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Accessible home ideas

The Smartest Household Hacks, Tips, and Tricks for Accessible Living that You’re Likely to See Today

The goal is simple: increase accessible living and decrease effort and reliance. So for individuals with special needs and abilities, sometimes it’s the most direct solutions that provide the greatest degrees of mobility and accessibility in everyday life. Therefore, these household hacks, tips, and tricks are a great place to start.

Making repetitive movements shorter and easier for every room

Half-steps for Elevation. First, accessible living easily made from common materials. Half-steps can be created for just about every type of regular staircase in your home. Simply build rectangular boxed platforms of varying heights and include non-skid strips for traction. Then paint or stain to match the room decor. Perfect for moving from entry areas to main areas, as well as for garages and porches.

Grab-and-Pull Bars. Next, these are must-haves for improved accessibility and mobility. Wrought-iron drawer pulls fit conveniently in door frames, while 12-inch suction cup mount grab bars are perfect for kitchens and bathrooms. Also, keep in mind that grab-and-pull bars are designed for balance and stability — not full body weight bearing.

Mobile Stairlift. Although these can be pricey, they’re perfect for a multi-level home when mobility is an issue. So look for used models that are still under warranty. Use the stairlift for individuals or for moving bulky or heavy objects up and down the stairs.

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Life hacks that make everyday difficulties easier to manage

Conserving Energy. Accessible living ideas include cooking food in bulk in a crock pot to conserve movement and cleanup. Use paper products to reduce dish washing. And schedule your most energy-consuming tasks for the times of the day that you have the most energy.

Shorter, Spacious Counters. Also, this is a potential DIY project that will make a huge difference in kitchens, offices, and garage areas. Encourage freer mobility and room to cook or work by taking several inches off the top of counter top spaces — and leaving several feet between adjoining pieces.

Improving Motor Coordination. For special needs individuals with accessible living issues concerning fine motor coordination, Velcro clothing fasteners help with dressing, clothing loops assist in pulling pants up and on. Also, Velcro fasteners attach mobile devices for easy viewing.

Accessible home tips

A chair lift can carry people or objects between floors.

Making accessible living home tools with small adjustments

Faucets, Door Handles and Light Pulls. First, encourage freer mobility and room to cook or work by making these items adaptable to a variety of special needs and abilities. Almost all big box home improvement stores carry appropriate hardware for conversions.

Small Electric Appliances. Then, from food cutters to can and jar openers, a collection of small electric appliances can make a huge difference for special needs individuals in the kitchen. So remember to lower storage areas for easy access and replacement.

Finally, when you’re ready to leave your house and take your show on the road, AMS Vans can deliver mobility freedom. We’ve helped remove the travel limitations of thousands of customers — and their families and caregivers — with our affordable inventory of new and used wheelchair accessible vans with adaptable conversions.

About AMS Vans

America’s Mobility Superstore is a national wheelchair accessible van dealer and manufacturer with a mission to deliver the industry’s best handicap vans and adapted mobility equipment that meets the unique needs of our specially-abled customers at a price they can afford. With over 20 years of dedicated service to helping thousands of amazing people realize true mobility freedom, the AMS Vans nationwide family is growing every day.

Tips on Dating this Valentine’s Day

young disabled man and girlfriend at a cafe

Valentine’s day is right around the corner, and we want to talk about how accessible we think dating can be!

With these easy steps, you can find a date and impress them with a fun-filled night!

Step One: Find a dating website that’s right for you!

– Special Bridge
Dating 4 Disabled
– Disabled Passions
Whispers 4 You

Step Two: Create a profile, and don’t be afraid to be honest about your specific situation!

Step Three: The Date — Choose somewhere that you know is wheelchair accessible!

– Bowling
– Dinner
– Movie
– Visit an Art Gallery/Museum
– Cook together

And remember — don’t try to hide your disability. You have to own it, and be honest about it. But it’s also not who you are, so don’t spend the night focusing on it or only talking about it!

So, what happens when you’ve planned everything and met your match online?

You’ll need date-night transportation! Look up accessible van rentals. If you’re in the Atlanta, GA or Houston, TX areas, AMS Vans has several vans to choose from! Call now to check availability at 877-621-4029! (If that date goes well, we also rent weekly and monthly for more getaways and can even deliver way outside those areas!)

That’s it! You’re set to having the perfect night that’s full of independence and LOVE! 

Happy Valentine’s Day from your AMS Vans family!

Know the Worth of Your Wheelchair

If you want a good thing to last, you have to give it some TLC, right?

You eat clean so that your body stays happy and healthy. You call your best friend every day so that your relationship can stay in tact and flourish. You sit in front of your TV screen mimicking the moves of a hippie yoga instructor that you’ve never met so that you can keep your blood pumping.

So why wouldn’t you take care of your wheelchair?

We’re here to help you with your wheelchair and accessible equipment upkeep! Follow these simple steps, and you’ll keep your wheelchair in shape with ease!

Just like keeping your house clean one room at a time, taking care of your wheelchair takes baby steps!

CtW95U7WAAA2JRd- Clean it! Take time once or twice a week to wipe down your wheelchair, also checking for any tears that you might need to get repaired immediately!

– Another weekly step: check the nuts and bolts. You can use a wrench for this! Tighten any loose ones, and replace anything that is dangerous!

– Just like any other thing on wheels, you should be checking your wheelchair tire pressure frequently! You won’t have a light that will come on when they’re running low like you do in your car, so it’s up to you to make sure that your tires are filled! Then you need to do the little things like cleaning the tread and making sure your wheels don’t need to be replaced! (They will bulge outwards or throw off wheel alignment, and that’s how you’ll know that it’s time to get new ones!)

– Checking out your framework is important, too! Lo14500175_10154008305877104_8184649916152933801_o (1)ok for any cracks or damage or movement barriers!

Taking care of your wheelchair will ensure it a longer lifespan! However, is something does happen to go wrong or it’s time for an upgrade, AMS Vans, Inc. does offer Pride Mobility chairs, Jazzy chairs, and even the Whill with blue tooth and multiple terrain options! It never hurts to check out newer models, and sometimes your wheelchair van requires a certain sized wheelchair!

If you have questions about the chairs and services that AMS Vans, Inc. offers, give us a call at 877-621-4029!

You can also visit www.amsvans.com to view the wheelchairs and scooters that we offer in our inventory!