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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!

Bladder Health Month – Talking about Incontinence

Posted on: November 5th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

November is Bladder Health Month, but healthy bladders and incontinence are always important to the people at LA Medical!  Bladders are hardworking organs that really get no thought until they are full or until we lose the ability to control them. That’s why keeping your bladder healthy is so important.


What is the bladder? The human bladder is a hollow balloon like organ and holding tank that collects urine that leaves the kidneys through long tubes. We usually only even feel our bladder when we have drank a lot of liquids and we feel the strong urge to urinate or we have some kind of bladder infection that causes us pain.

We learn to control our bladders as children and normally don’t worry about them again until we age and start having bladder issues and incontinence problems. Nobody likes to talk about incontinence, but reports say that 1 out of every 6 adults have issues with incontinence. Treatments, medications and products to deal with incontinence is a multi-billion dollar industry.

Urinary incontinence is the just a fancier term for loss of bladder control. Urinary incontinence can be mild leaking to uncontrollable wetting and can have many causes. Incontinence is most common in women, but happens to both genders. Women are twice as likely as men to experience urinary incontinence.

There are several causes of incontinence. Urinary incontinence can happen when muscles are either too weak or too active. One of the most common types is stress incontinence. It occurs when the muscles that keep your bladder closed become weak. It’s common or people to “leak” when they sneeze, laugh too hard or lift a heavy object. This is very common in older women.

On the other side of the incontinence coin is overactive bladder. This occurs when the bladder muscles become too active and results in a strong urge to urinate even when you have little urine in your bladder. Overactive bladder can also happen to men and women, but is often a sign of prostate problems in older men.

If you or a loved one are experience urinary incontinence, see LA Medical today. We offer a variety of adult briefs and undergarments and absorbent underpads.

Incontinence Issues: Triggering the Alarm

Posted on: December 7th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Those with urinary incontinence have to live with the constant fear of having an embarrassing accident or not being able to find a bathroom when the urge comes. While incontinence productslike the ones offered by LA Medical Retail help prevent this private problem from becoming public, you can reduce your urges and bladder irritability by keeping a close eye on what you are eating and drinking.

The acid from citrus fruits like these can irritate your bladder and cause more frequent urges.

What you eat and drink and the quantity you ingest plays a huge role in urinary incontinence. Here are some nutritional tips to help prevent urges, especially during the holiday season.

  • Drink the right amount of water- while drinking too much fluid is a no-brainer, not drinking enough water can cause bladder irritation and even infection. Six to eight glasses of water per day is adequate enough to keep you hydrated without causing issues.
  • Drink the right fluids- water, yes. Alcohol, coffee and soda, not so much. Alcohol is a natural diuretic (forces water out of your body), as is the caffeine found in coffee, tea, energy drinks, etc.
  • Avoid the Acid- acidic fruits and juices, while delicious, can cause bladder irritability. These include oranges, clementines, lemons, limes, pineapple, and tomatoes to name a few.
  • Beware the Spice- fiery foods could spell more bathroom visits for you, but you can still have a little kick to your meals. Everyone’s heat tolerance differs, so go through trial and error to see where your limit is.
  • Limit the Sweeteners- from sugar to artificial sweeteners to natural honey, these items have been shown to affect bladder activity. Again, try trial and error to see how much of which sweeteners you can use.

When it comes to urinary incontinence, any lifestyle change you can make to reduce your urges is worth a shot. If you still need help managing your incontinence, LA Medical Retail can provide you with the products you need to keep your incontinence under control.

Absorb this Information

Posted on: July 6th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

The main goal of incontinence underwearis to prevent leaks and absorbing moisture, but how exactly do they work? If you’ve ever been in the market for buying incontinence underwear of any kind you’ve no doubt seen the words “absorbent polymer” on the package or in the product descriptions.

Most commonly the polymer found in both baby diapers and incontinence underwear of any kind is sodium polyacrylate. Put into the incontinence product as crystals in a layer of paper fluff, this polymer is super absorbent, being able to absorb and keep 200 to 300 times its weight in regular tap water. When moisture reaches the crystals they soak it up and hold it by turning into a gel-type substance that locks away the moisture and is odorless.

This type of moisture control technology was first developed by NASA for their astronauts for various parts of their missions. The astronauts have to endure hours of being seated during takeoff with their legs above their head, an optimal position for the body to produce urine. They also need moisture control for their space walks that can take anywhere from five to eight hours.

Both baby diaper and adult incontinence product manufacturers discovered NASA’s use of super absorbent polymers for their astronaut’s underwear and decided to put the same kind of technology to work for them in their products. Ultimately this has led to a decrease in the size of incontinence products, allowing for a more discreet fit while still providing users with the utmost in moisture control. Absorbent polymers are now used in a majority of the incontinence products sold today, including those offered by LA Medical Retail.

Classic incontinence underwear, briefs and even underpads have all been introduced to polymer technology, and the immediate future for incontinence products revolves around these water-holding crystals. If you need incontinence underwear or an absorbent underpad and want to experience the performance of polymer, browse through our incontinence products to see how we can help you manage your incontinence.

For the Sake of Your Skin

Posted on: May 24th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Incontinence comes with its own stresses and difficulties. Can people tell if I’m wearing an adult diaper? Will this adult diaper really stop leaks and odors? Can I make it to a bathroom in time? You may not be able to control these and other issues related to incontinence, but one thing you can control is the health of your skin. Incontinence and using incontinence products can wear on your skin and cause chafing, contamination, bed sores or decubitis ulcers.

That’s where incontinence creams and washes come into play. These products, like the Ca-Rezz Incontinence Cream and Wash offered by LA Medical, help rejuvenate your skin so that you have one less thing to worry about. These products allow you to keep your skin healthy so you can focus on other aspects of your life.

Incontinence washes work to clean the skin with antimicrobial ingredients that are kind to sensitive skin. The wash reduces odors, the potential for cross-contamination and removes the microorganisms that can cash rashes, bed sores and decubitis ulcers. The wash also removes feces, diarrhea and urine and their odors to leave your skin clean and ready to be moisturized and soothed.

Containing a variety of moisturizers and soothing vitamins, incontinence creams protect irritated skin tissue while it regenerates. These creams are non-greasy, pH balanced for ultimate skin health and easy to apply to help you fight the effects of incontinence. They also work to remove and keep away the microorganisms that can cause rashes and bed sores. Using both a wash and a cream can drastically reduce the irritation and infection of your skin, leading to better overall health.

For those with incontinence, worrying about your body is a daily occurrence. One thing you shouldn’t have to worry about is the health of your skin. While having the right adult diaper or brief is essential in dealing with incontinence, it is paramount that you also choose the right wash and cream to keep your skin healthy and avoid other health problems.

Incontinence: Symptom of a Larger Medical Problem

Posted on: May 10th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

The subject of incontinence is never an easy one to talk about, whether you are the one suffering from it or have a loved one who is. However, incontinence is not a disease, but rather a symptom that can be caused by everyday habits, underlying medical conditions or other physical problems. It’s important to know the medical conditions that urinary and fecal incontinence are symptoms of so that you and your caregiver can act accordingly.

Most often, urinary incontinence is caused by aging and the decreased capacity of the bladder due to bladder-related health problems. According to the Mayo Clinic, the best way to curb this is to practice good overall health practices such as quitting smoking, keeping your body weight in a healthy range and treating high blood pressure. Unfortunately, urinary incontinence can also be caused by more serious conditions, particularly in men. Enlarged prostates or prostate cancer in men can cause urinary incontinence, and neurological disorders in men or women such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, a stroke or any tumor in the brain can cause urinary incontinence.

Similar to urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence can simply be the result of the muscles of the body weakening with age. However, fecal incontinence can be the direct result of a medical disorder or physical problem. Those who have been diagnosed with diabetes or multiple sclerosis, for example, are at a higher risk for fecal incontinence because those diseases can affect the nerves in the rectum. Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rectal cancer or any disease that stiffens the walls of the rectum can lead to fecal incontinence.

If you or a loved one are experiencing urinary or fecal incontinence without having been diagnosed with one of the conditions discussed above, you need to contact your doctor immediately. While incontinence is an embarrassing problem to talk to a doctor about, it is worth it to know if you or a loved one is at risk for a more serious health problem.

At LA Medical Retail, we work with patients to help them live with incontinence through our full product line of disposable briefs, antimicrobial cleansers and more.  Explore our site for more on incontinence products that could help you or a loved one live with incontinence.


Posted on: March 27th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Today, we’d like to feature our Incontinence Underpads.  We are now offering our 30” X 36” underpads at 100 pads per box for only $56.00, marked down from 96.99.  This is a savings of $36.99 for our incontinence customers!

These underpads are highly absorbent, soft and completely waterproof.  They seal on all four sides to prevent leakage and are the ideal solution for individuals with incontinence who want extra protection while they sleep or caregivers with waterproof bedding needs.

Talking to the Incontinent about Incontinence

Posted on: December 1st, 2011 by LAMedicalBlogger

If you notice your parent may need adult diapers or some type of absorbent product, take action immediately.  In watching out for your aging parents needs, incontinence is a very common problem.  It is important to bring it up and have it checked out right away as there may be a bigger health issue going on.  The most important issue is their health.  There may be an underlying health problem causing their overactive bladder such as a cancerous tumor, issues with the prostate or the onset of senility.

When bringing up the topic of incontinence, it is best to just be straight forward.  Discussing the issue and getting medical help for your aging parent is much less embarrassing than if they were to have an accident in public.

After getting diagnosed with incontinence or overactive bladder, take your parents through the shopping process to get the best management products available.  We carry a variety of adult diapers designed for different activity levels and protection needs. You will not only be looking at adult diapers, but also skincare products.

Skin care is very important when dealing with incontinence.  Be sure your parents have the appropriate creams, ointments and washes to keep skin in the affected area clean and moisturized to avoid infections and rashes.  Our Ca-Rezz Cream is an antimicrobial cream specifically made to soothe irritated skin, kill germs and eliminate odors.  We also have an antimicrobial wash meant to be used frequently in incontinence called Ca-Rezz Wash.

We hope these simple tips have helped you decide how to approach your aging parent about incontinence.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us or if you are going through the same issues with your parents right now, we’d love to hear from you on our blog.  Submit a comment about your approach to your parents and what products have been helpful!

Adult Diapers: Finding the Perfect Fit

Posted on: November 29th, 2011 by LAMedicalBlogger

Are you or your loved one just starting the incontinence struggle?  It can be difficult choosing the correct incontinence products for multiple reasons:

  1. Incontinence is generally not discussed seriously in public.
  2. There are so many kinds of adult diapers out there.
  3. Many people are embarrassed to go shopping in public for incontinence products.

For those concerned with number three, you can purchase online from us and receive in discrete packaging.  Here are three main points to keep in mind when shopping for adult diapers:


Our adult diapers or briefs come in all sizes, but how do you decide on the right size for you?  See this guide below from the Medline Disposable Continence Care Products booklet:

Measure the hips or waist (select the larger of the two) as follows:

Step 1: Measure hip bone to hip bone and over the abdomen.

Step 2: Double the largest measurement obtained in Step 1 and add two inches.

Step 3: Using this number, make product size selection from the chart below:



Hip bone to hip bone = 19″ (49cm)

19″ x 2 (49cm x 2) =

38″ + 2″ (97cm + 5cm) = 40″ (102cm)

40(102cm) = Medium or Regular brief

Product Sizing Guide


SMALL = 20″ – 32″ (51cm – 81cm) (green or light blue)

MEDIUM = 32″ – 42″ (81cm – 107cm) (white)

REGULAR = 40″ – 50″ (102cm – 127cm) (purple)

LARGE = 48″ – 58″ (122cm – 147cm) (blue)

X-LARGE = 59″ – 66″ (150cm – 168cm) (beige)

XX-LARGE = 60″ – 69″ (152cm – 175cm) (green)

BARIATRIC = 65″ – 94″ (165cm – 229cm) (beige)



You may find that one adult diaper works better for sleeping, one works best during the day and another works best for physical activity like walks or sporting events.  Different adult diapers are meant for different activities.

For example, our At Ease Belt Undergarment is meant individuals who are active.  Our Classic Protective Underwear is more protective, but still feels like normal underwear with the pull-up design.  In cases of complete loss of bowel/bladder control, customers use our Adult Contour Diaper.

As an interesting side note for the women, menstrual pads are not built

for absorbing urine so do not use for incontinence purposes.

Quantity vs. Quality

When starting your search, don’t look just at the price tag.  Look for comfort and protection that works for you.  Spending more on the right absorbent protection products will prevent accidents and end up saving you embarrassment and money in the long run.

Talking About It

In our next blog post, we are going to discuss how to talk about incontinence and make sure your loved ones are being cared for properly.  We will also discuss cleanliness in the areas that are affected by incontinence and appropriate steps to keep that skin healthy.