How To Choose A Wheelchair Cushion
This will help you decide on smaller details of the cushion, like if it needs to be lightweight and foldable.
The seat in most wheelchairs is made of thin fabric that doesn't provide much support or comfort. For people who only need to use a wheelchair sparingly, this may not be a problem, but some individuals spend all of their waking hours in one and should be as comfortable as possible. It's important that the cushion properly aligns the skeleton since this prevents any imbalance of pressure on the body and allows for regular movement. If the user has some skeletal deformity, that has to be taken into consideration as well since there are cushions that can help correct that.
If someone is going to spend most of their time in a wheelchair, they should receive a postural assessment. This will help determine which parts of the body aren't corresponding properly to the other parts and can help you choose the best wheelchair cushion. Depending on someone's body symmetry, they may need a cushion that has plenty of give and molds to their body, or one that is very stiff. In the postural assessment, the therapist will also evaluate the person's skin texture. Since their body will regularly interact with the cushion, you want to make sure it isn't made from any fabrics that could irritate a skin condition.
A musculoskeletal exam is also an important part of finding the correct wheelchair cushion. This will find any abnormalities in the positioning of the pelvis, like a posterior or anterior tilt, asymmetry or obliquity. Some cushions can help push the pelvis back or forwards slightly to adjust the user's particular abnormality. Finally, you should consider the user's daily activities. Will they spend a lot of time getting in and out of cars? Do they require help using the bathroom and getting into bed? This will help you decide on smaller details of the cushion, like if it needs to be lightweight and foldable.
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