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Father’s Day Healthcare Gifts He Needs

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

 

Father's Day gift ideas from LA Medical

Looking for a gift for your awesome dad? We offer many that can help him live better!

It’s June and before you know it, Father’s Day is right around the corner. You think about Dad and how he owns everything and you don’t want to be predictable by getting him another mug or tie.

LA Medical has the solution for practical giving for your aging father that he will appreciate for years to come. Here are a few highlighted Father’s Day healthcare gifts that can make him feel better about himself and become more active.

Does your dad have trouble getting in and out of the car or his favorite recliner? LA Medical has a padded swivel seat cushion which is great for the home or car. This cushion is great because it has the ability to turn 360 degrees and it is portable. At only about three pounds, it can be taken anywhere with ease.

Are you worried about him falling in the shower or tub? Put your mind at ease with a chrome grab bar  and Dad can regain his independence in a stylish manner. These bars come in a variety of size options and are to be mounted to the wall for extra durability.

Is your dad too embarrassed to go to the gym or unable to get there on a regular basis? LA Medical has the perfect solution with an exercise peddler. This product can be used for toning legs or arms in the comfort of your own home. An added benefit is that the exercise peddler is portable and compact.

Father’s Day is an opportunity to give the gift of independence to Dad through LA Medical’s healthcare products. We have given you a few options to think about, but our online store has hundreds of ideas big and small for you to think about.

The store has options anywhere from personal care to ramps and lifts. The options are unlimited when it comes to healthcare gifts for Father’s Day.

Stay Cool in a Wheelchair: Dealing with the Summer Heat

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Summer wheelchair tips

Wheelchairs can get hot in the summer, but you can stay cool with these tips!

Let’s face it; sometimes it can be uncomfortable to be in a wheelchair during the summer months. Being in a wheelchair doesn’t mean you have to miss out on being outside when it is hot. LA Medical has a list of ways for you to stay cool in a wheelchair because the heat shouldn’t hold you back.

First off, the sun shade is a great option to attach to your wheelchair and that alone will help you cool off because you are constantly shaded. This product can solve many of your problems when it comes to protecting yourself from the sun’s rays.

During the hottest of days, the best thing you can do for yourself is to stay hydrated. While in your wheelchair, it may get irritating to constantly have to reach in your bag for that bottle of water or have it sitting by you. The cost-friendly solution to this problem is to get the Nova Adjustable Cup Holder. This particular cup holder adjusts to any size and can be folded up when not in use.

A few ways to stay cool in a wheelchair are to cover the arm rests, sit on a towel or pillow for comfort, or carry a mist fan. Are you now wondering where you would store all of these items when they are not in use? Try the Nova Hanging Pouch to store anything from cooling solutions to your favorite book.

LA Medical is always interested in making the best out of any situation and we want you to stay cool this summer. Always staying hydrated is essential to keeping cool and always have cooling solutions with you in your wheelchair’s storage bag.

We hope these solutions for you to stay cool in a wheelchair were helpful because LA Medical wants you to be as comfortable as possible while using our products.

Improving your Quality of Life: Incorporating more Fruits and Vegetables into your Diet

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Tips for getting more fruits & veggies

Fruits and vegetables pack a punch when it comes to the vitamins and nutrients you need!

LA Medical is all about improving your quality of life from every aspect we can. We know that eating healthy is a major part of improving your quality of life, but sometimes it is hard to incorporate healthy foods with your busy lifestyle.

Eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce your risk for certain cancers and diseases. It is a win win situation because you are bettering yourself and trying new and delicious foods! We have compiled a list of six simple ways to start getting the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables into your diet.

  • Buy separate containers for fruits and vegetables to fill each day with the recommended daily amounts. This will help you stay on track and you will always know it is the right amount for you.
  • Get your family involved with your better eating habits. It is much easier to make lifestyle changes if your loved ones are right there with you bettering their lives too.
  • Try different fruits and vegetables. When you go to the grocery store, choose a new vegetable and/or fruit to try each time. You will be surprised with yourself for keeping an open mind and you may have a new favorite!
  • Add these healthy items to your recipes. This is a good way to experiment and switch up the way you cook. Maybe tonight you will try a spinach salad for the first time and tomorrow you try squash. The possibilities are endless.
  • Plan ahead. This goes for anything, but especially when you are making a major lifestyle change. Make a detailed grocery list and plan your meals for the week ahead. Planning helps you stay on track to where you want to be.
  • Eating out is always a struggle when you are new to a healthier lifestyle. Most restaurants have healthy options on their menus. Keeping an open mind while eating out can also help you try new things.

We hope these tips from LA Medical can help you incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet. Improving your quality of life is essential to living well.

5 Bathroom Safety Tips to Break Your Fall

Posted on: May 29th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

Dangers exist all around your home, and unless safety precautions are in place, you leave yourself, your family and your guests in danger. LA Medical wants to help lower you and your family’s chance of falling by recognizing common dangers and making decisions to raise the safeness of your bathroom.

Keep your bathroom safe with LA Medical.

Ensure your bathroom experience is enjoyable.

Aside from the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in your home. LA Medical has come up with a list of important bathroom safety tips for you to follow.

Safety tip #1: Use slip resistant mats in and around wet areas. You can purchase these mats with a non-slip backing, or gritty surface at most superstores.

Safety tip #2: Install grab bars in or around the bathtub and shower area, and also by the toilet. Grab bars make it easier to get out of the bath and are good to have in case you lose your footing in the tub or shower.

Safety tip #3: Be sure that there is adequate lighting in your bathroom during the day, and a low light to help light the way at night. Nightlights work great for bathrooms at night as they have different levels of brightness to choose from.

Safety tip #4: Keep all electrical items away from an area where water is present. This includes the bathtub, toilet and even sinks.

Safety tip #5: If your toilet seat is low, consider buying a toilet seat extender or a toilet with a higher seat. This will allow less effort and a safer attempt at getting up.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 234,000 nonfatal bathroom injuries occur in the U.S. among people 15 and older each year. Don’t let your own home be a safety hazard. LA Medical wants you to protect yourself and your family this year by following a few of these simple steps and using us as your safety resource.

Summer Chooses Sun Screen

Posted on: May 27th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Protect yourself from skin cancer

Reduce risk of skin cancer with sun screen from LA Medical.

May 27 is National Sun Screen Day, a day that grown in importance as skin cancer becomes a more commonly seen condition. LA Medical wants to help reduce the rising rates of skin cancer from overexposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun this May by discussing the benefits of wearing sunscreen.

As warm weather approaches and millions of Americans prepare to enjoy the great outdoors, the risk for ultraviolet damage of the skin increases. Skin cancer is on the rise in the United States, and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer.

LA Medical believes that taking precautions when out in the sun is the best way to avoid dangerous UV rays.

When shopping for sunscreen, one of the most common questions is what type of sunscreen should be used? The American Academy of Dermatology recommends sunscreen that offers:

  • Broad-spectrum protection
  • Sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or greater
  • Water resistance

 

LA Medical wants you and your family to stay protected from the dangerous UV rays this summer. To protect your skin and find skin cancer early, we recommend the following:

  • Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30 to all exposed skin and reapply every two hours or as indicated on the label.
  • Seek shade when appropriate. Remember that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade!
  • Use caution near water, as they reflect the rays of the sun and can increase the chance of sunburn. Even on cloudy days, the rays are strong and can cause burn.

 

LA Medical wants you and your family to stay safe this summer and remember to always use sunscreen. To minimize the harmful effects of excessive and unprotected sun exposure, protection from excessive UV radiation should be a life-long practice for everyone. Don’t forget your sunscreen this spring and summer!

Bike Through May

Posted on: May 22nd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Save some money and take your bike today!

Park the car, LA Medical suggests taking the bike to work or out for a cruise.

LA Medical encourages bike enthusiasts to get out and ride to celebrate Bike Week, May 12-16, and take time to enjoy family and the great outdoors.

More than half of the United States population lives within five miles of their workplace, which makes biking a practical way to get around. As people continue to take an interest in their health and fitness, it is no wonder that biking commuters grew by 47 percent from 2000 to 2011.

Communities across the country have planned their own biking events to commemorate National Bike to Work day which takes place on May 16 this year. But remember, Bike Month is more than just one day!

So if you’re still questioning about what to do for Bike Month or if you’re just unsure about getting on a bike, LA Medical wants you to consider these options:

  1. Stay Fit

A 30-minute bike ride can burn up to 300 calories and increase your strength and heart rate. Soon, pedaling up that big hill or racing your kids will take less effort and have you feeling better about yourself and your health!

  1. Money Saving

The price of fuel climbs higher each and every day. Add on car payments, registration, and insurance and your monthly budget for transportation is quickly maxed out. Biking is free after you purchase your bicycle, and who doesn’t like saving money?

  1. Parking

Bikers don’t have to worry about finding a place to park or paying for parking, they simply just have to look for a bike rack. If there is not one available, trees, benches, lampposts, or fences can also be used to harness your bike. Reduce your worries with bicycles!

  1. Enjoy the Ride

Turn ordinary activities, such as the commute to work, into entertainment when you ride a bike. Find enjoyment in getting around and meeting people who are also interested in biking along the way.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or beginner biker, LA Medical encourages you to take some time out of your busy life and get on a bike and enjoy the outdoors!

Emergency Medical Services Insider

Posted on: May 20th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

Each year in May, our country takes one week to celebrate the hard work that Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provides. This year’s theme is “EMS: Dedicated for Life.”

LA Medical appreciates EMS support.

LA Medical appreciates the support and care of our EMS.

LA Medical wants to show appreciation for the care they provide year round and help raise awareness of what EMS and Paramedics really do for us.

According to a press release by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 36 million people received treatment from EMS professionals in 2011. As this is less than 10 percent of the U.S. population, most people have little idea of the sophistication of our country’s EMS system.

EMS agencies work closely with other emergency response agencies like police, fire, and other 9-1-1 communications to provide rapid medical care and safe transportation to those who are ill or injured.

Not only do EMS respondents provide rapid medical care, they also play a significant role in our nation’s response to natural and man-made disasters that pose a threat to life and property.

LA Medical wants to put EMS workers responsibilities into perspective, so we created a list of the top three most important tasks that they perform:

  1. EMS must assess the medical needs of the sick or injured in a quick and efficient manner, especially in serious life or death situations when a minute lost can mean the difference between saving someone or not.
  2. Another top responsibility involves taking vital signs of the sick or injured. These questions include determining if the patient is conscious or unconscious. Are they able to communicate? Are they breathing correctly, or is it raspy? How do they respond to light? Is their blood pressure high or low?
  3. Taking a “SAMPLE” history is another important EMS responsibility. SAMPLE stands for:

S- Signs and symptoms

A-Allergies

M- Medications

P- Pertinent past medical history

L- Last oral intake of medication

E- Events leading to injury/illness

 

If you have the opportunity this week, thank EMS personnel or a paramedic for the vital services that they provide to the public. Help raise awareness this month with LA Medical!

Celebrate National Salad Month

Posted on: May 15th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

May is National Salad Month and with the warmer weather here, there’s no better time to give your oven a rest and enjoy a lighter meal. LA Medical wants you to toss your normal salad regimen this May and try something new!

Salad topping ideas from LA Medical.

Treat yourself to tasteful salad toppers recommended by LA Medical.

Salads often get a bad rap for being too healthy or boring, but salads are actually a quick dinner and a great way to get rid of leftovers! This May try to boost the nutrition and flavor of your salad by focusing on adding color and texture.

LA Medical wants you to shake up your common, everyday salad, this May. Try implementing these healthy, but yummy, toppings to your salad to mix things up:

  1. Start with the greens- instead of using only iceberg lettuce, try mixing in spinach, kale or red leaf lettuce.
  2. Add your favorite veggies for flavor and crunch- cucumber, tomato, shredded carrot, red onion, baby peas and olives are just a few options.
  3. Have a sweet tooth? Fruits add sweetness to your salad. Mandarin oranges, grapefruit, blackberries and strawberries are great toppings to make any salad more flavorful and colorful.
  4. Don’t forget the protein- low fat cheese, fish, chicken breast, black or pinto beans add protein, fiber and flavor to any salad.
  5. If you’re looking for a crunch, try adding nuts and seeds like pistachios, walnuts or almonds.
  6. Make a homemade salad dressing out of olive oil and lemon juice. If it still needs a little something, add some salt and pepper! This is a healthy alternative to Italian dressing that will still give your taste buds a pop!

Just remember, salads aren’t created by following a recipe- throw in your favorite food and see how it turns out. If you create or have a favorite salad, tell LA Medical about it on our Facebook page. We would love to hear how you celebrated National Salad Month!

Blood Pressure: Make Control Your Goal

Posted on: May 12th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Blood pressure tools from LA Medical

Grab control your blood pressure with tips from LA Medical.

May is National Blood Pressure Education Month and LA Medical wants to be sure that you are educated on what high blood pressure is and how it can affect your entire body if not treated.

One of three American adults has high blood pressure. That’s 67 million people! Unfortunately, more than half of these people with high blood pressure do not have their condition under control or even know that they are being affected by it. The condition itself usually has no signs or symptoms, but left untreated it can cause damage to your heart, blood vessels, kidneys and other parts of your body.

LA Medical wants to know, have you talked about a goal for your blood pressure with your health care provider?

Since it is High Blood Pressure Education Month, there is no better time to find out how to take control of your blood pressure goal. If you have high blood pressure, here are a few steps that can help you get it under control:

  • Participate in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on three or more days of the week.
  • Eat a healthy diet that is high in fruits and vegetables. Consume less than 1 teaspoon (2,300 MG) of sodium a day, including sodium found in packaged or prepared foods.
  • At your next doctors’ visit, ask your doctor what your blood pressure is and what it should be. If it is too high, set a lower goal with your doctor and discuss ways that you can reach this goal.
  • Take your blood pressure medication as directed, and if you are having trouble ask your doctor what you can do to make it easier.

People who have high blood pressure can take steps to control it and reduce their risk for related health problems.

When it comes to high blood pressure control, everyone has a goal. LA Medical believes that together, we can all make controlling our blood pressure our goal this May by following a healthy lifestyle, having ongoing medical care and following treatment plans.

American Red Cross Month and World Red Cross Day

Posted on: May 5th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

World Red Cross Day is celebrated every year in May and focuses on the international services that the Red Cross supplies for our country others around the world. LA Medical wants to acknowledge the hard work that the American Red Cross provides communities across the country every day, this May.

This day celebrates the anniversary of the birth of Henry Dunant, founder of International Committee of the Red Cross and the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize. The first Red Cross Day that was celebrated was on May 8, 1948.

The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. Volunteers constitute 94 percent of the total workforce to carry out the Red Cross’s work.

Every day, more than 500 local chapters and 36 blood centers carry out the mission of the American Red Cross in communities across the country. The American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network with 13 million volunteers in 187 countries.

The American Red Cross is made up of donors, volunteers and employees that share the Red Cross’s mission of preventing and relieving suffering. The Red Cross touches hundreds of thousands of lives each year, below are numbers that show just how big of an impact they have on our world.

  • Every 8 minutes, the Red Cross responds to a disaster in the community.
  • Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood; 40 percent of the nation’s blood is supplied by the Red Cross.
  • The Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the U.S. every year.
  • Across the country, 20,000 people a day receive lifesaving Red Cross health and safety training.
  • Each year, over 100 million people are reached across the globe.

 

LA Medical appreciates everyone that is a part of the American Red Cross Association. Let’s take this month to acknowledge the hard work the Red Cross does for people all around the world.

Taking the time to say "thank you" or showing other signs of courtesy can help improve your health.

Taking the time to say “thank you” or showing other signs of courtesy can help improve your health.