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Wheelchair & Scooter Accessories
are a whole range of mobility accessories for power wheelchairs and mobility
and seat pads are a fundamental accessory for many wheelchair and mobility
scooters users. Sitting for long periods of time can put people at risk
of developing pressure sores and bruises. In addition, the vibration and
heat from motorized mobility devices can contribute to sometimes causing
some discomfort. Therefore a ‘cooling’ wheelchair pad or seat cushion is
an important accessory for those who do spend extended time in a power
wheelchair or mobility scooter.
of different cushion types are available on the market, and the following
are the most common categories of cushions and seat pads available:
seat cushions are lightweight and inexpensive, and come in a variety of
densities and sizes to accommodate the wheelchair seat. The downside
is that foam cushions typically last no longer than six to twelve months
and need to be checked regularly to make sure that they are still providing
the correct degree of comfort and pressure relief.
cushions are heavier than foams and are often used in combination with
foam cushions. These materials are good at reducing heat and are encased
by a protective cover so they are easily cleaned. The viscous fluid and
gel construction give the cushion an incompressible nature. A Gel
wheelchair cushion often uses a contoured non-deforming foam base or a
flat, compressible foam base to improve the cushions ability to conform
around the body.
being compressible makes it an excellent support surface, except for its
requirement of an impermeable membrane. This means that the efficacy and
effectiveness of an air wheelchair cushion is directly related to the design
of its container and correct inflation. Some designs encompass the body
well while others do not. Some do dissipate heat well, all can handle moisture
without harm and most will absorb impact loads. Air wheelchair cushions
are adjustable, and they can be inflated to meet the needs of the user,
but this adjustability also means that they must be maintained properly.
An improperly inflated air cushion can be either too hard or too soft,
and both are potentially damaging situations. You must ensure you carefully
follow the manufacturers instructions for correct inflation. Although lightweight
and waterproof, they are sometimes subject to leaks and punctures, and
so should be checked regularly.
wheelchair pads are specifically designed to reduce heat build-up and moisture
from underneath the legs and buttocks that occur from extended periods
of sitting down. They are not dissimilar to cooling cushion pads
that people use on car seats and office chairs. This type of chair pad
can offer pain relief and therefore provide additional comfort for a number
for wheelchair cushions typically start at around $50 but can go up to
as much as $400.
to Wheelchair Cushions, manufacturers also supply pads for Wheelchair Backs.
These are most typically foam, but some specialty-customized models are
available too. Prices for Wheelchair backs can start at around $40
but again can cost as much as $500 for those that include a Thoracic Support
Panel in addition to a Sacral Support Panel.
option for improving comfort, especially for those who may spend extended
periods in a wheelchair. Armrest pads help alleviate discomfort from
pressure ulcerations and bruises, and can usually be purchased for between
Totes - Packs, Bags & Pouches
are a whole range of pouches, packs and bags that fit onto a wheelchair
to assist you with carrying items around. The type, size and siting
of a carry pack will be determined by your own personal needs. Under-seat
storage is also available. Prices for carry pouches can start from
as little as $10 and go up to around $50.
lap trays are quite possibly one of the most functional accessories that
you can add to your wheelchair. A tray can make eating, writing and reading
much easier for wheelchair users. There are a few useful benefits
of wheelchair trays, which should be considered when purchasing a tray:
A padded tray to help protect arms against developing pressure ulcerations
Wheelchair trays with rims to keep pens, paper, eating utensils, and other
items from rolling off the tray.
A flip-away half tray, which can lift up and out of the way during transfers,
or for wheelchair storage.
for wheelchair trays typically range from between $100-200.
are a range of wheelchair chest harnesses manufactured by suppliers.
I you do require a chest harness, it is important to ensure a correct fit
as this is vital for ultimate postural support and a chest harness will
be very comfortable when it is fitted properly.
'positioning belt' is basically a seatbelt. They serve a similar purpose
to a standard seatbelt and have a push button release and comfortable padding.
Wheelchair positioning belts come in all sorts of fastener materials, such
as metal, plastic and Velcro and more than one can be installed on a chair.
In difference to a standard seatbelt, positioning belts secure your lower
extremities into your wheelchair and are usually used in addition to a
metal seatbelt. They can help prevent you feeling off-balance in your chair,
and provide additional confidence and security.
are a range of useful accessories for your mobility scooter that may assist
you to maximize the benefit of your scooter. Additional accessories
such as walking stick holders, carry pouches and rain canopies, all optimize
your experience with your mobility scooter.
stick or crutch holder means that you can easily carry your walking stick
or crutches with you wherever you go. A mobility scooter pouch
means you can carry your shopping or other items easier. This can range
from a small pouch that will fit on the scooters armrest which is ideal
for carrying car keys and a mobile phone, to a large bag that will fit
on the back of seat and will hold a lot of shopping.
canopies and capes are designed to protect you and your scooter in adverse
weather conditions. These range from a simple waterproof cape that covers
the user and the scooter, to a canopy that completely encloses the user
and scooter from the elements. The mobility canopies are mainly designed
for the larger road-legal scooters whilst capes will fit almost all models
of mobility scooters.
are additional accessories that you may wish to consider for your mobility
scooter. Such things as rear view mirrors, which can make reversing into
a garage or shed even easier, especially if you struggle to turn your head.
Also oxygen cylinder holders should you need to carry oxygen around with