Start selecting your wheelchair cushion
- Check the size label of your current wheelchair cushion for information on width & depth, if you require a cushion in (approximately) the same size.
- Or measure the width of the wheelchair seat. To measure the width of your wheelchair seat when seated, hold a tape measure horizontally above your upper legs. Do not follow your leg contours, keep the tape measure straight.
When there for instance is a fixed pelvic obliquity or pelvic rotation that creates an asymmetry of over 2,5 cm / 1 inch.
An asymmetry of less than 2,5 cm / 1 inch
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When you are able to regularly and independently shift your position on the seat cushion, the risk of developing pressure ulcers decreases.
For an indication of the use of mild, moderate, high, severe: please check the Braden Pressure Ulcer Risk Scale.
- Small You have good core/trunk stability and do not need lateral support
- Medium You have good core/trunk stability, but need a small amount of lateral back support
- High You have reduced core/trunk stability and are in need of lateral support to improve your sitting posture.
- Incidentally You only use the wheelchair for a short period or once in a while.
- Daily Passive You use the wheelchair on a daily basis and for multiple hours at a time. You are unable to independently shift your sitting posture.
- Daily Active You use the wheelchair on a daily basis, have an active lifestyle and are able to independently make transfers and change your sitting posture.