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Creating a Wheelchair Accessible Home

Posted on: August 1st, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

Whether you or a loved one uses a wheelchair, you are likely aware of the difficulties that can come with everyday life. Obtaining a wheelchair for the first time due to an injury, accident, or illness, can be a difficult adjustment. Losing the ability to move how you once did can cause grief and anger. These feelings are normal and you should allow yourself to feel them. LA Medical has wheelchairs, scooters, and walking aids to assist you however needed.  Here we have listed some of the most important home considerations to make.

Home modification tips.

A home may need some modifications to ensure the home is safe and wheelchair accessible.

  1. Wheelchair Accessible Doorways. When moving yourself or a loved one home with a new wheelchair, it is important to ensure the doorways and hallways are wide enough. A standard wheelchair will need 36 inches of space to fit comfortably though a door way.
  2. Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom. The bathroom is a place where accidents are likely to occur. With slippery surfaces and tight spaces, it is important to make adjustments as needed. A bath or shower chair can be of great use. They come as a chair or stool for the best fit in your specific shower. This will prevent any slipping or standing for a long period of time.
  3. Wheelchair Accessible Ramps. Moving from one place to the next can be difficult when confined to a wheelchair. Because of this, LA Medical provides ramps to ease your transportation. A suitcase ramp can be folded up into a case for easy transportation. It is used to ease wheelchair patients from one surface height to another. When moving through a doorway or uneven landing, a Threshold ramp can be used indoors or outdoors. It is lightweight and very durable. Another ramp to consider is the Trifold ramp. It folds in 3 sections and is an adequate length for wheelchairs to maneuver into vehicles or onto raised landings. With any of these we are confident you will have an easier time moving on uneven surfaces.

We hope by taking these steps into consideration during your adjustment period, you or your loved one will have an easier transition. We encourage you to be patient with a new wheelchair and allow yourself adequate time to adjust. LA Medical has products to convenience your life. Please don’t hesitate to call us today!

Defeating the Slippery Slope

Posted on: October 23rd, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

While many people will never have to worry about needing an accessibility ramp, there are others that will come to depend on them to gain access to their home as they age or in the wake of an accident or medical condition that impairs their mobility. But you can’t just build or buy a ramp and use it any way that you want to. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has certain guidelines that must be met for all public ramps, but they are also great recommendations to make home access rampseasier and safer for both the disabled and their caregiver.

An access ramp for your home can make entering and exiting your home much more convenient.

The most important point of the ADA guidelines is the slope of the ramp. Slope is measured in a ratio, such as 1:16, where the first number, “1,” is the rise of the ramp, and the second number, “16,” is the run, or length of the ramp. ADA guidelines suggest a ramp with a slope between 1:16 and 1:20, as a 1:12 ramp is too steep for many people. While homeowners aren’t held to these standards when using a ramp, if you have the extra space available there’s no reason not to take advantage of it. There are other guidelines such as handrails and edge protectors that can be found here. 

While LA Medical doesn’t provide the services for building access ramps, we do offer portable ramps that can be used in a variety of situations to make access easier. Our Trifold Ramp from EZ-Access can be used to get a mobility scooter or wheelchair into the back of a van or SUV, as well as to help someone using one of those devices access a family member’s home that does not have a ramp. We also carry threshold ramps in varying heights for those smaller obstacles in getting into your home.

Contact us today or browse our online catalog for portable ramps and other accessibility options from LA Medical!

A Disability-Friendly Home

Posted on: August 16th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Chances are when you moved into your home you thought about a lot of different characteristics of the house. How big is the family room? Do we want the basement to be finished? What color should the walls in the upstairs bathroom be?

However, you may not have thought about making your home friendly for those with low mobility. Sure, no one in your family may have that problem now, but there is always a risk of an accident that leaves someone disabled. And there is always the risk that your parents or your partner’s parents may have to move in with you as they age. How friendly is your home to them?

In the event that any of these things occur, knowing how to make your home more comfortable and accessible will make your life a lot easier. To start with, there needs to be one entry into the home that doesn’t require steps. This ensures people with low mobility can make it into your home.

Secondly, most doorways need to be at least 32 inches wide for someone in a wheelchair to make it through. We realize that most of you will not be able to widen every doorway in your home, so for entries that are too narrow you will have to help the person through to the other side.

The bathroom also presents a few more challenges. While most homes now have bathrooms on the first floor, there will have to be special arrangements made for those that do not. Also, bathing can be difficult for those with low mobility. A transfer bench and grab rails could make getting in and out of the bath a lot simpler.

Having a home that is disability-friendly will allow for that person or person(s) to feel more included and less like they don’t belong. For any help with finding home medical equipment for your home, check out our online catalog.