Seating & Positioning

A Checklist for Today's Cushions

Industry veteran Sharon Pratt, PT, independent consultant and founder of Seating Solutions LLC (, has a wheelchair seat cushion checklist she says she uses “to help me look at all cushions with a critical eye”:

Cover: How stretchable is it?
— How easy is the cover to get on and off for laundering?

Material inside the cover:
— What exactly is it?
— How does it behave?

What’s the immersion and envelopment possibility?
— Why does this matter?

Is the cushion customizable for unique positioning needs?

Is there adjustability for future changes?

What has been provided to manage potential shear forces?

What microbial factors are in place?
— How are heat and moisture managed?

What is the overall cushion weight?

How will this cushion affect overall seated height when loaded and in use?

What’s the anticipated durability?

This article originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of Mobility Management.

In Support of Upper-Extremity Positioning