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Going Somewhere? Take your Portable Ramp with you!

Posted on: April 24th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger


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


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!

Ramping up the Benefits

Posted on: January 24th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Let’s say that you have just purchased a manual or power wheelchair for yourself or a loved one that you care for. Your mobility has increased phenomenally throughout your home, and it is much easier for you or your loved one to get around and live more independently. However, the front steps of your home make getting in and out of your home an enormous task itself. You have thought about home accessibility remodeling, but need a more immediate and less expensive option. What choices do you have? Portable ramps like those offered by LA Medical Retail are an efficient solution.

If you use a manual or power wheelchair or mobility scooter at home, an access ramp into your home is crucial for easy entrance and exit.

Portable ramps offer a wide variety of benefits to users. First and foremost, as their name implies, that can easily be taken from one place to another. Unfolded, they can be anywhere from two feet to 10 feet long and can support up to 600 lbs. while being incredibly lightweight. After they are done being used, they can then be folded up and conveniently brought along to your destination.

They can also be used in a variety of roles. Need to get out your front door or into a family member’s home, but there are steps in the way? A portable ramp can help you bridge the gap. They can also be used to if you need to stow a mobility device in the back of your van or SUV. Once you have your loved one in their seat, you can set up the ramp into the back of your van and SUV and use it to securely store the power wheelchair or mobility scooter in the back of your vehicle.

When you look at it, a portable ramp may be just as valuable as the wheelchair or mobility scooter or your loved one use. It help you transition from one place to another seamlessly and easily. LA Medical Retail carries a variety of portable ramps in various lengths to fit your individual needs, so contact us or browse our online catalog 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!