Varilite Proform NX Cushion

The Proform NX Cushion is a unique wheelchair cushion in the Varilite range and has been designed so that it can easily be modified by therapists for clients with challenging positioning needs and dimensions. This air and foam configured cushion includes cutting guidelines and can easily accommodate leg length discrepancies, amputations and pelvic obliquities. It is extremely cost effective and an ideal alternative to customised cushions.

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A modifiable contoured base can be cut with a knife to accommodate drop seat bases, as well as pressure areas.  The hinge lets the base flex, when a Modifiable Wedge is placed underneath it. The dual air/foam cushion at the back contains two self-inflating, independently adjusting chambers that can correct a pelvic obliquity or other asymmetrical conditions.

The cushion comes complete with instructions for modifying the cushion to meet the needs of common applications - but really the possibilities are endless! 

We recommend that this product be used with Varilite Cheat Sheets - self-adhesive foam that can be used to build up parts of the cushion to create further positioning such as hip guides.

Cushion composition Air, foam and mesh covered reticulated-foam blocks
Cover composition Breathable four-way stretch
Contoured Yes
Can accommodate a pelvic obliquity Yes
Can correct a pelvic obliquity Yes
Can accommodate a leg length discrepency Yes
Customisable Yes
Cushion Height 62.5 mm (with wedge under front)
Able to accommodate a drop seat base Yes
User adjustable Yes
User Weight Limit 340 kg
Total cushion weight Under 1 kg
Sizes Available 14" x 16", 16" x 16", 16" x 18", 18" x 16", 18" x 18", 20" x 18"
Custom sizes available Yes
Warranty 2 years
Spare Covers Available Yes
Incontinent Cover Available Yes
Accessories available Cheat Sheets, Rigisider
Maintenance We recommend that the cushion be reinflated on a weekly basis to maintain the integrity of the foam. As the cushion is self-inflating, no external pump is required.

How will I know which wheelchair cushion or backrest is right for me and my needs?

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:

  • Does the user have a history of pressure areas or sores?
  • How long will the user be sitting in the wheelchair for each day?
  • Are there any incontinence issues?
  • Does the user have any significant postural challenges e.g. slumps to one side?

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. 

Can I trial different backrests and wheelchair cushions?

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.

How do I wash my cushion cover?

Please refer to the manufacturer specific washing instructions. Each cushion has washing instructions within the product manual, so we recommend you read this.

  • For Ottobock cushions, turn the cover inside out, zip closed, and wash in warm water in a regular machine cycle. Regular detergent is OK, please do not use bleach. Air dry flat
  • For Varilite cushions, turn the cover inside out, zip closed, and wash in warm water in a regular machine cycle. Regular detergent is OK, please do not use bleach. Air dry flat
  • For Ride Design cushions, turn the cover inside out, zip closed, and wash in warm water in a regular machine cycle. Regular detergent is OK, please do not use bleach. Air dry flat
  • For Axiom cushions, turn the cover inside out, zip closed, and wash in warm water. Regular detergent is OK, please do not use bleach. Air dry flat
  • It is not recommend that any covers go into the tumble dryer.

Can I sit on the wheelchair cushion without its cover on it, while the cover is being washed?

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.

How long will a cushion or backrest last?

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.

How do I adjust a Varilite cushion to contour to me?

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.

Are wheelchair backs easily removable so that I can fold up my wheelchair and take it in the car?

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.

Need more advice or help?

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.

 

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