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Caring for a Child with Special Needs- Part 1

Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger


Caring for a Child with Special Needs- Part 1

LA Medical talks to parents of special needs children every day. We have compiled a list of some of the best advice from those parents and want to share them with you now.

Remember that children with special needs are, first and foremost, still children. It’s easy to get so into the diagnosis and medical terms, doctor’s appointments and specialists that we can forget that the child is just that: a child. People outside the family may need this reminder too. Like every child, they need love, friends, interaction, playmates, involvement and time to just be a kid.

There are resources out there; sometimes you just have to ask. Whether you are new to parenting a special needs child or have many years of experience, there are always new discoveries, treatment options and information out there. Stay in touch with these resources online, by meetings or one-on-one with the people who are current on these things.

Be a resource. They always say that you don’t really know how much you know about something until you teach it to another person. If you have wisdom and experience about raising your child, share it. If you have jumped hurdles and fought a battle with a school district, help someone new to the challenge. You’ll be surprised with how much of a resource you are!

Your life is not all about your child’s disability. That can be a hard one to admit for many parents. All of the appointments, doctor visits and information about their needs can make it easy to forget that you are a person too. You have a name, a history, talents and interests outside of your child’s needs. Just like we say to remember that a child with a disability is a child first; remember that a parent of a child with a disability is a person first and needs to be cared for too.

Let LA Medical be a resource for you when you are looking for wheelchairs, wheelchair cushions and for many other items that you need. More important tips are on the way!

Flying with Ease: Airport Wheelchair Travel 2

Posted on: April 10th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger


LA Medical is continuing on with wheelchair travel and making sure your needs are being taken care of by the airport or airline.  Every airline has a list of reservation requirements that vary for rules or regulations.  LA Medical wants you to be aware of certain regulations such as providing medical certificates and battery storage for power mobility products.

If you or someone you know has a condition where they require additional assistance on the aircraft, they may need to provide the airline or travel agent with a medical certificate.  Under certain conditions, you may need to apply and receive a medical certificate from your doctor.  You may need to be examined by an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) to receive a medical certificate before you board a plane. You must state if you need or have one of these:

  • Medical oxygen while on-board
  • If you have a communicable disease or infection
  • Require medical attention during the entire flight

Every airline has different rules and regulations to work with you in these predicaments.  Contact your airline or travel agent with any questions.

Battery operated wheelchairs or mobility scooters must be looked at more in-depth while going through security. Newer power wheelchairs and mobility scooters have lithium-ion batteries installed which makes security checkpoints go a little smoother.  But what do you do if you have an older machine?

While going through security, your wheelchair or scooter will not have to be disconnected from the battery, but your equipment must have an effective method of preventing accidental activation during transport or flight such as removing the key, turning on a kill switch, removing the power arm or taping a switch in a closed position.

Wet cell batteries, or spillable, require special preparations to be transported.  The battery must be disconnected and terminals must be protected from causing an electrical short.  Sometimes wet batteries will be transported in a special box to reduce damage and leaky batteries.  Dry cell, or non-spillable, batteries have fewer requirements for transport and handling.  Dry cell batteries can stay plugged in during transport.

Contact LA Medical today with all of your mobility questions!

For Love of the Standard Manual Wheelchair

Posted on: April 3rd, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

The world of mobility is ever evolving and wheelchair functions are reaching new heights.  However, even with the amazing new capabilities of power

mobility, we still have many customers that are a perfect fit for power mobility, but prefer their old, reliable, standard manual wheelchair.

These lightweight, foldable mobility devices have been around since 1933 when mechanical engineers Harry Jennings and Herbert Everest invented the first x-brace, collapsible wheelchair which is still the design most commonly used today.

There are three main reasons you still see standard manual wheelchairs everywhere, instead of users adapting to the new technology of power wheelchairs:

  1. When a patient needs a wheelchair temporarily, it makes much more sense to be using a manual wheelchair to avoid the training and expense of power mobility.
  1. Manual wheelchairs are also great to have on hand in case of an emergency such as the common scene of a woman in labor being whisked away in a manual wheelchair to the hospital or an athlete injures their ankle and needs to be removed from a sporting event.  For these reasons, businesses and recreation areas keep manual wheelchairs on hand.
  1. Finally, there are simply many users that don’t want to rely on an electrically-powered device to get them to where they need to go and they also don’t want to worry about traveling with such a heavy device.

Do you choose a manual wheelchair over a power wheelchair?

So many chairs, so little time: The many types of manual wheelchairs

Posted on: February 16th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

What’s to know about manual wheelchairs?  You need one, you get one.  False!  There are several kinds of manual wheelchairs to meet different patient needs.  Read more and see if one of these chairs is a better fit for you.

Standard Manual Wheelchair

This is your standard manual wheelchair with armrests, fold-up footrests, high back in a cross-brace frame.

Youth/Junior Wheelchair

These are more likely to come in bright colors and lightweight materials with a smaller frame to fit smaller people.

Lightweight Wheelchair

For individuals with less strength, these wheelchairs are made from composite materials that are might lighter than the standard wheelchair.  These chairs are easier to maneuver and lift for travel.

Sport Wheelchair

These chairs have a low back and wheels that tilt in for quick spins and turns.  You see these chairs used in sports like wheelchair tennis where turning and changing position is a large part of your swing.  Wheelchair basketball is another sport where you see these chairs used.

Which of these wheelchairs do you or your loved one use?  What do you like about it?