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Bariatric Equipment: Strong and Durable by Design

Posted on: January 15th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

In past posts we have touched on bariatric equipment and the benefits it provides to both the obese patients that use the equipment on a daily basis, as well as the caregiver(s) that provide home health care to these patients. Bariatric equipmentis designed to handle weights over 300 pounds, but how is that accomplished? What differentiates a regular wheelchair from a bariatric wheelchair, or a walker from a bariatric walker?

The added weight of bariatric patients provides more difficulties, both in treatment and home care.

Most people would say size, which is not completely wrong, but it is not a complete answer. Bariatric equipment manufacturers have to keep the products small enough to not be too bulky around a home, yet incredibly strong as well. So, how do they go about doing this? Here are two examples.

Wheelchairs- most bariatric wheelchairs are built wider, but they also use reinforced metal in the frame and seat, as well as wheels, casters and smaller parts that are made for heavier weights. The rear axle in a bariatric wheelchair is also moved forward when compared to normal wheelchair to compensate for the different center of body weight in bariatric patients.

Shower Chairs- not only is there added strength in the reinforced metal in the legs and frame, but also in the design of the frame, which for most is a cross-bracing system. Picture the normal four legs of a chair, but with an added “X” of crossing metal in the middle them. This helps the chair to support the heavier weight of bariatric patients.

The recipe is essentially the same in most other bariatric equipment that LA Medical Retail offers like walkers, rollators, canes and other bathroom safety equipment. The added strength of bariatric equipment comes from the reinforced, but still lightweight, metal used in frames, as well as the shape and position of the frames.

If you or someone you know cares for a larger patient or loved one, suggest our online catalog to them. We could offer the very item the need to make their bariatric care easier and safer.

Using the Right Equipment for Bariatric Care

Posted on: June 14th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Obesity is a growing problem in the United States, with one in three Americans now being obese. As a result, hospitals and caregiving services are seeing increases in the amount of obese patients they treat or care for. Like any special category of patients, bariatric patients come with their own set of characteristics and challenges. Their heavier weight and higher likelihood to develop skin conditions, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, anxiety, depression, joint pain and limited mobility on top of a more serious medical condition make them harder to care for than non-bariatric patients.

However, knowing the challenges that exist and how to work around them can greatly impact your care of a bariatric patient in positive ways. The easiest way to do this is to use the proper equipment at the right times. Doing this allows for less strain to be placed on both you and your patient. Therefore it is important to have the correct equipment when caring for a bariatric patient.

For moving a patient that still has some weight-bearing ability, crutches, canes (regular and quad-canes), walkers and rollators all provide ambulatory support. If the patient has little to no mobility, transport chairs and patient lifts can support their weight as they are moved around.

Patients that can still get to their own bathroom to shower or bathe will require a transfer bench to get into and out of the shower or tub, as well as shower or tub chairs or benches for an easier and safer experience. These will also help you maneuver them around the bathroom with less difficulty. On the other hand, not all patients will be able to make it to the bathroom, even with assistance. For these situations, commodes located in the bedroom near the patient’s bed will provide with access to a toilet with your assistance.

While very basic, the equipment listed above will help you provide care for bariatric patients whether caregiving is your profession or you are taking care of a loved one. This equipment helps put less strain on yours and your patient’s body, meaning that you can be there for them more often.

The Search for Bariatric Home Medical Equipment

Posted on: March 7th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

With the number of Americans suffering from obesity increasing every year, we find it more and more important to offer effective, high-quality bariatric equipment to our customers.  When shopping for bariatric home medical equipment for yourself or a loved one, there are two very important factors to take in, the design of the equipment and the weight of the equipment.

Many manufacturers design bariatric equipment to simply support up to 600 pounds, but not all are designed to evenly distribute the patient’s weight.  You’ll want to look for bariatric equipment that distributes the weight properly and puts the least amount of pressure on the patient’s body.

Another important factor is the actual weight of the equipment.  In order to support up to 600 pounds, some bariatric equipment is manufactured with more sturdy, heavier materials, making the equipment heavier.  Look for bariatric equipment that is light and easy for the patient to use.  Aluminum and some steel materials are the most common in light-weight bariatric equipment.

At LA Medical, we provide specialty bariatric wheelchairs, walkers, rollators, crutches, canes, commodes and bath benches: