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Caring for a Child with Special Needs- Part 2

Posted on: April 17th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger


Caring for a Child with Special Needs- Part 2

LA Medical is sharing a few of the best tips and suggestions we have heard from wonderful parents of special needs children who we talk to every day.

Remember that a diagnosis is important, but will never tell the whole story of your child.  A diagnosis is the first step to getting the proper care and discovering what to expect, but that will never tell the story of your child. Just like height, skin color or eye color, a diagnosis is just one part of who they are.

Take notes. You may be at a conference or watching TV when someone shares a wonderful piece of advice. Write it down and look it up later. You’re note file will probably be pretty big in the years to come.

Accept that other people may not know how they should act around you or your child and they will take their cues from you. The more comfortable you are, the more comfortable they will be. Don’t be offended if they ask a question that may seem odd or insensitive; they probably just don’t know the answer or what to ask in this situation.

Having said that, don’t let people use outdated, offensive or stereotypic phrases or words in discussing your child. If they use one of these terms, simply say firmly but politely that you find that word or phrase offensive and offer a better one. Changing many years of culture and habits takes time.

Daycares and other businesses are only required to make “reasonable accommodations” and affordable changes to their staffing and environments. Use the ADA as a tool to educate, not a club to threaten. It may take some extra time and experts to help find the right care and the right people to care for your child.

Let LA Medical be a resource for you when you are looking for wheelchairs, ramps and other home medical equipment that you or a loved one will need.

Keeping the Standard Walker Alive

Posted on: July 10th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Standard Wheelchairs. Power Chairs. Mobility Scooters. Rollators. All of these mobility devices have been created or are constantly updated with the newest technology for better comfort, more functionality or more efficient use. However, not everyone who needs help with their mobility needs one of these devices, but instead can have their needs met by an ordinary walker. Walkers have remained relatively unchanged since they first became a common piece of medical equipment. The material they are made out of has become stronger, and they have had accessories designed to fit them, but they’re overall shape and functionality has not changed. So, why are they still recognized as modern medical equipment?

First and foremost, thousands of people still use them. As stated previously, not everyone with limited mobility is a good fit for a power chair, manual wheelchair, scooter or rollator. Those using a standard walker need more help with stability while walking, while those needing, say, a power chair are focused solely on getting around. Since the purpose of the walker is to provide weight-bearing assistance while the user walks, it would not make sense for someone for whom a walker is appropriate to use a wheelchair or mobility scooter.

Some may point to how the walker is used and say that a rollator, which has four wheels, would be a better option. However, rollators are designed for those that do not need as much help with stability. The wheels of the rollator make it less stable and more liable to roll backwards or forwards when more weight is applied. Also, a rollator user must be able to apply good enough grip pressure to squeeze the handbrakes if needed, while a walker does not have this issue.

Because of these reasons, there are thousands of people in the United States alone for whom a walker is a more appropriate choice. LA Medical carries a number of walkers, as well as other mobility devices, for the various ranges of mobility of our customers. Check out our online catalog to get assistance with your mobility today!

Knee Walkers: Exactly what You Kneed

Posted on: June 22nd, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Let’s say that you’ve broken a bone in your foot or have had to have surgery on the nerves, ligaments or tendons in your lower leg or ankle. The recovery time is going to be long, unfortunately. The doctor told you to keep your lower leg elevated, but you also need to get around because you’re a busy person who has things to do. So, what are your options? Crutches can be so uncomfortable pressed up against your armpits all day, and maneuvering in tight spaces can be difficult. A wheelchair could help in the tight spaces, but you either need someone to push you or can push yourself, a concept that seems just as tiring as crutching around all day.

This is where a knee walker comes in. Think of a mobility scooter, but instead of a seat and battery power it has a padded leg rest and is powered by your uninjured leg. You simply place your knee on the pad and use your own leg to get around. No more molded crutch pads turning your armpits raw, no hopping around in tight spaces, and no bulky, self-propelled wheelchair tuckering you out.

The knee pad allows for you to keep your injured leg or foot parallel to the ground for an optimal healing position. And by using the upper leg muscles of your injured leg to balance and the muscles of your uninjured leg to move around there is little worry when it comes to muscle atrophy. Using a knee walker also allows for you to use both arms when you are stopped, unlike crutches.

Knee walkers come with lockable brakes to help you stop and stay secure, and most come with a basket on the front for added functionality. You can use them to get around your home or use them to get around the grocery store or pharmacy. And while knee walkers are more expensive than a pair of crutches, they ultimately provide a better solution for your body as a whole.

And yes, LA Medical Retail does carry knee walkers so order yours today!

The Case for the Cane

Posted on: May 22nd, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

If you are struggling in walking around your home or neighborhood, or are afraid of losing your balance while at the grocery store, then a cane may be a good option to add some stability to your walking. Yes, a cane, but not one like your father or grandfather had. Canes today have come a long way from the wooden J-shaped canes of yesteryear. Today’s canes come in a variety of sizes, shapes, materials and colors, and are made to help solve a variety issues.

A single-tip cane, the most common kind, can help provide more balance if you feel like you are constantly in danger of falling. With a single-tip cane you can go for an evening walk around your neighborhood without fearing of falling. However, if you need something to bear a little weight along with adding balance, then a quad-tip cane would better suit you. As is evident from its name, the quad-tip cane has four legs in contact with the ground that attach to a wider base to give you stability and something to take some of the weight off of your own legs.

Today’s canes are also adjustable and can be fitted with a variety of grips to reduce stress on your body and unlock the full benefits of using a cane. The Mayo Clinic recommends that for a proper cane fit, your elbow should bend 15 degrees while holding your cane. Not only are canes more functional now, but also more fashionable.

Cane customization is becoming more popular as more of the population reaches an older age. There are websites like this one that offer canes in a variety of patterns and colors, and some places will build you a cane from scratch to meet your medical and fashion needs.

So, not only will a single or quad-tip cane give you added stability and take some of the weight off of your own, but they’ll give your life a little added color as well!

What’s in a Good Folding Walker?

Posted on: February 9th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Walkers seem like a very basic piece of equipment, but there is much more to it than meets the eye.  With prices ranging from $30 to $300, how do you know which walker is going to give you everything you need without breaking the bank?

The most important thing is making sure the walker fits you.  See fitting tips from a previous blog.  As we mentioned before, improper fitting of walking aids is the contributing factor to over 50,000 fall injuries each year!

Make sure you can handle the weight of the walker.  There are lightweight options in walkers for those with less strength.  For example, the basic folding walker weighs at least 11 pounds, but our Dual-release Paddle Adult Walker for only $10 more weighs only 5 pounds.

Padding also varies from one walker to the next.  The basic walker has vinyl hand grips while other walkers have soft ribbed and contoured hand grips.  This feature comes in handy if you have difficulty gripping items or your hands get sore easily.

Other characteristics to look for are a flip-down seat, carrying pouches and breaks for maximum control.

With the information above, you could now make a list of your needs in a walker and allow us to find the perfect fit for you.

Walking Aids: Fitting Before Committing!

Posted on: November 15th, 2011 by LAMedicalBlogger

Help!  I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!

Have you or a loved one landed in the ER due to a fall WHILE using a walking aid?  This happens to over 50,0

00 individuals each year and the cause is most generally improper fitting of the walking aid.  We strongly advise that you either come in and see us or visit your family medical professional for a professional fitting.

Here are a few

helpful hints to get you through until you can see us!


Here is our sassy pink adjustable T-Handle cane(which is also available in lavender).

You will need a friend to help you.  It takes two to fit canes!  You will need to stand with your favorite pair of shoes on and arms hanging down with elbow slightly bend in a manner that you would normally stand.  Your friend then places the cane upside down, beside you.  The bottom of the cane should be set to end right at the middle crease of your wrist.

Please remember, this will suffice until you are able to get in to see a medical professional.



Here is our red Deluxe Folding Travel Walker(with free shipping).

Fitting a walker is very similar to fitting a cane.  Stand as casual as possible with your arms to your side and slightly bent.  Then have your friend measure from the middle crease of your wrist to the ground and then set all four legs of your walker to that height.  If your walker is not adjustable to that height, do not keep it.  Please return your walker to get one that will fit your properly!

Keep in mind while fitting your canes and walkers that you should be able to stand up as tall as you can and still have the walking aid support you.  You should not have to bend to the walking aid.  The reason people fall while walking with improperly fit walking aids is because their gait patter is unnatural and they are finding themselves off balance often.

What has been your purchasing experience with walking aids?  Were you fitted for it professionally in an office or did you get together with a friend at home and fit it to you?


Were you a statistic?  Did you or a loved one fall while using a walking aid and need medical attention?