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Taking Care In The Commode

Posted on: October 17th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Week 2 Post 3

Older individuals are staying in their homes longer than before which increases the possibility of a dangerous fall.


There are almost 200,000 bathroom accidents every year. Most of these involve older adults. If you are concerned about safety in the bathroom, LA Medical has some solutions that could help ensure the well-being of you or a loved one.

OId style toilets can not only be uncomfortable, but dangerous as well. The low seating style can make it hard to sit down or get back up. The lack of balance and strength can cause harmful falls. By installing an elevated toilet seat with handrails can make it easier to get up and down while providing balance support to prevent a fall.

The bathtub may seem more dangerous than relaxing to some individuals. Stepping in and out of a bath or shower can be slippery and dangerous. Many senior citizens use towel bars and racks to support themselves but these were not made to support human weight. By forcing so much body weight on a device that isn’t sturdy, you are putting yourself at risk for a terrible slip. Consider investing in a transfer chair that allows you to easily sit and slide into the bath or shower without having to step over the wall of a tub. LA Medical also offers different grabs and bars that are designed to resist a lot of weight and can be strategically placed near the toilet and bath to offer stability and safety. There are also bath seats available for those who do not feel comfortable standing in a shower or have difficulties sitting all the way down into a bath.

With many elderly individuals staying in their homes longer, it is important to consider bathroom safety. Older people are at an increased risk for bathroom accidents and preventing falls should be a concern for everyone. LA Medical wants to help you and your loved ones make the bathroom a relaxing room once again.

4 Helpful Accessories to Ease Life with a Mobility Aid

Posted on: September 19th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Experience a more convenient daily life with accessories for any mobility aid.

Experience a more convenient daily life with accessories for any mobility aid.

Living with a wheelchair, scooter, walker, or cane requires extra consideration in everyday life. Simply activities like going on a walk, using the restroom, and cooking a meal can become significantly more difficult. Whether a person lives alone, with a family member or caregiver, one of the best ways to keep them as safe as possible and accommodate for their needs, is with products from LA Medical. We are happy to help anyone in need and are confident you will find useful accessories with LA Medical.

Oxygen Cylinder Caddy – For a wheelchair patient who uses an oxygen concentrator, they will be able to attach the cylinder to the chair with the oxygen cylinder caddy and get from one place to the next easier. Experience more freedom and enjoy the great outdoors!

Universal Cup Holder – Are you planning a trip to the park or a day at the beach? With a cup holder that easily attaches to any wheelchair, rollator, or wheeled walker, you will always have a drink close by.

Wheelchair Tray – Eating, reading, and card games can all be done easier with a wheelchair tray. Take the wheelchair to family gatherings or social events and don’t worry about fitting under a table or finding an accessible flat surface.

Chart Carry Pocket – Whether you need to carry medications, a computer, or snacks, they can be transported in this bag that attaches to the back of any wheelchair.

Bathroom safety is an important consideration to make in the home of any elder or mobility aid user. They may experience more difficulty getting in and out of a tub, standing in a shower, or using the toilet. It is imperative that every room of the house is provided with safety supplies to make it accommodating. Common bathroom safety items are: a folding seat commode, tub rail, bath seat, and a transfer bench. These and many more can provide a person with confidence when living independently.

LA Medical hopes to ease the worries you may have during day to day activities or knowing your loved one is living alone or with little assistance. If you see a need for any of these products, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and order yours today.

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.

A Transfer System That Helps Aid Your Bathing Needs

Posted on: May 1st, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger


A Transfer System That Helps Aid Your Bathing Needs

LA Medical works with different companies that specialize in bathroom safety equipment to allow you to easily navigate your bathroom or shower room without causing another accident or injury.  Read below why bathroom safety equipment helps you slide your way into the tub or shower safely and easily.

Bathroom safety equipment comes in all shapes, sizes and uses from grab bars to help get out of the bath or shower or raised toilet seats with handles to custom shower chairs.  The most common way to take a bath or shower is to have a chair that allows you to slide into the bathtub or shower with ease.

One of LA Medical’s best sellers is the Drive Bath or Shower Transfer System.   This transfer system allows the occupant to slide from inside and outside of the cleaning area.  The seat is on a rolling frame and the seat can be configured to fit the individual’s bathing or postural needs and the frame can be customized for the bathroom environment.

Many benefits come with the Drive Bathing Transfer System for you or a loved one:

  • Able to fit in smaller bathrooms, like mobile home or apartments
  • Reduces the amount of extra equipment in your bathroom
  • Feel completely secure transferring from in or out of cleaning area
  • Available with different recline positions and chair locks
  • Available with accessories like head support, foot and arm rests, trays and anti-tippers

LA Medical wants you or someone you know who may have special needs to be able to bathe and clean up with no headaches or complications in-between.  Let us help you get started with your bathroom equipment today and contact us with any questions!

See LA Medical for other bathroom safety equipment ranging from toilet commodes, sturdy grab bars or other shower chairs.

Finding the Right Respite Provider for your Children with Special Needs

Posted on: April 22nd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger



Finding the Right Respite Provider for your Children with Special Needs

As parents of a child with special needs, you care for them, help feed them, provide a loving home and clothes for them. Sometimes your responsibilities can seem overwhelming and never ending.  As a parent and a family, it’s okay to want a little break.  LA Medical would like to help by finding a local respite provider for your children with special needs.

At first, finding a reputable caregiver to care for your child with special needs may seem like an impossible task.  Some families rely on other family members to help, but sometimes it may be better for your child to go to a care provider to interact with other children who may have similar health complications which will better their mood, personality and outlook on life.

Don’t feel ashamed that you’re leaving your child at a care provider.  Care providers are there to help parents take a break and see family and friends, make a grocery store trip or simply take a nap. Sit down and relax, because there are many options available for caregivers for your child:

  • There are many respite or relief centers that provide assistance for caregivers or parents who need time off from their duties caring for a special needs child or adult.  Visit the National Respite Locator Services for more information.
  • Find associations that deal exactly with your child’s disorder such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or United Cerebral Palsy.
  • Contact a university or college near where you live.  Students who may be studying behavioral sciences are available to care for your kids at your home.
  • If your child is chronically ill, consider giving their pediatrician or specialist a call.  Explain that you need respite care and a personal break.  Most specialists know someone they can refer you to.
  • Many states offer respite care that is free or subsidized.  Get in touch with your local county health office to see how you can sign up for respite care in your area.

LA Medical hopes this list of ideas helps to get you, your spouse and your family a little break and helps your loved one interact with others too. Please see our inventory of bathroom safety equipment, walking aids and incontinence supplies today!

How to Be Safe in your Bathroom

Posted on: January 23rd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

Every January, LA Medical celebrates National Bathroom Safety Month.  Bathroom safety is very important for young children and adults over the age of 65.  National Bathroom Safety Month is a great topic to talk about because it revolves around having a little extra added security and most of all, safety. Let’s discuss further how we can make the bathroom safer for both children and adults.


If you have children, it always seems like a tough time to get them to get a bath or even to brush their teeth.  When you’re able to get them to take a bath, here are some helpful tips to better their bathing time:

  • Accidents can happen at any time in the bathroom with a wet floor.  Kids do not have the balance, coordination or strength to hold steady if they lose their balance.  Try putting an anti-slip plastic mat that you can put in and outside of the tub to reduce the chances of slipping.
  • Beware of sharp edges by putting rubber covers for the faucet or towels that cover the shower door handles. Also avoid having child’s toys on the ground near the tub; as you can fall and hurt yourself too!
  • Test the water temperature before putting your child in the water, as the water temperature can change and burns are far too common. 

Adults are also unable to keep their balance and strength in the bathroom as they get older. Many older people have an increased risk of getting an injury as well. Look at these guidelines for older adults:

  • Like children, check the water temperature of the bath or shower.  Many older adults lose their ability to gauge how hot or cold water is. Consider making a mark where the arrows of the bath knobs match where the water is at the perfect temperature.
  • Consider installing grab bars for extra stability in the shower or tub. Also, consider installing a shower chair or transfer bench for getting in and out of the bathtub more safely.

LA Medical hopes that both children and adults can keep the fun in the tub throughout the month of January.  Please see LA Medical’s wide selection of bathroom safety equipment now!

National Bath Safety Month: Safety for All

Posted on: January 17th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Bathroom safety, the topic of many of our past blog posts, is a topic that revolves around those who are older and need a little added security and safety in the bathroom, and deservedly so. The bathroom is the most dangerous place for those over age 65. On the other hand, bathrooms are also hazardous for young children as well. January is National Bath Safety Month, and as part of that we would like to discuss proper safety for young children, as well as the older generations.

The right safety equipment in the bathroom can make all the difference.

For young children, it is imperative to always keep watch on them if they are in or near a tub, even if there is very little water in it. You should also:

  • Safeguard bathtubs with non-slip mats and faucet guards
  • Gather everything you need (shampoo, soap, etc.) before turning the water on when bathing a small child
  • Test the water to make sure it is not too hot
  • Do not ever leave your child alone in the water for any reason. A small child can drown in even the smallest amounts of water

There are also care guidelines for older adults, especially those that are not completely independent.

  • If you are assisting someone who is elderly, check the temperature of the water. Many older people have lost sensation in the hands and feet and cannot properly gauge the temperature of the water
  • To help with entry and exit into the shower or tub, grab bar installation is a cheap and effective option. Further safety in the shower or tub can achieved through use of a shower chair or transfer bench.

While bathrooms can be dangerous places for those of all ages, using the proper protocols and/or bathroom safety equipment can eliminate these risks. LA Medical can provide bathroom safety equipment to those that need it. Simply check our online catalog or give us a call!

Getting a Handle on Bathroom Safety

Posted on: December 11th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

By now we have discussed bathroom safety enough for most of you to know that it is a dangerous place for yourselves if you and your partner are over 65, or if you have aging parents. The slick nature of bathroom surfaces creates a hazardous environment that promotes slips, falls and other accidents that can result in bruises, concussions and broken bones.

Grab bars are an easy, but efficient addition to your bathroom for more safety.

Fortunately, there is a very easy fix to add more security and safety to your bathroom, and it’s something we have touched briefly on before: grab bars. When it comes to assistive devices for bathroom safety, no item is as easy to use or multipurpose as the grab bar.

There are three types of grab bars to choose from: wall-mounted, tub-mounted and suction cup grab bars. All three types are designed to bear up to around 250 lbs. Wall-mounted grab bars can be positioned near tubs and toilets and even inside showers, and are secured to the wall permanently.

Suction cup grab bars provide a more temporary grab bar solution as they can be removed and placed elsewhere around the bathroom if needed. Simple to install, the suction cups just need to be pressed against a smooth surface and then locked into place using the lock and release levers.

Tub-mounted grab rails or clamps are secured to the top of the tub and held in place by non-damaging clamps. They provide a source of stability when entering or exiting the tub for those who prefer a hot bath to a shower.

Grab rails provide safety, are simple to install and help keep you safe in the bathroom. LA Medical Retail carries all three types of grab bars, as well as other safety equipment for your bathroom. Contact us today or check out our online catalog to see how we can help secure your bathroom environment today.

Accident-Proof Your Bathroom

Posted on: July 7th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

In an earlier post, we discussed how the bathroomis one of the most dangerous places for people 65 and older. The report by the Center for Disease Control cited in that post warned that as age increased, so did the risk for accidents in the bathroom that could result in bruises, sprains and broken bones. While getting in and out of a slick shower or bath tub may be the obvious thought when it comes to danger in the bathroom, there is a need for caution when getting on or off your toilet as well.

As the body ages, our ability to sit and stand easily becomes compromised and these actions become significantly harder to do. For those of us that have lost our flexibility a raised toilet seat can dramatically reduce the risk for accidents when getting on or off the toilet. Most raised toilet seats are three to six inches in height allowing for an easier transition on or off of the toilet. They can also be removed so that you can easily clean the molded plastic surfaces of the toilet seat or the toilet itself. Some raised toilet seats are also contoured to fit a wide variety of body types.

Not only be we lose flexibility as we grow older, but out balance also becomes impaired. This can also be a side effect of any medications we take for various medical conditions. To help combat this, some raised toilet seats also come with padded handles on either side of the toilet to help with sitting and standing. There are also safety rails that are sold separately from toilet seats that help to avoid slips and falls in the bathroom.

One of the main draws of all of these products besides that they keep you safe is that they can be installed without the use of tools. They set up easily, with most of the toilet seats locking on to the toilet without needing the original toilet seat to be removed.

As we grow older, being safe and secure in our own homes becomes more and more important. While the bathroom does present its own challenges, having a raised toilet seat or safety bars can go a long way in making your bathroom a safer place.

Protect Yourself Against Bathroom Injuries

Posted on: May 18th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

If you are a person who is 65 years or older, the bathroom may be one of the most dangerous places in your home for you. Not only does the slickness of the shower and tub pose a problem, but a study by the Center for Disease Control released last year show that sitting down or getting up from the toilet is just as large of a problem.

The study showed that as age increased as a factor, so did the likelihood for an injury to occur in the shower, tub or getting off or on the toilet. The type of injuries most common for those age 65 or older, such as contusions and fractures, are injuries are serious enough to need costly emergency medical or long-term medical care.

One way to help prevent bathroom accidents from happening is to invest in bathroom safety products to help you in the shower, tub or getting on and off the toilet.

For in the shower or tub, L.A. Medical Retail offers sturdy aluminum benches with gripping tips on the legs to help with stability while you clean yourself. Adjustable tub rails or bolt-on shower grab bars can help you ease your way into your tub or shower and provide a safe way to exit when you are done.

For after the shower, a transfer bench gives you a place to safely dry off without fear of slipping or falling. Most transfer benches feature an “A-frame” construction and suction cup-style leg tips for stability to get you out of the shower or tub and on your way safely.

We also provide several options when it comes to toilet safety. Elevated toilet seats allow for less strain on your body because of the reduced distance between sitting and standing, and some elevated toilet seats come with arms to assist in sitting and standing. There are also free standing toilet rails that fit around your toilet and provide you with stability when getting on or the toilet.

When it comes safety in the bathroom if you’re 65 or older, you shouldn’t take any chances. LA Medical can provide you with the safety products mentioned above and more to ensure that your bathroom experience is a safe one.