As you are no doubt finding out, there is a lot to consider when selecting a wheelchair and finding the right cushion and backrest is no different.
Occupational Therapists will help you decide what is required from these products; and can also source these items. There is a vast array of different products and brands in New Zealand, with each product having different pros and cons. Registered professionals are able to guide clients through their options and help short-list the appropriate products.
When selecting a wheelchair cushion and/or backrest for a family member the following factors need to be considered:
Cushions offer benefits such as comfort, pressure relief and can contribute to optimum positioning. Cushions can be manufactured from a range of different materials; where some require more maintenance than others.
Yes; these items can be trialed, provided there is a request from a therapist. The trial process is very important to determine whether the selected product is suitable. Generally, the trial time frames are two weeks and therapists will set the product up to meet your needs. Adjustments can be made to ensure comfort throughout the trial.
Please refer to the manufacturer specific washing instructions. Each cushion has washing instructions within the product manual, so we recommend you read this.
The cover is an important part of the cushion and the two parts are designed to work as a team. It is not recommended to use the cushion without the cover.
Wheelchair cushions and backrests are designed to last for at least five years. Appropriate care and maintenance are very important for ensuring longevity and reliability of the cushion.
With the cushion fully inflated and valve closed, transfer onto the cushion and open the valve by turning counter clockwise. Listen for a change in pitch and close the valve.
Yes. There is a large array of styles and brands of wheelchair, and backrests have different types of mounting brackets. Most of these simply unclip and allow the backrest to be pulled off, it simply slots back into place and is then secured using the clips once assembly is required again.
Our team of Business Territory Managers are available to help with the selection of the correct product and trouble shooting.
Our Customer Care Team is available from 8am to 5.30pm every weekday.
Phone: 0800 31 61 81.