By choosing a wheelchair ramp rental, you are choosing a safer option. All of our rental options follow ADA guidelines for wheelchair ramps. We will install a rental wheelchair ramp at a safe grade so users are protected going up and down. Additionally, by maintaining no greater than a 1:12 rise-to-length ramp ratio, your rented wheelchair ramp will be functional for users of manual and power wheelchairs alike.

The owners and employees are fabulous. They will do whatever it takes to make sure you have things in place so someone with a disability can be safe at home. Very caring and compassionate.

Judy, Minnesota

As a Mobility Equipment Supplier, our team at Next Day Access is trained by manufacturers to install, repair, and remove ADA-compliant rental wheelchair ramps.

Additionally, your local accessibility experts from Next Day Access know the local requirements for residential wheelchair ramps. Contact us for a free in-home consultation and learn about the best rental options available.

3. Rentals are the same quality as permanent wheelchair ramps.

Unlike DIY ramps, rented wheelchair ramps can save you money without compromising on quality. Next Day Access offers a wide selection of ramps for rent that are just as strong and safe as those we sell. When choosing a wheelchair ramp to rent, you can decide between several styles including threshold ramps, portable ramps, or modular ramps.

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Threshold ramps are smaller ramps designed for 1” to 6” of clearance. Install a threshold ramp to gain regular access through doorways, sliding doors, single steps, and curbs.

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Portable ramps are smaller ramps designed for access on the go. Use your rented portable wheelchair ramp during travel or to welcome visitors. Additionally, portable wheelchair ramps are a good choice when you need to clear multiple barriers between your mode of transportation and home access point. 

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Solid surface and open-weave modular ramps are larger structures designed for a wider range of clearance. Our all-aluminum wheelchair ramps are sturdy enough to bear 1,000 pounds and offer safe traction in a variety of weather conditions including rain, snow, and ice. Choose this option when you need ramps to cover higher rises and longer distances.

I was impressed with Next Day Access. I got several quotes for ramp rental for our home for a short term period. Next Day was the best price, had the inventory to do the install, and went out of their way to make it happen. They showed up on time and spent the day installing an amazing, sturdy and safe ramp. Everyone has been impressed  by the ramp including the hospice care team who has seen their share of ramps. The kindness and care shown to us was so appreciated during what has been a very stressful time. I would most certainly recommend Next Day Access.

Deena, Maryland

Want some help making a decision? Contact your local accessibility experts with Next Day Access for a free in-home consultation. Our team can help you choose the best wheelchair ramp rental for your needs.

4. Rentals can save you a lot of stress.

Often people renting wheelchair ramps have bigger concerns on their mind. Sometimes people are traveling or hosting an event that requires expanded accessibility. Others are adjusting to the use of a wheelchair following surgery or an injury. Some are helping a loved one navigate aging or a progressive illness. And others still are arranging for hospice or end-of-life care.

The last thing people should worry about when renting a wheelchair ramp is renting a wheelchair ramp. The process of renting a wheelchair ramp through Next Day Access is straightforward:

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1 – Contact your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access for a free in-home consultation.

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2 – During your free in-home consultation we will provide you with a safety assessment and product recommendations specific to your situation.

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3 – Finally we’ll schedule the installation! Our technicians are factory-trained, meaning we are taught by the manufacturers how to install and maintain every product available to you.

Great customer service! Friendly workers that made the whole process easy, from scheduling the inital visit, to quotation, to installation. Highly recommend this company!

Jeffery, Minnesota

Our team brings over 25 years of experience and local expertise to each free in-home assessment. Let us help you with the logistics so you can focus on what really matters.

5. Rentals from Next Day Access can be installed in a day.

Many people need wheelchair ramp rentals to be installed as soon as possible. They want to know if we can arrange for installation in just one day. The answer is yes, we can! Next Day Access built our strong reputation by working with thousands of customers who needed fast, safe, and dignifying service. 

Next Day Access Detroit is a WONDERFUL company! I was scrambling to find a wheelchair ramp for my loved one to come home from hospital following a complex surgery. Installation was complete in just over an hour. They were on time, polite and speedy even with a heat advisory. I’m so happy that I can now bring my loved one in and out of our house safely.

Kimberly, Michigan

The fastest way to rent and install a wheelchair ramp is to contact your local accessibility experts with Next Day Access. We will send someone out ASAP for a free in-home consultation that gives you all the information needed to make the best choice.

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If you are like many new wheelchair users, a change in mobility can also mean a change in access to your home. Former access points no longer make sense. For instance, your walkways, front steps, and door thresholds can become barriers that significantly restrict freedom of movement. The need for a home wheelchair ramp and modifications is a common source of stress for people with limited mobility, especially when you need changes quickly.

Did you know you can restore access to your home in a single day? Below is our 7-step guide when you need a home wheelchair ramp ASAP.

We hope this information is a helpful resource for you, but it is not necessary to read before you contact us. For the quickest help, contact your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access for a free in-home consultation. Your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access will guide you with 25 years of experience and thousands of customers served. Next Day Access removes these barriers so you can continue to live life on your own terms.

We needed a ramp as soon as possible. Next Day Access came the next day and set it up. It looks great! Very sturdy. So glad I called them. I would highly recommend Next Day Access. It’s so nice to have someone treat you with kindness in a difficult situation.

Ricka from Ohio

1. Identify your accessibility needs

When it comes to wheelchair ramp installations, your needs should come first. Some people worry about cost, design, or logistics before thinking about themselves. The truth is, you will make the best choice by prioritizing your unique mobility context.

Before you incorporate other factors, consider the following questions:

  • Will you make temporary or permanent use of a wheelchair?
  • Will your mobility change over time or will it remain the same?
  • Are you using a manual or electric power wheelchair?
  • Does your mobility involve assistance from another person?

Very professional, efficient, and understanding. Needed a wheelchair ramp for short-term use and Next Day Access came out, gave me an estimate on a rental, and had it up within 48 hours. If you are looking for a ramp, long or short term, hire them!

Jared from Tennessee

Keep your answers to these questions in mind. By keeping your mobility needs front and center, you are more likely to choose a ramp that maximizes your independence and becomes an easy part of everyday life.
If you do not know how to answer these questions, don’t worry. For over 25 years our team has worked with thousands of individuals in the midst of unexpected or uncertain circumstances. Contact your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access and let us help you.

2. Choose your access point

With a clearer idea of your accessibility needs, you can think through the best access point in your home for a wheelchair ramp. Consider the exterior, doorway, and interior design of your home when making this decision.

When evaluating access points into your home, consider the following:

  • With wheelchair ramp installation, which access point would provide minimal barriers from the door to my vehicle or other mode of transportation?
  • Is the doorway of this access point wide enough to accommodate my wheelchair? The ADA recommends doorways with a minimum 32” of clearance.
  • Will this access point make sense in a variety of weather and time of day conditions?

Next Day Access really does provide next day service! My husband was unexpectedly disabled in an accident. We found out quickly that our home is inaccessible. By the next day we had a professionally installed ramp that meets ADA standards. No other company I contacted even returned my calls. I can’t thank Next Day enough for their prompt, courteous, and professional service.

Mary from Iowa

3. Follow compliance guidelines

Once you identify a preferred access point for your wheelchair ramp, the next step is to consult ADA guidelines and local codes. ADA-compliant wheelchair ramps provide the most accessible and safe method of exiting and entering your home.

An ADA-compliant wheelchair ramp meets the following requirements:

  • There is a maximum 1:12 ratio for the slope of your run, defined as a single span of the ramp. The maximum rise for one run is 30 inches.
    For instance, a ramp that rises vertically by one foot needs to be 12 feet long. You can check out this helpful ramp calculator on HomeAdvisor to determine the length of your wheelchair ramp.
  • Handrails are required for rises greater than 6 inches.
  • Each run must have a minimum clear width of 36 inches.
  • There must be level landings at both the top and bottom of each run.
  • Edge protection is necessary along runs and landings.
  • Runs and landings must be “firm, stable, and slip-resistant” and “designed to prevent the accumulation of water.”
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Next Day Access Article Illustrations Graphic of an ADA compliant wheelchair ramp

While many local codes follow ADA guidelines, your state or city may have additional or alternate requirements. You can consult these entities before installation or contact your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access for faster service. 

Our team can meet you for a free in-home consultation and help you to decide on a ramp that meets safety standards and your specific needs. We have helped thousands of people install ADA-compliant wheelchair ramps as soon as possible, even in spaces that pose challenges due to available space, rise, or other factors.

Next Day Access is fair, fast and works with you on everything they offer. I would highly recommend them! They have a solution for all obstacles.

Edward from Ohio

4. Select the type of wheelchair ramp

Now that you have a clearer idea of your needs, we invite you to take a look at available residential wheelchair ramps on our website. When you buy a wheelchair ramp from Next Day Access you can trust your ramp meets the highest standards of quality and ADA-compliance. Whichever wheelchair ramp you choose, you are getting a safe, durable product.

Portable, modular, or permanent?

If you need help with a small level of rise to your access point or plan to use a ramp on the go, choose a portable wheelchair ramp. For sturdier wheelchair ramps you should consider modular or permanent wheelchair ramps. Modular wheelchair ramps are quick and easy to install, customized to the home, and we can remove them just as easily. Permanent wheelchair ramps are the longest lasting choice, and are a good choice if you plan to use a wheelchair ramp for many years.

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Next Day Access Article Illustrations Graphic of modular permanent or portable ramps
Solid surface or open weave aluminum?

If you live in a more temperate climate, you may choose a solid ramp; if you live in a colder region, open weave aluminum will maintain traction in snowy and icy weather. Either way, an all-aluminum wheelchair ramp is safe and durable, with an 1,000-pound weight capacity!

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Next Day Access Article Illustrations Graphic of straight u shape and l shape ramps
Straight, U-shape, or L-shape?

Depending on the layout of your exterior, we can install a permanent or modular ramp that gets you in and out of the house safely and easily.

  • Straight ramps are the best choice when the slope from the ground to your access point is less than the 1:12 ratio recommended by the ADA.
  • L-shaped ramps are a good choice for individuals with access points on another side of the house from the ramp entry point.
  • U-shaped ramps, also called “switch back” ramps, are useful in limited space with higher rise requirements.
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Next Day Access Article Illustrations Graphic of solid surface and open weave ramps

He was able to get there the next day and I was only there for a short time. We had space constraints and he was able to come up with a solution.

William from Colorado

5. Decide whether to rent or own

Before choosing a design, you will want to decide whether to rent or own your wheelchair ramp. Next Day Access offers several options for individuals depending on their unique mobility needs.

Renting is the best option for individuals who will not use a wheelchair in the span of six months or less. Renting a ramp might be a good choice for individuals in the following situations:

  • During recovery from surgery or injury
  • For end-of-life or hospice care
  • In rental living arrangements or temporary housing
  • To expand access for guests and visitors
  • Installing a temporary, alternate access point

If you will need a wheelchair ramp longer-term or permanently, it will be more cost effective to own your wheelchair ramp. Owning a ramp might be a good choice for individuals for whom one or more of the following are true:

  • Long-term or permanent mobility disability
  • Progressive or chronic health condition
  • Living at home or independently
  • In permanent living arrangements

The ramp is magnificent and extremely well built.  The Next Day Access team did an excellent installation in one afternoon and our whole lives are better for it.  Words can not express my gratitude!

Jenny from California

If you are unsure of whether to own or rent a ramp, contact your local accessibility experts at Next Day Access. With over twenty five years of experience we can provide guidance on the most cost effective option for you, including a rent-to-own option.

6. Explore financing options

When someone needs a wheelchair ramp ASAP, we understand they might be worried about cost. Our team at Next Day Access believes access is more than a wheelchair ramp. Access also means financial accessibility so people can live life on their own terms and with dignity.

That is why we begin by offering a free in-home consultation at your request. Our local accessibility experts can identify potential safety issues, installation challenges, or other considerations; along with the best product and design options for your needs.

When you are ready to move forward with installation, you can choose from several financing options including rentals, rent-to-own, or owned wheelchair ramps. Short on time? Our local accessibility experts can help you decide on the best financing option without burdensome delays.

Next Day Access is extremely professional, does the job correctly the first time, and treats the individuals they work with who have disabilities with total respect.

Louie from Utah

Individuals who need financial assistance can often find additional financing options through local mobility organizations. Ramps.org has a national database that includes organizations offering free or sliding scale ramp installation. Next Day Access is proud to have partnered with some of these organizations! 

7. Schedule wheelchair ramp installation

After your in-home consultation it is time for installation! You can trust our team to install your new wheelchair ramp safely. Our technicians are factory-trained, learning directly from the manufacturers how to install the products we sell. You can also trust every product available through Next Day Access to be high-quality and ADA-compliant.

The ramp from Next Day Access fills the bill. Installation was done on time for when I was discharged from rehab.

Marcia from Pennsylvania

The bottom line?

When you need a wheelchair ramp ASAP, Next Day Access is here to help you. Contact your local accessibility experts for a quick, quality, and free in-home consultation today.

Accessible Living. Delivered in a Day.

Much to the delight of people with limited mobility, accessibility devices are becoming more advanced. The new bars are easier to handle and take up less space. It is exciting to see the changes to such helpful mobility equipment.

Our Safety Poles

Next Day Access now offers a new mobility device, Healthcraft Superbar. The Superbar is a security pole with a curved grab bar mounted from the ceiling to the floor. You can have these installed wherever you like in the home, but many find them particularly useful in the bathroom.

Healthcraft Superbars and SuperPole safety poles have many added benefits to help with fall prevention, bedside or bathtub support, and they’re all very easy to put together.

Superbar Benefits

  • The pole prevents falls. The security pole offers stability and safety when standing or sitting. You can lean on it as you climb over bathtubs or when you are getting in and out of bed. The curved bar can turn and lock into position every 45 degrees and can handle up to 300 pounds.  
  • The height and tension rods are adjustable. However, it must be used with a flat ceiling, and from floor to ceiling must be 7 to 10 feet tall. It includes rubber pads to protect your floors and ceilings from damage. 
  • The pole is versatile and can be used as a bedside support handle, chair standing rail, wheelchair transfer pole, and a bathroom grab bar. The unique grab looks like an inverted “S”. This gives it a ladder-like design with four different places to grip. The user can conveniently get to a standing position using a hand-over-hand motion. 
  • The pole provides more space. It has a modern design, so you will likely not feel the need to have bulky grab bars or railings protruding from the walls. 
  • It’s easy to assemble. You can contact Next Day Access, and our installation team will happily install it for you within minutes. 
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Healthcraft SuperPoles

Not every Next Day Access location in the country has a Healthcare Superbar in stock; if they do not, we can help you find something similar that fits your needs. However, if you prefer to maintain the grab bars, handles, and railings you have become accustomed to, Next Day Access still has many to choose from and will happily help you determine where they fit best.

We also offer modern, contemporary, and aesthetically pleasing choices on these devices. Contact your nearest Next Day Access if you are in the market for new grab bars or handles. We can show you The Healthcare Superbar and the many other products we offer to make your home accessible. 

When it is time for you to have knee surgery, your doctors have probably already explained you will need to have a comfortable place to recover and the recovery will take some time. To ensure you are ready to come home to a welcoming environment, we looked for the best information to make it easier for you to focus on your health as you heal. The following eight tips come from an article published in AARP.

If you live in a two-story home, create a first floor sleep/ recovery space.

You will quickly learn that navigating stairs is difficult immediately after knee surgery, says Geoffrey Westrich, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon and a professor at Weill Cornell Medicine at Cornell University. Consider converting a downstairs space into a bedroom during your recovery time. This makeshift bedroom should have a bed, or you can sleep on a couch or recliner. Ideally, you can access your bed, bathroom, and kitchen all on the same level. 

Preprare your recovery area.

If you have a comfy chair you would prefer to use, make sure it is sturdy and you can elevate your leg. In this instance, a recliner would be the most helpful. If a recliner is not available, you can use a sturdy chair and an ottoman or a footstool to prop up your leg. Place a firm cushion on the chair to help you stand up. Next Day Access offers lift chairs that lift you to a standing position and rails to hold onto as you stand. 

Place any items you might need nearby. These items include your hygiene products, reading materials, remotes, glasses, chargers, trashcans, tissue, medicine, and change of clothes. 

Preorder medical equipment from your doctor’s office or Next Day Access.

Next Day Access has an assortment of items to help you get to your pre-surgery condition in no time. Items include everything from wheelchairs, walkers, toilet bowl extenders, grab bars and so much more. You can even discuss with Next Day Access, renting some of the items that might be out of budget. 

Prepare your bathroom.

You will be much more comfortable if you have a portable showerhead attachment. The showerhead will help make bathing accessible. You will also need to use the grab bars from Next Day Access throughout the bathroom to assist you in and out of the tub and on and off the toilet.

Stock up on ice packs.

It is vital you ice your knee following surgery. The ice has been shown to reduce swelling and inflammation, eventually leading to a greater range of motion. You can use ice in Ziplock bags or frozen peas; whatever ice pack you choose will get the job done.

Clean out your refrigerator and freezer and stock it with easy to make items 

The last thing you want to do after knee surgery is clean out the fridge and toss expired items. You may be on a strict diet. It is unlikely you will feel much like cooking. You can find no-fuss healthy items to place in the refrigerator that can easily be microwaved. 

Declutter and deep clean the house.

Remove any trip hazards, like rugs or stacks of books. Make sure the space has plenty of room for turning or limping shortly after surgery without obstacles getting in the way. 

Line up help from friends and family.

Even the most independent person can use a hand from time to time. The truth is to keep from hurting yourself worse, you need to enlist the help of other people. You can hire someone to deliver your groceries or walk your dog. However, it is a good idea to have a loved one on standby if you accidentally fall.

Remember, Next Day Access is here for you every step of the way. We will help you find exactly what you might need during your recovery, and if we don’t have it, we will find someone who does! Contact us today for a free in-home assessment.

When making modifications to increase the accessibility of your home, it is important to consider the pivotal role good lighting plays. Proper lighting makes your home easier to navigate no matter your mobility level. For a home to be completely accessible, you will need more than just wheelchair ramps and grab bars. You should be mindful of the range of physical abilities and challenges your loved ones must deal with and consider every aspect of the home for diverse users. If you do not make sure to install proper lighting, your loved one could suffer an injury that could have easily been avoided. 

The website ieslightlogic.com gives insightful information on keeping an aesthetically pleasing home with stylish lighting. The modern lighting serves the purpose of helping rather than hindering your loved one. Here are some of the website’s best tips.

Avoid Glare from Lighting

Since wheelchair users are at a lower point in their wheelchair, they are often eye to eye with a lamp or other lighting source. It is essential you position the light at an angle where it does not go directly into their eyes. You can also buy fixtures with reduced glare. 

Navigation Lights

People with disabilities have an increased need for adequate lighting due to spatial navigation difficulties or poor vision. For increased functionality in an accessible home, consider installing track lighting that runs on the ground for the length of the hallways or outdoor pathways. Using LED lighting is helpful since you can place it against walls or on the outside of pathways to help users avoid tripping. The added lighting allows everyone to see more clearly, which aids in navigation and avoiding injury. 

Supplemental Lighting

You can add small round light fixtures; some even stick to walls, around door locks, switches, handles, grab bars, or room landmarks. 

Easy Access Light Switches

One of the most common issues wheelchair users face is not being able to reach light switches. Some are placed at the back of counters which makes them nearly impossible to reach. In an accessible home, it is recommended by universal design principles light switches be placed on the wall at 36 inches or 44 inches maximum. 

Motion Sensor Lighting

For the ultimate safety and accessibility, installing motion sensor lighting is ideal, especially in bathroom areas or outdoor areas. Motion sensor lighting will help your loved one avoid fumbling with a light switch. The lights will simply come on when they enter the space.

At Next Day Access, we offer several items to help people living with disabilities or adults aging in place live comfortably, safely, and independently. We also offer free in-home consultations to help ensure the home is completely accessible. Contact us today to schedule your consultation. 

Are you or a loved one experiencing mobility issues and needing the assistance of a wheelchair? If so, it might be time to remodel your home’s entry with a step-less solution. By remodeling for a step-less entry, you can be confident your entry will be safer and more comfortable. Here are the steps for remodeling for a step-less entry into your home: 

How To Remodel

  1. Have a covered entrance built over the entranceway. The covered entry aids in controlling water at a low threshold and ensures protection during inclement weather. 
  1. Make sure there is adequate maneuvering space around storm doors and screen doors. 
  1. Measure 5’x5’ as the minimum for level landing area maneuvering. 
  1. The walkway should be 4′ wide and sloped at 1:20 or less. If the slopes are steeper than 1:30, you will need to install handrails. 
  1. By using a mixture of retaining walls and earth berm, you will have an effective method that supplies a step-less route to the landing while keeping an integrated appearance of the home. 
  1. Remove the original small stoop. 
  1. When set at the same level as the interior house floor, the new porch landing will diminish the step at the entry door. 
  1. Prepare a flush or low-profile threshold ½’. This measurement will need to be the maximum height. 
  1. Install handrails with an integral package shelf. 
  1.  Exchange your house numbers for higher contrast numbers to ensure the numbers are easy to read at a distance. 
  1. Set up good lighting at the entryway. Focus the light on the house numbers and locksets to make certain you or your loved one have ease of use and better security. 
  1.  Ensure the entry and screen door provides a minimum 32″ clear opening with leverage-style hardware. 
  1. Lower the peephole, so you or your loved one can see through the peephole from the wheelchair. 

Next Actions

At Next Day Access, our priority is to make sure that anyone aging in place or has mobility issues can live safely, comfortably, and independently at home. We offer a vast assortment of items that make life easier. If you would prefer not to remodel your entryway, we offer many different styles of wheelchair ramps, including threshold ramps that easily slide over a small step. However, we have products to help with your remodel if you choose to remodel. You can schedule an in-home consultation with us, and we can help you figure out if a remodel is the most effective solution for your home. During the consultation, we can also help to show you areas in the home that could use added safety measures. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. 

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