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Driving around California in a Handicap Accessible Vehicle

Posted on: December 31st, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

If you’re new to driving or riding in a handicap or wheelchair accessible vehicle in California, you may wonder how to apply for special licensing of your vehicle or where you can and can’t park. LA Medical doesn’t want your independence of driving and getting around being limited due to not knowing how you can properly use your vehicle to the fullest.

Handicap Van Parking in California

The State of California and Department of Motor Vehicles requires that people who have disabilities get a diagnosis letter from their doctor or specialist stating they have a specific disability.  The State of California can issue you a parking placard or license plate to park in designated parking spots in front of businesses, city parks or general parking spots.  Make sure you watch out for people who steal parking placards to benefit using closer parking spaces for an easier place to park.  People who do this are subject to fines or jail time.

If you decide to drive your handicap accessible vehicle, you may have to take a driving test through your local DMV office. After you’ve become accustomed to getting in and out of the vehicle, securing yourself in place, using the features and driving with hand controls, you’ll need to find a place to park with enough room for you to get in and out safely.

If you only need a temporary parking placard, you may also get one with a doctor’s note and pay a small fee. You may park in any space with the International Symbol of Access, or the wheelchair symbol, blue curbs or on metered parking on the street for no charge.

For your vehicle to be an easy to use handicap accessible vehicle, it should have an automatic transmission, a shifter that isn’t electronically activated, seat belts long enough to go around a wheelchair and buckle in and have multiple hand grips to help get in and out of your vehicle.
LA Medical wants you to be safe while driving here in California.  Make sure to drive over and check out our showroom of wheelchair ramps and manual wheelchairs.

Accessing Entertainment in Los Angeles

Posted on: July 20th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

There are so many things to do in the greater Los Angeles area, and most, if not all, are accessible for those with physical handicaps. Title 24 of the California Building Standards Code states that public accommodation businesses need to comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state statutes which are said to cover most areas of accessibility.

To those with disabilities, Title 24 has opened up a seemingly endless supply of things to do in Los Angeles. Here are just a few of the places that provide both excellent accessibility and high quality entertainment.

Aquariums- the Aquarium of the Pacific has walkways that are wide enough for those with mobility devices, and those with mobility devices can maneuver right up next to the glass tanks. Wheelchairs are also available at the Information Desk. The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium also offers easy access for those in wheelchairs as it is all on one level. The aquarium also rents out sand wheelchairs with extra large wheels to explore the nearby Cabrillo Beach.

Theme Parks- both Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain cater to disabled visitors. Many of the rides and attractions at Universal Studios are handicap accessible, they have an online brochure for visitors to look over before they come and they feature a Guest Relations desk at the front of the park. Magic Mountain has a disabilities guidebook so visitors will know how to approach the park’s many features.

Sights- the attractive sights and endless number of street entertainers on the Venice Boardwalk can be easily seen as it is almost completely flat, and the Los Angeles Zoo provides a Safari Shuttle to shuttle people around the park who need it. They also provide electric and manual wheelchairs for rental.

There are many more places to see in Los Angeles that are accessible to those with disabilities. Check discoverlosangeles.com and latourist.com for more ideas, and have a wonderful time in the City of Angels!

Your Options in Accessibility: Mobility Ramps

Posted on: April 25th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Wheelchair users – don’t ever limit yourselves from accessing every part of your home or community.  We carry a full line of mobility ramps to easily install in your home or take with you where ever you go to make every part of your world wheelchair accessible.  Learn more about our ramps below.

To make every doorway entrance in your home smooth, use a threshold ramp.  Our modular threshold ramps are made from lightweight, anodized aluminum and are durable enough for indoor or outdoor use.  They are available in five sizes to fit any doorway in your home.

We also carry suitcase ramps that are handy when faced with a raised landing or multiple step entrances.  These ramps are easy to carry with you because they fold up for easy storage, but are sturdy and safe.  Suitcase ramps are also available in five sizes to meet your every elevation need.

For even more accessibility, our customers choose the trifold ramp.  Our trifold ramps are similar to the suitcase ramps only they fold up even smaller for travel convenience.  When completely unfolded, the trifold ramp is our longest ramp, providing easy conversion from ramp to ground.

Which ramp have you used?

Next week – Look for more information to come on our latest product, the fingertip pulse oximeter!

LA Medical Retail: Dropping Prices Left and Right

Posted on: February 7th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

By now I’m sure you’ve noticed that we are making some MAJOR adjustments on pricing.  Our new pricing is extremely competitive and in some cases, even below the LOWEST price we found online.  Here is our most recent price drops, but keep an eye out for more low prices to come!

Power Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters:

Our Streamer Sport Power Chair with Captain Seat is retailing for $1,600 online, but our special price is $1,429.99, a savings of $170!

The sleek Invacare Lynx Scooter retails at $1,395.00.  Our price available to you now is $778.99.  Choose from red or blue, 4-wheel or 3-wheel!

Lightweight Wheelchairs

Our Cruiser III-Lightweight, Dual Axle Wheelchair is on sale for $177.99.  Regular price is $447.20.  Available options include elevating leg rests, seat belt, universal oxygen holder, 8” wheel lock extension, anti-tipper with wheels and a seat/back cushion combo.

Wheelchair Ramps

The easy-to-use Trifold Ramp normally retails for $650 and is featured on our website for only $315.99.  If you need better wheelchair access in your home, take advantage of the special price on this sturdy, longer, skid-resistant wheelchair ramp.

Bath Safety

This Drop-Arm Commode Deluxe with Padded Seat K.D. is normally offered at $268.16 by our competitors, but we are selling it for only $143.99.

Our most affordable bath bench is the CareGuard Tool-less Shower Chair for only $32.99, normally priced at $52.99.  This is a perfect option for rehab patients or caregiving homes.

The Locking Elevated Toilet Seat retails at $59.67, but our price is $33.99 for a savings of $25.68.  In today’s economy, we need all the savings we can get.  This raised toilet seat is a must-have for your aging loved ones who no longer have the leg strength to easily get on and off the toilet safely.

Don’t see what you need?  Let us know!  We have more price drops to come so stay alert, stay safe and come back soon!

A Handicap Accessible City of Angels

Posted on: November 17th, 2011 by LAMedicalBlogger

Where do you like to go in town that is accessible and enjoyable?  Have you ever been charged more for a handicap accessible hotel room?  Have you ever taken action against someone illegally using a handicap parking space?  Have you received outstanding service in a local business in relation to being wheelchair-bound?  We want to hear your stories on wheelchair accessibility in Los Angeles!

In the state of California, Title 24 of the California Building Standards Code states that public accommodation businesses need to comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state statutes which are said to cover most areas of accessibility.  This basically means that if your business serves the public in the form of a store, restaurant, hotel, movie theater, school or other public business, you have certain requirements with both physical location and employment.

If local businesses are accessible, what about your local parks and beaches?  We have found several great resources individuals looking for a more accessible City of Angels.  Take a look at our list below and let us know your experiences with accessibility!

California Accessibility Resources:

California Coastal Commission http://www.coastal.ca.gov/access/beach-wheelchairs.html

Los Angeles Tourist Guide  http://www.latourist.com/index.php?page=access-guide

Disabled Travelers  http://www.disabledtravelers.com/

 

If you have other great wheelchair accessible resources, please share!