5/5 Ease of Use
4/5 Meets Expectations
Reviewer: susan m. from irving, tx (caregiver)
User Details: My mother, an 85-year-old woman with advanced Alzheimer's. In wheelchair 6+ hours/day.
Strengths: Over the past few months Mom has taken to leaning forward so far as to put her head in her lap. Since she broke her coccyx (tail) bone years ago I thought maybe her wheelchair cushion had worn out and she was trying to take weight off her "tail". This cushion is molded with a depression for the rear and the legs, so I thought it might be more comfortable than the flat one in use. So far she is sitting up a lot more so I think it is helping. Here is the problem (my fault). I needed an 18 X 16 cushion but I ordered 16 X 18 by mistake. Dimensions are width X depth. There is a big white nametag label on the bottom so the first thing I did was write Mom's name on it before I took the cushion to the nursing home. Which is when I discovered it was the wrong size. Couldn't return it due to the writing. About all I could have done was spend another $49.95 on another cover before returning. But Mom is not very wide and it seemed that the cushion would work out anyway. EXCEPT - the nursing home staff keeps turning the cushion sideways to fit the chair better, so all the indentations are going the wrong way, which I imagine makes it very uncomfortable to sit on. One of us has had to go over every day for two weeks to get them to lift her up so we could turn the cushion around. I think the instructions are starting to take so I'm holding off on buying another one for a little longer.
Weaknesses: It's expensive. It's just a big chunk of molded foam, no gel or anything. But the options are very limited in this price range. Extra covers are expensive, too.
Reviewed on 06/01/2008