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Driving around California in a Handicap Accessible Vehicle

Posted on: December 31st, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

If you’re new to driving or riding in a handicap or wheelchair accessible vehicle in California, you may wonder how to apply for special licensing of your vehicle or where you can and can’t park. LA Medical doesn’t want your independence of driving and getting around being limited due to not knowing how you can properly use your vehicle to the fullest.

Handicap Van Parking in California

The State of California and Department of Motor Vehicles requires that people who have disabilities get a diagnosis letter from their doctor or specialist stating they have a specific disability.  The State of California can issue you a parking placard or license plate to park in designated parking spots in front of businesses, city parks or general parking spots.  Make sure you watch out for people who steal parking placards to benefit using closer parking spaces for an easier place to park.  People who do this are subject to fines or jail time.

If you decide to drive your handicap accessible vehicle, you may have to take a driving test through your local DMV office. After you’ve become accustomed to getting in and out of the vehicle, securing yourself in place, using the features and driving with hand controls, you’ll need to find a place to park with enough room for you to get in and out safely.

If you only need a temporary parking placard, you may also get one with a doctor’s note and pay a small fee. You may park in any space with the International Symbol of Access, or the wheelchair symbol, blue curbs or on metered parking on the street for no charge.

For your vehicle to be an easy to use handicap accessible vehicle, it should have an automatic transmission, a shifter that isn’t electronically activated, seat belts long enough to go around a wheelchair and buckle in and have multiple hand grips to help get in and out of your vehicle.
LA Medical wants you to be safe while driving here in California.  Make sure to drive over and check out our showroom of wheelchair ramps and manual wheelchairs.

Germs, germs go away!

Posted on: December 26th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

These are busy times! Holiday travel, family visits and office parties are all great times to eat drink and be merry with some of our favorite people. The bad news is that many of our favorite people may have colds, flu and other illnesses ready to spread to us and make us sick!

LA Medical wants all of our customGerms Germs Go Awayers to stay healthy this month and all year long. While nobody is immune to all illnesses, there are some steps you can take to not get sick and not make others sick.

Wash your hands and wash them often. They may not look dirty, but we can’t see all of those nasty little germs that are on them. If you have kids, take them to wash their hands often. Kids are less likely to wash their hands and much more likely to touch all sort of gross things, and then use those same dirty little hands to touch their own eyes and noses and to touch you!

When you’re washing your hands, use soap and warm to hot-ish water. Don’t burn yourself. Use a good soap and enough of it. Wash your whole hand clear up to your wrists if possible. Experts say to sing the Happy Birthday song as a guide for the length it should take to get the job done.

If you are somewhere you can’t wash your hands right away, get some hand sanitizer and use it! It comes in many sizes and varieties. Whether it’s the standard clear variety that smells like rubbing alcohol or a foam or one that smells like apples, apply about a dime to nickel size dab to your hands and really make sure it covers your palms and fingers.

Remember that door, shopping cart or railing you just touched could make you sick! When you need any home medical equipment, contact LA Medical today. We carry a wide selection of mobility scooters and bath safety equipment to keep you mobile and safe.

How to find the Right Vehicle for your Mobility Needs

Posted on: December 24th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Being able to drive around California in your vehicle only increases your independence of being able to get around on your own. Standard motor vehicles are not designed for people who use mobility products or other medical products to make sure they’re safe in any vehicle.  LA Medical wants you to be able to find the right vehicle for your mobility and safety.

Finding the right vehicle for mobility needs

Before finding the right vehicle, you’ll need to evaluate your wants and needs.  What works for you? Are others riding in the vehicle? Are you hauling things? People called driver rehabilitation specialists will evaluate you to identify the adaptive equipment you’ll need most fitted to your situation.

Selecting the right car, SUV, truck or van requires you, your evaluator and qualified vehicle modification dealer to work together to best suit your needs for mobility and driving. Some common questions that will be asked are:

  • Does the necessary adaptive equipment require a van, or will another passenger vehicle work?
  • Can the vehicle accommodate the weigh that needs to be installed?
  • Will there be enough space for your family and other cargo?
  • Do you have enough room to park the vehicle in your garage and enough room to get out and into your home?
  • Are there additional options that you can request to make the vehicle safer?

A complete evaluation and testing includes getting a vision screening, muscle strength, flexibility and range of motion test, eye-to-hand coordination test, reaction time test, judgment and decision making  test and making sure you’re able to drive with the adaptive equipment added to the vehicle.

Make sure not to rush into purchasing or leasing a vehicle if it won’t work for your needs.  Also, make sure if you purchase a used vehicle that it is carefully inspected for all safety features and that all options work. Let LA Medical know if they can help get professional diagnostics or wheelchair accessories for your wheelchair today!Make sure to find a qualified evaluator in your area or call your local Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED).  They’ll be sure to pair you with Driver Rehabilitation Specialists throughout the country.  Check with your insurance company as they may be able to pay for the evaluation.

Gifts for the Caregiver in your Life

Posted on: December 19th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Caregiver GiftsThe holidays are here again! Do you have your shopping done? What about gifts for those who give so much all year: the caregiver?

Who is a caregiver? Many people can be considered caregivers. They can be paid or unpaid, a family member including spouses, adult children, siblings or friends or they can be hired professional caregivers. Those professionals can be hired through a home health and nursing agency or other similar businesses.  No matter their title or how they came into your lives, they work hard and often do more than they are expected. This is a great time of year to really show them how much you appreciate them, even if they don’t know they are doing anything special.

If the caregiver is a non-paid volunteer, family, a neighbor or someone not hired through an agency with restrictions, gift giving is easier. Caregivers often take better care of others than they care for themselves. Consider giving a gift card for a favorite theater, eatery, a massage or for a hair cut from their favorite salon.  Gift cards are available from almost everywhere for any age or taste, and fit in well with a nice holiday card.

If the caregiver is a paid professional, please ask about restrictions before buying or giving any gifts. Many companies and agencies have restrictions on gifts the employees can receive. Sometime there are price limits in place or simple guidelines. If there are restrictions, try expressing your thanks in a handwritten note in a nice card. Before you give or send the card, make a copy of the note and send it to their supervisor so they know what a great job their employee is doing.

LA Medical can assist any caregiver in finding the equipment they need to make lives easier and safer. We offer a variety of walkers, rollators and personal care products to you every day, all year long.

Practical Gifts for the People Who have Everything – Part 1

Posted on: December 17th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

The holidays are here, let the craziness begin! There are many holidays to celebrate and exchange gifts for this time of year. While some people are good shoppers and some people are happy with anything, there are people on everyRamp - Practical Giftone’s list that are always tricky. As people age, there tend to be less and less “things” they need. Many times an older person may have already downsized into a smaller place and really don’t need much. Here are some practical ideas from your shopping helpers at LA Medical.

If you have person on your list who uses a wheelchair, see if their home has ramps. Sometimes something as small and simple as a threshold ramp can make a huge difference when that person goes in and out of the home.

If the wheelchair user on the list is on the go and frequently runs into places that don’t have the access they need, a suitcase ramp is a great portable gift option. They come in many sizes, are lightweight, but strong, and fold up so they travel easily. These on the go ramps come in handy for homes and business that may not be equipped for wheelchairs.

Getting in and out of cars can be harder for older people or people with mobility problems. See LA Medical for the padded swivel seat cushion that makes getting in and out today’s lower seats and smaller cars easier and safer. At just over three pounds and easy to take from vehicle to vehicle, these little wonders will be their new favorite accessory.

We encourage you to browse our catalog and see the many other items we offer. Whether as gifts or just buying supplies for yourself, there is sure to be something to make life easier and safer. Who needs a mall when you have LA Medical!

Staying Healthy through the Holidays – Part 2

Posted on: December 12th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Winter Nap - Healthy HolidaysLA Medical, your home for bathroom safety, incontinence products and mobility equipment, is sharing some ways that you can enjoy a wonderful holiday season without losing you mind and how you can stay healthy while keeping your holiday spirit.

Don’t be afraid to take a good winter nap. All of the cooking, shopping, card sending and gift giving can be tiring! Don’t forget to take time to rest. If you have a party in the evening, try to take a nap during the day or even after work. You’ll be fresh and in a better mood. Lack of sleep makes us more susceptible to colds, flu and other health problems. Try to stick to the same sleep schedule you have the rest of the year. Don’t be afraid to go to a party early and slip out early.

If you have mobility or balance issues, talk to the person hosting the party. Explain your needs. Will there be a place where you can park close or be dropped off? Will there be stairs? Will the area be well lit and safe? Will there be someone there to assist you if you need it. Nobody wants you to fall or get hurt, so don’t be afraid to ask.

Another thing to consider if you are a person (especially if you are a woman) with mobility or balance issues is what you wear to the party. It’s nice to dress up fancy, but skip the heels. Wear the style of shoes you normally wear and be safe. Avoid long dresses, scarves or coats that may trip you. It’s not worth getting hurt.  If you have a walker or cane that you use at home, bring it to the party and use it. Consider decorating it with some bows and battery operated lights if you want, it’s a party! If you have trouble standing for a long period, find a good chair and let the party come to you.

From all of us at LA Medical, have a happy and safe holiday season!

Staying Healthy through the Holidays – Part 1

Posted on: December 10th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

This year is quickly coming to a close and the holidays are here! It’s that busy time of year for parties, food, gifts and celebrating with the people we (hopefully) want to be around. While all of this merriment can be fun, it can have a bad effect on our health if you overdo it, especially for people with diabetes, heart or respiratory issues or high blood pressure.

Staying Healthy through the Holidays 1LA Medical loves all of the holiday happenings, but we want all of you to stay healthy and wise this season and for a long time to come. Here are some tips from LA Medical to you!

Having people into your home can be fun and it can be stressful. If you are going to be a “host or hostess with the most-est” don’t try to be Martha Stewart. Your decorations will never be that perfect and your food will probably never look as good as hers does. Nobody will think less of you for serving a pie store-bought pie.

Consider asking people to bring a dish to share or considered having and desserts or hors d’oeurves only party. What the heck, order pizza or Chinese takeout just to be different! Remember they are there to see you and other friends and family, not just to eat.

Watch your spending. Stress hurts our whole body and overspending at the holidays can be a huge stressor for months after. Set a budget and stick to it. Talk to your friends and see what they want to do this year. Maybe instead of buying each other gifts you don’t want or need, you would rather go out to nice restaurant, play or concert during or after the holidays. Give a memory, it lasts longer!

More tips to come from your home medical equipment experts, LA Medical!