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Adult Diapers: Finding the Perfect Fit

Posted on: November 29th, 2011 by LAMedicalBlogger

Are you or your loved one just starting the incontinence struggle?  It can be difficult choosing the correct incontinence products for multiple reasons:

  1. Incontinence is generally not discussed seriously in public.
  2. There are so many kinds of adult diapers out there.
  3. Many people are embarrassed to go shopping in public for incontinence products.

For those concerned with number three, you can purchase online from us and receive in discrete packaging.  Here are three main points to keep in mind when shopping for adult diapers:

Fit

Our adult diapers or briefs come in all sizes, but how do you decide on the right size for you?  See this guide below from the Medline Disposable Continence Care Products booklet:

Measure the hips or waist (select the larger of the two) as follows:

Step 1: Measure hip bone to hip bone and over the abdomen.

Step 2: Double the largest measurement obtained in Step 1 and add two inches.

Step 3: Using this number, make product size selection from the chart below:

Example:

BRIEF SIZE SELECTION

Hip bone to hip bone = 19″ (49cm)

19″ x 2 (49cm x 2) =

38″ + 2″ (97cm + 5cm) = 40″ (102cm)

40(102cm) = Medium or Regular brief

Product Sizing Guide

MEDLINE BRAND

SMALL = 20″ – 32″ (51cm – 81cm) (green or light blue)

MEDIUM = 32″ – 42″ (81cm – 107cm) (white)

REGULAR = 40″ – 50″ (102cm – 127cm) (purple)

LARGE = 48″ – 58″ (122cm – 147cm) (blue)

X-LARGE = 59″ – 66″ (150cm – 168cm) (beige)

XX-LARGE = 60″ – 69″ (152cm – 175cm) (green)

BARIATRIC = 65″ – 94″ (165cm – 229cm) (beige)

 

Function

You may find that one adult diaper works better for sleeping, one works best during the day and another works best for physical activity like walks or sporting events.  Different adult diapers are meant for different activities.

For example, our At Ease Belt Undergarment is meant individuals who are active.  Our Classic Protective Underwear is more protective, but still feels like normal underwear with the pull-up design.  In cases of complete loss of bowel/bladder control, customers use our Adult Contour Diaper.

As an interesting side note for the women, menstrual pads are not built

for absorbing urine so do not use for incontinence purposes.

Quantity vs. Quality

When starting your search, don’t look just at the price tag.  Look for comfort and protection that works for you.  Spending more on the right absorbent protection products will prevent accidents and end up saving you embarrassment and money in the long run.

Talking About It

In our next blog post, we are going to discuss how to talk about incontinence and make sure your loved ones are being cared for properly.  We will also discuss cleanliness in the areas that are affected by incontinence and appropriate steps to keep that skin healthy.

Thankful for a Diabetic-Friendly Thanksgiving: Diabetic and Diet Tips for the Holidays

Posted on: November 24th, 2011 by LAMedicalBlogger

Are you newly diabetic and nervous about eating the wrong foods at family Thanksgivings?  Don’t let these new diet restrictions ruin your holiday season.  Here are a few helpful tips to get you through Thanksgiving whether you are watching your blood glucose levels or are just watching your caloric intake for the holidays.

Meal Times

More often than not, families choose to eat at strange times during holidays.  This time change is a challenge for diabetics as your body is use to meal times.  You may need to plan ahead for a change in meal times by having a small snack ready at normal meal time to keep your blood glucose levels from getting too low.

Go Green

Thanksgiving dinners are typically high in carbohydrates and lack decent helpings of green vegetables.  Offe

r to bring a leafy green salad or steamed broccoli and cauliflower to your family gathering so that you have a non-starchy option.

Picky Eating

I know you want to sample each and every delicious dish on the table, but resist.  Pick your favori

te side dishes and forget the rest.  If you really want to sample everything on the table, be sure to take small portions only.

Physical Activity

With NFL games, the Macy’s Day Parade and classic holiday movies on television, no to mention full bellies, there isn’t much drive to get out and go for a run.  We recommend making physical activity a family tradition.  Go on a walk as a family, have a light game of touch-football or kickball, or even visit a local park for some Frisbee with the family dog.

We hope these tips are helpful during the holidays and please let us know if you have any questions.  Thanks for reading and from everyone at LA Medical Retail, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Don’t forget – everyone who “likes” us on our Facebook page receives $10 off their next purchase of $50 or more.  Keep this in mind for ordering helpful daily living aid products for Christmas for your elderly family members!

Holiday Travel with Accessibility: Tips for the weary special needs traveler

Posted on: November 22nd, 2011 by LAMedicalBlogger

Have the holidays snuck up on you, too?  Some of us are planning to travel across the state, country or even to another country!   With the holidays around the corner, I began thinking of the travel I have ahead of me and how some of my less mobile family members will be getting to the same places.  I turned to my computer and started researching travel tips for the caregiver, disabled individual or just anyone planning ahead.  There are endless travel tips out there, but here are the best and most unique ones that I’ve found.

If you have additional tips that have worked for you, please share!

Travel Tips:

  • Travel can be very hard on medical devices.  Be sure to pack some spare parts and have a qualified service contact in the area you are traveling to, in case of emergencies.  You can contact us for a recommendation in the area or try www.vgmfreedomlink.com for access to qualified providers across the country.
  • Concerned about the weight of your luggage?  When packing your luggage, try carrying it around the block once.  If you feel you could carry it around the block again, then the weight is fine.  If you feel like you may pass out if you carried it around again, you may need to rethink some items.
  • If you are traveling within the United States, service providers are required to accommodate those with physical disabilities.  However, the service provider is much better prepared if you call ahead and let them know you are coming and what you can and can’t do in relation to your diagnosis.
  • If you require assistance in the airport, be sure to let the airline know when making your reservation.  If you don’t want bruised elbows and brushed knees, you’ll insist on a window seat.   You’ll be seated first as an individual that needs assistance.  The others boarding after you will be climbing over you and possibly nudging you with their luggage during the entire boarding process, not to mention climbing over you during the flight and possibly whacking you by the refreshments cart in-flight.
  • When traveling abroad, remember that the exchange rate is best when you are in a bank or using an ATM.  Also, you’ll find that the exchange rate is better when using cash than when using traveler’s checks.

With these simple tips, your travel should be much more enjoyable and hassle-free.  In review, pack spare parts, have a patient provider contact in your destination city, test the weight of your luggage, call ahead to service businesses you are planning to visit so they are prepared for you, get a window seat on flights and exchange money at banks and ATMs when traveling abroad.  Be safe out there!

Do you have some great travel tips you’d like to share with us?

A Handicap Accessible City of Angels

Posted on: November 17th, 2011 by LAMedicalBlogger

Where do you like to go in town that is accessible and enjoyable?  Have you ever been charged more for a handicap accessible hotel room?  Have you ever taken action against someone illegally using a handicap parking space?  Have you received outstanding service in a local business in relation to being wheelchair-bound?  We want to hear your stories on wheelchair accessibility in Los Angeles!

In the state of California, Title 24 of the California Building Standards Code states that public accommodation businesses need to comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state statutes which are said to cover most areas of accessibility.  This basically means that if your business serves the public in the form of a store, restaurant, hotel, movie theater, school or other public business, you have certain requirements with both physical location and employment.

If local businesses are accessible, what about your local parks and beaches?  We have found several great resources individuals looking for a more accessible City of Angels.  Take a look at our list below and let us know your experiences with accessibility!

California Accessibility Resources:

California Coastal Commission http://www.coastal.ca.gov/access/beach-wheelchairs.html

Los Angeles Tourist Guide  http://www.latourist.com/index.php?page=access-guide

Disabled Travelers  http://www.disabledtravelers.com/

 

If you have other great wheelchair accessible resources, please share!

Walking Aids: Fitting Before Committing!

Posted on: November 15th, 2011 by LAMedicalBlogger

Help!  I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!

Have you or a loved one landed in the ER due to a fall WHILE using a walking aid?  This happens to over 50,0

00 individuals each year and the cause is most generally improper fitting of the walking aid.  We strongly advise that you either come in and see us or visit your family medical professional for a professional fitting.

Here are a few

helpful hints to get you through until you can see us!

Canes

Here is our sassy pink adjustable T-Handle cane(which is also available in lavender).

You will need a friend to help you.  It takes two to fit canes!  You will need to stand with your favorite pair of shoes on and arms hanging down with elbow slightly bend in a manner that you would normally stand.  Your friend then places the cane upside down, beside you.  The bottom of the cane should be set to end right at the middle crease of your wrist.

Please remember, this will suffice until you are able to get in to see a medical professional.

 

Walkers

Here is our red Deluxe Folding Travel Walker(with free shipping).

Fitting a walker is very similar to fitting a cane.  Stand as casual as possible with your arms to your side and slightly bent.  Then have your friend measure from the middle crease of your wrist to the ground and then set all four legs of your walker to that height.  If your walker is not adjustable to that height, do not keep it.  Please return your walker to get one that will fit your properly!

Keep in mind while fitting your canes and walkers that you should be able to stand up as tall as you can and still have the walking aid support you.  You should not have to bend to the walking aid.  The reason people fall while walking with improperly fit walking aids is because their gait patter is unnatural and they are finding themselves off balance often.

What has been your purchasing experience with walking aids?  Were you fitted for it professionally in an office or did you get together with a friend at home and fit it to you?

OR

Were you a statistic?  Did you or a loved one fall while using a walking aid and need medical attention?

Caregivers of Children with Special Needs

Posted on: November 10th, 2011 by LAMedicalBlogger

16.8 million caregivers are caring for special needs children under 18 years old.  55% of these caregivers are caring for their own children.  Are you new to caregiving of a child with special needs?  We’ve gathered just a few tips to daily life in a household with special needs which many of you will already know, but is certainly worth mentioning.

 

  • First, learn as much as you can about your child’s diagnosis, special needs in the home and future of your child’s condition.
  • Document what you learn and what your child goes through.  Keep a complete history of your child’s condition, treatments and don’t forget to keep this as updated as possible.
  • You will also need to learn about signs of abuse so that you can easily spot if your child is not being taken care of properly when not under your supervision.
  • Support for yourself, as a caregiver is very important.  Seek out support groups or other organizations that can support you and your health as you move forward in this journey.

For household equipment and items, you may need mobility items, bathroom safety items, incontinence items or skin care items.  You can keep a non-greasy antimicrobial cream available for any dry skin or rashes that may occur due to uncomfortable bracing.  Look at purchasing a case of antimicrobial washing items to reduce odor and risk of cross contamination and also look at under pads for beds and chairs if you need them.

These tips are just a start for our new caregivers out there.  We would love to hear from you on your experiences as a caregiver.  Please leave a comment with your personal experience or pointers!

New to Caregiving: Basics for Home Health & Safety

Posted on: November 8th, 2011 by LAMedicalBlogger

This week is all about caregivers, managing your loved one’s health and safety while keeping them comfortable at home.  Even though your aging parent may not think they need a caregiver, it is still a very good idea to at least do a walk-through to make sure they have the necessary items at home such as bathroom safety items, skin care, bed rails, walking aids and more.  There is no better way to find out the answer to this question than to go walking through your loved one’s home.

First room you check is the bathroom as this is one of the most common rooms where seniors sustain injuries.  Depending on your loved one’s mobility, you’ll want to check if they can easily get in and out of the shower.  You’ll also want to make sure they have all the help they need getting on and off the toilet safely and that they can access their medicine cabinet items easily.  Here is what you could ask yourself:

  1. Do they need grab bars in and around the shower/bath?  How easily can they climb in and out of the shower?  They may even need a walk-in tub/shower installed.
  2. Do they need more handicap-friendly skin care items such as premium disposable washcloths that come premoistened with hydrating cleansers to keep skin clean and healthy or shampoo caps that clean hair in one-step with no clean-up.
  3. Do they need a shower chair to sit on while bathing?
  4. Do they need a raised toilet seat?  Need toilet frame or arms to pull themselves up?

Some other rooms around the house to check include the bedroom and kitchen.  Is your loved one able to pull themselves out of bed or do they need bedrails?  They may even need an electric hospital bed to make getting in and out of bed very easy.  In the kitchen and around the house, the easiest item to give them just a little extra help is a reacher.  It is very affordable and makes grabbing high or low items much easier.  You may even end up buying one for yourself when you see how handy it can be around the house.

If you are new to caregiving and need more pointers, please give us a call or leave a comment and we’ll get you all the information you need.  Also, you can read more about every item listed in our blog by visiting our website at www.lamedicalretail.com.