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Wheelchair cushions: what's on the market?



In an effort to inform our readers of the many cushions available, Paraplegia News offers the following update of our 1987 survey of wheel-chair-cushion manufacturers. The information has been compiled from questionnaires completed by representatives of each company.

We attempted to contact all known cusion manufacturers, but not all companies responded. In the event that someone was missed, please write and let us know.

This article is in no way an evaluation or rating of wheelchair cusions. Your choice should be based on your personal needs and the advice of your physician and/or therapist. Paraplegia News does not endorse any of the products mentioned here, nor is the magazine responsible for the suitability of any product.

Cushions offered by the manufacturers listed here are generally available from dealers or direct from the company if dealers are not available. Call the company for complete information.

Directory of

Cushion Manufacturers

The following list of manufacturers contains their name and address, phone number for customer inquiries, and, when supplied, the name of their cushion line(s) and a short statement of why each company feels their product is better than anyone else's.

Action Products, Inc. 22 North Mulberry Street Hagerstown, MD 21740 (800) 228-7763 / (301) 797-1414

"Action dry-flotation pads are superior because they are tissue-equivalent. They will not leak if punctured, are impervious to urine, and will not support bacterial growth. No maintenance or other sources are required for their performance."

ACTIVEaid, Inc. One Activeaid Road P.O. Box 359 Redwood Falls, MN 56283 (800) 53305330

"Activeaid horseshoe-style and conventional, noncut-out cushions are made of high-density polyurethane foam with vinyl Staph-Chek[R] covers. They are flame-resistant, nonabsorbent, and stain-resistant to minimize hazards and improve the health care environment."

AliMed[R], Inc. 297 High Street Dedham, MA 02026 (617) 329-2900, ext. 52

"AliMed cushions are user specific--no one cushion fits all needs or circumstances. Therefore, we offer a broad range of pressure- and shear-distributing seating surfaces."

T-Foam[TM] Cushions, Profile Seating Orthosis, T-Gel Cushions, Elastomeric Gel/T-Foam Combination Cushions, Pincore La-tex Cushions, Sit-Straight[TM] Cushions, Wedge Cushions, Inserts

Allyn Air Seat Co. 18 Millstream Road Woodstock, NY 12498 (914) 679-2051

"Our cushions cost less; have back support included with bottom support; have ties to chair; fold with chair; are light-weight, washable, and adjustable; and have air channels."

The Allyn Air Seat (Pat. Pend.)

BIOTECH Ltd. 717 West Smith Road Medina, OH 44256 (800) 526-2158

"Comfort Plus cushions have lower sitting pressure than $300 prescription cushions, at a fraction of the cost. The Comfort Plus Wedge (patent pending) eliminates the need for restraint."

Comfort Plus[TM] Cushions; Comfort Plus[TM] Wedge (Pat. Pend.)

Cascade Designs/Varilite 4000 First Avenue South Seattle, WA 98134 (206) 583-0583

"Varilite outperforms all other cushions in terms of pressure relief, weight (2-3 lb), comfort, posture and positioning options, ease of use, durability, and value!"

Varilite[TM] Seating Systems

D.A. Schulman, Inc. 7701 Newton Avenue North Brooklyn Park, MN 55444 (612) 561-2908

"Our cushion automatically and continuously shifts sitting pressures to a new support area every two minutes to reduce risk from pressure sores. It ventilates the sitting area with pumped air."

SAFE-SEAT[TM] Cushions

Dynamic Systems, Inc. Route 2, Box 182B Leicester, NC 28748 (704) 683-3523 / 683-3511 (fax)

"The excellent energy absorption and pressure-relief properties, plus the wide range of pressure qualities, allows our cushions to be customized for each client's individual needs."

Embracing Concepts, Inc. 76 Woodside Drive Penfield, NY 14526 (800) 962-5542

"Because it is designed to eliminate pressure where you're most sensitive (the ischials and tailbone), our product is better. The patented open-pocket design provides stability and posture benefits not possible on fluid, gel, or air cushions."

The ISCH-DISH[TM] Pressure-relief Cushion

Enrichments P.O. Box 3697, Department A25 Grand Rapids, MI 49501-3697 (800) 323-5547

"Our products are better because of the variety of cushions available and the choice of materials, thicknesses, shapes, sizes, and degrees of firmness."

Tumble Forms[R] Conform Seat Cushion

Gaymar[R] Industries, Inc. 10 Centre Drive Orchard Park, NY 14127 (800) 828-7341

"The Gaymar Sof-Care Chair Cushion is an inexpensive, lightweight, easy-to-use device capable of reducing pressure as low as more expensive cushions."

Sof-Care[R] Chair Cushions

Health & Medical Techniques (HMT)/Aquatherm P.O. Box A Rahway, NJ 07065-1175 (800) 526-4296 / (908) 382-9300

"We carry a wide variety of cushions that are affordable by everyone. The quality and construction are highly praised by the customers who use them."

AquaSEAT[R] Prefilled Gel Flotation Cushions

International Healthcare Products, Inc. 4222 South Pulaski Road Chicago, IL 60632 (800) 423-7886

"Our economy cushion offers a nontoxic gel in a cushion featuring internal baffles to prevent swaying. The gel level is adjustable to effect custom seating."

Thera-Flo[TM] Fluid Flotation Cushions

Jay Medical, Ltd. 4745 Walnut Boulder, CO 80301, or P.O. Box 18656 Boulder, CO 80308-8656 (800) 648-8282 / (303) 442-5529

"Only Jay cushions combine Flolite[R] (for unsurpassed pressure relief) with molded foam (for posture support). Accessories allow personalized fit."

Jay[R] Cushions, Jay Active[TM] Cushions, Jay Protector[TM], combi[R] Cushions, Wedges

Jobst Institute, Inc. Box 653 Toledo, OH 43694-0653 (800) 537-1063 / 228-2736 in Ohio

"Jobst Hydro-Flat[R] Pads aid in the prevention and management of pressure sores. They significantly reduce skin temperature, lateral shearing, and pressure. They have water-repellant covers."

Jobs Flotation Pad (standard and junior), Jobst Flotation Commode Pad

Kees-Goebel Medical 9663 Glades Drive Hamilton, Oh 45011 (800) 354-0445

"Unlike several other foam cushions, Temper Foam[R] meets Cal. 117 and FAR 25.8853b flameproof tests. It is easy to adapt to special cushion sizes."

Temper Foam[R] Cushions

Ken McRight Supplies, Inc. 7456 South Oswego Tulsa, OK 74136 (918) 492-9657

"Our product is superior in pressure equalization, compressibility and shock absorption, heat and cold dispersion, variety, cost-effectiveness, durability, and balance and stability."

Bye-Bye Decubiti (BBD)[R] Pneumatic Cushions, Pediatric Air Cushions, Wheel-chair Air Cushions

Lumex Division of Lumex, Inc. 100 Spence Street Bay Shore, NY 11706 (800) 645-5272 in New York / (516) 273-2200

Akros[TM] D.F.D. Seating Cushions

Pin Dot Products 6001 Gross Point Road Niles, IL 60648 (800) 451-3553, ext. 25

"By applying the latest in technological procedures, Pin Dot Products offers the superior seating the user deserves and the finest quality and service in the industry today."

ContourU[R] Seating Systems: contour-U Comfi[TM], EndoFlex[R], EndoBack

POINT Equipment Co. 3200 Mustang Drive Grapevine, TX 76051 (800) 735-0198

"The POINT cushion is the only one of its kind on the market today. It is completely waterproof and can be used in the tub, car, or boat and also as an aid in healing sores on buttocks."

POINT Cushions (Pat. Pend.)

Rinz-l-o Pillow Co. 340 West Maplehurst Ferndale, MI 48220 (313) 548-3993

"With a convoluted upper foam piece and fleece cover, the humidity-control features are enhanced. The higher density, angled lower base enables the user to better correct the sitting posture in the wheelchair."

The Mor-Flo[TM] Wedge Comfort Cushion

ROHO[R], Incorporated 100 Florida Avenue Belleville, IL 62221 (800) 851-3449

"ROHO Dry Floatation[TM] technology distributes the body's weight and relieves pressure on the bony parts of the body, thus preventing decubitus ulcers."

Therapeutic Dry Floatation[TM] Cushions: High Profile, Low Profile, MINI-MAX[R], High Profile Dual Manifold, Low Profile Dual Manifold, Enhancer[TM]; Special application/Custom Dry Floatation[TM] Cushions: Wedge, Quadtro, Recliner, ROHO Pack-It[TM], Lumbar Support, Sacral Support; Pediatric Seating System, Spina Bifida Cushion, Specialty Cushions

Skil-Care Corporation 167 Saw Mill River Road Yonkers, NY 10701 (800) 431-2972

"The Slide-Guard cushion provides comfort, pressure-reducing flotation, and decubitus prevention and helps prevent patients from sliding out of wheelchairs. It reduces the need for restraints."

Slide-Guard Gel or Foam Cushions, Gel-Foam Pad, Wheelchair Wedge

Spenco Medical Corporation Box 2501 Waco, TX 76702-2501 (800) 877-3626

"SPENCO[R] Padding Products with SILICORE[R] fibers do not mat down, provide insulation from temperature, and reduce pressure, thereby helping lower the chance of bedsore formation."

Omega 5000[TM] Cushions, Spenco[R] Padding with SILICORE[R] fibers

Sween Corporation 1940 Commerce Drive P.O. Box 8300 North Mankato, MN 56001 (800) 533-0464 G-FLOAT[R] Air Adjustable Flotation Cushions
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Date:Apr 1, 1991
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