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Safe Spring Cleaning

Posted on: April 26th, 2015 by vgmforbin
If you are getting ready to deep clean your home, we have solutions to keep you safe.

If you are getting ready to deep clean your home, we have solutions to keep you safe.

Leo Tolstoy once said, “Spring is the time of plans and projects”. The fresh air of spring often inspires us to start working our way down the to-do list that built up all winter. But before you jump into any of those spring projects, think ahead and use caution to make sure that you don’t start spring with an injury. We have some tips to keep you safe while you get active this month.

Dress appropriately – If you start working when it is still chilly, you may warm up as the day goes on. If you get too warm, you may get dizzy and fall. Dress comfortably in layers that can be removed as needed.

Schedule a shorter day – While it is satisfying to knock out a big project in just a day, it could take another three days to recover! Set a time limit for yourself. Just a couple hours each day might be plenty to start with. Be sure to take breaks too!

Chairs are for sitting – Don’t stand on chairs to reach higher surfaces. Use a step stool with a handle if you are fully able to and have someone else there that can help you up and down. A simple reacher can also help you grab objects that are too high or low for you to safely grab them. If you are working on a lower project, sit down. It will save your back and feet, plus it is easier to get out of a chair than up from the ground!

Before starting any major DIY projects, ask yourself if it really needs to be done. Many of us think that we need a spotless home and yard but it is ok to not be perfect. It is always better to have a safer and happier home than a clean one. LA Medical offers different safety products that can be used in the home to prevent accidents. Check out our online catalog for solutions!

2 Surprisingly Simple and Affordable Keys to Greater Independence

Posted on: April 18th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Home medical equipment runs the gambit from large and complicated to some really cleaver and low cost items to assist you in your everyday lives.  Here are two products from LA Medical that you may have never thought about, but soon may never want to be without again.

For those in wheelchairs, a reacher can provide flexibility in difficult areas like the kitchen

For those in wheelchairs, a reacher can provide flexibility in difficult areas like the kitchen

Sometimes you don’t need more hands, you just need longer arms.  For people who use a wheelchair, are unable to stand carefully or just aren’t as tall as they need to be, a hand held reacher is a wonderful tool.  These collapsible reachers have a large trigger to squeeze on one end and a mechanical “hand” on the other. The trigger only requires 7 ounces of pressure to operate, so it’s great for people with arthritis and limited strength.

The gripping hand (or jaw) acts like your own hand with a similar grip size that can hold everything from medium size and weight objects all the way down to small, hard to reach items.  These reachers can be used by anyone and are great for reaching dropped items in hard to reach places where arms and hands can’t (or shouldn’t) go.  See one for yourself at LA Medical today.

A tisket, a tasket, you need a basket. Not just any basket, but a Winnie Wagon from LA Medical.  These sturdy, all-purpose carts have 4 rubber casters for a smooth ride and stability. You’ll find a thousand ways to use these practical carts from groceries and laundry to getting items from room to room and even outside.  These carts are great for people with limited strength or who only have use of one arm or hand. The 37 inch high handle makes the cart easy to pull or push.  It’s light enough to put in the car, but sturdy enough to get the job done.  Bring it to the beach, the farmers market or the mall to hold your purchases.  Come in to LA Medical for a “test drive” today.

These items and many others are available online and in our store. They would make great gifts for someone special or just for you.  We look forward to seeing you and helping you stay independent.