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Your Options in Accessibility: Mobility Ramps

Posted on: April 25th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Wheelchair users – don’t ever limit yourselves from accessing every part of your home or community.  We carry a full line of mobility ramps to easily install in your home or take with you where ever you go to make every part of your world wheelchair accessible.  Learn more about our ramps below.

To make every doorway entrance in your home smooth, use a threshold ramp.  Our modular threshold ramps are made from lightweight, anodized aluminum and are durable enough for indoor or outdoor use.  They are available in five sizes to fit any doorway in your home.

We also carry suitcase ramps that are handy when faced with a raised landing or multiple step entrances.  These ramps are easy to carry with you because they fold up for easy storage, but are sturdy and safe.  Suitcase ramps are also available in five sizes to meet your every elevation need.

For even more accessibility, our customers choose the trifold ramp.  Our trifold ramps are similar to the suitcase ramps only they fold up even smaller for travel convenience.  When completely unfolded, the trifold ramp is our longest ramp, providing easy conversion from ramp to ground.

Which ramp have you used?

Next week – Look for more information to come on our latest product, the fingertip pulse oximeter!

Rollators: An Evolved Walker

Posted on: April 17th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

The rollatoris basically an evolved walker for individuals with good grip strength looking for more versatility.  With its many features and functions, it is no surprise to me that the rollator has become a customer favorite in the walking aid family.   Let’s examine the many reasons customers are choosing the rollator as their walking aid of choice.

One major benefit when using the rollator is more movement.  When using a walker, individuals must lift the walker and place it forward and then step up to the walker, then repeat.  With a rollator, you simply continue walking forward using the rollator for support and squeezing the hand brakes when you wish to stop.

Another benefit is the comfortable seat, which has two functions.  The first function is to allow the user to sit and rest when tired.  The second function of the seat allows the rollator to become a wheelchair.  When the user is with another individual, the user can sit on the seat and allow their friend to push them in the rollator.

With rollators, you have several options in number of wheels.  There is a three-wheel option which is chosen when the user has narrow halls or doorways that their rollator must fit through.  The most common option is the 4-wheel rollator, but rollators are also available in 6 and 8 wheel designs.

As with all walking aids, accessories including basket attachments for your personal belongings are available.

Do you or a loved one use a rollator?  We’d love to hear your input on rollators!

Quick Tips for Family Caregivers

Posted on: April 10th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

There are endless resources out there for the family caregiver.  Even on our blog alone, we’ve discussed this before and we’ll discuss it again because it is so important.  Your well being is just as important as the well being of the family member you are looking after.  Here are a few simple tips to keep you healthy while you keep others healthy:

  1. Everyone knows caregivers do a heavy lifting throughout the day.  Remember to be good to your back.  Wear a lumbar support if necessary.
  2. Part of caregiving is to promote independence for the loved one you are caring for.  Stay open to technology that allows your loved one to gain independence.
  3. Find support in others.  Other caregivers know what you’re going through and can help you find solutions to the problems you are dealing with.
  4. Let others help.  Other family and friends will offer to help and you should let then, but be specific in what actions would help you most.
  5. Learn as much as you can about your loved one’s condition.  This will help you discuss needs with other family members and your family doctor.
  6. Watch for signs of depression.  If you feel depressed, don’t hesitate to seek professional help before it gets worse.
  7. Your job is caregiving and you’ve earned some relaxing breaks.  Take a break and pamper yourself.
  8. Allow yourself to grieve for your losses and then dream new dreams.
  9. Stand up for yourself.
  10. Trust your instincts!

Do you have any tips to add?

For Love of the Standard Manual Wheelchair

Posted on: April 3rd, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

The world of mobility is ever evolving and wheelchair functions are reaching new heights.  However, even with the amazing new capabilities of power

mobility, we still have many customers that are a perfect fit for power mobility, but prefer their old, reliable, standard manual wheelchair.

These lightweight, foldable mobility devices have been around since 1933 when mechanical engineers Harry Jennings and Herbert Everest invented the first x-brace, collapsible wheelchair which is still the design most commonly used today.

There are three main reasons you still see standard manual wheelchairs everywhere, instead of users adapting to the new technology of power wheelchairs:

  1. When a patient needs a wheelchair temporarily, it makes much more sense to be using a manual wheelchair to avoid the training and expense of power mobility.
  1. Manual wheelchairs are also great to have on hand in case of an emergency such as the common scene of a woman in labor being whisked away in a manual wheelchair to the hospital or an athlete injures their ankle and needs to be removed from a sporting event.  For these reasons, businesses and recreation areas keep manual wheelchairs on hand.
  1. Finally, there are simply many users that don’t want to rely on an electrically-powered device to get them to where they need to go and they also don’t want to worry about traveling with such a heavy device.

Do you choose a manual wheelchair over a power wheelchair?