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4 Helpful Accessories to Ease Life with a Mobility Aid

Posted on: September 19th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Experience a more convenient daily life with accessories for any mobility aid.

Experience a more convenient daily life with accessories for any mobility aid.

Living with a wheelchair, scooter, walker, or cane requires extra consideration in everyday life. Simply activities like going on a walk, using the restroom, and cooking a meal can become significantly more difficult. Whether a person lives alone, with a family member or caregiver, one of the best ways to keep them as safe as possible and accommodate for their needs, is with products from LA Medical. We are happy to help anyone in need and are confident you will find useful accessories with LA Medical.

Oxygen Cylinder Caddy – For a wheelchair patient who uses an oxygen concentrator, they will be able to attach the cylinder to the chair with the oxygen cylinder caddy and get from one place to the next easier. Experience more freedom and enjoy the great outdoors!

Universal Cup Holder – Are you planning a trip to the park or a day at the beach? With a cup holder that easily attaches to any wheelchair, rollator, or wheeled walker, you will always have a drink close by.

Wheelchair Tray – Eating, reading, and card games can all be done easier with a wheelchair tray. Take the wheelchair to family gatherings or social events and don’t worry about fitting under a table or finding an accessible flat surface.

Chart Carry Pocket – Whether you need to carry medications, a computer, or snacks, they can be transported in this bag that attaches to the back of any wheelchair.

Bathroom safety is an important consideration to make in the home of any elder or mobility aid user. They may experience more difficulty getting in and out of a tub, standing in a shower, or using the toilet. It is imperative that every room of the house is provided with safety supplies to make it accommodating. Common bathroom safety items are: a folding seat commode, tub rail, bath seat, and a transfer bench. These and many more can provide a person with confidence when living independently.

LA Medical hopes to ease the worries you may have during day to day activities or knowing your loved one is living alone or with little assistance. If you see a need for any of these products, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and order yours today.

Sun Shade: Avoid the Heat in your Power Wheelchair or Scooter

Posted on: June 2nd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Sun shades from LA Medical

Sun shades offer a way to enjoy the outdoors during the summer while staying cool!

It’s summertime and the sun is beating down on you in your motorized scooter or power wheelchair. You just can’t seem to get away from that soon to be sun burn, but LA Medical has a solution for those unbearably hot days.

We know you don’t want to miss out on outdoor activities with family and friends, so the best of both worlds is offered through the sun shade. If the thought of this inventive product doesn’t convince you, we can give you five more reasons why you need the sun shade to keep you cool.

  1. It is easy to install. There is no need to hassle with trying to figure out how to put it together because we make it simple.
  2. Sun shade provides coverage no matter where you are. You can enjoy the outdoors without having to find a tree to sit under, you can be anywhere with the comfort of the sun shade.
  3. The simplicity of taking it on and off of your scooter or wheelchair is an added benefit. The sun shade gives you options and it is not a permanent add on to your mobility aid.
  4. Shipping from LA Medical is free on this product. You will not have to deal with an added cost when buying the sun shade from us.
  5. Need one more reason to buy this? The sun shade fits on all Drive electric scooters and Sunfire Plus wheelchairs.

This versatile product is available just in time for the dog days of summer. You can now enjoy summer barbeques, beach days, or the park in comfort!

Now that all your worries have been washed away by our reasons to buy the sun shade; go ahead and purchase it today from LA Medical. Do you have any questions about the sun shade or any product? LA Medical is always only a phone call away.

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!

Caring for a Child with Special Needs- Part 1

Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

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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!

Mobility Scooters vs. Electric Wheelchairs: Knowing the Difference

Posted on: April 9th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Both mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs have similar end results; they are both used for safe and comfortable mobility. Many people use the terms interchangeably and confuse the two product groups. There are many differences that make choosing the correct one very important. The mobility and seating experts at LA Medical can work with you, your physician and your therapists to determine which device best fits your needs.

If you enjoy spending a lot of time outdoors, then a mobility scooter may be right for you.

If you enjoy spending a lot of time outdoors, then a mobility scooter may be right for you.

Mobility scooters are designed for short-term, temporary purposes. Short term and temporary means as you recover from an injury and how long you use the scooter on any given day. They are considered more for assistance when the user is mobile, but can’t walk for long without tiring.

Electric wheelchairs are designed for people who sit the majority if not all day. Electric wheelchairs offer more support for posture and more specialized cushioning in the seat. People with spinal cord injuries and many other challenges use electric wheelchairs, not scooters.

Mobility scooters are not designed or built to be as complex and are usually much lighter. Scooters are always designed to be easier to collapse for simple transport. Most scooters are carried on the back of the vehicle with the person riding in the vehicle.

Electric wheelchairs are normally built more solidly with more complex features. They can be broken down for transport, but the majority of times the person remains in the chair inside the vehicle. Vans can be modified so the person using the wheelchair can drive the van; this is not true of scooters.

Scooters are built lighter making them easier to move more frequently. But their lighter weight means they are less stable on uneven terrain (lawns, hills, rocks, etc.).

Steering and control in a mobility scooter is more like a bicycle. The driver’s arms are extended to the steering handle and hand brakes are normally used. It requires better range of motion and upper body strength.

Electric wheelchairs are controlled by a joystick that is pre-programmed. They can be located on the left or right arm of the chair.  Controllers can be modified to respond to work with head movement and a “sip and puff” device for people with more complete paralysis.

Now that you know about the two groups, we invite you to see some of the choices available in our online catalog. We encourage you to come in for a “test drive” soon and let the seating experts at LA Medical tell you more.

Functional Features

Posted on: October 11th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

The word “features” is thrown around a lot these days for a wide variety of items you see in commercials or in ads on the internet. Features for most products are things that enhance the value or experience of the product, but aren’t necessary for the use of the product. The same can’t be said for power chairs, whose features are necessary and provide many different benefits for the user resulting in an easier life.

A power chair's versatility allows for great mobility indoors and out!

One of these benefits is the increased physical support from the custom options on a power chair. These include adjustable seat height for an optimal view, adjustable arm rests and leg rests for better positioning and comfort, as well as an adjustable back rest that can tilt to promote different seating positions to avoid pressure sores and ulcers.

Another benefit is increased mobility. Power chair users may have low mobility, but they may also have a physical disability or lack the upper body strength to propel themselves in a manual wheelchair. Power chairs can be moved by a control pad or joystick control. Some models are even powered by a mouthpiece, such as sip-puff controls.

Maneuverability is also a major benefit provided by power chairs. Power chairs have a smaller turning radius than a mobility scooter thanks to casters that swivel 180 degrees. This allows for accessibility in smaller spaces that is less troublesome than having to do a multiple-point turn in a manual wheelchair or scooter. Power chairs can also be driven over pretty much any terrain as most models have tires designed to stay inflated so that carpet, hardwood, grass, snow and gravel are no problem.

LA Medical offers many different models of these functional mobility aids, and can help you find the model that best fits your needs and your budget. So, check out our online catalog or give us a call today to see how he can help meet your mobility needs!

Scooters vs. Power Chairs: When to Use Each

Posted on: May 31st, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Not many people know the differences in usages for power chairs and mobility scooters, often lumping them together. But in the ever-changing world of mobility equipment and products, power chairs and mobility scooters are two completely different pieces of equipment that are made for different uses. So, before you decide on one or the other for your mobility needs, you need to understand the proficiencies and limitations of each when it comes to preferred use, maneuverability, adjustability and security and safety.

Preferred Use

Power chairs are meant for in-home use because of their smaller size, while scooters perform better outdoors and while traveling.

Maneuverability

With smaller turning radiuses and larger front wheels, power chairs can navigate narrow hallways, tight spaces and door thresholds easily while being controlled by a joystick-like control. On the other hand, scooters usually have around a 32-inch turning radius, perform better on even surfaces, and are controlled by levers and handlebars connected to a steering tiller and front wheel.

Adjustability

One of the biggest attractions of power chairs, the armrests, footrests and seat back angle can all be adjusted, providing a comfortable position for the user. Scooters have limited seat modifications, though the handlebars are adjustable for reach and height. While most scooters come with baskets attached to the front, there are very few medical-related accessories.

Safety and Stability

Most power chairs feature anti-tip wheels and a safety harness for protection, while scooter-users can set the maximum speed for the scooter for a safer ride.

While power chairs have more features and are more luxurious than scooters, this is because they are meant for in-home use for those with greater disabilities. For those of you needing better mobility outside of your home, a mobility scooter is the correct choice for you. Whatever your mobility need, LA Medical has the power chair or scooter you need to get around more safely and efficiently!

 

The Proper Power Chair Fit

Posted on: May 17th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

So, you’ve made the decision to get a power chair that comes with all sorts of great features like a swivel and reclining seat, adjustable footplates and adjustable padded armrests. But all of those features don’t mean a thing without the power chair fitting you correctly and comfortable. A power chaircan have all the features in the world, but if it doesn’t fit you correctly you could be headed for more medical issues.

When it comes to fitting a power chair, there are eight measurements that have to be taken and analyzed:

  • Seat width- taken from hip-width or widest part of the body.
    • Problems resulting from bad fit: create pelvic tilt or rotational deformities
  • Seat depth- should be slightly shorter than length of upper leg/femur.
    • Problems resulting from bad fit: create posterior pelvic tilt or increase pressure on IT bands (thick tissue that runs from hip to knee)
  • Seat height- many factors to take into account: 2” clearance between footrests and ground is considered the minimum, accessibility to controls and transfer heights.
    • Problems resulting from bad fit: Poor accessibility for travel, more likely to get stuck on objects if ground clearance is too low.
  • Legrest length/footplate height- should be set so that thigh is parallel to seat cushion surface when feet are resting comfortably on footplates
    • Problems resulting from bad fit: leg edema, cause abnormal hip abduction
  • Back height- measured from person’s buttocks to top of shoulder
    • Problems resulting from bad fit: kyphotic posture (bending or bowing of back)
  • Back width- typically determined by seat width
    • Problems resulting from bad fit: impeded arm function, rotational deformities
  • Armrest height- needs to meet the height of the flexed elbow when seated
    • Problems resulting from bad fit: pressure/pain in shoulder, kyphosis or scoliosis
  • Armrest length- measured from elbow to wrist or fingertips
    • Problems resulting from bad fit: limits desk/table clearance, impair sitting/standing up

While your brand new power chair may have all the bells and whistles of a luxury car, it needs to be fitted to help you more than hurt you. Be sure to ask a certified power chair fitter for assistance when purchasing your new power chair.

SPECIAL SALE on the Sunfire Plus EC Power Wheelchair

Posted on: March 15th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Don’t miss out on this month’s SPECIAL SALE on the Sunfire Plus EC Power Wheelchair with rear wheel drive!  Industry price is $3,000 and has been listed on our site at $1,350, but this month we are selling this fine power mobility device for only $1,299!

The Sunfire Power Wheelchair comes in black or red and features a 4 AMP, fan cooled, off board charger, flat free tires for security and comfort, a swivel and reclining captains seat with adjustable head rest and has surpassed ANSI RESNA testing requirements.

This sale ends March 31st so don’t wait to learn more about the Sunfire Power Wheelchair and order before time runs out!