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Back to School Safety from LA Medical

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Keep safety in mind as a new school year begins.

Keep safety in mind as a new school year begins.

School is back in session! This time of year is exciting as classes begin and kids are busy with sports and other extra-curricular activities. Whether you have children, grandchildren, or friends going back to school, it is important to practice back to school safety. No matter how much precaution is taken, accidents can still occur. It is important to do all we can to protect children and for them to be aware of how they can stay safe as well. LA Medical invites you to visit our site for medical and safety supplies. From walkers to wheelchairs, we have aids to ease the life of anyone in need. Stay safe this August with tips found here:

  • Many schools require certain immunizations before attending school. Ask your school what they require and visit a doctor so your child will be protected. Physical check-ups are often also required before a student can participate in athletics.
  • Use sidewalks when walking to school or walk facing the traffic if a sidewalk is unavailable. Look both ways when crossing the street and practice walking the route with your child before they do so alone.
  • If biking to school, always wear a helmet and use hand turning singles. Ride on the right side of the road and in a single file.
  • Bullying can take the form of hitting, teasing, intimidating, or cyber bullying over social media sites or e-mail.  It can have a negative impact on the victim leading to depression, anxiety, missed school, and sometimes suicidal thoughts. If you ever sense someone is being bullied, ask questions to get all the information, access the situation, and take proper action.
  • Eating a healthy breakfast and lunch can provide children with the energy and nutrients they need to get through the day. Studies show children who eat a healthy and full breakfast are more alert and have higher tests scores than those who skip.

Ensure the safety of your child, grandchild, or friend this school year and offer these tips to them! We wish everyone the best of luck and invite you to visit LA Medical online today!

Improving your Quality of Life: Insurance Awareness Day

Posted on: June 2nd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

 

Reasons to have insurance

Insurance provides peace of mind, either for yourself or for a loved one.

At LA Medical, we know that life comes with unplanned accidents and illnesses. We believe it is best practice to always have some form of health insurance.

June 28, 2014 is Insurance Awareness Day, which exists as a reminder that things do go wrong and having insurance as a security blanket is always a good idea.

Life comes with so many “what ifs” that arrive at the worst of times and are usually uninvited issues. When you think of insurance: health, life, and auto all give you the peace of mind knowing your family is covered when something happens.

Having health insurance can help when it comes to improving your quality of life because being covered will help pay for costly hospital visits that have skyrocketed in recent years. Insurance Awareness Day is a part of improving your quality of life because knowing you are covered will give you time to enjoy other things in life instead of worrying about coverage.

There are several examples we came up with for reasons why you should be covered:

  1. The average cost of a three-day hospital visit is around $30,000, which would be out of pocket if you did not have insurance.
  2. For example, fixing a broken leg can cost up to $7,500!
  3. Uninsured people do not have as much access to preventive care as those who are insured.
  4. Emergency care assists those who are uninsured, but they do not have access to follow up care after they visit the emergency room.

Getting covered by insurance is the key to improving your quality of life and LA Medical wants you to know why you should be covered by health insurance at any age. Insurance Awareness Day is a great opportunity to bring up to loved ones that they should be covered by health insurance or any insurance for that matter.

Injury Prevention Tips during April

Posted on: April 28th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

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Injury Prevention Tips during April

Spring is finally here! If you have been sitting most of the winter, your body probably isn’t quite ready to tackle the list of big projects you want to accomplish.

Your friends at LA Medical want you to be safe and healthy as you head into spring. Here are several simple ways to prevent injuries this spring.

  • Take a walk. Walking is a great way to wake your body up and get it warmed up before your tasks. Don’t overdo it; you may want to walk after your chores too as a cool down.
  • Warm up stretches are a simple and essential step to a busy day.  Stretching is not just for runners, it’s a way to prepare the body to use the muscle groups that may be underused.
  • Eat before you start your projects. Eat a decent breakfast and be sure you stop and eat lunch. Not big meals that may weigh you down, just enough to give your body fuel.
  • Wear the proper clothing for the job. If you start a project early when it’s chilly, you may heat up as you work and as the day warms. If you get too hot, you may get dizzy and fall.  Dress in comfortable layers that you can add or remove as needed.
  • Dry muscles are sore muscles and that goes for your brain too, so stay hydrated. Keep water with you or close by as you work.
  • Take breaks. A few short breaks will let your body keep up with can-do spirit.

Is it time to “spring clean” your home medical equipment and supplies? If you’ve been waiting for a time to replace worn out equipment or supplies, spring is a great time to do it. See LA Medical’s online catalog or visit us in person today to see what’s new and how having the right supplies can make a world of difference.

Injury Prevention Part 3: More Safety Tips for Spring Cleaning

Posted on: March 28th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Part 3- Staying Safe during Spring Cleaning

Keep a phone handy. Cordless phone and cell phones can go with you in and out of the house in case you need to call for help.

Not taking precautions or overworking yourself during spring cleaning can lead to back pain or other injuries or discomfort.

Not taking precautions or overworking yourself during spring cleaning can lead to back pain or other injuries or discomfort.

If you’re shaking out your throw rugs and area rugs, consider “throwing” them right out of your house and life forever for at least rolling them up and putting them away. Countless falls and injuries are caused by tripping on area rugs. Use non-slip rugs on the bathroom or any other room where you must use them and replace those if they lose their backings.

Have a buddy system. Is there another friend that will be doing the same kind of projects?  You help them, they help you. You’ll get twice the work done in half the time and you’ll have more fun, and it’s safer. Separate the days you’ll work together so you don’t overdo it.

Hire it done or ask for help.  Ask friends for recommendations on people that may have used to get their projects done. Could a cleaning service get your whole house deep cleaned in a day or two? Could a person from the neighborhood get your lawn or flowerbeds ready?  Who could haul items from your garage or basement quicker or more safely? Check with your local senior center or church to see if there are individuals or groups looking for short term projects.

And lastly, ask yourself if it really needs to be done?  Many of us think we need to keep a spotless home and yard like we saw our parents or grandparents have.  We live in a different time now and it’s okay to not be perfect. It’s okay if your second story windows don’t sparkle and your hedge doesn’t look like a 1950’s Better Homes and Gardens; it’s better to have safer and happier homes and gardens.

Ask LA Medical about tips and products to make your home safer and more comfortable.  We carry a wide variety of products both in store and in our online catalog and have experts in the store to answer your questions.

Injury Prevention Part 2: Use Common Sense

Posted on: March 26th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Part 2- Preventing and Avoiding Injury this Spring

Before you jump into spring projects, think ahead and use a little bit of prevention to make sure you avoid injury this season.  Here are more tips to keep you safe.

Your home is full of potential hazards, so use common sense when it comes to your spring cleaning.

Your home is full of potential hazards, so use common sense when it comes to your spring cleaning.

Wear the proper clothing for the job. If you start a project early when it’s chilly, you may heat up as you work and as the day warms. If you get too hot, you may get dizzy and fall.  Dress in comfortable layers that you can add or remove as needed.

Schedule a short day. Oh the feeling of completing a big project in just one day!  But, wait until the next morning when you are so tired and sore that it takes 3 days to recover. Set a time limit. One or two hours may be plenty to start with. If you can do half of a day comfortably that’s great; don’t push it.

Take breaks. A few short breaks will let your body keep up with can-do spirit.

Chairs are for sitting only. Don’t stand on a chair to reach the high cupboards or to paint the wall. Use a proper step stool with a handle and even then, only if your fully able to and have someone else there to assist you (or at least to call 911!)

Like we said, chairs are for sitting, so sit down to do low projects like cleaning out drawers and cleaning the refrigerator for dusting. It will save your back and feet and it’s easier to get out of a chair then off of a floor.

Go easy on chemicals. People with and without respiratory problems can be harmed by breathing too many cleaning products and products that are too strong such as bleach, cleaners, bug sprays, etc. Read the directions carefully and use vented fans of open windows for ventilation.  Speaking of good respiratory health, if you need better respiratory supplies or equipment of any kind, see LA Medical today. Please browse our online catalog to find the products and equipment you need.

Don’t spring into action too soon! Be smart and prevent injuries this spring

Posted on: March 21st, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Part 1- Before You Start that Big Project

Everybody loves spring!  Maybe it’s that sense of newness and spring renewal that gets us to start thinking about cleaning the whole house, sprucing up the yard or other chores we’ve been putting off.  But before you jump into these big projects, think ahead and use a little bit of prevention to make sure “spring” doesn’t get “sprung.”

Warming up and stretching before your return to activity this spring are easy ways to prevent injuries.

Warming up and stretching before your return to activity this spring are easy ways to prevent injuries.

If you have been sitting most of the winter, your body probably isn’t ready to just tackle the big projects.  There are several simple ways to prevent injuries.

Warm up stretches are a simple and essential step to a busy day.  Stretching is not just for runners, it’s a way to prepare the body to use the muscle groups that may be a bit underused. Take a look at these stretching techniques from Function Fitness Facts. You may not be able to stretch as well as these models, but just do as much as you can, it’s still beneficial.

Take a walk. Walking is a great way to get your body woken up warmed up and loosened up before your tasks. Don’t overdo it; you may want to walk after your chores too as a cool down.

Eat a light meal before your start your projects. No big meals that may weigh you down, just enough to give your body fuel. Save the big meal or restaurant as a reward for a job well-done.

Stay hydrated. Keep water with you or close by as you work. Dry muscles are sore muscles and that goes for your brain too.

Is it time to “spring clean” your home medical equipment? If you’ve been waiting for a time to replace worn out equipment or supplies or to have your wheelchair inspected, spring is a great time! Our online catalog is full of new equipment and we can help you with any questions or concerns. See LA Medical today.  Look for more injury prevention tips in our next post and share them with a friend.

Safety First

Posted on: September 8th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

If I were to tell that there was a demographic in the United States that cost the U.S. health system $347 billion ever year, what would your guess be? Probably seniors since the medical conditions most seniors suffer from are well documented. However, you would be wrong. The demographic that incurs 20.6 million injuries per year…is children.

This week is National Childhood Injury Prevention Week, and it is held to reinforce the need for safety improvements at home. We often worry so much about our children’s safety outside the home that we don’t recognize errors in the safety of our own homes. Of those 20.6 million children injured each year, 90 percent of them are at home, and 10.6 million doctor’s visits were made last year for young children’s injuries.

So what can we do to keep our children safe at home? Start with overall safety measures like making sure fire alarms are working, testing the water temperature so that your children don’t get burned, making sure all windows are secure and that tripping and falling hazards (such as stairs) are safeguarded against by securing them or putting up a child gate.

Next should be locking away anything that could be hazardous for curious young children. Any cleaning chemicals or other items that are poisonous if consumed should put up high where children can’t reach them. The same should be done for all plastic trash and grocery bags as these are a suffocating danger.

You should also make sure to cover unused electrical outlets, avoid having a large amount of small objects out in the open (choking hazard) and follow other standard child-proofing procedures. When it comes to the safety of you young children you can never be too careful when it comes to their safety.

Participate in National Childhood Injury Prevention Week along with us at LA Medical Retail and keep your family healthy and safe!