|Which Cushion Type
Is Right For Me?
|Flat Foam||Shaped Foam||Flat Gel||Shaped Gel||Air|
Protection from Skin Sores?Your skin, and the way you sit in a chair, is unique to you. A skin sore can derail your life, and lead to hospitalization and a long recovery period, so it is vital you do everything you can to avoid pressure sores.
If you have a history of pressure sores, or areas that are showing redness or signs of too much pressure, it is critical you choose a cushion that provides the maximize protection and healing support. We nearly always recommend an Air cushion when there is a very high risk of skin sores. If you are only using the chair occasionally, and you have no skin redness or indication or skin sores, or no history of skin sores even after spending significant time sitting, then you can use a foam or flat gel cushion, and focus predominately on postural support and comfort. These types of cushions are less expensive as well and require little to no maintenance other than washing the cover occasionally.
Please note: This information is based on our years of experience, and on manufacturer clinical testing and recommendations. If you are unsure about the right product for you, please consult your physician or physical therapist.
Urine Proof?If incontinence or leaking is a concern, you will need to consider the cleanability of both the cushion and the cover. No foam cushions are urine proof. Combination gel/foam cushions are also not urine proof. A few foam cushions have urine proof covers (which will be noted in the details section of the product listing.) Most foam cushions have only urine resistant covers, but this does not guarantee that the will be no leaking to the foam.
Air cushions, which are generally made of rubber, and gel cushions with their protective plastic covers, can be washed easily with a mild soap and are completely urine proof. They generally provide a choice of standard or urine proof (incontinent) covers, so you can really maximize protection. All covers can be hand washed and hung to dry.
Posture Support?Posture support or corrective positions cushions are extremely important for users who may have seating or positioning needs. The right cushion can aid in correcting posture for spinal, hip and even leg abnormalities. Certain cushions have built in support, others types can be adjusted with gel, foam, or air packets. For example, if the user "tilts" to one side, or always seems to be falling forward, the right cushion can help tremendously, and prevent other issues from developing. Please call one of our cushion experts for help in identifying the appropriate cushion and accessories to correct for postural abnormalities.
|None||Minimal||None||Moderate - High||Adjustable|
|Max Hours Per Day
Max Hours Per Day?It is difficult to provide a cut and dried answer for the maximum numbers of hours, since every individual is different. These general recommendations come from our years of experience, and from manufacturer input and clinical testing. If you are an experienced user, you already know what will work for you and can ignore this section of the recommendations. If you are new to cushions, we strongly recommend you follow these guidelines, since the consequences of developing a skin sore are significant. It is best to consult with your physician or physical therapist if you are unsure.
MaintenanceWith an air or gel cushion you want to make sure that your ischials (butt bones) are not making contact with the wheelchair sling or the foam that may be under the gel packet. When this happens it is referred to as bottoming out and you are not receiving benefit from the cushion and may be at risk for skin breakdown.
To prevent this from occurring there is some minimal maintenance required. For a gel cushion it is recommended that the gel pack be kneaded at least once a week. For air cushions, the air level should be checked on a daily basis to insure you are not bottoming out, although you may be able to go days without using the hand pump to add air.
|Little - None||Little - None||Regular||Regular||Occasional|
Air Wheelchair Cushions
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Selecting a Wheelchair Cushion
Foam Wheelchair Cushions - Foam is light and varies widely in stiffness and density. Proper stiffness, density and resilience help ensure adequate support and an effective lifespan. Foam envelops the buttocks well, but can be hot and is damaged by moisture and light, so a protective cover should be used. Wheelchair Cushion covers made from fabric that does not stretch and is fitted tight around a cushion tend to negate the compressive benefits of foam. Foam wheelchair cushions absorb impact loads well, so it can help absorb the shock of going over bumps or obstacles.
Gel Wheelchair Cushions - These wheelchair cushions are heavier than foams and, therefore, are often used in combination with foams. These materials are good at minimizing heat and are typically encased by a protective cover so are easily cleaned. Because of their incompressible nature, viscous fluid and gel wheelchair cushions often use a contoured non-deforming foam base or a flat, compressible foam base to better enable the cushion to conform around the body. Gels and fluids absorb vibration but cannot absorb impact well. Therefore, these materials can absorb the vibrations that one might experience in a car, but not the impact one gets when bumping over a curbcut.
Air Wheelchair Cushions - Air is highly compressible and would make an excellent support surface, except for its requirement of an impermeable membrane. Therefore, the efficacy of air wheelchair cushions is directly related to the design of its container and proper inflation. Some encompass the body well while others do not. Some dissipate heat well, all can handle moisture without harm and most will absorb impact loads. Because air wheelchair cushions are adjustable, they can be inflated to meet the needs of the user, but this adjustability also means that they must be maintained properly. An improperly inflated air cushion can be either too hard or too soft, and both are potentially damaging situations. If an air wheelchair cushion is right for you, be sure to read the instructions so you inflate the cushion properly.
Can you bill Medicare for me?
Yes, SpinLife can file the paperwork with Medicare. First complete the purchase with SpinLife and pay by check or credit card, then send your prescription for the item and other applicable paperwork to our Medicare specialist. We then file the claim with Medicare and they will reimburse you directly if you qualify. Please see our complete Medicare Policy for details.
Will Medicare pay for my wheelchair cushion?
Yes, if your diagnosis indicates that your purchase is medically necessary. Medicare also requires that medical necessity be established for the wheelchair that is being used with the cushion. Medicare must have a completed claim on file for a wheelchair to consider payment for a wheelchair cushion.
Will I be charged sales tax?
Is shipping free?
Yes, if your order is over $50 it will ship for free. (Orders over $50 always ship for free everyday at SpinLife.)
What if something goes wrong with my cushion?
SpinLife is here to support you throughout the life of your purchase. We honor all manufacturers warranties. If you run into trouble, give us a call and we will get it taken care of.
What if I want to return my cushion?
SpinLife wants you to completely satisfied with your purchase. If it arrives and it is not what you thought or does not meet your needs, you are free to return it as long as it is in new condition and the original packaging. Custom ordered cushions are non-returnable. Non-custom cushion returns require the customer to pay return freight and will incur a 15% restock fee. Please see our Return Policy for complete details.
*Sales tax is applied to certain products shipped to the state of Ohio.