Gifts for the Aging: Wheelchair Cushioning
If your loved one is in a wheelchair all the time, please do consider cushioning for them as well as an appropriate chair.
I believe Medicare or Medicaid covers all or most of the cost of a chair. Sometimes the sweet seniors I see could use more, whether size or length. There are some that even recline that hold them more securely.
Whatever the chair, think how you feel if you sit all day. There are a huge variety of cushions for them to sit on. I’ve shown a couple below, but if you browse you will find features on some that may suit better.
Unable to stay upright? Try a full chair cushion
I wanted to suggest the full cushions for some. At some point, many people in wheelchairs will lean over to one side or the other. They don’t fall over, but their spines look so uncomfortable. If they are unable to hold themselves up straight, a full chair cushion will not only help them maintain position, but will also provide additional cushioning for forearms that rest on the armrests all day, as well as other places their bodies may rub or constantly touch edges.
The one in the picture here may look big, but once in the chair you will see that it does fit well. This particular one is silicone, which is good in padding. It may not fit some of the smaller chairs, but is supposed to fit most. It offers good back support and cushioning.
Back Pain? Try coccyx support
If the wheel chair bound person is still able to sit up, I would suggest this cushion. It’s a bestseller with over 4,000 ratings and reviews at at average of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Clearly a popular choice, which means it works.
When I think how uncomfortable I often get sitting in a chair for too long, it makes me think it must be so hard to stay in a wheelchair so much of a day. A cushion like this relieves the coccyx and hip bones as well. It helps lessen or avoid back pain and what they call pressure sores.
Reading some of the reviews on this, it seems anyone sitting a long time could use one. What’s nice is it can go with the person. If they move to sit on a regular chair it’s very easy to move the cushion too. I also appreciate that the cover is removable for washing. That can be important.
Sores and back pain? This gel cushion is recommended
This is the last example I’ll include. Another bestseller is the gel cushion. The larger size of this fits across the entire bottom of a wheel chair. You will want to check measurements to be sure it will fit. It evenly distributes weight, and was actually designed to help with those pressure point sores.
The bottom side of the cushion uses a vinyl fabric that helps keep the cushion in place. The top is breathable nylon. That makes it easier for one to shift in the chair as necessary.
The cushion comes with an 18 month warranty besides.
This should give you an idea of what is out there and available. I hope you recognize the issue and help alleviate it before pressure sores or back pain affects your loved one. Cushions are a simple solution when you know it is needed.