Clinical Corner

Selecting a Cushion Based on Seating Goals

Selecting a Cushion Based on Seating Goals

The assessment is the foundation for all that follows in seating and mobility. Conducting a thorough assessment that includes an interview and hands-on component, in addition to understanding the client’s desired outcomes and expectations, is the first step in determining goals for seating and mobility. Once the goals for seating have been established, generic product parameters can be selected to match the goals for seating and mobility. This month’s Clinical Corner article will review the common goals of seating and mobility and offer considerations to facilitate achieving those goals through seating. Although both the cushion and back support work together to achieve desired results, the focus of this month’s article will be on cushion selection. Back support selection based on seating goals will be the topic of a future Clinical Corner article.

Posted on 2017-11-24


Understanding Seating Sizing

Understanding Seating Sizing

Getting the right fit is important in seating and mobility. The fit of the seating system can affect comfort, function, posture, and skin integrity. This month, Clinical Corner will focus on how to understand seating sizing for cushions, back supports and head supports. A few “tricks of the trade” will be shared so that clinicians can better understand how to request the correct size of seating for an individual.

Posted on 2017-08-29


Knowledge to Action: Wheelchair Cushions

Knowledge to Action: Wheelchair Cushions

Hello all! When I lead in-person education sessions on wheelchair cushions, one of the questions that I am frequently asked is, “How do you get staff to put the cushions on the correct way?” When the cushion is removed from the wheelchair to clean the cover and/or the cushion base, mistakes some...

Posted on 2016-01-25


Customizing Off-the-Shelf Seating

Customizing Off-the-Shelf Seating

​Off-the-shelf seating works well for the majority of people who use wheelchairs; however, there are some people who require either customization of off-the-shelf seating or, for those who have more complex needs, custom seating systems. This month, I will discuss some of the modifications that are available in off-the-shelf seating that address skin protection, positioning needs, or personal choice.

Posted on 2013-06-13


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