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Going Somewhere? Take your Portable Ramp with you!

Posted on: April 24th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

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Going Somewhere? Take your Portable Ramp with you!

It may always seem like a challenge taking your wheelchair or mobility scooter to certain places because it isn’t handicap or wheelchair accessible.  Sometimes visiting family for the holidays can pose a challenge getting in and out of their home safely.  Today, LA Medical has the answer for you, a parent or caregiver.  Today, we’ll explain how packing a portable ramp along with you may help you explore new heights.

Portable ramps are a quick, easy and lightweight option. They work much better than traveling uphill on rough terrain or taking a loved out of their wheelchair to get somewhere, if that is even an option.

Portable ramps come in different lengths, width  and overall design.  Most portable ramps are made from lightweight but extremely durable aluminum and can be carried around like a suitcase.  Portable ramps can range from suitcase ramps and threshold ramps to tri-fold ramps.

Another great option to better navigate your home is to install rubber threshold ramps to allow the wheelchair or power chair user to get around without putting a lot of effort into getting over bumps in the hallways or doorways.

With fall ending and winter slowly beginning, it’s important to keep all leaves, snow and other debris clear of the ramp surface.  This will allow the user to move freely over the ramp and not catch a stick for example that may cause them to go off the ramp.

Wet leaves can cause your ramp to be very slick, like wet snow or rain and can limit you to stay inside the house if nobody is around to help you get in and out safely.  Even though portable ramps are pre-installed, it’s always wise to make sure all the screws and bolts are tight to insure that nothing will come loose over hundreds of times using it.

Let LA Medical know how we can help pair you and your power chair or wheelchair with the right portable ramp today!

Finding the Right Ramp

Posted on: May 29th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

If you use a wheelchair, power chair or other mobility device, you may need a ramp to access your home or the homes of your family. However, there are a few questions that need answering before you go out and get a ramp. How long of a ramp do you need, and how sloped should your ramp be? The answer can be found by simply using a tape measure and a calculator.

In order to find out how long your ramp needs to be, simply have a family member or friend measure the height of your steps or incline from the top to the ground. The Americans with Disabilities Act’s standards for the correct slope of a wheelchair ramp are 1:12, meaning that for every inch of rise, you need one foot of ramp length. So, a 6-inch rise means you would need a 6-foot ramp, and so on. There is also the 2:12 standard, meaning that the total rise of the stairs or incline is divided by 2, so a 12-inch rise would require a 6-foot ramp. This is the steepest incline that an occupied wheelchair, power chair or scooter can be used on.

Once you have this simple math figured out you can then begin to decide which kind of ramp is most suitable for you. You may want a ramp built for your home to the specifications of your measurements. However, for more flexibility and mobility, you could also choose a portable ramp. LA Medical carries a variety of portable ramps in various lengths for any elevation changes you may encounter. The Suitcase Ramp from Drive allows for a portable accessibility solution at a range of lengths from 2’ to 6’. With a weight capacity of 600lbs. and coming in a convenient carry bag, the Suitcase Ramp is an extremely portable ramp. For longer ramp length needs, LA Medical also carries the Trifold Ramp from EZ-Access in lengths of 7’ to 10’.

When it comes to being able to get into your or a family member’s home, having the correct ramp is essential to safety and efficiency. Have a family member or friend help you get your measurements, then visit LA Medical Retail to get the ramp that best suits your needs!

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?

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