Varilite Reflex Wheelchair Cushion

Non-adjustable skin protection cushion featuring VARILITE’s unique Air-Release Device. Thanks to its ultra-lightweight construction it keeps the weight of wheelchairs down when propelling the chairs and makes transferring the cushion between multiple surfaces extremely easy. The Varilite Reflex cushion comes complete with a removable incontinent cover that can be machine-washed when the need arises.

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The Varilite Reflex cushion is intended for those individuals wanting to increase their level of comfort when seated, but at the same time want some degree of adjustment in the cushion. The Varilite Reflex cushion achieves this adjustment through a self-regulating air chamber within the cushion that adjusts the contour of the cushion to the individual sitting on it, and will continue to adjust itself each time someone sits on it, reducing the chances of any bad seating habits developing.

Product Features

 

  • Ultra-lightweight
  • Self-adjusting cushion contours to different shaped individuals
  • Removable incontinent and washable cover
Cushion Composition Air and Foam
Cover Composition Breathable four-way stretch
Contoured Minimally
Can accommodate a pelvic obliquity Yes
Can correct a pelvic obliquity No
Can accommodate leg length discrepancy No
Customisable No
Cushion Height 80 mm
Able to accommodate a drop seat base No
Able to be adjusted by user No
User Weight Limit Up to 295 kg
Total Cushion Weight Under 1 kg
Size Range 14" x 16", 16” x 16", 16” x 18”, 17” x 17”, 18” x 16”, 18” x 18”, 18" x 20", 20" x 18", 20" x 20"
Custom Sizes Available No
Warranty 2 years
Spare Covers Available Yes
Incontinent Cover Available Standard
Accessories Available Rigidiser
Maintenance Required As the cushion is self-inflating, no 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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