No patient wants to be confined to a wheelchair. If this is a reality for yours, here are a few tips to make their wheelchair more comfortable.
Invest in wheelchair cushioning: If your patient will be confined to a wheelchair for a significant amount of time, that can be quite damaging to their body. Wheelchair cushioning comes in a variety of foam, gel, and hybrid cushioning.
Here are a few wheelchair cushions we highly recommend:
- Shape Series Wheelchair Cushions – Designed for patients with a moderate risk of pressure sore development.
- ESP (Essential Seating Position) Series Wheelchair Cushions – Designed for patients with low risk of pressure sore development and the best choice for patients needed a low seat height or who foot propel.
- Pincore Viscoelastic Wheelchair Cushions – Designed for those needing a softer cushion for better pressure redistribution
- Active Series Wheelchair Cushions – Designed to aid patients in transfers and repositioning and is available in plush or firm support.
Provide foot support cushions: Give your wheelchair-bound patients comfort with a footplate pad that is designed to reduce heel and foot pressure. It’s a small cushioned pad with an adhesive backing and loop velcro straps to secure it in place. Standard and custom sizes available.
Use positioning leg straps: These straps are designed to hold your patients legs to encourage symmetrical alignment of the feet. Single leg straps position the feet correctly on the chair footrest. Double leg straps provide additional support for patients with tight hamstrings or knee contractures. The padded leg straps have a vinyl covered pad to protect the legs from pressure.
To see samples of these or any of the wheelchair accessories we carry help increase the comfort of your wheelchair patients, visit our wheelchair products page.