Serving the Seating & Wheeled Mobility Professional
If off-the-shelf wheelchair seat cushions don’t work for your client, is a custom-molded seating system the only remaining option? Comfort Company doesn’t think so, and instead suggests its new Inception Simulation Kit. The kit is a tool that enables clinicians and ATPs to build a custom seat cushion using different types of foams and cushion components. Then, the client can test the simulated cushion prior to ordering — and the seating team can make adjustments, such as adding support or trying a different kind of foam. After deciding on the ideal combination of seating and support for a particular client, the ATP can place the seat cushion order with confidence. The Inception Simulation Kit comes in small, medium and large sizes. For more information on the kit, watch the video (url below); Comfort Company also offers a free hour-long Custom Seating solutions video tutorial that teaches viewers how to use the kit to build a customized system. CEUs are available for completing the online course.
An ATP & Clinician Best Pick of 2017:
I have been using the Acta-Relief back with my geriatric population in skilled nursing home facilities with phenomenal results. The back accommodates to the typical kyphotic posture of many of the geriatric population, provides adequate lateral support without laterals most of the time, and my customers find it comfortable. It satisfies the PT/OT positioning goals and satisfies the comfort requirements of my geriatric clients and their families. It is a win-win.
— Jeffrey Cupps, ATP, Numotion
For an off-the-shelf back, it gives you the most adjustment for severe kyphosis, etc. It utilizes “Boa” technology. I had only seen it on hiking boots before this back. You pull a button on the back to release tension, position the person in the back, push the button in, turn the button to tighten some wires, and it is an almost exact mold. Very simple. Change is just as simple. Pull the button, remold.
— John Zona, ATP,CRTS, Reliant Medical Group
An ATP & Clinician Best Pick of 2016:
I like the Embrace
ATI to accommodate
obliquities that can
be adjusted, but will
stay in the desired position. I also like the simple option of covers.
— Matt Wattenbarger, PT/ATP, Numotion
For pediatric back
positioning, I haven’t
found anything that
beats the Embrace back.
The moldable bars in the
backrest surface meet
needs pre- and postspinal
surgery, as do the
lateral thoracic (and
hip, if desired) support
pads. They can be configured
to even avoid arm
interference when a child needs to self propel, and the upgraded
headrest, swing-away lateral support hardware and backcane
mounting hardware make it even more of a winner.
— Ian Kingscote, ATP, Numotion
The Elements general-use
back (code E2611/E2612) has a
strapping system to accommodate
kyphosis and offer lumbar
support. The 1” pressure-relieving
foam provides a more comfortable
back support than a sling
back, and the back securely
installs over the wheelchair canes.
The Elements backrest folds with
the wheelchair for easy transportation
and storage. Choose
from cover options including
Stretch-Air or Comfort-Tek fabric.
I like the Acta-Back for
adults and pediatric
clients who have some
but are not ready (or
cannot get funding ) for
custom seating. It also
allows for easy add on
of trunk laterals.
— Matt Wattenbarger, PT/ATP, Numotion
The all-new Acta-Relief integrates the flexible, adjustable BOA closure system that allows the back to offset the center of pressure and better remove pressure points from the spine, so equal and stable pressure distribution is accomplished in an “off-the-shelf” back design. The Acta-Relief is available in 16", 18" and 20" widths and 18", 20" or 22" heights.
The product that has
most impressed me this
year is the Acta-Relief
back from the Comfort
Company. It seems
that I have struggled,
throughout my 30-year
career as an ATP, to find
a back that accommodates
a kyphotic posture
well, and allows provision
of lateral supports.
This back allows both,
and provides comfort and support for this population. I have had
great success with it.
— Mala Aaronson, OTR, ATP, CRTS, National Seating & Mobility
An affordable way to provide the many clinical and educational benefits of pressure mapping to wheelchair users, the BodiTrak LT system is easy to use thanks to its tablet format and app-based software. The system’s two modes are “On-the-Go,” which assesses the consumer’s experiences and readings on a seating surface over a range of time, and “Simple Seating Wizard,” which enables ATPs and clinicians to take and compare up to four images of the consumer seated on different cushions.
An ATP & Clinician Best Pick of 2015:
I love the Glide Wear technology. When chosen for the right individual, it’s great to reduce the amount of shear force in the transfer, and I have found it to help the “active” crowd who continually moves and shifts in the chair without pressure relieving. Great cushion, great covers.
— Rob Lins, ATP, RTS, Home MediService Inc., Havre de Grace, Md.
The patented Halo ALC prevents lateral mattress movement and dangerous gap spaces that can cause entrapment. It also promotes mobility and increases environmental independence for consumers using bed sizes up to queen size. A universal height adjustment system accommodates different mattress and box spring heights; 500-lb. weight capacity.
Contact the Editor!