How To Choose The Right Wheelchair Backing
Choosing the right backing does a lot more for the user than helping make the chair more comfortable. It can increase the chances of the person remaining mobile, and improve their overall quality of life.
There are many different kinds of cushions, some are intended for comfort and support, while others provide safety measures that will keep you from falling forward or from side to side. There are several features you should consider before buying a backing for your wheelchair.
Foam cushions are the most common because they are lightweight and durable over a long period of time. Foam also helps to manipulate your spine improving your posture and contours your body to prevent pressure areas and sores. Foam will wear down over time and it retains heat which could make it difficult for you to stay cool in warm climates or months.
The primary advantage of an air cushion is they are easy to clean and maintain. They also do not retain heat or moisture. Air cushions will evenly distribute your weight, helping the cushion or backing to keep its shape as long as you keep it properly inflated. An air cushion can be too firm for some people, because there isn’t much give when you sit down.
There are two types of gel backings; liquid and solid. The liquid gel contours to the body and is comfortable to sit on, but because of the liquid nature of the substance, the gel can become too thinly dispersed. When the cushion becomes too flat, this could result in pressure points and ultimately lead to pressure sores. The solid gel moves with the body and does not give way too much, but that can also make it feel hard or stiff.
Equally as important as the type of material you choose is the quality of the backing itself. Each one is different, and there are specific characteristics to pay attention to when you are deciding.
The most important thing to consider is whether or not the backing is comfortable to sit on and against. If it looks like it offers a good amount of support and covers all the necessary pressure areas, then it might be a good option. Some backings are too firm while others are too soft and wear out quickly.
You do not want something that won’t last. If you find a backing you like and it feels good, you want to make sure it will stand by you for a while. One of the most important things to look at when deciding if the backing is durable is if the cover can be removed and washed. You want to be able to clean the cover for hygenic purposes. Taking the cover off will also help you to be able to inspect the interior of the pillow for general wear and tear.
What is your intended use for this backing? Is it to alleviate pain? Reduce pressure points? Or just add some comfort? There are plenty of backings out there to choose from, it’s important to find the one that fits your needs. Product reviews may come in handy for this purpose. Experience from real users in similar situations can help you choose wisely.
We are firm believers in choosing a product with a warranty whenever possible. If a company offers a warranty on their product that typically means they are confident enough to realize mistakes and errors do happen, but they don’t happen all the time. Some companies will offer free six or 12-month warranties on their products. If you can get a free six or even twelve-month warranty on your backing, consider that product use that as a factor to consider among other options.
If you spend a lot of time in a wheelchair or just use it for special purposes, you want to make sure it gives you the support and functionality you need. Wheelchair backings can help increase your comfort, reduce pressure points and alleviate pain. Finding the right one can make all the difference you need in resuming your normal, daily activities.