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How to Choose a Wheelchair Cushion

Which Cushion Type Is Right For Me?

Flat Foam Shaped Foam Flat Gel Shaped Gel Air
Skin Protection Low Low Medium High Maximum
Urine Proof No No Better Better Best
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

When choosing a wheelchair cushion, there are some questions you should ask yourself:

  1. How many hours a day do you spend in a wheelchair? If it's only an hour or two, a flat foam cushion will keep you comfortable at an affordable price. If you spend four to eight hours in your chair, a shaped foam cushion will give you more support, and help your posture. Sitting straight and square in your chair is important to your comfort!
  2. If you are in your wheelchair eight to twelve hours a day, the added pressure relief of a gel/ foam combination cushion is recommended. They have a foam base, with gel chambers on top. Since the gel is able to flow inside those chambers, the cushion can actually conform to your body, taking pressure off and so keeping your skin healthy. Gel/ Foam cushions also come in flat models that provide comfort and pressure relief only, or shaped styles to help with posture and support as well.
  3. If you are a full-time chair user, or have any skin breakdown issues then air cushions are the most recommended for you. They are made up of individual air cells that move with you throughout the day to avoid getting pressure sores, and even heal existing skin breakdown. They allow for good circulation underneath of your body, and resist heat buildup. They come in a variety of styles and thicknesses all geared to getting and keeping you well.

SpinLife Knows: You'll find a great selection in each of these categories on our website. Measure the width of your wheelchair from edge to edge of the upholstery using a tape measure. Likewise measure edge to edge of the upholstery front to back to find the depth of your chair. You'll need to know those measurements before you order. Give us a call at 1-800-850-0335.