The wheelchair cushion you opt for could make all the difference between feeling comfortable and settled in your chair every time you use it, to feeling frustrated and sometimes even in pain. Clearly it is essential to know how to choose the right one, since this is one of the most important wheelchair accessories you could buy.
How long do you spend sitting in your wheelchair?
Some people spend all day in a wheelchair while others may not need it as often. This is why it is imperative to invest in a high quality cushion rather than opting for the cheapest one available. The longer you spend in your chair the better quality your cushion should be if you want supreme comfort.
What size is your wheelchair?
You will likely purchase your wheelchair seat cushion separately to your wheelchair, but the two need to work together. Make sure you know what size cushion you need before you purchase one. They will be available in different sizes so it makes sense to order right first time. If you want to get a foam cushion it doesn’t matter as much as it can be cut to size.
What type of cushion should you buy?
This is a question of preference as well as needs. You may need wheelchair cushions to prevent pressure sores. More advanced options such as air flotation cushions are available in this area. Alternatively you may be budgeting for a simple foam cushion that you can replace when it starts to lose its shape.
The importance of preventing pressure sores
The longer you spend sitting in your wheelchair the more likely it is you’ll develop a pressure sore. Fortunately you can opt for one of the wheelchair cushions for pressure relief that are on the market today.
It is well worth consulting your doctor or therapist about this, as they may be able to assist you in recommending the right type of cushion. They will know whether you are at any specific risk of developing pressure sores, and if so, where they are likely to occur. One cushion could offer significant relief from a potentially problematic area, whereas another one could make things worse.
Should you buy a spare cushion?
It’s a good idea to have a spare if you can, because you never know when you might need one. This is a particularly good idea if you prefer gel cushions because they can split and leak. If you rely on wheelchair cushions for pressure relief the last thing you want is to be left without one.
As you can see there is a lot to consider here. Rushing into buying the first cushion you see is rarely a good choice. You may wish to buy a simple and cheap foam cushion to tide you over while you look for a more advanced type that will last longer. The good news is there are lots of options to choose from so you are bound to find the ideal cushion for your wheelchair.
For any help choosing a wheelchair cushion or further advice please do not hesitate to contact us on: 0800 458 4014 or email us