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Which Cushion Type Is Right For Me?
|Flat Foam||Shaped Foam||Flat Gel||Shaped Gel||Air|
|Posture Support||None||Minimal||None||Moderate - Hight||Adjustable|
|Max Hours Per Day||2 - 4||4 - 8||8 - 16||16||Continual|
|Maintenance||Little - None||Little - None||Regular||Regular||Occasional|
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. Foam wheelchair cushions absorb impact loads well.
These materials are good at minimizing heat and are typically encased by a protective cover that is 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 and absorb impact.
Air wheelchair cushions are adjustable and require regular maintenance to meet the unique needs of each user. Air cushions are extremely durable, comfortable and provide maximum protection against skin breakdown. An air cushion will provide skin protection and comfort for years to come when properly maintained.
When choosing a wheelchair cushion, there are some questions you should ask yourself: