Seating & Positioning

Appropriate seating and positioning can enable you to be more comfortable in your wheelchair for longer periods of time while accomplishing more activities such as getting ready in the morning and doing household chores.


AT&R

Simplex

Simplex

  • An affordable alternating cushion design to protect users from pressure injuries.
  • Subtle massage action promotes circulation to the posterior area to better manage constant pressure.
  • Its battery-operated system works similarly to alternating mattresses.
  • All system components are built inside the cushion for a clean look and easy handling, with no external box to mount.
  • A single switch operates the cushion, which cycles to change pressure load about 60 times per hour.
  • The cushion surface is clear coated with a waterproofing agent, and the cover is machine washable.
  • In 18x18" size.

http://atandr.com/specifications.html

  • (833) 224-7661

Invacare

Matrx Libra Cushion

Matrx Libra

  • This high-resilience foam cushion is made with Ultra-Fresh anti-microbial and odor protection.
  • Designed with the highest levels of skin protection, positioning and adjustability to meet the unique needs of each active user.
  • A complete seating solution that provides balance and stability while optimizing independence and function.

http://www.invacare.com/cgi-bin/imhqprd/inv_catalog/prod_cat.jsp?s=0&catOID=-536892133

  • (800) 333-6900

Sunrise Medical

JAY Fusion

JAY Fusion

  • This adjustable cushion is a combination of a JAY Flow Fluid insert and soft, dense foam.
  • These features allow the cushion to conform to each user’s shape and ensure proper fluid placement beneath bony prominences to help protect skin from breakdown.
  • Contoured base is made of closed-cell foam to provide ideal positioning of pelvis and thighs as well as reduce fluid migration in the insert.
  • JAY Flow Fluid allows for deep pelvic immersion into the cushion to distribute pressure and help prevent skin breakdown.
  • Available in Reduced Profile, Positioning, Fusion Core and with a single- or dual-valve ROHO air insert.

http://www.sunrisemedical.com/seating-positioning/jay/cushions/fusion-cushion

  • (800) 333-4000

Invacare

Matrx PS Cushion

  • A lightweight wheelchair cushion designed to provide superior positioning, stability and comfort, the Matrx PS features ischial relief areas to help maintain pelvic positioning and prevent sliding.
  • Durable, high-resilience foam prevents the PS cushion from bottoming out.
  • Ultra-Fresh anti-bacterial and odor protection makes this cushion even more user friendly.
  • The anatomically contoured shape and innovative reversible outer cover provide a great fit and customized comfort for each user.

http://www.invacare.com/cgi-bin/imhqprd/inv_catalog/prod_cat_detail.jsp?s=0&prodID=PS-V&catOID=null

  • (800) 333-6900

Ride Designs

Ride Java

  • Created for users looking for greater sitting stability and improved functional performance, the Java also works to improve skin outcomes, including lower tissue distortion and lower long-term skin risk.
  • The cushion redistributes forces of pressure and shear away from high-risk areas, while applying the forces to more tolerant areas.
  • Java’s design and cover materials are made to maintain cool, dry skin to encourage potentially lower pressures and less deep-tissue distortion.
  • This enhanced sitting performance requires no regular fit-essential maintenance.
  • Java can be adjusted using Ride CAM wedges if users’ conditions change.

http://www.ridedesigns.com/java-cushion

  • (866) 781-1633

Aquila Corp.

APK2

APK2

  • A battery-operated, automatic pressure injury treatment cushion.
  • Stimulates its user’s circulation by automatically alternating internal air bladders in a way similar to performing a manual pressure lift, but requiring no effort from the user.
  • Designed for wheelchair users who have pressure injuries or are at high risk for developing them.
  • Has a waterproof foam exterior, adjustable settings, an anti-microbial cover and a run time of more than 40 hours per charge.
  • Aquila Corp. can build any size and shape of cushion needed to offload any area.

https://aquilacorp.com/products/airpulse-pk2/

  • (866) 782-9658

VARILITE®

Evolution

  • Designed for wheelchair users at high risk of tissue breakdown and symmetrical positioning needs, the Evolution offers superior pressure distribution, positioning, stability and comfort.
  • The user-friendly cushion requires no pumps, kneading, manipulation or accessories to function.
  • VARILITE’s Air-Foam Floatation gives the Evolution an ultralight weight without compromising pressure distribution and comfort.
  • Commonly used for wheelchair users with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy or traumatic brain injury.

http://www.varilite.com/products_detail.aspx?prodID=5

  • (800) 827-4548

Physipro

Contour Insert

Contour Insert

  • Made of urethane foam, this cushion features a space in the pelvic region in which an extra pad — made of gel, air cells or other foams — can be inserted.
  • This hybrid concept allows alternating between work on the sitting posture and protection at the skin level.
  • Provides better control of the pelvis and increased stability of the trunk.
  • Four removable inserts are available for customized applications.
  • The contoured foam base is designed to provide relief in the coccyx and sacral areas.
  • Engineered for users with current pressure injuries or high risk of developing them.

https://www.physipro.com/en/product/contour-insert-cushion-2/

  • (819) 823-2252

Invacare

Freedom NXT Tilt-in-Space

Freedom NXT Tilt-in-Space

Positioning + Power Add-On

  • A lightweight, compact and transportable option made especially for active families.
  • Add the new Alber e-fix E35 Power Add-On Drive to create the ride that active kids have been dreaming about and the independence their caregivers have been asking for.
  • Families on the go will appreciate how easily it disassembles, lifts and stows into small spaces for transport.
  • The entire system adjusts to meet the ever-changing needs of growing children up to 225 lbs.

http://www.freedomdesigns.com/WC%20NXT.html

  • (800) 333-6900

VARILITE®

JUNIOR Seat Cushion

JUNIOR Seat Cushion

Designed using anthropometric data

  • Designed to provide a comfortable, stable foundation for exploration and adventure.
  • Lightweight, multi-stiffness foam promotes immersion, stability and positioning, while a washable, water-resistant cover lets kids be kids.
  • The JUNIOR has a VARILITE self-inflating valve for quick and easy adjustments.
  • Thanks to the use of anthropometric data, VARILITE’s engineers created this cushion with a full range of size-appropriate seating and positioning items.

http://www.varilite.com/products_detail.aspx?prodID=52

  • (800) 827-4548

Invacare

Matrx Elite TR

Matrx Elite TR

  • Specially designed for manual or power tilt-only or tilt/recline applications.
  • Includes an extra layer of SuperSoft HR foam for improved immersion and comfort, and incorporates full support across the shoulder area.
  • “Easy Set” hardware installs and adjusts in minutes, and all adjustments can be made with the user still seated in the wheelchair, for added convenience.
  • Bariatric Elite TR backs with a 500-lb. weight capacity are also available.
  • (800) 333-6900

Ride Designs

Custom Cushion 2

Custom Cushion 2

  • An intuitive and accurate process enables shapes to be quickly scanned then sent with photos and order information through a secure, encrypted iOS app. The result is a cushion made specifically to match its user’s unique shape and that helps to decrease long-term skin risk while improving sitting stability.
  • The lightweight Custom Cushion 2 is about 1.8 lbs. (for an average 16x16" size) and features a softer base.
  • Upgrade the standard cushion with Soft Fit options of two or three layers of spacer mesh fabric.
  • The included Ride CAM wedges can be used to adjust cushion contours to accommodate weight change, tissue atrophy and postural changes.
  • Optional well inserts can be added to support bony prominences and to support microclimate management.
  • (866) 781-1633

Ride Designs

Corbac Adjustable Back

Corbac Adjustable Back

  • Safely supports the pelvis and trunk while helping to reduce pressure and shear at the spine and sacrum.
  • Adjustable tension design offers control, comfort and protection with a quick, easy-to-use mounting system.
  • The 1.75-lb. back can be precisely fit with adjustable thoraco-lumbar-pelvic supports, and straps provide almost infinite fine-tuning of posterior and lateral contours.
  • Spacer mesh overlay promotes air circulation and wicks moisture away from the back surface.
  • (866) 781-1633

R82

Scallop Seating System

Scallop Seating System

  • Already popular in Europe, the Scallop portable seating system is now available through R82 Convaid.
  • This lightweight system comprises a flexible shell and cushion combined with Velcro to create supported seating for children (GMFCS levels 1 through 3) on the floor or in a chair.
  • Provides stability without inhibiting movement, and also offers helpful tactile stimulation.
  • The system includes a colorful, reversible cushion; two straps; a belt; and a seat pit.
  • Available in four sizes, with maximum user weights of 33 lbs. through 154.3 lbs.
  • Folds up into an easily carried tote bag thanks to two carry handles.
  • (844) 876-6245

Quantum Rehab

12" iLevel

12" iLevel

  • Based on consumer feedback, the iLevel will feature 12" of vertical lift, which is 2" higher than previously available.
  • The additional height will elevate most iLevel clients to between 5'6" and 5'8" to be closer to average adult height, and is expected therefore to further improve environmental access.
  • Extra Stability Technology mechanically stabilizes the Edge power base while its user is elevated to enable the chair to be driven over varied terrains at up to 3.5 mph.
  • LED headlights and taillights in the fenders will now be standard when iLevel is ordered to enhance its user’s visibility outdoors.
  • (800) 800-8586

Blue Chip Medical Products Inc.

Amara

Amara

  • Designed to improve comfort and support by eliminating the hammock effect of standard wheelchair backs.
  • Created to maintain spinal and shoulder alignment and to provide superior pressure redistribution.
  • Available in three configurations: fixed back, adjustable back, or dual-zone back.
  • The fixed and adjustable backs are made of high-density Medflex foam, while the dual-zone back has a combination of Medflex and Viscotec memory form for added comfort.
  • Vyvex-III non-shear covers.

    Quantum Rehab

    ADI Q-Back

    ADI Q-Back

    • The Accessible Designs Inc. (ADI) Q-Back, exclusively for Quantum Rehab’s TRU-Balance 3 systems, features a contoured shell, viscoelastic foam and a breathable cover for optimal positioning, pressure management and comfort for complex rehab clients.
    • Available in three contour depths — Active Contour, Deep Contour and Extra Deep Contour.
    • Heights from 19" to 25".
    • With angle adjustment available via the TRU-Balance 3 seating system, the ADI Q-Back can meet a wide range of challenging needs.
    • (800) 800-8586

    Inspired by Drive

    Nessie

    Nessie

    What’s Seahorse Green, Pool Blue or Mermaid Pink and combines clinical positioning benefits with fun, inviting aesthetics? It’s Nessie, perfect for the child working on floor positioning at home or in clinic. Designed especially for young children, Nessie offers support as kids are crawling, lying down or sitting in various positions. Nessie comes in three sizes, and its arms can be widened or narrowed to achieve just the right position. Nessie uses open-cell memory foam that’s sealed inside a waterproof plastic liner. The cover and the liner can be easily spot cleaned or washed.


      Pride Mobility Products

      Jazzy Air

      Jazzy Air

      This power chair elevates/lowers with a touch of the “Air” button to provide 10" of power adjustable seat height in just 16 seconds. Once elevated, Jazzy Air’s user can drive up to 3.5 mph (and up to 4 mph while not elevated) to keep up with companions. The Jazzy Air’s armrests are angle, height and depth adjustable for maximum function and comfort, and bright LED marker lights help Jazzy Air to be seen. A Mid-Wheel 6 drive design with Active-Trac suspension provide enhanced performance and maximum stability.

      • (800) 800-8586

      Permobil

      M3 Corpus

      M3 Corpus

      Permobil’s new mid-wheel-drive M3 Corpus power chair offers Active Reach, the ability to combine 12" of seat elevation with up to 20° of forward tilt to make it easier to reach higher shelves or simply be in a more active, functional position while eating or working at a desk. M3’s unique suspension geometry and linear spring design provide added stability, while a new FlexLink suspension offers advanced vibration reduction. The M3 features 7" performance casters and an adjustment-free flutter damping device for a better ride at low speeds.

      • (800) 736-0925

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