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.


Permobil

F5 Corpus

F5 Corpus

  • Permobil’s new front-wheel-drive F5 Corpus boasts a smaller footprint with an improved center of gravity, a more rigid chassis, fully independent oil-dampened suspension and a lower seat-to-floor height.
  • A new three-point tilt and seat elevator system provides solid stability and performance.
  • Offers 14" of seat elevation and anterior/posterior tilt.
  • Optional anterior tilt is available in 10°, 20° and 45° to facilitate transfers and reaching, while maintaining 50° of posterior tilt.
  • Retains favorite features, such as arc legrests, an open armrest design, and UniTrack System.

http://f5corpus.permobil.com/

  • (800) 736-0925

Sunrise Medical

Folding Zippie IRIS

Folding Zippie IRIS

  • Comes with a folding option for a new dimension of compact, easy portability thanks to an XLOCK folding crossbrace.
  • Offers 40° or 55° rotation ranges, plus a rocker arm design that results in smooth, easy-to-control tilting within a compact wheelbase.
  • A foot-release tilt actuator provides handsfree tilting without exposed cables.
  • The angle-adjustable stroller handle fits parents of different heights.

http://www.sunrisemedical.com/manual-wheelchairs/zippie/tilt-in-space-wheelchairs/iris

  • (800) 333-4000

Stealth Products, Inc.

Custom Seating

Custom Seating

  • A custom linear seating using the highest-quality materials where Stealth pays close attention to detail to create the correct combination of base, foam and cover that meets the user’s current needs and also grows as needed.
  • Standard and customized back packages, plus back inserts, are available.

https://www.stealthproducts.com/?p=45&tb=pages

  • (800) 965-9229

VARILITE®

JUNIOR Cushions & Back Supports

JUNIOR Cushions & Back Supports

  • Kids are not just miniature adults, which is why VARILITE used anthropometric data to create its JUNIOR line of seat cushions and back supports for active users.
  • Seat cushions are available in a 10x10" size using Air-Foam Floatation.
  • Back supports come in Mid or Deep configurations in a 10" size that fits chairs measuring 9" to 11".
  • Backs use Air-Foam Floatation with pediatric-specific VariLock hardware.

http://www.varilite.com/products_category.aspx?catID=7

  • (800) 827-4548

Freedom Designs, Inc.

P.R.O. CG Tilt

P.R.O. CG Tilt

  • Lightweight (34 lbs. in transport configuration) and compact (21.75" long), with simple adjustments for great maneuverability.
  • Precise Rotational Orientation makes the chair easy to push, tilt/untilt and turn to fit well into everyday environments and activities.

http://www.freedomdesigns.com/wc_pro-cg.html

  • (800) 331-8551

Thomashilfen North America

ThevoSleepingStar A

ThevoSleepingStar A

  • Wing suspensions to provide tiny movement impulses that calm children as they are in bed.
  • The “active” A model additionally provides sensory support by providing the movement for children who cannot supply movement themselves.
  • Choose Wave, Rotation, Inclined Plane or Static from the movement “menu” to reduce pressure, pain and spasms and improve quality of sleep.
  • The quiet system ensures operation without disturbing the child’s rest.

https://www.thomashilfen.us/sleepingstar

  • (866) 870-2122

Stealth Products, Inc.

Tarta Backrests

Tarta Backrests

  • An ergonomic backrest that uses state-of-the-art materials and design concepts to provide adaptable support that optimizes function for busy users.
  • Ideal for busy children who experience a range of environments and activities every day.

https://www.stealthproducts.com/?p=568

  • (800) 965-9229

Convaid

R82 Stingray

R82 Stingray

  • Adjustments, comfort and lightness in steering are key attributes of the Stingray wheelchair, which boasts a 180° turnable seat, even with the child seated.
  • Angle adjustability makes it easy to find exactly the position that’s best for any user.
  • With an efficient suspension and a safe and secure braking system, the R82 Stingray is easy to drive for parents while offering functional positioning for the child.

http://www.r82.com

  • (888) 266-8243

Leggero

TRAK

TRAK

  • Features easily adjustable seat depth and back height to dial in just the right combination of positioning and support for each child.
  • Is equipped with RESPOND seating that can be contoured specifically as needed.
  • A sunshade and under-seat storage bag come standard with each wheelchair to make outings and activities more convenient and enjoyable for the whole family.

http://leggero.us/products/?p=trak

  • (844) 503-5437

ROHO, Inc.

Smart Check

Smart Check

ROHO’s new Sensor Ready wheelchair seat cushion with Smart Check gives its user realtime feedback regarding cushion inflation. Not sure if your ROHO air cushion is properly inflated? Just press a button, and Smart Check lets you know. Your occupational or physical therapist can dial in the proper inflation range, and then Smart Check helps you stay on track. Available in high and mid profiles in widths 10-25" (high) and 12-20" (mid). Depths: 10-20" (high profile) and 12-20" (mid profile).

http://roho.com

  • (800) 851-3449

Stealth Products, Inc.

Custom Planar Seating

Custom Seating

From basic needs to highly individualized ones, Stealth Products’ custom manufacturing department can provide hardware solutions that exactly position seat, back and accessory surfaces for wheelchair users of all ages. Stealth can also handle seating components and systems ranging from early childhood to large adult sizing — and the Stealth team is also capable of fabricating custom sizes as needed. From head to toes, Stealth’s positioning department has an innovative and functional solution.

http://stealthproducts.com

  • (800) 965-9229

P.R.O. CG Tilt

P.R.O. CG Tilt

  • Lightweight (34 lbs. in transport configuration) and compact (21.75" long), with simple adjustments for great maneuverability.
  • The Precise Rotational Orientation makes the chair easy to push, tilt/untilt and turn to fit well into everyday environments and activities.

Ki Mobility

Little Wave Flip

Little Wave Flip

  • By integrating styling elements seen in strollers — and 500+ color combinations! — this new tilt-in-space chair seeks to facilitate the first step toward early-intervention positioning.
  • With fewer parts than other tilt chairs, the seat height, depth and width are easy to change as the child grows.
  • A tube-in-tube seat rail design is modular so changes can be made without replacing parts.
  • The raised pivot point on the folding back allows more seating to remain on the chair when it’s folded.
  • (800) 981-1540

Columbia Medical

P Pod

P Pod

It looks like a beanbag chair, but it’s so much more! P Pod also offers postural support so kids can continue to get the optimal positioning they need even when they’re not in their wheelchairs. Four sizes are available, and the liners can be fitted to accommodate growth. The P Pod has a removable cover to make cleaning convenient, and this lightweight chair can easily be moved throughout the house. It’s fun, appealing and stylish enough to be the star of any room.

http://columbiamedical.com

  • (800) 454-6612

Therafin Corp.

Easy Clip Back

Easy Clip Back

  • Simplicity meets style in this basic positioning back (E2611).
  • Available in 14", 16" and 18" widths.
  • Easy to install, has a removable and washable cover, and includes a lumbar pad.
  • Adds just 2.5 lbs. to the chair and requires no special tools to install — just a tape measure.
  • (800) 843-7234

Broda Seating

Additional Positioning

Additional Positioning

  • BRODA’s Additional Positioning Package (APP) is easy to use and requires no maintenance.
  • Made with high-specification foam and covered with low-shear, waterproof fabric.
  • Includes seat cushion, back/head support, shoulder bolsters, calf/foot support.
  • (800) 668-0637

Convaid

YoYo Base

YoYo Base

  • Inclusion is at the heart of this new high-low base that’s compact, portable and at home inside or outside.
  • The base adjusts easily to different heights, and the tilt-in-space feature provides position changes.
  • Compatible with Convaid’s Trekker seating system (in size 12 or 14) for seamless transitions.
  • (888) 266-8243

Sunrise Medical

JAY GS

JAY GS

  • With built-in growth, the JAY GS is designed for kids at risk for skin breakdown who need higher-level positioning.
  • Available in 10", 12", 14", 16" and 18" widths and has a contoured, closed-cell foam base that’s easy to modify.
  • Multiple Pelvic Loading Area inserts attach with Velcro. Features conforming JAY Flow Fluid.
  • (800) 333-4000

Ride Designs

Soft Fit Option

Soft Fit Option

  • Soft Fit option consisting of two layers of spacer fabric (whose vertically oriented fibers help wick away moisture) with cutouts for the ischial tuberosities.
  • Increased softness and comfort at the loading contours, but with a functionally deepening well to improve offloading.
  • A third layer of spacer fabric on top of the first two layers completes the Soft Fit.
  • (866) 781-1633

Dynamic Health Care Solutions

Nxt Optima

Nxt Optima

  • Offers true height adjustment with an upper panel that adjusts 16-20" and is separate from the lower panel, which remains fixed to control the pelvis.
  • Available in 3.5", 4.75" and 6.5" contours from 16" to 24" wide.
  • 25° of posterior or anterior adjustment.
  • (866) 875-2877

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