This in-wheel suspension for manual wheelchairs absorbs impact shocks and vibrations while also providing rigidity and stability to minimize the pain and fatigue often associated with daily wheelchair use and propulsion. The three arms inside the wheel absorb shocks from any direction, and the arms automatically compress when encountering bumps or uneven terrain. SoftWheel remains rigid over flat terrain, but offers cushioning on bumpy pavement or offroad, thus absorbing shock that would otherwise be felt by the wheelchair user. Choose from Acrobat M (Magnesium) or Acrobat A (Aluminum) in 24" and 25" sizes.
This mid-wheel-drive power chair has a standard weight capacity of 300 lbs. (136 kg) with a heavy-duty option of up to 450 lbs. (205 kg). It is ideal for active users splitting time between indoor and outdoor activities. The Alltrack M3 allows users to easily maneuver over day-to-day obstacles while providing unsurpassed stability from its suspension and exclusive 8" (205 mm) front casters (optional). It features a short turning radius, adjustable rehab seating, low seat-to-floor height down to 15.75" (400 mm), PG Drives electronics and 4-pole 5.9-mph (9.5 km/h) or 6.5-mph (10.5 km/h) high-speed German motors.
Focus CR Power Tilt
The Focus Power Tilt is designed to provide rehab clients with the benefits of tilt in space while allowing them to control their own tilt. The system includes features such as a standard toggle control (right or left) or pendant control that can be hung anywhere with a control lock-out feature and battery status indicator. An optional interface for electronic controllers such as egg switches is also available. The Power Tilt is equipped with a manual disconnect to reposition the client if the battery is accidentally discharged. When a power wheelchair is not the right choice for a customer, the Focus Power Tilt is designed to provide a fantastic option.
Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare
The Trident power wheelchair features a shroudless design to give techs easy access to internal components and batteries. For added client comfort and greater customization opportunities, the headrest adjusts to three heights and two depths; the captain’s seat is available in 18" or 20" widths, and the padded armrests are adjustable and removable. Other Trident features include a programmable controller; a flip-up footplate with rubber bumper; flat-free, non-marking wheels; easy free-wheel operation; and large, anti-tip wheels with suspension for a safer and smoother ride.
Grooved Mushroom Joystick Handle
The textured, rounded top of this new joystick is comfortable and secure for users grasping from above. Users grasping the joystick from the side will find its grooved shaft helpful and can tuck their fingers below the knob. Top and side grooves provide superior grip control, even for users with limited hand function. The joystick has an optimal height for gripping, but can be easily trimmed for those needing to use a palmar hand position or fingertip control. The springy, tough polyurethane is safe and easy to clean by hand or in a dishwasher.
Merits Health Products, Inc.
This new single power option, Group 2 power wheelchair can be an ideal solution for many clients who may not qualify for a Group 3 power chair. The Vision Ultra is compact and versatile, with six wheels on the ground for enhanced stability and the built-in durability to withstand the test of time (not to mention active clients). This unit features 14" drive wheels, a 300-lb. weight capacity and a seat-to-floor height starting at 16.5". The Vision Ultra can be ordered with three different seating systems to accommodate the needs of a wide range of users.
SHOPRIDER Mobility Products, Inc.
Available as a K0835 (sling/solid seat/back) or a K0836 (captain’s seat), the Group 2 single power option XLR boasts extra-long battery range, a 14" mid-wheel drive with suspension system, and independently suspended front and rear casters. Achieve 50° of tilt via the power tilting system (and a manual semi-recline back can further help with positioning). The XLR14’s compact footprint and four shrouds (red, blue, pewter and black) are classic Group 2 power chair features, but the longer battery life and significant tilt capacity anticipate the needs of more involved clients.
Balance shoulder retraction with sternal support and safety via the PivotFit shoulder harness. Available in sizes to fit kids through adults, the PivotFit’s shape contours to the shoulders and ribcage for a supportive, comfortable fit. Pressure is distributed across a 25-percent greater surface area than a traditional H-style harness. The sternum strap’s low placement reduces choking risk and is easy to adjust to accommodate clothing changes while providing a snug fit. The strong, patented swivel buckle equalizes tension without bunching, allowing pads to pivot to the best placement for the user’s body shape and comfort.
Matrix Seating USA
Custom Back Support
The Micro-Modular Seating insert allows clinicians to make unlimited adjustments after the shape has been formed, without using a heat gun. The unique, removable shell and see-through insert design enable confirmation of contact between the client and the back. Proprietary open-cell foam is soft to the touch, but maintains appropriate positioning, breathability and pressure relief. Breathable custom covers maximize heat and moisture reduction. Lightweight, fully adjustable mounting hardware has a quick-release design. Coded E2617.
Inspired by Drive
A multi-adjustable pediatric activity chair with tilt and recline, the Tusky combines moderate postural support with variable tilt-in-space functions. Tusky can be used in the classroom or at home for eating, learning and socializing. It comes standard with a pelvic belt, adjustable zippered chest harness, adductors, lateral thoracic supports, headrest and adjustable footrest.
With a mid-wheel-drive configuration, a turning radius of 20" and a width of just 23.25", the ROVI X3 power base offers great maneuverability in tight spaces. New highspeed motors increase the X3’s top speed to 6.2 mph and offer faster acceleration. An Active Ride Control independent suspension system and powerful 4-pole motors work together to provide superior climbing ability and uncompromised stability with a smooth, powerful ride. The new OnTraxx Enhanced Driving Module enhances drive response and directional control for the driver when going over uneven or sloping terrain.
Stimulite Contoured Cushion
Designed to provide positioning as well as comfort, the Stimulite Contoured Pediatric cushion has a soft top layer fused to a firmer bottom layer of flexible Stimulite honeycomb. Adductors, abductors and an ischial dish comfortably position the child, while the soft honeycomb cells hold the child securely in place. By providing optimal pressure relief, stability, shear force reduction and ventilation, the cushion helps to protect against pressure injuries. At 2.5" thick and weighing 1 to 2 lbs., the cushion is suitable for all activities and is naturally antibacterial.
Matrx Kid*ab*ra Vi Cushion
Ideal for pediatric users at moderate to high risk for skin breakdown, the Invacare Matrx Kid*ab*ra Vi wheelchair seat cushion was designed with dual-density, high-resiliency foam with a viscoelastic insert for comfort and support. The moisture-resistant, breathable cover protects the foam and can be easily wiped clean — important for busy families on the go.
Little riders need kid-friendly technology! The new Pilot has built-in forward growth adjustment so kids can maintain optimal rear wheel access for the most efficient propulsion possible (without needing to relearn push mechanics). A clean frame design features a seat pan and side panels that provide easy access to the adjustment bolts, so changes are simple and intuitive to make. Adjustments can be done without compromising access to the rear wheels. The ultralightweight design and carbon fiber frame panels make the Pilot 50 percent lighter and ever-so-easy to navigate for kids. Sized from 8x9" to 14x15".
Permobil Connect comprehensively connects its power chairs to their users and providers. It uses an internal SIM card to communicate to the My Permobil user app and with the provider’s Fleet Management web portal, and has integrated Bluetooth to communicate with the Virtual Seating Coach app. Clients use smartphones or tablets and the My Permobil app to check on info such as battery charge and how far they’ve traveled. Providers use Permobil Connect’s maintenance feature to be proactive on service issues. Permobil Connect is standard on the M3 Corpus, M5 Corpus, F3 Corpus, F5 Corpus and F5 Corpus VS.
An ATP & Clinician Best Pick of 2018:
The addition of Connect to Permobil chairs is a real improvement. First, the fact that part of the system does not rely on a smartphone or Bluetooth is great, as many users do not have that technology. Many manufacturers have the ability to look at chair function remotely now, but most require Bluetooth to do so.
So, the ability to do this without Bluetooth opens up the functionality to everyone who uses a wheelchair. Additionally, the fact that Virtual Seating Coach (VSC) is now free for individuals who do have smartphones or tablets is great. So many clients forget to use their power features, and they say they wish they had a reminder. This is exactly that!
Plus, for my clients who I want to drive slightly tilted to help with seating, the VSC can show them they are tilted the 10-15° I’ve recommended. VSC has been around for a while, but it was always an upcharge feature that most of my clients could not afford. So, this is a real step forward.
— Lauren Rosen, PT, MPT, MSMS, ATP/SMS, Program Coordinator, Motion Analysis Center, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital of Tampa