This week’s technology report is on wheelchair seating products. For those who spend large periods of time in a wheelchair, finding the right seating enhancements that provide both comfort and support is of high importance.
There are a wide selection of seat cushions that take into account everything from moisture resistance to pressure relief. Some products include materials that are lightweight and contoured to fit your body, while others emphasize your degree of activity and how likely your lifestyle is to cause skin breakdown.
Other options to look for are whether or not the manufacturer provides a solid cushion such as those made with gels or foam or a liquid one that prevents bottoming out – a situation that can lead to skin sores. Most companies will take into account your size and shape, fitting you with the best seat for your situation.
Backrests are another important item to consider when shopping for optimal comfort and health. There are an assortment of wheelchair backs that are suited to a variety of lifestyles. For the active person, there are specifications such as flexible positioning systems, removable hardware and lightweight structure. For those with a more sedentary or indoor lifestyle, you can find backs that will align your posture, provide maximal support and easy release.
Backs come in as many different materials as seats do and can be found in either hard shelled form or with an upholstered structure. Some are created for a greater weight bearing ability and others specifically for those who want to travel quick and light.
Consider what sort of life you lead and under what conditions before buying a wheelchair and seating products. These run in a wide price range and it will pay off later to research first!
While we don’t endorse any specific manufacturer, Sunrise Medical may be a good place to start looking as they have over 30 years of experience providing assistive products to those with disabilities.