Top 5 Wheelchair Accessories

April 02 2020

Top 5 Wheelchair Accessories

While wheelchairs need to be functional, there are many accessories that can make the ride much more comfortable.

Here, we take a look at the top five wheelchair accessories that are highly recommended if you or your loved one are confined to a wheelchair.

Cushions

Wheelchair users may spend a lot of time in their chair, so seat comfort is a major concern to take into account. Cushions come in many forms, depending on specific needs.

  • Foam Wheelchair Cushions

Foam is popular because it is comfortable and provides the necessary support. The disadvantage of foam cushions for wheelchairs is that they get out of shape with time and wear out relatively quickly. Because of this, they are not recommended for heavy, long term use.

  • Gel Wheelchair Cushions

These are typically made by adding a gel pouch on top of a base of foam. Gel can create a cooling effect to prevent sores due to heat buildup. The main use of gel cushions is to give support to muscles that have become atrophied.

  • Air Flotation Wheelchair Cushions

Interconnected air cells are filled with air and distribute weight evenly across the cushion allowing for adjustment to an individual’s shape, weight, and position.

  • Urethane Honeycomb Wheelchair Cushions

Because there are many individual cells similar to a beehive they are able to distribute weight evenly without any risk of leaking or puncturing. The honeycomb cushions can be cleaned using the washing machine and dryer, ideal for people with incontinence problems. There are multiple layers of varying stiffness to allow the sit bones to sink into the cushion while deeper layers provide overall support and weight distribution.

Wheelchair Backs

For added ergonomics, Wheelchair Backs can be a lifesaver. They provide comfort and positioning to the wheelchair users. The height, angle and depth of the back can be adjusted while the user remains in the chair. These wheelchair backs also offer posture, stability and support. They are typically made from lightweight materials such as carbon, which offers the same resistance as aluminum

Brake Extensions

The standard handle for brakes may be too short for some people. Brake extensions solve that problem, helping users reach the handle easily. Users are able to gain more independence, increasing their ability to mobilize safely while in a wheelchair.

Armrest Covers

When sitting in a wheelchair all day, it is likely that the user will get uncomfortable. Armrest pads help alleviate the pain felt when in a wheelchair for the entire day. They help prevent pressure sores that usually develop when being at rest in a wheelchair for a prolonged period of time.

Trays

Wheelchair lap trays are one of the most functional accessories you can add to your wheelchair. Trays can make eating, writing and reading much easier for wheelchair users. There are many options for wheelchair trays like size, lips, transparency or even built-in cup holders.

If you or a loved one is in a wheelchair, it is worth looking into these useful wheelchair accessories. Improve quality of life with a more comfortable and convenient experience.

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