Boomers Aging In Place Will Drive Home Remodeling Business

Expect a noticeable impact by the baby boom generation in home remodeling in the coming years. This demographic has driven the economy for decades, and in certain areas will no doubt continue to be the key force.

Small businesses dominate the home remodeling business and they report that they are enjoying a significant boost from the boomers’ desire to age in place. Many boomers turning to home remodelers are less interested in moving – to a sunnier climate or a tax haven and/or a smaller residence – and wish to retrofit their longtime dwelling to accommodate their changing bodies.

All Access Co. is ideally suited and well-equipped to handle such improvements to home accessibility. These include bathroom bars and ramps, to name two.

This growing desire to remain in a home filled with memories is, according to the Associated Press, particularly strong in the Northeast and Midwest, two places where the housing stock is older. With a major chunk of the population thinking about aging in place – the oldest of the 76.4 million boomers turn 71 this year – accessible housing is an issue.

A report by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing says to expect a jump in home-improvement spending by homeowners 65 and older. How big a jump? By 2025, boomers will account for almost one third of the total of dollars spent on remodeling. The 65-plus group spent less than half of that in 1995-2005.

There are many ways in which homes can be made safer and more accessible for wheelchairs and walkers. Call or contact All Access now and find out how your dream of aging in place can come true.

Avoiding Falls & Making Your Home More Accessible

Falls aren’t funny, even though they’re a staple of comedies. Falls are dangerous, devastating and deadly.

A NIH Senior Health report noted that one in three people over 65 falls each year. Risk increases with age.

More than 1.6 million older U.S. adults wind up in emergency departments for injuries related to falls. Falls, in this demographic, are the leading cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, loss of independence, and injury deaths. The most dangerous room in the house: The bathroom, which combines wet, slick floors and with hard surfaces such as the toilet, the vanity top, the tub, the glass-enclosed shower.

Eliminate risks. Minimize the chances of falling. All Access Co of Philadelphia can update your bathroom to give you a great sense of security and confidence. We can custom-build standard bathrooms or modify any existing bathroom to add ADA compliant convenience and accessibility, including grabbers (grab bars or rails), toilets, sinks, and walk-in showers. Whatever your need is, call us to discuss your project and we can help you find the right solution, plan out your space, and install to your custom specifications.

An ADA-compliant bathroom allows for comfortable aging in place, adding convenience and safety for you while also helping to maintain your property value.

Ready to enhance your independence and quality of life? Call All Access Co today at 215-769-1500 or contact us online!

How Vehicle Lifts Help Maintain Independence

Vehicle lifts from All Access make it easy for an individual to continue maintaining their active lifestyle. We have a wide selection of vehicle lifts that will allow you to easily transport your scooter, motorized wheelchair, or other mobility device.

We can help you determine what best suits your needs in terms of type of vehicle lift most suited to your car, truck, or van and to transport your mobility device. All our car lifts are made in the USA, built with quality and pride!

Hybrid lifts combine drive-on convenience with automatic lifting power, so that you can easily load your motorized wheelchair or scooter into the vehicle’s cargo space.

Inside lifts allow users to easily position a mobility device inside a vehicle’s cargo space.

Outside lifts securely transport a mobility device outside the vehicle. Quality construction and durability make the lifts we carry some of the most popular on the market, with models designed to carry scooters, power wheelchairs and extra-large mobility devices safely and in style.

Contact us today for more information. If you’ve always been the on-the-go type, there’s no reason to stop. Whatever your special need is, All Access has a solution that will give you the freedom to go where you want, how you want, when you want.

Modifications to Make Your Home More Accessible

Modifications to a home to enhance accessibility may well be more affordable than you think. All Access works with our customers to offer the best possible price and financing on our fine line of products, installation, and remodeling.

Here are a few things to know about keeping costs in line:

  • Home accessibility solutions may qualify for a tax credit. Improvements for made for the sake of accessibility often qualify for a deduction. The federal government and many states offer tax incentives in such cases. Note that we at All Access not tax experts, so please check with your tax professional.
  • Accessibility modifications to your home are an eligible medical deduction on federal income tax under “Medical and Dental Expenses.” You may deduct only the amount of eligible medical and dental expenses that is more than 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income. As part of those medical expenses, you may include amounts paid for special equipment installed in a home, or for other modifications if their main purpose was medical care for you, your spouse, or a dependent.

Contact us now for a consultation. We can help you modify your home and make it more accessible, whether the need is immediate or as you age in place. And your tax professional can also help. Here’s to you living your best life, now and in the future!

Improving Home Accessibility with Wheelchair Lifts

Your mobility limitations don’t have to restrict what you do and where you go! In data analysis performed by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, about 23% of people that experience mobility impairments need specialized equipment or assistance to help them get around. If this describes you – for example, if you utilize a mobility scooter, a wheelchair, or other similar equipment to help your mobility, then a platform or auto lift may greatly improve your quality of life. These home enhancements increase your independence while ensuring your safety at the same time. All Access Co provides a variety of home improvement services specifically for the mobility-impaired – call 215-769-1500 or contact us online to learn more! In the meantime, read on to explore some of our customers’ favorite home accessibility options.

Stair Lift

A stair lift is ideal for your home if you have indoor or outdoor stairs to navigate. It works exactly like it sounds, where you simply wheel your wheelchair or scooter onto a platform and it will lift you to the next level. These are often called a vertical platform lift or a porch lift, so it’s important to know most of the time they mean the same thing. Investing in a stair lift is one of the safest ways to get up and down the stairs without even having to get out of your wheelchair or scooter.

Auto Lift

Whether you have to travel down the road to buy groceries or like to travel across the country, an auto lift can be one of the most convenient things you own. There are auto lifts available to fit virtually every vehicle and can transport your wheelchair or mobility scooter with ease. If you have a truck, options are available for storing it in the bed or externally. Other vehicles can connect the auto lift in the back to make it simple to push your device on and keep it safe while transporting it.

Home Elevator

A home elevator is one of the more luxurious and convenient options when it comes to wheelchair lift. Contrary to what many people believe, a home elevator doesn’t take up a significant amount of space in the home and it usually blends in well with the layout of a home. It functions just like a regular elevator you are used to, but it’s a bit smaller for ease of home installation. Professional installers can work with the current layout of your home and make slight modifications to install it safely and ensure it is aesthetically pleasing.

 
Ready to enhance your independence and quality of life? Call All Access Co today at 215-769-1500 or contact us online!

Summer Safety Tips for the Mobility-Impaired During Quarantine

The summer of 2020 is truly an extraordinary time for a wide variety of reasons. To stay healthy and independent, the mobility-impaired may need to take some extra measures to protect themselves and their mobility equipment. After all, the more independent you are, the less you expose yourself to unnecessary risk. All Access Co wants to ensure you maintain and continue to improve your quality of life. For some tips on staying safe and healthy, read the rest of our blog below!

Charge and Bring Backup Equipment

Preparation is key! Always ensure that your main equipment is fully charged and that you have backup chargers and batteries close at hand. This helps ensure that you’re good to go in the case of a power outage or equipment malfunction.

Safely Utilize Portable Mobility Ramps

Our wheelchair ramps are customized to meet the specific needs of each of our customers. This customization, coupled with proper use of the product, is crucial for safety. Your mobility ramp is key to being able to get out and enjoy the beautiful summer weather. Be sure you know not only how to properly have your ramp set up, but also how to store your portable ramp, in order to ensure safety and security.

Stay Cool

Staying hydrated is crucial during the hot summer months, especially for mobility chair users. Never go outside without water or some other fluid and be sure you know the signs of dehydration and heat stroke. Remember: the first signs of dehydration is being thirsty so drink up!

Plan Far Ahead of Time

It is important to plan for any accessibility needs before heading out. If you know of potential issues ahead of time, you can start by calling your destination before your arrival to discuss your needs. This will not only alleviate your stress but it also gives your destination the opportunity to prepare for your entrance.

A little planning ahead of time can ensure you have a great summer. Always ensure that you are prepared and that safety comes first. If you have any questions regarding mobility products or how to properly use your mobility chair or ramp, contact the expert customer service team at All Access Co today. Just call 215-769-1500 or contact us online!

How Can I Make My Home Accessible?

How Can I Make My Home Accessible?

Adding an exterior wheelchair lift to gain access to your home is a great first step to making your home accessible for all family members and visitors. Another option is making your bathroom accessible, since this room can be the most difficult to use when you have limited mobility or depend on a wheelchair or walker to get around. If possible a main floor bathroom should be accessible. Adding handle bars greatly reduce the dangers of slips and falls while transitioning into a bath or shower. Adding grab bars and a shower bench will make this even safer. Give us a call at 215-769-1500 to see the many options available for your bathroom, kitchen, stairs, car, our outdoor areas.

For continued independence and staying at home longer, the next room you should focus on is the kitchen. Adding an ADA compliant lift system into a kitchen allows wheelchair users and those with mobility issues to prepare meals, clean up, and use an important space in the home safely and independently. There are many ways to create ADA kitchens for wheelchairs, starting with counter lifts and cabinet lifts that make the most of your busiest space.

Whatever your needs are, we can help you go through your options and decide what will help you best.  That’s what we are here for!

Help a loved one get a Stair Lift

Sometimes reaching out to others to help them can be a challenging experience, especially when the time comes to modify a person’s home to allow them to continue a life of accessibility and independence they may not be ready to admit is changing.

People with disabilities, or issues with accessibility or mobility, face a multitude of obstacles in their physical environment. These barriers can prevent them from attending school, working, accessing services like healthcare, participating in community activities, or enjoying a full life moving independently inside or outside their home.

Creating a barrier-free environment is key to including people with disabilities as equal members of society. When steps are taken to remove physical barriers, individuals, including children, older people, those with chronic diseases, can benefit from continued mobility.

All Access can supply a full range of stair lifts, chair lifts, auto lifts, bathroom rails, and any ADA compliant home modifications that need to be made. Our team of Accessibility Associates can help you start the process of choosing which products are best for you, or help you schedule a free consultation to discuss with you, or anyone who needs help with their mobility, then finally installing whatever products are necessary to help improve your loved one’s quality of life.

To ready one local Philadelphia couple’s story about how a few steps affected their quality of life, read this article from our friends at Philly.com:

Coming home, to the land of no steps.

Why is Accessibility So Important?

Personal independence is one of the most valuable and important freedoms a person can have that ensures a quality standard of living.

Whether due to an injury or illness, age, or ability, the thought of getting up and down a staircase, in and out of a car, moving around a bathroom or your home, becomes more challenging. Safety and security are primary concerns, but so is being able to enjoy your life,your home and your family. That why an accessibility upgrade isn’t just a convenient addition to your home, it’s a necessity.

If you are considering helping someone you know regain their mobility and independence, All Access has a full line of products that can help you help someone you care for.  Whether you are looking for a chair lift, auto lift, ramp, ADA complaint bathroom upgrade, or home modification, please remember All Access is here to help you make an informed decision, and we strive to give you all the accessibility you need!

Please call us at 215-769-1500 for a free, custom quote!

What is a Stairlift or Chairlift?

Thinking about a stairlift can sometimes make people unnecessarily nervous. Whether due to injury, illness, age or ability, getting up and down a staircase can become more challenging. Safety and security are primary concerns, but so is being able to enjoy life, family, and independence.

That’s why a stair lift or chair lift isn’t just a convenient addition to your home, it’s a necessity. A stair lift allows a house to be a home, not a hindrance. Moving freely around your home will give you the confidence and freedom to go where you want, when you want, in your home.

A stairlift (previously called a chairlift or chair lift) is a useful addition to many people's homes, providing easy access to upstairs when the stairs themselves become too much.

A stairlift (or stair lift) is a lift which takes a person up and down stairs, using a motorized seat which runs up and down a staircase on a rail or track. They are usually powered by electricity, and have a control on the actual stairlift itself which the person using the stairlift presses to operate.  Stairlifts are available for both curved and straight staircases, and models are available for both inside and outside.

The majority of people who have a stairlift installed are able to walk, although they may use a walking aid to do so. Small walking aids, such as a walking stick or crutch, can easily be carried on the stair lift.

Are you thinking about a stairlift? Let out knowledgeable Access Specialists help you decided which lift is best for your needs.  They can provide a free consultation, a free custom quote, and offer complete installation services from start to finish.  Why wait?  Call now and we can discuss your needs and help you maintain your freedom and independence!