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Ready to Roll: Your Wheelchair Maintenance List

Posted on: October 29th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
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Keeping your wheelchair in tip top shape is important to keep you safe and active.

 

Just like our vehicles need regular maintenance to keep them running smoothly, the same can be said for manual wheelchairs. Though they do not look like very complicated pieces of equipment, manual wheelchairs have quite a few moving parts that need proper care. LA Medical has an experienced staff that is knowledgeable in wheelchair care and maintenance. We have composed a list of some important maintenance tips to keep you moving!

 

The first day that you have your wheelchair, be sure that you and your loved one read through the owner’s manual to learn how to fix common problems. It is also recommended that you apply some car wax to the frame of the wheelchair to make future cleaning easier. You should also wipe down the chair daily with a clean damp to helps keep dust and dirt from building up.

 

After this initial check-up, keep doing weekly checks on various parts of the wheelchair. The nuts and bolts should be inspected each week to make sure they are tight enough to prevent loose bolts that can lead to other major problems with the wheelchair. If your wheelchair is collapsible, it is also important to keep an eye on the folding mechanism. The folding mechanism needs to be lubricated often to prevent damage and ensure good performance. Be sure to check the frame for cracks and the wheels should be checked to make sure they are not bent or out of alignment.

 

If you feel like it has been awhile since you have done a maintenance check up on your wheelchair, don’t wait! Most owners’ manuals can help with any problems that you encounter. But if you think that your wheelchair is outdated and needs to be replaced, LA Medical carries a wide variety of manual wheelchairs in lightweight, standard and transport options. Please let us know how we can help with your wheelchair needs!

Parenting from a Wheelchair: 4 Obstacles to Overcome

Posted on: September 24th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Use tips here to make parenting from a wheelchair easier.

If you are a parent who also uses a wheelchair, these tips may assist you in daily life.

It is no secret that parenting comes with daily challenges. From juggling schedules to cooking meals, children require an abundance of time and attention. While parenting is not an easy job, it can be very rewarding. Raising children provides an opportunity for parents to teach their child valuable lessons and help them achieve their goals. Families grow together and make memories to last a lifetime. While every family has unique dynamics and challenges, those of a parent confined to a wheelchair can be especially difficult. LA Medical has manual and powered wheelchairs for anyone in need. Here we would like to provide helpful tips for parents who use wheelchairs. LA Medical hopes you find this helpful and encourages you to share it with parents and wheelchair users you know.

Sleeping Schedule

All parents, wheelchair users or not, must adjust to a new sleeping schedule. With a demanding infant who needs frequent feeding and changing, it is helpful to develop a consistent sleeping schedule. One idea is to do one night on, one night off with your partner and alternate nights of getting thorough sleep. Another is a creating a shift schedule so one partner is always awake with the child while the other one sleeps and rotate throughout the night. Find what works for you to obtain the best rest possible.

Diaper Changes

When changing the diaper of a baby, find a surface that is at the height you sit in the wheelchair. This may be a dining room table, coffee table, or kitchen counter. Wherever it is easiest, set up camp with all diaper supplies and a changing mat to make it as accommodating as possible.

Cribs Accommodations

Find a crib that has a side that lowers to easily get the infant in and out of the crib. It may be difficult to reach up and over, but with a side that slides down, it will be safer and simpler to get the baby in and out.

Carrying

As a wheelchair user, you may already know the advantages of having a permanent lap. This can make carrying a baby especially easy as they can ride around on your lap wherever you go. A baby sling can support the infant until they are able to support their own head. As the child ages, a baby carrier can attach to the parent’s chest and allow the baby’s feet to hang forward with them resting on your lap.

Whether you use a wheelchair, or know someone who does, we hope you find these ideas helpful. Parenting from a wheelchair comes with challenges that are always changing and adapting to a child’s age and needs. LA Medical has mobility aids for those in need. Check out the many options and don’t hesitate to order yours today!

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.

Stay Cool in a Wheelchair: Dealing with the Summer Heat

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Summer wheelchair tips

Wheelchairs can get hot in the summer, but you can stay cool with these tips!

Let’s face it; sometimes it can be uncomfortable to be in a wheelchair during the summer months. Being in a wheelchair doesn’t mean you have to miss out on being outside when it is hot. LA Medical has a list of ways for you to stay cool in a wheelchair because the heat shouldn’t hold you back.

First off, the sun shade is a great option to attach to your wheelchair and that alone will help you cool off because you are constantly shaded. This product can solve many of your problems when it comes to protecting yourself from the sun’s rays.

During the hottest of days, the best thing you can do for yourself is to stay hydrated. While in your wheelchair, it may get irritating to constantly have to reach in your bag for that bottle of water or have it sitting by you. The cost-friendly solution to this problem is to get the Nova Adjustable Cup Holder. This particular cup holder adjusts to any size and can be folded up when not in use.

A few ways to stay cool in a wheelchair are to cover the arm rests, sit on a towel or pillow for comfort, or carry a mist fan. Are you now wondering where you would store all of these items when they are not in use? Try the Nova Hanging Pouch to store anything from cooling solutions to your favorite book.

LA Medical is always interested in making the best out of any situation and we want you to stay cool this summer. Always staying hydrated is essential to keeping cool and always have cooling solutions with you in your wheelchair’s storage bag.

We hope these solutions for you to stay cool in a wheelchair were helpful because LA Medical wants you to be as comfortable as possible while using our products.

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 2

Posted on: April 17th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

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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.

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!

Flying with Ease: Airport Wheelchair Travel 2

Posted on: April 10th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

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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!

Secure your Wheelchair while Driving or Riding in a Vehicle

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

If you or someone you know uses a wheelchair and also travels by riding in public transportation or personal vehicle, safety is always a key factor.  LA Medical wants everyone who uses any wheelchair or mobility scooter to feel safe and secure while riding in a motor vehicle.  Read the useful information below to be a little safer and secure while riding in a vehicle.

Secure your Wheelchair

Automatic wheelchair lifts offer their own form of security, too. Depending on which vehicle outfit you choose.  Whether it’s a truck, van, SUV or car, it will come with standard or custom technique for getting you in and out of the vehicle safely.  The most common vehicle is a mini or full size van that usually has a ramp, lift or combination of both that you can drive into the passenger area.  Conversion vehicles make sure there are tie downs or lock in docks so the wheelchair is secure.  All conversions for any vehicle are crash tested to make sure all occupants are safe and secure.

There are two common ways for some
one who uses a wheelchair to feel secure in a vehicle.  Sitting in a conventional passenger seat in any standard vehicle may pose some problems getting a loved one in and out easily, but it may be the only option.  Make sure to transfer their torso into the vehicle first; so they can get seated, then help bring their legs and feet into the car.  Ask them if they need to be repositioned before buckling up.

LA Medical provides all the mobility products and accessories you need from manual and power wheelchairs, mobility scooters and knee walkers.

Wheelchair Maintenance at Home

Posted on: November 13th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

We all know that our vehicle needs regular maintenance to keep it running smoothly and to prevent it from breaking down. The same can be said for manual wheelchairs. Though they do not look like very complicated pieces of equipment, manual wheelchairs do have quite a few moving parts that need proper care. Luckily, most of these maintenance items are easy enough to be completed at home by you or a helpful loved one.

There are many easy but necessary wheelchair maintenance items you can do at home.

The first day that you have your wheelchair, be sure that you and your loved one or caregiver read through the owner’s manual to learn how to fix common problems. It is also recommended that you apply some car wax to the frame of the wheelchair for easier future cleaning. You should also wipe down the chair daily with a clean damp to helps keep dust, dirt and other grunge from building up.

From there, it is mostly weekly checks on various parts of the wheelchair. The nuts and bolts should be inspected each week to make sure they are tight enough because loose bolts can lead to other major problems with the wheelchair.

Another vital maintenance item to keep an eye on is the folding mechanism if the wheelchair is collapsible. The folding mechanism needs to be lubricated often to prevent damage and ensure good performance. The frame should also be checked often for cracks, and the wheels should be checked to make sure they are not bent or out of alignment.

As a general rule, if you feel like it has been awhile since you have done a maintenance check up on your wheelchair, today is a good time to do one. Most owner’s manuals can help with any problems that you encounter, however if you feel like your wheelchair is outdated and needs to be replaced, LA Medical carries a wide variety of manual wheelchairs in lightweight, standard and transport options. Just let us know how we can help with your wheelchair needs!