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Safe Spring Cleaning

Posted on: April 26th, 2015 by vgmforbin
If you are getting ready to deep clean your home, we have solutions to keep you safe.

If you are getting ready to deep clean your home, we have solutions to keep you safe.

Leo Tolstoy once said, “Spring is the time of plans and projects”. The fresh air of spring often inspires us to start working our way down the to-do list that built up all winter. But before you jump into any of those spring projects, think ahead and use caution to make sure that you don’t start spring with an injury. We have some tips to keep you safe while you get active this month.

Dress appropriately – If you start working when it is still chilly, you may warm up as the day goes on. If you get too warm, you may get dizzy and fall. Dress comfortably in layers that can be removed as needed.

Schedule a shorter day – While it is satisfying to knock out a big project in just a day, it could take another three days to recover! Set a time limit for yourself. Just a couple hours each day might be plenty to start with. Be sure to take breaks too!

Chairs are for sitting – Don’t stand on chairs to reach higher surfaces. Use a step stool with a handle if you are fully able to and have someone else there that can help you up and down. A simple reacher can also help you grab objects that are too high or low for you to safely grab them. If you are working on a lower project, sit down. It will save your back and feet, plus it is easier to get out of a chair than up from the ground!

Before starting any major DIY projects, ask yourself if it really needs to be done. Many of us think that we need a spotless home and yard but it is ok to not be perfect. It is always better to have a safer and happier home than a clean one. LA Medical offers different safety products that can be used in the home to prevent accidents. Check out our online catalog for solutions!

6 Benefits of Mobility Scooters

Posted on: April 23rd, 2015 by vgmforbin
Mobility scooters make it easier and safer for individuals with limited mobility to get around.

Mobility scooters make it easier and safer for individuals with limited mobility to get around.

As adults get older, mobility often becomes limited. Whether this is due to injury, illness or something else, mobility issues can hinder someone’s lifestyle that was once active. Mobility scooters are one solution to keep senior citizens both safe in and out of their homes. There are various benefits that those who use a mobility scooter receive. We will highlight six of them in today’s blog.

  1. Stay Independent: Many aging adults have a harder time moving around on their own due to previous falls, injuries or other conditions. Mobility scooters can keep elderly people active and able to independently move from room to room safely.
  2. Prevent Falls: Falls can cause broken bones, bruises, head injuries, and other ailments that can quickly debilitate a person. Mobility scooters make it possible for individuals to get around on their own without the risk of falling.
  3. Avoid Hospital Visits: Mobility scooters allow seniors to get around safely, helping them avoid extended hospital stays.
  4. Heal Faster: If you have ever recovered from an illness or injury, you understand how hard it is to stay put and rest for weeks or months at a time. Mobility scooter owners don’t need to worry about overexerting themselves after surgery.
  5. Shop Easier: Retail stores and malls can be challenging for those that have mobility problems. Scooters help free up your hands and make it possible to shop without risking fatigue or falls.
  6. Make Life Easier for Caregivers: Family caregivers are glad to help but sometimes there are challenges that they cannot physically assist with. A mobility scooter allows older adults to be more active and independent. This means they can take care of more daily tasks that wouldn’t be safe or possible without a little help.

If you think that a mobility scooter is the best solution for meeting the mobility needs of you or your loved one, LA Medical has a number of different models available. We have sales representatives who can help you find the best option for you!