The 5 Best Wheelchair Cushions - [Updated for 2021] (2022)

To get the most out of your wheelchair, you need to be comfortable in it. Wheelchair seat cushions are specifically designed to help you maintain a comfortable and properly aligned body position. In addition to creating a more comfortable ride, wheelchair cushions reduce your risk of developing pressure sores.

Different designs, cover options, and price points provide a range of wheelchair cushions to choose from, each offering something that contributes to a comfortable user experience.

Best Overall Choice:

1) ROHO Hybrid Select Foam Wheelchair Cushion by Permobil

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The Top 5:

5) Comfort Company Express Comfort Contoured Gel Wheelchair Cushion

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4) Motion Concepts Matrx Vi Pressure Relief Breathable Cushion

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3) Sunrise Medical Jay Union Wheelchair Cushion

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2) ROHO Low Profile Single Compartment Cushion

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1) ROHO Hybrid Select Foam Wheelchair Cushion by Permobil

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#5 Express Comfort Contoured Gel Wheelchair Cushion

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With gel bladders that redistribute weight to fight off pressure sores, the number 5 entry on our list is the Express Comfort Contoured Gel Wheelchair Cushion by Comfort Company.

In addition to redistributing your weight, the four recessed gel packs will help regulate your body temperature and keep you cool. Choosing the best fit is an important consideration, and this contoured cushion is available in multiple sizes to serve a wide range of users. It has an outer layer made of Solace Fabric, which is the manufacturer’s soft, fluid-resistant, and antimicrobial material. It will stay dry and won’t have the odor some cushions develop from surface bacteria.

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Conforming to your shape, the gel bladders remain in place even as you reposition yourself. The high-density molded foam wheelchair cushion helps mitigate skin irritation, macerations, and pressure sores while providing a comfortable and stable seating surface. This cushion is extremely durable and will keep its shape during extended use.

The cooling and weight redistribution properties of the gel packs, along with its durability and bacteria-fighting cover material, earned this contoured wheelchair cushion a spot on our list.

Features and Benefits

  • Fluid-proof for easy cleanup
  • Antimicrobial cover to ward off bacteria and odor
  • Fights pressure sores with weight distribution
  • Contoured to fit your individual shape
  • Cooling properties to keep you from getting overheated

Customer Feedback

Pros

  • Lasts a long time, holding its shape and look
  • Comfortable seat no matter how wide you need it
  • Contoured design ensures a good fit
  • Helps fight painful pressure sores

Cons

  • Padding is too thick
  • Doesn’t come with a carry handle

#4 Matrx Vi Pressure Relief Breathable Cushion

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If you have a higher risk of developing pressure sores from sitting in your wheelchair for extended periods, the Matrx Vi Pressure Relief Breathable Cushion by Invacare at number 4 on our list is a solution designed for you.

The breathable outer layer promotes air circulation and the inner cover includes antiperspirant properties, so this wheelchair cushion helps keep your skin cool and dry. Maintenance-free, it is made of dual-density foam layers and it has a Visco-elastic foam insert, pre-ischial contour, beveled front end, and trochanteric shelf.

Its three-part foam construction is key to protecting your skin and reducing the risk of pressure sores. It is designed to accommodate wheelchair users weighing up to 300 pounds and it comes with a 2-year limited warranty. You can make modifications to maximize your comfort, and it features a cushion rigidizer that keeps the cushion from dipping in the middle. This cushion can extend the life of your wheelchair, eliminating the “hammock effect.”

This breathable pressure relief cushion made our list for its support of wheelchair users who are at moderate to high risk for skin breakdown from sitting.

Features and Benefits

  • Visco-elastic foam insert, beveled front end, pre-ischial contour, and trochanteric shelf
  • Washable cover
  • Lightweight and won’t weigh down your wheelchair
  • Three-part foam construction protects skin and reduces pressure
  • Outer cover is breathable and inner cover is moister-resistant

Customer Feedback

Pros

  • Durable and lasts a long time
  • Makes transfers easy
  • Very comfortable
  • Helps me maintain posture and position

Cons

  • Leg cutouts could be deeper
  • Seems narrower than anticipated

#3 Jay Union Wheelchair Cushion

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Our number 3 pick, the Jay Union Wheelchair Cushion by Sunrise Medical, facilitates proper pelvic and thigh positioning plus distributes weight to reduce the risk of pressure sores.

This contoured cushion for your wheelchair is constructed of dual layers of memory foam over a foam base that has an integrated fluid pad. While the memory foam contours itself without pushback to your shape, the fluid pad manages weight distribution so pressure points aren’t stressed and your skin is protected. It has a pelvic loading area and lateral wedges which improve pelvic stability.

An innovative feature of this wheelchair cushion is it has two outer covers which promote airflow, reduce skin shear, and prevent mold-inducing moisture from reaching the foam layer. The machine washable cover utilizes X-static fiber, antimicrobial, silver-impregnated, and odor-reducing material. The cover’s layer of breathable foam dissipates heat and moisture, and this heavy-duty protection extends the service life of the cushion.

The wedges that ensure lateral, anterior, and posterior pelvic stability plus the customized contour fit and protection against skin issues from pressure sores have landed this wheelchair cushion at number 3.

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Features and Benefits

  • Inner cushion is protected by a dual outer cover
  • Lateral wedges for pelvic support
  • Comes in several sizes
  • Fluid insert conforms to users body shape
  • Evenly distributes pressure

Customer Feedback

Pros

  • Great for positioning while also protecting from skin shear
  • Posture and position support helps fight fatigue
  • Moderate contour with meaningful support
  • Doesn’t smell bad after a short time of use
  • Helps maintain a healthy seated environment

Cons

  • Had expected it to arrive quicker
  • Gets warmer than expected

#2 Low Profile Single Compartment Cushion

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Coming in at number 2 on our list is the lightweight and portable Low Profile Single Compartment Cushion by ROHO Group.

For the best individualized fit, the cellular design of this lightweight cushion allows it to adjust according to your body shape and weight, and conform to your movements. Simple adjustments address the changes in position that invariably happen throughout the day. You don’t have to leave the wheelchair to make postural adjustments, which makes this cushion very user-friendly.

Weighing only 2.5 pounds, this air cell cushion is easy to transport for travel to make mobility easier when the destination is reached. Its fire-resistant neoprene support pad can be patched if it's ever needed, which will extend its service life. For users with no or partial sensation that puts them at higher risk for skin breakdown, the patented technology facilitates blood flow by fitting, matching, and tracking the shape of the user.

This low-profile wheelchair cushion earned the number 2 spot on our list because it’s portable and lightweight, and is a great choice for anyone who has limited or no sensation, which can create a greater risk for skin breakdown.

Features and Benefits

  • Posture adjustments can be made without leaving the wheelchair
  • Can be adjusted for shape, weight, and position
  • Body movements are tracked and the body shape is conformed by the cushion
  • Flame-resistant support pad can be patched to extend its service life
  • Facilitates increased blood flow

Customer Feedback

Pros

  • So convenient to be able to adjust without vacating the wheelchair
  • Easy to travel with
  • Low profile and low maintenance costs
  • Sits low in the wheelchair seat
  • Well made, expected to last

Cons

  • Would have liked set pressure gauge for repeatable pressure fill
  • Not as soft as expected

#1 Permobil’s Hybrid Select Foam Wheelchair Cushion

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In the number 1 spot is the Permobil Hybrid Select Foam Wheelchair Cushion by ROHO Group, which provides unparalleled weight redistribution and exceptional comfort while protecting skin and soft tissue.

The combined foam and air technology of this all-in-one seating solution delivers customized positioning, skin protection, deep foam leg troughs, adjustable air cells, coccyx relief cut out, and optional offloading without added wedges. This wheelchair cushion’s new cell design works with the deeper curves of the contoured foam base, increasing the contact area to reduce pressure points and prevent pressure wounds. The air can be set at specific levels in the dual-zone overlay and the removable ischial tuberosities air insert, locking the amount of air for maximum support and skin relief. The overlay provides partial offloading by adjusting the inflation levels of the cushion's sides.

The breathable cover dissipates heat and contributes to pressure relief for comfort. This cushion for your wheelchair has superior positioning capabilities and comes in a range of sizes and can accommodate users weighing up to 500 pounds.

Our top choice benefits the evolving needs of all users, with an advanced hybrid design providing customized positioning, skin protection, stability and support, and optional offloading without added accessories.

Features and Benefits

  • Treats and prevents pressure wounds and skin ulcers
  • Customized enhanced positioning
  • Customized contouring with adjustable air-cell technology
  • Ergonomically designed for maximum comfort
  • Hybrid model that meets a multitude of needs

Customer Feedback

Pros

  • Meets needs for seat comfort and pressure sore treatment
  • Offers more features than other models
  • Lots of sizes and can accommodate users up to 500 pounds
  • Air can be set at customized levels

Cons

  • Took a bit to understand the best air level
  • Took a few days longer to arrive than expected

Features to consider when purchasing a wheelchair cushion

Comfort

Since wheelchair users sometimes spend the majority of a day sitting, a cushion needs to be comfortable for the individual user.

Balance

The stability of a wheelchair cushion affects your ability to balance and stay correctly positioned without sliding down in your seat.

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Skin Safeguards

Pressure relief and the reduction of friction can prevent skin shear and potentially dangerous pressure wounds.

Breathability

Airflow will cool the cushion’s surface and reduce heat and moisture that can increase the chances of skin breakdown.

Density

A heavier cushion can be more comfortable, but - especially in the case of a lightweight wheelchair - additional weight can negatively impact your ability to self-propel.

Cushion Height

There are advantages of a taller cushion, including making it easier to reach items. However, if the cushion for your wheelchair is too high, you might not be able to comfortably fit at a table or transfer into and out of the chair.

The cushions on our list are representative of the wide range of options available so you can choose the model that works best to meet your posture positioning and skin protection needs.

FAQ

Why is a wheelchair cushion important?

A wheelchair cushion provides a platform for users, improves comfort, aids posture, distributes weight to alleviate pressure points, and acts as a shock absorber. It helps maintain proper positioning for the user and helps prevent and treat pressure wounds.

How often should you replace a wheelchair cushion?

Generally, it’s appropriate to replace the cushion for a wheelchair every three years.

How long do wheelchair cushions last?

Although foam cushions have a slightly shorter service life, most wheelchair cushions will last for between two and five years.

What Are the Different Wheelchair Cushion Shapes?

The most common wheelchair cushion shapes are:

Saddle-shaped

Best option for users with hip rotation or a lack of abduction control

Pommel-shaped

A good choice for users who tend to cross or buckle their knees

Wedge-shaped

Designed to help users with posterior pelvic tilt remain backed up in their seat

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Anti-Thrust

Helps mitigate sliding for users who regularly move in their wheelchairs

Should cushions always be used in a wheelchair?

If the formation of pressure sores is a possibility and position instability is a concern, a wheelchair cushion should be used.

Do I need an incontinence liner for my wheelchair cushion?

If you have incontinence, you should get a special incontinence liner to protect the cushion from accidents.

Summary

If you use a wheelchair and want to reduce the risk of skin shear and pressure wounds - plus support proper body alignment and create the most comfortable user experience possible - a cushion can help you get the most benefits from your wheelchair.

The hybrid design of our top pick provides customized positioning and skin protection, along with a contoured comfortable seat surface. Its multiple features and wide range of wheelchair users it can serve have made it our top recommendation.

Explore our entire catalog ofWheelchair Cushions Department. In that department, youcan find Roho, gel foam, gel, air, positioning, star, foam, jay, memory foam, and bariatric cushions.

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What is the best cushion for wheelchair? ›

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Karman Ergo FlightManual, lightweight$870
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What are the most common type of wheelchair cushions? ›

The three most popular wheelchair cushion material types are foam, gel and air. The materials your wheelchair cushions are made of can have an impact on resident comfort and experiences. Foam wheelchair cushions, gel wheelchair cushions and air wheelchair cushions each present their own set of benefits.

How thick should a wheelchair cushion be? ›

Foam cushions normally range from 1 - 4” in thickness, although not every cushion style is available in all four thickness increments. The heavier the user, the quicker the cushion compresses.

What is the best pressure sore cushion? ›

Memory foam facilitates blood circulation and spreads out the user's weight evenly. The gel cushion is regarded as one of the best materials used for pressure cushions. The combination of viscoelastic foam and silicone gel makes it an ideal choice for those seated the majority of the time.

How often should a wheelchair cushion be replaced? ›

Wheelchair cushions will last around 2 to 4 years with the average lasting around 3 years. Depending on the amount of use and type of marterials the cushion is made from will affect how long the wheelchair cushion will last. A good rule to follow is replacing your wheelchair cushions every 3 years.

Which type of wheelchair cushion is the most appropriate for a patient who has a history of developing pressure ulcers? ›

Alternating Pressure

An alternating air pressure cushion system is the best wheelchair cushion for preventing pressure sores and ulcers and may be the only option that works for individuals who are unable to move and carry out pressure relieving movements during the day.

What type of cushion should be used for residents with impaired skin or who are at high risk for skin breakdown? ›

Air cell cushions offer exceptional pressure redistribution and protection against pressure injuries, making them ideal for residents at high risk for skin injury.

Should cushions be used in a wheelchair? ›

All wheelchair users should be comfortable in their wheelchair, and a good cushion helps them to sit upright easily and comfortably. That is why every wheelchair user should have a cushion. A cushion is a very important part of every wheelchair.

What type of cushion is best for patient most at risk for skin breakdown or a patient with an active pressure ulcer? ›

Foam, gel, or air cushions should be used to relieve pressure. Ask your health care provider which is best for you. Avoid donut-shape cushions because they reduce blood flow and cause tissue to swell, which can increase your risk of getting a pressure ulcer.

How do you measure a wheelchair for a cushion? ›

Measuring for a New Cushion
  1. Measure between the broadest part of your hips or thighs when seated. ...
  2. Add on 1 inch to the width dimension to accommodate for movement.
  3. Figure out the seat dimension by measuring from the back of your buttocks to the rear of your knees when sitting down.

How do you measure a wheelchair for a seat cushion? ›

How to Measure for Wheelchair Seating
  1. Seat Width: Measure from the widest part of the thighs or hips. ...
  2. Seat Depth: Measure from the bottom of the back to behind the knee. ...
  3. Seat Height: Measure from the back of the knee to the bottom of the heel. ...
  4. Seat-Back Height: Measure from the wheelchair seat (including cushion) to the.

Do gel cushions prevent pressure sores? ›

Conclusion: This study showed that the use of tragacanth gel cushion is effective in the prevention of pressure ulcers in ICU patients. Cushions filled with tragacanth gel also delayed the onset of erythema.

Does Vaseline help pressure sores? ›

You can use any mild ointment, such as antibiotic cream or petroleum jelly (Vaseline). This will prevent the skin from becoming dry and will also protect the sore from dust, dirt, flies and other insects. Be careful not to rub or massage the skin around the pressure sore.

What is a ROHO cushion? ›

The purpose of a ROHO cushion is to decrease the amount of pressure on the sitting area through a patented technology of interconnected neoprene air cells that increase and decrease in air volume to match an individual's contours.

How should you sit in a wheelchair? ›

Measurements should be taken on a hard surface with a maximum cushioning of 2-3 centimetres. The user should try to adopt the same posture that they will use when seated in the wheelchair. The pelvis, knees, ankles and elbows should all be straight, ideally at an angle at or close to 90 degrees.

How long can you sit in a wheelchair? ›

We would recommend that a resident spends no longer than 3-4 hours at any one time in the wheelchair before being transferred to another position. Residents should not sit for long periods of time in the portering wheelchair but be transferred to an easy chair for comfort.

How long do gel wheelchair cushions last? ›

In general, premium-quality foam wheelchair cushions can last anywhere from 2 to 4 years. On average, wheelchair cushions have been known to last for 3 years. This highly depends on the materials they are made of and how they are being used. The rule is to replace wheelchair cushions once every 3 years.

How long does a Roho cushion last? ›

How long does a ROHO DRY FLOATATION cushion last? On average, three to five years. The amount of wear and tear an individual user subjects their cushion to will effect the life of the cushion. Using the cover supplied with the cushion will extend the life of your cushion.

How often should a wheelchair be serviced? ›

So, how often does a wheelchair need servicing? Maintenance should be done weekly. Servicing should be done annually (or when a noticeable change occurs).

How do I choose a pressure cushion? ›

Make sure you consider:
  1. Comfort: Whether you're going to sit on this cushion for a few hours or all day long, it needs to be comfortable.
  2. Stability: A stable cushion helps you balance without sliding and makes it easier when you're reaching or doing other movements while in your chair.

What is a honeycomb cushion? ›

Honeycomb Cushions are cushions often used in wheelchairs and or normal chairs. The honeycomb cushion consists of many individual cells similar to a beehive which allows the weight of the user to be distributed evenly.

How do I choose a Roho cushion? ›

Features to consider when purchasing a ROHO/Air wheelchair cushion
  1. Cushion design: air cells or comfort cells? ...
  2. Cushion size: standard, pediatric, or bariatric? ...
  3. Cover options: waterproof, water resistant, anti-shear, or combination? ...
  4. Cushion design: contoured or non-contoured? ...
  5. ROHO Mosaic Wheelchair Cushion.

What is a ROHO cushion for wheelchair? ›

ROHO wheelchair cushions provide pressure relief and comfort to wheelchair users. ROHO seat cushions adjust constantly to an individual's body movement to protect them from skin breakdown. Their conformity of the cells accommodate and meet the one-of-a-kind skin integrity needs for each client throughout the day.

What are ROHO cushions made of? ›

ROHO seat and mattress cushion covers have a stretch Lycra material on top that is a durable, heavy weight fabric, with a nice soft feel to it. The side material is composed of a multi-layered knit polyester fabric which provides superior air circulation that ventilates well and cools the user.

What should I sit on with pressure sores? ›

If you're sitting, change positions every 15 minutes. Ask for help, if needed. Use foam pads or pillows to take pressure off the sore. Special mattresses, mattress covers, foam wedges, or seat cushions provide support in bed or in a chair.

Do pressure cushions work? ›

How do pressure cushions work? Pressure cushions work to reduce the effects of pressure sores by evenly distributing the body's weight across a larger surface area. This allows for better blood flow and postural stability.

How do I keep my wheelchair from sliding forward? ›

To prevent sliding forward in the wheelchair, an anti-thrust cushion can be helpful. The back two-thirds are lower while the front one-third is higher making it easier to stay in your seat. Another alternative is a pommel cushion. The pommel is a built-up area in the front, center area that provides slide control.

Why do you pad the seat of the wheelchair? ›

A wheelchair cushion provides the user a base from which their wheelchair positioning stems from, with comfort, pressure relief and ulcer prevention, shock absorption, and assists with postural alignment to improve user function.

How do wheelchairs prevent pressure sores? ›

Sit on a foam or gel seat cushion that fits your wheelchair. Natural sheepskin pads are also helpful to reduce pressure on the skin. DO NOT sit on a donut-shaped cushions. You or your caregiver should shift your weight in your wheelchair every 15 to 20 minutes.

What is good for skin breakdown? ›

The skin in this area will need moisturization with products such as glycerin, lanolin or mineral oil to replace natural moisture that is lost with frequent cleaning. A skin barrier ointment or creams should be used to protect the skin from moisture or irritation.

What is a foam ring cushion used for? ›

Foam Ring Cushion The Ring Cushion helps reduce the pressure on your back or tailbone while sitting for extended periods, especially on hard chairs. Made of high-density and flame-retardant foam, the cushion retains its shape and molds to your body contours for ultimate comfort and support.

What is a standard wheelchair cushion size? ›

Typical wheelchair seat widths:

Standard wheelchairs widths are 16″ (narrow adult), 18″ (average adult) and 20″ (wide adult). For children and small adult sizes as small as 8” are available. Adults with wider body frames can get seats from 28” and wider.

What is the standard wheelchair seat width? ›

A: Most wheelchairs have an average seat width of about 18in-22in and wheel-base of 23in-26in, so those sizes can fit through standard doorways that are 30-32″.

What is the width of a standard wheelchair? ›

The plan view of a person using a wheelchair shows the following: width of the wheelchair measured to the outside of the rear wheels is 26 inches (660 mm). Length of the wheelchair is 42 inches (1065 mm) measured from the back of the rear wheels to the front of the footrests.

What are 3 important wheelchair measurements? ›

The most important measurements you need to take are seat width, back height, seat depth and seat-to-floor height. By providing a wheelchair with the proper dimensions in these four areas, you will avoid some of the most common and dangerous positioning concerns.

How wide is a 24 inch wheelchair? ›

32.68 in

How wide is an 18 inch wheelchair? ›

Standard wheelchair with 18" wide seat would be: 18" seat width + 8" = 26" overall width). Consult with each product's specifications page to get exact dimensions.

What is the maximum duration for sitting in patients with a ischial coccyx or sacral pressure injuries? ›

seating equipment:

If sitting in a chair is necessary for individuals with existing pressure ulcers in the seated region, sitting should be limited to three times a day in periods of 60 minutes or less.

How do you treat a pressure sore on your butt? ›

Caring for a Pressure Sore
  1. For a stage I sore, you can wash the area gently with mild soap and water. ...
  2. Stage II pressure sores should be cleaned with a salt water (saline) rinse to remove loose, dead tissue. ...
  3. Do not use hydrogen peroxide or iodine cleansers. ...
  4. Keep the sore covered with a special dressing.

How do you use repose cushions? ›

Repose Cushion Quick Reference Guide Video - YouTube

What is the fastest way to heal a pressure sore? ›

Clean open sores with water or a saltwater (saline) solution each time the dressing is changed. Putting on a bandage. A bandage speeds healing by keeping the wound moist. It also creates a barrier against infection and keeps skin around it dry.

What ointment is good for bedsore? ›

Official answer. If a bed sore is infected, topical mupirocin or other oral antibiotics may be prescribed.

What is Slough? ›

A slough is a swamp or shallow lake system, usually a backwater to a larger body of water.

What is the best wheelchair cushion for pressure sores? ›

Alternating Pressure

An alternating air pressure cushion system is the best wheelchair cushion for preventing pressure sores and ulcers and may be the only option that works for individuals who are unable to move and carry out pressure relieving movements during the day.

What does ROHO stand for? ›

ROHO
AcronymDefinition
ROHORegional Oral History Office (San Francisco)
ROHORemote Office Home Office

How long do gel wheelchair cushions last? ›

In general, premium-quality foam wheelchair cushions can last anywhere from 2 to 4 years. On average, wheelchair cushions have been known to last for 3 years. This highly depends on the materials they are made of and how they are being used. The rule is to replace wheelchair cushions once every 3 years.

How do you prevent bedsores in wheelchairs? ›

Sit on a foam or gel seat cushion that fits your wheelchair. Natural sheepskin pads are also helpful to reduce pressure on the skin. DO NOT sit on a donut-shaped cushions. You or your caregiver should shift your weight in your wheelchair every 15 to 20 minutes.

What is a Roho cushion used for? ›

The purpose of a ROHO cushion is to decrease the amount of pressure on the sitting area through a patented technology of interconnected neoprene air cells that increase and decrease in air volume to match an individual's contours.

How should you sit in a wheelchair? ›

Measurements should be taken on a hard surface with a maximum cushioning of 2-3 centimetres. The user should try to adopt the same posture that they will use when seated in the wheelchair. The pelvis, knees, ankles and elbows should all be straight, ideally at an angle at or close to 90 degrees.

How long do foam wheelchair cushions last? ›

The most basic of all the types of wheelchair cushions. For patients with minimal to moderate positioning needs. Foam compresses, becoming flatter and firmer over time. For this reason, foam cushions should be checked regularly and replaced every 1 – 2 years.

How do pressure cushions work? ›

How do pressure cushions work? Pressure cushions work to reduce the effects of pressure sores by evenly distributing the body's weight across a larger surface area. This allows for better blood flow and postural stability.

Does Vaseline help bed sores? ›

You can use any mild ointment, such as antibiotic cream or petroleum jelly (Vaseline). This will prevent the skin from becoming dry and will also protect the sore from dust, dirt, flies and other insects. Be careful not to rub or massage the skin around the pressure sore.

How often should a patient in a wheelchair reposition themselves? ›

Regular repositioning, every 15 to 30 minutes, is recommended for people confined to wheelchairs (Schofield 2013). However, protracted periods of time spent without relieving pressure on the weight bearing areas is a common problem for wheelchair users.

How do you relieve pressure when sitting? ›

Pressure relief is moving or lifting yourself to take the pressure off areas that have been under pressure, usually from sitting or lying in one position, so blood can circulate. When sitting in your wheelchair you should do pressure reliefs every 15 to 30 minutes for a duration of at least 30 to 90 seconds.

What does ROHO stand for? ›

ROHO
AcronymDefinition
ROHORegional Oral History Office (San Francisco)
ROHORemote Office Home Office

How long should a ROHO cushion last? ›

How long does a ROHO DRY FLOATATION cushion last? On average, three to five years. The amount of wear and tear an individual user subjects their cushion to will effect the life of the cushion. Using the cover supplied with the cushion will extend the life of your cushion.

How long can you sit in a wheelchair? ›

We would recommend that a resident spends no longer than 3-4 hours at any one time in the wheelchair before being transferred to another position. Residents should not sit for long periods of time in the portering wheelchair but be transferred to an easy chair for comfort.

How do I stop my wheelchair from slouching? ›

To achieve good posture, you will need to adjust your footrest to a comfortable angle for your knees and ankles. Although the ideal angle is 90 degrees, this may not be practical for the wheelchair user. In fact, a footrest at a 90-degree angle could actually impede the rotation of the front wheels.

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