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Introduction

Pressure Care is an important area in all aspects of health care, especially for the elderly, bedridden or for those persons with Mobility Impairments. Bed sores or pressure sores, are not only uncomfortable for patients, but can ultimately end up costing a great deal of money, time and effort to heal and in some cases they could even lead to amputation or death.

There are a wide range of Pressure Care Products which are available that can prevent or reduce the risk of these pressure sores from developing, this equipment includes products items such as: Adjustable Beds, Pressure Care Mattresses, Sheepskins, Pressure Care Cushions and Specially Designed Backrests. These products are available throughout South Africa and can be purchased from various companies including Prima CareSheer Mobility, Pro Mobility, Ability Assist, Sitwell, Mobility Aids, Steenkamp and Snyman Inc., Lowee and Simplify Wheelchair Seating. Most of these companies can also service & repair some of the equipment that they sell, while companies such as Pro Mobility, Mobility Aids, Lowee & Prima Care also rent out some of these Pressure Care Products. Various companies also sell some Pressure Care Products for children, while some companies such as Prima Care, Sitwell, Mobility Aids, Lowee & Simplify Wheelchair Seating offer specialist seating solutions, which can also prevent pressure sores and other problems. Whatever your need may be, you can be guaranteed that you will find a Pressure Care Product that will suite your needs. Please read the article below to find out more information about these "Pressure Care Products" and the companies that provide them, or visit our Pediatric Equipment page to find out what isSheer Mobility available for children, visit our Equipment For Hire - Pressure Care Products to find out what products are available to rent, or visit our Seating & Positioning Page to find out more about the various Backrests, Belts, Straps and Harnesses which are available for persons with the increased need for stability in the trunk, or to find out more about the Seating Clinics that some companies provide.

Sheer Mobility: is in the market with a mission to make quality assistive devices more affordable in this country. Our imported range of European & American quality accredited products includes a wide variety of assistive devices, including "Pressure Care Products" such as the Three function Electric as well as Manual Hospital Beds. They also install, service & repair many of the products that they supply.

Sheer Mobility are based in Cape Town but can provide products throughout South Africa. You can contact them at: Tel: (021) 552 5563 or Email: brobinson@sheerocean.co.za or www.sheermobility.co.za Address: Unit 6, 14 Esso Road, Montague Gardens, 7441.Sitwell

Sitwell Technologies: are Specialists in the provision of Mobility & Assistive Aid Equipment for persons with physical disabilities. Sitwell Technologies represent all local suppliers as well as a number of International manufacturers of equipment, providing an unbiased view of all products available to the South African market. Their approach to Mobility is about providing a holistic solution to each individual’s needs. Sitwell Technologies also provide good quality 2nd hand products and are based in Johannesburg but can provide products throughout South Africa. You can contact them at: Tel: (+27) 11 440 8226 or email: mobility@sitwell.co.za or www.sitwell.co.za Address: 41 11th Avenue, Highlands North, Johannesburg.

Prima Care: specializes in providing a wide variety of products and services for persons with disabilities in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and throughout South Africa! They are a Home care, Hospital & Medical Equipment Provider and have Health Care Consultants with many years of experience and extensive Knowledge to assess your needs and help you choose the products best suited for you. “We pride ourselves in supplying high quality products from trusted and well known German and Other suppliers. These products include a variety of Pediatric Equipment, Adjustable, Hospital & Home Care Beds, Mobility Scooters, Oxygen Concentrators, Alternating Pressure Mattresses, Anti-Bedsore Mattresses, Ripple Mattress, Walkers, Rollators, Mobility Aids, Wheelchairs, Wheelchair Cushions, Wheelchair Ramps, Power Wheelchairs, Rise Recliners, Grab Rails, Bed Rails, Shower Aids, Commodes, Toilet Aids and Much More. Our locations are staffed with certified fitters who offer private services in our stores or in the convenience of your own home. We also supply speedy delivery of our products and good After Sales Service, with trained technicians and a vast range of spare parts available to ensure that our products exceed their life span. Prima Care also rent out a variety of products to those clients that may only need the product for a limited period of time, therefore accommodating our clients’ needs to ensure their funds are maximized to their full potential. Please feel free to contact a Prima Care professional to assist, you can contact us on: +27 (021) 555 1596, via email: info@primacare.co.za or visit our web site at: www.primacare.co.za to see our extensive catalog of products which we deliver country wide to your door!

Simplify Wheelchair Seating: specializes in providing a wide variety of products and services for persons with Mobility Impairments in Cape Town. Simplify Wheelchair Seating is owned and run by Antoinette Pienaar who has been in the wheelchairSimplify Wheelchair Seating business for the last 8 years. “I believe in providing an honest and reliable service to our clients and their families in the comfort of their own homes, we will visit you in your home to access what you require and will provide you with the best products to suit your needs at very competitive prices, giving you peace of mind and ensuring that your life is as comfortable as possible. We supply and Service a variety of products including Mobility aids, Transfer aids, Pressure care products and Bathroom Aids. We also stock spares for these products and specialize in providing seating and positioning to make sure that you correctly positioned in your wheelchair. Please feel free to contact us for a quote or assessment, you can contact me on my cell: 084 866 5763 or landline : 021 981 0569 or contact me via my website at: www.simplifywheelchairseating.co.za or on my facebook or via email: simplify.wheelchair.seating@gmail.com

Pro Mobility: are Authorised Agents for Autochair and Ardoo Products in South Africa, Pro Mobility provides leading-edge services and solutions to those with mobility and agility impairments or limitations. With first class service and support, we cater individually to each of our clients to find the best accessible solutions according to their mobility needs. They sell and rent out a wide variety of "Hoists, Lifts, Ramps & Transferring Aids" as well as other Assistive Devices such as Bathroom Aids, Mobility Aids and Pressure Care Products. They can also install, service & repair many of the products that they supply. Pro Mobility has their main branch in Durban, but have branches in Johannesburg & Cape Town. You can contact them on: Cell: +27 (0) 83 775 0611 or via Email on: clinton@pro-mobility.co.za or via their web site: www.pro-mobility.co.za Durban Address: PO Box 2123, Westville, Kwa-Zulu Natal, 3630, South Africa.

Ability Assist: Stock and sell a wide variety of these different types of Eating, Drinking and CookingAbility Assist Accessories, as well as other types of assistive devices and accessories, including Pressure Care, Mobility & Transfer Aids. These products can be purchased online at: www.abilityassist.co.za, or from their offices in Boksburg in Gauteng at: Unit 7, Lincoln Business Park, cnr of Malcolm Moodie Crescent & George Palmer Street, Jet Park, Boksburg, 1459. Please contact them before visiting them,  Ability Assist can be contacted on: (011) 894 5667, or  email them at: info@abilityassist.co.za

Mobility Aids: specializes in providing a good quality service and a wide variety of products and services for persons with disabilities in Gauteng and South Africa. Mobility Aids have been serving persons with disabilities since 1995 and carry a wide range of products including Hospital Beds, Mobility Scooters, Pressure Care Mattresses, Walkers, Rollators,Mobility Aids Wheelchairs, Cushions, Ramps, Power Wheelchairs, Bathroom Aids, Eating and Dressing Accessories and much more. "We offer a good after sales service, and can service and repair your Assistive Devices and rent out a variety of products including Hospital Beds, Walkers, Crutches, Commodes, Wheelchairs and More. Please feel free to contact us should you have any queries or are interested in a particular product. Mobility Aids is based in Benoni, at 7 Kei Road, Farrarmere, you can contact us on: 011 849 2810 or 011 425 1095 or email us on: info@mobilityaids.co.za. Alternatively you can visit our web site to view our products at: www.mobilityaids.co.za"

Steenkamp and Snyman Inc., is a registered Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics Practice who specialize in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Wheelchair Seating Solutions, they are located in Montana, Pretoria and was established in 2015. Steenkamp and Snyman Inc. is headed by Nicola Steenkamp and Dorinda Snyman who are both registered Medical Orthotists and Prosthetists with a passion for the industry and a combined experience of more than twenty years.Steenkamp and Snyman Inc.

They have a vision to grow the practice into a successful multi-disciplinary service, working closely with doctors, physiotherapists and occupational therapists to provide the necessary rehabilitation needed to treat a wide range of patients. “We want to help patients to affirm their lives by responsibly utilizing the latest technology advances in the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics. To achieve this vision we consistently strive to provide excellent customer service and continuity of care to all our patients.”

Steenkamp and Snyman Inc. provide a high quality service and products to individuals with amputations, disabilities and injuries alike through supplying effective Prosthetic, Orthotic and Mobility solutions which will enhance their independence and quality of life. “We work closely to provide patients with advanced and quality products that will function in their rehabilitation process and constantly learn from our partners and keep up to date with their technological advances in the field of bracing and supports.” Some of the other products that they supply include but are not limited to: Prosthesis; Walking Aids; Paragolfer; Pressure Care Cushions; Pediatric Wheelchairs; Motorized Wheelchairs; Manual Wheelchairs and Standing Wheelchairs.

Please feel free to contact Nicola Steenkamp & Dorinda Snyman for assistance on Tel no: 082 319 2991, Mobile no: 082 338 2430, or email us on: steenkamp.op@gmail.com. Alternatively you can visit their website at www.steenkamporthotics.co.za, or visit them at: Zambezi Junction, South Entrance, Shop 36A, Cnr of Breed str and Zambezi Dr, Montana, Pretoria, South Africa.

Lowee: Lowee specialises in the distribution of medical equipment in Africa. We source and purchase high quality medical equipment from around the globe for import into African countries, retailing though our e-commerce platform or retail outlets. Our mission is to care for, and improve, the lives of persons with limited mobility in Africa, by providing free Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) projects and connecting them to world-class pressure relieving products, thereby providing the foundation for every individual, whether it is the patient or caregiver, to thrive within their given circumstances.Lowee

At Lowee we understand that preventing pressure injuries requires more than just using the correct pressure-relieving surface. It requires a comprehensive strategy consisting of the following 3 components:

  • Assistive Technology such as Mattresses and Pressure Care Cushions in partnership with Care of Sweden, we distribute innovative pressure-relieving products into Africa.
  • Knowledge about PI Prevention and Treatment: We improve clinical skills and knowledge in the field of pressure injury prevention and care.
  • Knowledge of the system: We support health systems to integrate pressure injury prevention practices into their daily routines and standards of care.

Lowee also rent out Pressure Care Mattresses, please feel free to contact them on: 082 924 2706, or visit them at their Head Office: 24 Tulip Avenue, Sunridge Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 6045. You can also email them on: info@lowee.co.za or visit their website on: www.lowee.co.za. Lowee also has an office in Pretoria, you can contact them on: 082 619 0166, or visit their Pretoria Office: 83 Nicklaus Street, Silver Lakes, Pretoria, South Africa, 0081.

Adjustable Beds

Adjustable Beds are great Assistive devices and are excellent for pressure relief and also provide various other benefits. There are a wide variety of different types of Adjustable Beds, including Electronically Adjustable Beds, Semi Electric Adjustable Beds and Manually Adjustable Beds. Adjustable Beds are also available in a variety of different Models; Types & Styles, not all Adjustable Beds offer the same types of functions & benefits, all Adjustable Beds however, do include some tilt functions, which offer various benefits, including assisting in giving pressure relief and assisting you to achieve a sleeping position that provides correct support to your body and spine, as well as helping to distribute your weight evenly across the bed. Besides giving pressure relief, the tilt function has a variety of other benefits and can assist people if:

  • They need to be turned or pulled back in bed.
  • They need to sit up slightly in bed, because they have a chest problem, or want to eat, read, or enjoy other hobbies in bed, such as Knitting, Surfing the internet via a laptop or tablet or Scrap Booking.
  • They have poor circulation, varicose veins, sleep apnea, snoring problems, back pain, fibromyalgia, leg swelling, etc.
  • They need to transfer from the bed to the chair or visa versa.

There are two main types of Adjustable Beds available, these include Hospital Adjustable Beds and Home Care Adjustable Beds. There are distinct differences between these types of Adjustable Beds, which you need to know about before you decide which one to purchase.

Hospital Adjustable Beds

Hospital Beds have a great deal to offer people who are frequently in and out of hospitals, have limited mobility, or require assistance with Bed Bathing, Turning, Pressure Relief and Getting in and out of bed. Hospital Beds offer adjustability for the head and feet as well as the ability to raise or lower the bed for easier transfers. Another major benefit of Hospital Beds is that the costs of buying Hospital Beds are covered by some Medical Aids, but the downside is that there is a limited selection when it comes to size or style of Hospital Beds, they are typically designed for one person to occupy them and look like beds that are used in Hospitals.

There are three main types of Hospital Adjustable Beds, they include:

  •  A Manual Adjustable Hospital Bed
  • A Semi Electric Adjustable Hospital Bed
  • A Full Electric Adjustable Hospital Bed

These types of Hospital Beds vary in price, with the Manual Adjustable Hospital Beds generally being the cheapest but not offering the same  range of positions and advantages as an Electric Adjustable Hospital Bed. Each person is unique, so will require a Hospital Bed that not only suits their pocket, but will also suite their requirements. Please read the article below to find out more about the pros and cons of these different types of Hospital Beds and to find out which companies can provide them.

Manual Hospital Beds

Manual Hospital Beds are medical beds that use hand cranks to raise the entire bed level, as well as the head and foot sections of the bed. Manual Hospital Beds are a cost effective solution and ideal for patients who either have a caretaker or who have the ability to use the hand crank to raise and lower the bed. The positions and height of Manual Hospital Beds are controlled manually, using a crank, so anytime you want to change the position of the bed there is manual labor required, if the patient does not require constant position changing, a Manual Bed might be the best option. Some Manual Hospital Beds don’t have the same range of positions as an electrical bed has, so if the patient needs to be put in many different positions, an Electrical Hospital Bed might be a better option. As mentioned above, Manual Hospital Beds are usually a lot cheaper, so if there is a caregiver that is able to do this adjustment work, the Manual Hospital bed is definitely the most economical way to go. These Manual Hospital Beds are available throughout South Africa and are sold by various companies and include products such as:

A-6-1 Hydraulic Hospital Bed

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Manual Three Function Hospital Bed: Has four sections, three foldaway crank function, Backrest, Knee height and Bed height adjustment. It has a weight carrying capacity of 240Kg, an overall width of 94cm, length of 218cm, maximum height of 71cm and minimum height 41.5cm. It has a detachable ABS Head and Foot Board, which is durable and easy to clean, as well as a Set Foldaway Side rails, an IV Drip stand, Urine drainage bag hooks, Lifting Pole with Monkey Chain. It also includes four 125mm swivel locking castors which provide increased security. Optional extras include a: 190 x 84 x 12cm high density foam
mattress with waterproof cover and over bed tray.
These Hospital Beds are available from various companies, such as Sheer Mobility, contact them to find out more about the products they sell.

A-6-1 Hydraulic Hospital Bed: (Pictured above right), has 3 adjustable functions with folding sides and removable parts. This bed includes a head & foot board, Winding backrest, Winding knee section, folding bed sides and removable head and foot ends. The Bed height with no mattress is 400 to 750 mm, with estimated dimensions of 2200 x 1100 x 510 mm. These Hospital Beds are available from various companies around South Africa including Mobility Aids, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

These Hospital Beds, as well as a variety of others are also available from various other companies, such as Prima Care, Mobility Aids, Sheer MobilityPro Mobility, Sitwell & Simplify Wheelchair Seating, contact them to find out more about the products they sell, or contact companies such as Pro Mobility, Mobility Aids or Prima Care to rent out a Hospital Bed, or visit our Equipment To Hire Page - Hospital Beds to find out what is available in South Africa.

Semi Electric Hospital Beds

Semi Electric Hospital Beds have a motor that controls the adjustments needed for the feet and head, so with the push of a button you can easily change those positions, however the height of the bed is still manually adjusted, so if the patient needs the head and leg rests to be re-positioned frequently, but you do not need the height of the bed adjusted often, a semi electric bed might be perfect for you. These Semi Electric Hospital Beds are usually a bit more expensive than the manual beds, but you get the added benefit of not having any manual work needed to adjust the two ends of the bed. These beds are available throughout South Africa and are sold by various companies such as Prima Care, Mobility Aids, Pro Mobility, Sheer Mobility, Sitwell & Simplify Wheelchair Seating, contact them to find out more about the products they sell, or contact companies such as Pro Mobility, Mobility Aids or Prima Care to rent out a Hospital Bed, or visit our Equipment To Hire Page - Hospital Beds to find out what is available in South Africa.

Full Electric Hospital Beds

Electric Three Function Hospital Bed

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Full Electric Hospital Beds are plugged into an outlet and are controlled with a remote that usually attaches to the side of the bed, using this remote, the different positions of the bed can be changed very easily, thus eliminating the need for any manual labor. In addition to the control of the feet and head, the height of a full electric bed can easily be changed with the push of a button, which can be important if the patient needs the bed to be lowered often to make it safer to get in and out of bed, and then raised again to allow caregivers to reach the patient easily for Bed Bathing or Turning. If this is something that will be a necessity, a full electric hospital bed would be the best option of the three basic types of hospital beds. There are a variety of types and models of these Beds which are available throughout South Africa and are sold by various companies, they include products such as:

Electric Three Function Hospital Bed: (Pictured above right) Has a four section, three function electric Backrest, Knee height and Bed height adjustment. It has a weight carrying capacity of 240Kg, an overall width of 94cm, length of 218cm, maximum height of 71cm and minimum height of 39cm. The bed comes with a battery backup, Remote Control Panel with detachable ABS Head and Foot Board, which is durable and easy to clean, as well as Set Foldaway Side rails, an IV Drip stand, urine drainage bag hooks, Lifting Pole and Monkey Chain. It also includes four 125mm swivel locking castors which provide increased security. Optional extras include a: 190x84x12cm high density foam mattress with waterproof cover and over bed tray. These Hospital Beds are available from various companies, such as Sheer Mobility, contact them to find out more about the products they sell.

Hospital Bed - Electric - Ultra Low

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Electric Bed FS3230W: This 3 function Electric Hospital Bed is ideal for Home care, Frail care & Clinics, it comes with a battery backup, Aluminum folding sides, Steel epoxy coated bed frame with rubber brake castors & an electric backrest and knee section. It also includes an Overbed Lifting pole and handle & has a maximum safe working load of 172 kg. These Hospital Beds are available to purchase from various companies around South Africa including Mobility Aids, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Hospital Bed - Electric - Ultra Low: The Ultra Low Electric Hospital Bed (pictured above right) offers most of the features available in a hospital bed. The motor system is made in Germany and it features a unique function that allows the bed to be lowered very low to the ground. The carer or the user are enabled with the ability to adjust the height, backrest and head rest with a simple push of a button, thus making transfers to and from the bed easier and hassle-free. These Hospital Beds are available from various companies around South Africa including Prima Care & Sitwell, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

These Hospital Beds, as well as a variety of others are available from various companies such as Prima Care, Mobility Aids, Sheer MobilityPro Mobility, Sitwell & Simplify Wheelchair Seating, contact them to find out more about the products they sell, or contact companies such as Pro Mobility, Mobility Aids or Prima Care to rent out a Hospital Bed, or visit our Equipment To Hire Page - Hospital Beds to find out what is available in South Africa.

Home Care Adjustable Beds

Home Care Adjustable Beds offer many lifestyle benefits, including many of the benefits that the Hospital Beds mentioned above offer, but they don't look like Hospital Beds and many Home Care Adjustable Beds also come with very high quality mattresses &adjustable_beds1 massage features. The massage feature, which is optional with some Home Care Beds helps with both pressure and pain relief and helps with blood circulation. These features help avoid pressure sores, which is especially important if you spend long periods in bed. Home Care Adjustable Beds are also available in a variety of sizes, including Single, Three Quarter and Double Beds. Some companies also sell Double Beds which are divided in two sections, so that you & your partner can be at two different levels. These Double Beds are not only necessary for couples but also offer various benefits for the single user, including:

  • More space for persons who suffer from severe spasms in their legs at night, when using a single or Three Quarter bed, a persons legs may spasm off the bed, using a double bed can help prevent this.
  • Using a Double bed is easier for a care giver to single handedly turn the patient with the use of a Draw Sheet, as they have more space to work.

Each person is different, so they will need to choose a product that suits them and their needs, as well as the design and size of their bedroom. These products are available throughout South Africa and are sold by various companies and include products such as:

Hi-Lo Rotating Bed: The Hi-Lo Rotation bed assists in the patient’s ability to get out of bed completely independently or with minimal support. The benefit of the special Hi-Lo rotation bed applies to patients that do not have freedom of movement to stand up from a lying or sitting position. Features include the whisper quiet, low voltage, DC lift system provides smooth and efficient operation & the long lasting steel support with epoxy coated frame. It also includes a standard backup unit (2 x 9v Batteries), four dia-125mm lockable castors, a Latex Mattress measuring 120mm with Memory Foam of 50mm & foldaway bedside rails. The four functions include an adjustable back rest of 85°, an adjustable knee section of ± 40°, a high-low adjustable from 420mm to 850mm & rotation. These Beds are available from various companies around South Africa including Prima Care, Sitwell & Mobility Aids, please contact them to find out more or receive a quote.

Sale! Homecare bed - Avante - HiLo FLEX Homecare bed - Avante - HiLo FLEX Homecare bed – Avante – HiLo FLEX

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The Avante - HiLo FLEX Homecare Bed: This stylish single electrical Home Care Bed (pictured right) with leg, back and height-adjustment, is equipped with lockable castors and easily-removable side rails. The bed has a modern-living design with homely feel and is upholstered in brown fabric material with head and footboard included. The Electronic adjustments are done via remote control which can adjust the Back, Legs and Height. It has whisper-quiet motors with a height-adjustment of 34 to 61cm and a weight capacity of 150kg. These Beds are available from various companies around South Africa including Prima Care, Sitwell & Mobility Aids, please contact them to find out more or receive a quote.

These Home Care Beds, as well as a variety of others are available from various companies such as Prima Care, Mobility Aids, Sitwell and Simplify Wheelchair Seating, contact them to find out more, or visit our Equipment To Hire Page - Adjustable Beds to find out what products are available to rent in South Africa. 

Bed & Bedroom Accessories

There are a variety of Accessories that are available for equipment such as Beds, as well as a variety of other Bedroom Aids, these Bed & Bedroom Accessories provide a number of benefits for persons with Mobility Impairments and are available from various companies in South Africa and include products such as:

Bed Rails, Rope Ladders, Backrests, Etc.

Egg-Box Wedge

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There are various types Bed Rails, Rope Ladders, Backrests and other equipment, which are available to assist persons with Mobility Impairments to position themselves in Bed and also to prevent them from falling out of bed. These Bed Rails, Rope Ladders, Backrests and other equipment are available from various companies in South Africa and includes products such as:

Egg-Box Wedge: Shaped like an ‘egg carton’, with bumps and dips evenly distributed across the surface, these high quality egg-box wedges are perfect for patients who have just undergone spinal surgery. The wedge shape gives patients additional back support to sit up in bed and can even be used as a leg raiser. The bumps and dips offer breathability, shock resistance, good support and reduction of pressure points, bed sores and heating during sleep. These Egg-Box Wedges are available from various companies around South Africa including Mobility Aids and Simplify Wheelchair Seating, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Adjustable Bed Backrest: are suitable for most beds, the backrest can be adjusted to a comfortable back angle to help you sit up in bed, while the top rail is recessed backwards to make room for the head. It folds flat for storage and has a sturdy steel frame and breathable mesh upholstery. It has an Adjustable height of 260 ~ 575mm and they are available from various companies around South Africa including Ability Assist, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Bed Rope Ladder: The ends of the cord for the Bed Rope Ladder tie around the feet of the bed and the ladder is used to pull yourself up to a sitting position. These Bed Rope Ladders are suitable for single or double beds & have a bar diameter of 28mm, Bar length of 200mm & a weight of 286g. These Bed Rope Ladders are available to purchase from various companies around South Africa including Mobility Aids and Simplify Wheelchair Seating, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Siderail Adjustable EZ one sided

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Deluxe Bedrail: enables users to pull themselves into a sitting position and also provides support for standing or sitting on the bed. The rail is stabilised by bars under the mattress and are made from Chrome plated steel, the frame fits most beds and extends a full 91cm under the mattress. The Handgrip height is 350 to 400 mm and the Rail width is 500 mm. These Bed Rails are available from various companies around South Africa including Prima Care and Ability Assist, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

The Siderail Adjustable EZ One Sided: Can be used as both a bed rail to prevent falling out of bed or as a hand rail to assist in getting out of bed. The Bed rail adjusts from 26″-34″-42″ after installation to prevent falls and folds down to the side of bed to allow the user to get out of bed or provide space for making the bed. It attaches to most home and adjustable beds with an included safety strap and can be placed on either side of the bed with easy assembly. These Bed Rails are available from various companies around South Africa including Prima Care, Sitwell and Ability Assist, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Easy Grip Bedrail: This bedrail enables users to pull themselves into a sitting position, as well as support for standing or sitting on the bed. The rail is stabilised by bars under the mattress. The Aluminium frame, Plastic Rail and storage box fits most beds and extends a full 91cm under the mattress. The Handgrip height is 400 mm to 470 mm and the Rail width is 500 mm. These Bed Rails are available from various companies around South Africa including Ability Assist, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

These and other similar products are available from various companies around South Africa, such as Prima Care, Ability Assist, Mobility Aids, Sitwell and Simplify Wheelchair Seating, contact them to find out more these products and others that can assist you in bed or contact companies such as Pro Mobility, Mobility Aids or Prima Care to rent out some of this equipment, or visit our Equipment To Hire Page - Accessories page to find out what Accessories is available to rent in South Africa.

Bed, Table & Chair Raisers

Cone Bed and Chair Raiser

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There are a variety of Bed, Table & Chair Raisers that are available to raise up equipment such as Beds, Tables and Chairs, so that they are at the correct height for persons with Mobility Impairments, so that they can transfer easier, or to use equipment such as Over Bed Tables or Hoists, which go under the bed. These Bed & Bedroom Accessories are available from various companies in South Africa and includes products such as:

Cone Bed and Chair Raiser: This set of four plastic cones (pictured right) can fit under the feet of the bed or chair to make them higher by 15cm which makes getting on and off the bed or chair much easier for someone who has hip or knee problems. These Bed & Chair Raisers have a weight of 677g and are available from companies around South Africa including Ability Assist and Mobility Aids, please contact them to find out more or receive a quote.

Chair Raisers: This set of 4 moulded plastic chair raisers are steady when in use, they rise the height of the chair by 80 mm and have a weight of 1 kg. They have dimensions of 15 x 15 x 19 cm and are available from companies around South Africa including Ability Assist, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

These and other similar products are available from companies such as Prima Care, Sitwell, Ability AssistMobility Aids and Simplify Wheelchair Seating, contact them to find out more these products and others that can assist you in bed.

Over Bed Tables, Walking Trolleys, Etc.

Over Bed Tables and Walking Trolleys are versatile Accessories that makes many aspects of home and hospital care more convenient for those persons with Mobility Impairments, including those in Wheelchairs or those who spend prolonged periods of time in bed. There are a variety of different types and styles of these products which are available throughout South Africa and are sold by various companies, they include products such as:

Over Bed Tables: are versatile Accessories which add ease to many activities such as Reading, Eating, Writing or Working On Your Laptop while in bed. The height is adjustable and the swivel castors allow for easy manoeuvring over the bed.  There are a variety of types and styles of these products that are sold in South Africa by companies such as Prima Care, Ability Assist, Pro Mobility and Simplify Wheelchair Seating. Visit our Accessories Page to find out more about these Over Bed Tables and other Accessories that are available in South Africa.

Walking Trolley - Drive Medical - Rutland: was designed in conjunction with occupational therapists as a useful solution for those with limited strength and mobility to carry items around the home. It has a very robust, all-welded and plastic-coated steel design, with angled sides to provide safe hand grips and instill user confidence. The bottom shelf is set forward for ease of walking/dining and the trolley has four large 4″ (10cm) diameter castors as standard and an adjustable range of 33″ – 39″ (84cm – 99cm) and a maximum user weight of 177 kg. These Bed Rails are available from companies around South Africa including Prima Care, please contact them to find out more or receive a quote.

These and other similar products are available from companies such as Prima Care, Ability Assist, Pro MobilityMobility Aids and Simplify Wheelchair Seating, contact them to find out more these products and others that can assist you in the bedroom, or contact companies such as Pro Mobility, Mobility Aids or Prima Care to rent out some of these products, alternatively visit our Equipment For Hire - Accessories Page to find out more.

Pressure Care Mattresses

Pressure Care Mattresses, also known as Pressure Relief Mattresses help prevent the formation of pressure ulcers on patients who are confined to bed and have a lack of mobility, movement, or blood circulation. Lack of Blood Circulation together with the constant contact between the body & the mattress creates pressure spots that pinch off the tiny blood vessels, cutting off oxygen and nutrient delivery to the skin & underlying tissues thus leading to these pressure sores.

To prevent this from happening, a patient should be turned regularly or ideally use a Pressure Care Mattress, there are a variety of different types of these Mattresses, or other products, which work in different ways to prevent pressure sores, this includes:

  • Alternating Pressure Mattresses
  • Foam & Vacuum Stabilising Mattresses
  • Medical Sheepskins

Alternating Pressure Mattresses

Bubble Pad Mattress Overlay – Alternating Pressure – M4

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Alternating Pressure Mattresses can be programmed to inflate and deflate at set intervals and are aimed at redistribution of pressure on a patient's’ body. The mattress works by a series of individual cells, which gently inflate & deflate alternately, with the assistance of a pump which pumps air through them. During these periods of pressure reduction, there is a maintenance of blood & oxygen supply to the skin & the underlying tissue is assisted, which helps prevent skin breakdown. There are a variety of different types of these products which are available throughout South Africa and are sold by various companies, they include products such as:

Bubble Pad Mattress Overlay - Alternating Pressure - M4: which is designed to help in prevention, treatment and management of bedsores. It is easy to install, maintain and use and has dimensions of 200×90×7cm (Without flaps) and fits on top of any mattress and supports up to 135 kg. The mattress (pictured above right) achieves pressure relief by inflating and deflating the pockets of air that make up the mattress, in a regulating pattern. This offers pressure relief as well as improving air and blood circulation The Alternating Pressure Bubble Pad Mattress includes an ultra quiet pump in a compact design with adjustable hanging hooks and high quality rubber tubes, with a free repair kit and durable, medical grade PVC cells and flaps to secure the overlay to the bed. These Mattresses are available from various companies around South Africa including Prima Care, Simplify Wheelchair Seating, Mobility Aids and Pro Mobility, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

CuroCell Area Zone

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CuroCell® AREA Zone: Is a functional mattress replacement system with self-adjusting technology. The CuroCell® AREA Zone (pictured right) is used as an aid in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers up to category 3(1). This mattress system combines air with foam for effective pressure redistribution and greater comfort. The mattress is self-adjusting and non-powered and is a flexible mattress replacement system that can be used in all kinds of healthcare settings, easy to use and handle.

The mattress has good properties regarding pressure, shear and moisture(2,3), three important elements related to effective prevention or treatment of pressure ulcers. It contains nine air cells that are divided into zones, which adapt automatically to the user and provides an individual setting. It is built up with multiple layers of high quality foam. The mattress’ special design reduces shear forces and with the built-in sloped heel function it also reduces pressure on the heel. The CuroCell® AREA Zone has very good pressure redistribution properties and has received a rating of ”High pressure relief”(2) in external tests. These Mattresses are available purchase from various companies around South Africa including Lowee, please click on the CuroCell Product Sheet to find out more or contact them to receive a quote.

Curo Cell A4

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CuroCell® A4 CX20: Is a fully automatic and flexible alternating pressure mattress replacement system with a high level of comfort and functionality, it provides simplicity together with user comfort while effectively aiding in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers/pressure injuries up to and including category 4, and unclassified pressure ulcers. It is designed for simplicity and provides features for excellent user comfort, reduction of shear forces and improvement of the microclimate. The CuroCell® A4 CX20 mattress system (pictured right) includes an intelligent pump with a user-friendly interface. It is fully automatic without need for manual settings, the system identifies the user and automatically manages all settings to optimise the pressure according to the user’s needs. All mattresses are supplied with a four way stretch hygienic cover which meets standards for hygiene(3), quality and safety.  All covers are manufactured from modern, recyclable materials and are vapour permeable(4), which reduce the risk of skin maceration.
Features of this mattress include: Individually replaceable cells with safety mattress; Static head cells; Heel function; Multifunctional inner cover; Unique CPR-function with transport function; Smart cable management; Unique design for easy handling and usage and well protected zippe. The Fully automated pump which adapts individually has a: User friendly interface; Audible and visual notifications and Three program modes which include: Pulsating, Alternating and CLP (constant low pressure); Caring mode (max-firm); Pack&Go® function; Silent running and vibration free; Low voltage (12V power supply); Soft friction hangers with extra soft tip; Air flow control; Constant temperature, increased user comfort, energy reduction. These Mattresses are available to purchase from various companies around South Africa including Lowee, please click on the CuroCell® A4 CX20 Product Sheet to find out more or contact them to receive a quote.

Ripple Mattress – Alternating Pressure – M6

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Ripple Mattress - Alternating Pressure - M6: Is designed to help with the prevention, treatment and management of bedsores. This mattress (pictured right) achieves this by inflating and deflating the pockets of air that make up the mattress, in a regulating pattern which offers pressure relief as well as improving air circulation. This unit offers optimum pressure distribution and a simple, user-friendly pump. Both the cells and the base of the unit are fluid resistant in order to maximize hygiene factors. These Mattresses are available from various companies around South Africa including Prima Care, Simplify Wheelchair Seating, Mobility Aids and Pro Mobility, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

These Mattresses, as well as a variety of others are available from various companies such as Prima Care, Pro Mobility, Mobility Aids, Lowee and Simplify Wheelchair Seating, contact them to find out more about the products they sell, or contact companies such as Pro Mobility, Mobility Aids, Lowee or Prima Care to rent out a Mattress, alternatively visit our Equipment For Hire - Pressure Care Mattresses Page to find out more.

Foam & Vacuum Stabilising Mattresses

There are a wide variety of different types of Foam & Vacuum Stabilising Mattresses which are designed to give different degrees of pressure relief, each option is different in design, price and amount of pressure relief that they give. You should choose one that meets your needs, weight & is affordable to you, each person is built differently, therefore their needs are different. What works for one person, will not necessarily work for another. These different types of Foam Mattresses are available throughout South Africa and are sold by various companies, they include products such as:

Anti-bedsore Mattress – Funke – Hyper Foam II

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The Egg Box Mattress Overlay: (pictured right) Is a mattress topper pad made from egg box profile foam, the mattress overlay adds much comfort and a good night's sleep, it is lightweight, portable and economical. These Mattresses are available from various companies around South Africa including Prima Care, Simplify Wheelchair Seating, Mobility Aids and Pro Mobility, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Anti-Bedsore Mattress - Funke - Hyper Foam II: The Funke Hyper Foam II Mattress (pictured right) offers optimal pressure relief therapy for high risk patients and features Ottobock foam inside and consists of three hyper-elastic foam layers with both longitudinal and diagonal cuts for exceptional air flow. The virus resistant PU-Tex incontinence cover is waterproof, breathable and also washable up to 95°C. The Funke Hyper Foam II Mattress is a maintenance free, pressure relieving mattress ideal for systematic clinic care. These Mattresses are available from various companies around South Africa including Prima Care, Simplify Wheelchair Seating and Pro Mobility, please contact them to find out more or receive a quote.

Optimal 5zon

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Optimal 5zon®: Is the complete mattress for pressure ulcer prevention. The Optimal 5zon® (pictured right) is ideal for all healthcare environments and is used as an aid in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers up to and including category 2(1), and for pain therapy. It is a soft and flexible mattress replacement that is placed directly on the bed and replaces both the standard mattress and mattress pad. It has very good pressure redistribution properties(2) and is also equipped with the unique DuoCore® sit function and has been designed to provide support when seated, while also offering good comfort in a lying position. Optimal 5zon® comes with several different options of covers. These Mattresses are available to purchase from various companies around South Africa including Lowee, please click on the Optimal 5zone Product Sheet to find out more, or contact them to receive a quote.

Akces Med Body Map K Full Matress

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Akces Med Body Map K Full Mattress: Is a Vacuum stabilising mattresses (pictured right) and can easily be shaped to the patient’s body. They are perfect for bed sore prevention, due to the fact that this mattress can maximise contact surface area thereby decreasing point pressure. It enables the patient to keep the desired position for trunk, hips, head, upper as well as lower limbs. These Mattresses are available from companies around South Africa including Sitwell, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

 These Mattresses, as well as a variety of others are available from various companies such as Prima Care, Mobility Aids, Pro MobilitySitwell, Lowee and Simplify Wheelchair Seating, contact them to find out more about the products they sell, or contact companies such as Pro Mobility, Lowee, Mobility Aids or Prima Care to rent out a Mattress, alternatively visit our Equipment For Hire - Pressure Care Mattresses Page to find out more.

Medical Sheepskins

Medical Sheepskins can be used on a Mattress, Cushion or various other areas to assist with pressure relief, they are perfect for anyone who is confined to sitting or lying down for long periods. The cushioning and moisture absorption of the wool fibres aid in keeping the body dry, while the wool fibres allow air to circulate in the affected area, which all helps reduce the possibility of pressure sores forming. These Sheep Skins, as well as a variety of others are available from various companies such as Prima Care, Ability Assist & Simplify Wheelchair Seating, contact them to find out more.

Pressure Relief Cushions

Persons with Mobility Impairments that use wheelchairs usually require specially designed cushions to help prevent pressure soars and provide comfort. If their Impairment effects their ability to regularly relieve the pressure by lifting themselves, theses cushions are an extremely essential piece of equipment and will probably be the most important piece of equipment that they can purchase. The correct cushion can provide benefits well beyond comfort and pressure management, they can help with positioning and can reduce fatigue & enhance seated balance throughout the day. The correct cushion can save you thousands of hours & Rand's, trying to recover from a pressure sore.

Understanding cushion technologies is key to selecting the right cushion for yourself, there are a number of choices, but what works for one person, will not necessarily work for another, choosing the wrong cushion can lead to serious problems. You will need to select a cushion that suites you and your needs, this is best done with the help of an Occupational Therapist, or someone who is trained or specializes in Seating and Positioning. There are various companies in South Africa that not only sell these various types of Pressure Care Cushions, but also specialise in Pressure Mapping and Seating. Visit our "Seating & Positioning" Page to find out more about Seating and Positioning, or read the article below to find out more about the different types of cushions that are available in South Africa.

Types of Wheelchair Cushions

There are a variety of different types of Wheelchair Cushions which are available in South Africa, including Foam Cushions, Gel

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Cushions and Air Cushions, as well as a combination of Gel and Foam Cushions, Air and Foam Cushions, etc. Each of these types of Cushions which are available in various brands: Give different degrees of pressure relief and Each option is different in design, price and amount of pressure relief they give.

You should choose a Pressure Care Cushion that meets your needs, size and weight and is affordable to you. These different types of Cushions are available throughout South Africa and are sold by various companies, they include products such as:

Foam Cushions

Foam cushions include some of the most basic cushions and are ideal for those wishing simplicity at minimal cost, some foam cushions are a single-density (firmness), while others feature contoured bases with multiple layers of foam, designed for enhance pressure management and positioning. They also include various cushions made from Memory Foam. A Foam Cushion may be best for you if you need:

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  • Low maintenance
  • Minimal cost
  • A very stable seating surface
  • Low to mid-range positioning
  • Light weight

A Foam Cushion may not be best for you if you need exceptional pressure relief or advanced positioning characteristics. Foam Cushions are available in various types and styles throughout South Africa and are sold by various companies who sell products such as:

Posturite Wheelchair Cushion: Are manufactured with a combination of latex and memory foam, providing support where you need it and extra pressure relief in those vunerable areas. The cushion includes a Pre-ischial shelf to prevent sliding or posterior pelvic tilt. Leg guides and wedges also available, as well as a variety of covers, which are sold separately. These Foam Cushions (pictured right) are available from various companies around South Africa including Mobility Aids, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Terra

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X Seat Light Wheelchair Cushion Features: Has a removable, washable cover up to 95°C, Disinfect-able by wiping and Disinfectant-proof. It has a Hyper-elastic two-layered comfort core with Visco foam (memory foam) top plate and HR foam bottom plate. It has a waterproof but breathable cover which  promotes the ideal micro-climate, for low risk users. The cushion is made in Germany by Funke Medical and is applicable for pain therapy and is available in various sizes from companies around South Africa including Prima Care, please contact them to find out more or receive a quote.

Terra Foam Cushion: The Terra foam cushion (pictured above right) is shape-retentive and does not lose its shape – no matter who sits on it. It is also light and only weighs 820g. The anatomically shaped material distributes pressure, offering noticeable relief. The cushion dampens impacts very well and it raises everyday comfort because it ensures a stable sitting position, free of stresses. The cushion is available from companies around South Africa including Steenkamp & Snyman Inc., please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Curera® Consept Latus Seat Cushion: The Curera® Consept Latus Seat Cushion (pictured right) is ideal for heavy users, it is a comfortable and pressure redistribution seat cushion intended for heavy users, made from an anatomically moulded base of polyurethaneHelab Concept Latus foam with memory foam filling on the top side. They are fitted with a reinforced bottom plate, side supports, leg divider and seat well, the cushion provides a stable seat for people who need extra support. The anatomical and adapted design distributes the pressure away from the underside of the thighs, provides an excellent sitting position, good pressure redistribution for the seat bones and caudal vertebra and reduced risk of shearing. Recesses for lumbar supports and rounded rear edge also give it excellent stability and fit in a wheelchair. It is a comfortable seat cushion and is suitable for people sitting for both longer and shorter periods. Consept Latus has a waterproof surface that prevents liquids from passing through and is easy to clean. The cushion comes with a durable cover in grey polyester plush with high friction. None of Helab seat cushions and covers contains any bromide-based flame retardants or latex. Other sizes than those listed below can be ordered. These Cushions are available to purchase from various companies around South Africa including Lowee, please click on the Curera® Consept Latus Seat Cushion Product Sheet to find out more or contact them to receive a quote.

Curera® Contur Seat Cushion: The Contur is a comfortable and popular seat cushion is a comfortable and pressure redistribution seat cushion made from an anatomically moulded base of polyurethane foam with memory foam in the seat well. The anatomicalHelab Contur design distributes the pressure away from the underside of the thighs, provides an excellent and stable sitting position, good pressure redistribution for the seat bones and reduced risk of shearing. Recesses for lumbar supports, rounded rear edge and leg divider also give it excellent stability and fit in a wheelchair. Contur provides a high level of sitting comfort and is suitable for people sitting for both longer and shorter periods.
Contur has a waterproof surface that prevents liquids from passing through and is easy to clean. The cushion comes with a durable cover in grey polyester plush with high friction. None of Helab seat cushions and covers contains any bromide-based flame retardants or latex. Other sizes than those listed below can be ordered. These Cushions are available to purchase from various companies around South Africa including Lowee, please click on the Contur Seat Cushion Product Sheet to find out more or contact them to receive a quote.

Tempur wheelchair Cushions

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Tempur Wheelchair Cushions: Are manufactured from advanced memory foam, they combine pressure care with comfort and mould to your body to accommodate postural problems. Tempur wheelchair Cushions (pictured right) redistributes and absorbs pressure across the entire seated surface area, the open celled visco-elastic are pressure relieving and temperature sensitive material which moulds to the contours of your body giving you total support where you need it, with no counter pressure. When you lift your body off the cushion it returns to its original shape. These Cushions are available in various sizes, are easy to clean and are supplied with a washable, waterproof, vapour permeable stretch cover, they are available from various companies around South Africa including Mobility Aids, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

These Foam Cushions, as well as a variety of others are available from various companies such as Prima Care, Mobility Aids, Pro MobilitySitwell, Steenkamp & Snyman Inc. and Simplify Wheelchair Seating, contact them to find out more.

Gel Cushions

Gel cushions are specifically designed to optimize pressure relief by allowing one's pressure points to "immerse" into a gel pack, reducing pressure. Additionally, gel cushions typically feature a contoured base, with advanced positioning characteristics.

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A gel cushion may be best for you if you need:

  • Optimal pressure relief
  • Advanced positioning
  • A very stable seating surface
  • Low maintenance

Gel cushions may not be best for you if you need Light weight or Low cost Cushions. Gel Cushions are available in various types and styles throughout South Africa and are sold by various companies who sell products such as:

Synergy Spectrum Gel Pressure relief seating cushion with Gel section

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Jay Cushions: Jay Cushions (pictured above right) are designed for people who are high risk for skin breakdown, they are easily customized to accommodate specific needs with secondary supports for fixed and reducible orthopaedic deformities. Jay Cushions (pictured top right) have a firm foam base which is contoured to provide optimal pelvic positioning and include more than 2 inches of Jay Flow™ (fluid contained in the seat well, which conforms to bony prominences, providing maximum pressure distribution and reduction.) This Cushion is available in sizes: 14” – 20” and has maximum user weight of 100 Kg and are available from companies around South Africa including Mobility Aids, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Synergy Spectrum Gel Pressure relief seating cushion with Gel section: The Synergy Spectrum Gel Pressure relief seating cushion with Gel section (pictured above right) are low maintenance, high-quality contoured seating cushions which offer excellent pressure care. The lateral and pre-ischial shelf contoured into high-density moulded foam base with a twin-cell, lightweight fluid insert under at-risk bony areas. The include a moisture wicking four-way stretch cover and a Inner liner for incontinence and to reduce shear. The Viscoelastic total top layer and Solid seat insert are included. It provides lateral and anti-thrust support for clients in need of moderate positioning, Provides excellent stability and designed for clients who need moderate to high skin protection, Reduces shear and moisture build-up, Promotes better circulation. These Cushions are available in many sizes from companies around South Africa including Sitwell, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Terra Aquos

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Terra Aquos: The Aquos seat cushion (pictured right) is the 'big brother' of Terra: it offers the same unique qualities, but it also significantly reduces the shear forces through the use of LiquiCells®. These extremely thin cells are incorporated directly in the cover. This prevents not only rapid wear and tear, but also skin irritation and pressure points. In connection with the highly resilient foam, Ottobock offers a three-in-one solution for the most common problem areas: pressure relief, positioning and shear forces. Another plus is its low weight. These Cushions are available from companies around South Africa including Steenkamp & Snyman Inc., please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

The Matrx Libra Cushion: uses a combination of high resilient foam and a dual layer fluid sac to provide maximum protection around boney prominences and stability to the pelvis. Recommended for all users including those at highest risk of skin breakdown. The Libra Fit Kit components are available to enhance immersion, correct and accommodate orthopedic issues. These Cushions are available from companies around South Africa including Simplify Wheelchair Seating, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Floam

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Cloud: The Cloud wheelchair cushion (pictured right) offers optimal seating comfort, it is also fully designed for individual adaptation to body contours. Cloud ensures that your always seated in a stable and medically correct position. The special feature of Cloud is the innovative combination of a unique seating surface and the Floam cell filling which provides the highest possible level of relief for sensitive areas of your body. The seat area is divided into 16 cells which are arranged according to the contours of the body, thus the largest possible area of your body makes contact with the cushion, and therefore pressure is distributed effectively. This provides relief for high-risk areas such as the ischial tuberosity and prevents pressure sores. These Cushions are available to purchase from companies including Steenkamp & Snyman Inc., please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Wheelchair Cushion – Gel Seat – Clinic

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Gel Seat Clinic Wheelchair Cushion: This cushion (pictured right) comes standard with a breathable but waterproof cover and non-slip base, to keep the cushion in place. The top layer is made with an integrated mesh3 fabric that guarantee’s an excellent micro-climate. All brought together with ultrasonic welded seems ensuring top quality and durability. Inner foam is sculpted to promote good posture in a seated position. The top layer consists of two layers, comfort core foam and the top layer is integrated with GELTOUCH technology with cooling effect! These Cushions are available from companies around South Africa including Prima Care, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

These Gel Cushions, as well as a variety of others are available from various companies such as Prima Care, Mobility Aids, Pro MobilitySitwell, Steenkamp & Snyman Inc. and Simplify Wheelchair Seating, contact them to find out more about the other types of Gel Cushions they sell.

Air Cushions

As the name suggests, air cushions are filled with air, and by adjusting the air pressure, the cushion's firmness can be adjusted. Air cushions typically offer reduced stability and positioning by comparison to foam and gel cushions, but are exceptional in the area of pressure relief, allowing pressure points to "sink" into the cushion. Air cushions are commonly available in 2" and 4" heights, with the 2" offering a low-profile, more stable surface, and the 4" offering maximum pressure relief.

An air cushion may be the best option for you if you need exceptional pressure relief; Adjustable firmness and a Light weight cushion, but it may not be best for you if you need:

  • A low maintenance cushion (air cushions require regular monitoring of air pressure, and can develop leaks)
  • Advanced positioning characteristics
  • Utmost seating surface stability
  • A low cost cushion
Terra Flair

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Air Cushions are available in various types and styles and are available throughout South Africa and are sold by various companies who sell products such as:

Terra Flair: The Terra Flair (pictured right) provides optimal, adjustable pressure redistribution in ischial zones, with shear reduction. This cushion provides excellent stability for activities and transfer and the user experiences an improved ride comfort with Rest Suspension Foam. The cushion also boasts a reverse tapered foam profile minimizing pressure differentials between the foam and ROHO insert. Additional Features of the cushion includes a water resistant, Dartex® outer cover that is washable at 104°F – 140° F, ring zip pull, and zip on three sides, for easy cover removal, additional inner incontinence barrier included as well as a ROHO® pump and repair kit included as standard. The Terra Flair is ideal for individuals with high risk of pressure ulcers. Users with poor sitting balance and prominent bony areas due to muscular atrophy. As well as for clients with discomfort or pain during mobility on uneven terrain or curb drops. These Cushions are available to purchase from companies including Steenkamp & Snyman Inc., please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

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Roho Quadro High/Low Profile Cushions: The Roho Dry Floatation® technology facilitates blood flow by fitting, matching and tracking the shape of a person. Stability is enhanced by locking the air into place in each of the four compartments through the simple use of the Isoflo® memory control, minimizing side to side or front to back motion. Each user will benefit from a customized fit through the simple push of a knob. The revolutionary Isoflo® Memory Control, minimizing side to side or front to back motion. Each user will benefit from a customized fit through the simple push of a knob. The revolutionary ISOFLO® Memory Control offers shape shifting capabilities while the user is seated, allowing quick and easy on demand adjustment to maximize function. With the built-in stability and simplicity, you will no longer have to sacrifice maximum skin protection to get stability and good positioning. Separated air cells allow air circulation to reach the surface of the skin and provide a cooling environment and all postural adjustments are made while the user is seated, eliminating the need for transfer on and off the chair during the evaluation process, it also allows the user to selectively change their position throughout the day as their particular activity demands. This cushion fits specific seating needs and unique body shapes and is lightweight and easy to handle and carry, it can be repaired if need be and is easily cleaned with soap and water, while the cover is machine washable. These Cushions are available from companies around South Africa including Mobility Aids, please contact them to find out more or receive a quote.

These Air Cushions, as well as a variety of others are available from various companies such as Prima Care, Mobility Aids, Pro MobilitySitwell, Steenkamp & Snyman Inc. and Simplify Wheelchair Seating, contact them to find out about the other types of Cushions they sell.

Tips To Selecting & Maintaining a Cushion

Once you have selected the type of cushion that suits you, you should remember some of the following:

  • A seat cushion's size should be matched exactly to the wheelchair's seat size
  • Remember that a seat cushion's height adds to the wheelchair's seat-to-floor height, so a taller cushion will cause you to sit taller, accordingly (which can be an issue fitting under tables and desks)
  • If there's a chance that the cushion will be exposed to fluids, an incontinence cover should be used (incontinence covers come included with many cushions)
  • Inspect the cushion regularly for degraded materials or damaged foam
  • With air cushions, confirm proper inflation daily
  • Most cushions have an optimal use life span of two to three years, so for proper performance, replace a cushion when needed.

Pressure Care Backrests

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There are a wide variety of different types of Pressure Care Backrests and Cushions which are available for those people who need  something extra to support them while they are sitting, these Backrest Cushions offer additional padding to your back while also improving your posture and keeping you in an upright position. The correct backrest will not only make sure that you are as comfortable as possible and prevent injuries or pressure sores if you are in a wheelchair but are also important if you sit for long periods at a desk. There are various different types of products which are available throughout South Africa that can be used by persons who need that extra back support and pressure relief but do not use use wheelchairs, these backrests include products such as:

The Obus Low Back: decreases pressure on your back and increases the comfort while sitting, they are lightweight and portable, so are perfect for use at home or in the office. They are available in 3 colours, Black, blue or burgundy and includes a removable lumbar pad for additional back support, which comes with a cover that can be removed and washed. This support pad is comfortable, and it offers a lot of features, the shape and design is different from traditional back rest supports, so when you rest your back up against it, it forces you into a more natural position. These backrests are available from various companies around South Africa including Mobility Aids, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Tempur Lumbar Support: The anatomical shape, the variable height adjustments and the supportive properties of the TEMPUR material combine to ensure that it fits comfortably to the curve of our spine for optimum support. All TEMPUR® Home and Travel products contain a temperature sensitive, visco-elastic material, which forms to the shape of your body to provide comfortable support with minimum counter pressure. The covers are available in Blue and are removable for washing and the Size is: 36 x 36 x 7 cm. The cushion is available from companies around South Africa including Vencasa & Mobility Aids, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

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Akces Med Body Map C A: The Akces Med Body Map C A is a mouldable cushion system that can be adjusted at any stage, the backrest with side supports and headrest provides comfort for patients with scoliosis and poor posture and it controls the patient’s posture. In addition to this, patients sit in comfort owing to the fact that cushions enable them to keep correct as well as stable posture regarding patients with a hump. These products are perfect for children with cerebral palsy and patients with muscles weakness or spasticity. Perfect stabilisation is possible because of wide side supports and, moreover, the headrest is useful while adjusting the correct position of patient’s head. The shape of the cushion can be easily changed if necessary. One side of BM-C backrest is laminated by elastic polyester and the second one is laminated with the self-adhesive fabric that allows attaching additional tapes, straps as well as pelottes which stabilise patient’s trunk. The self-adhesive function makes it easier to assemble the cushion. These Backrests are available from companies around South Africa including Sitwell, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

These Backrests, as well as a variety of others are also available from various other companies, such as Mobility Aids, Sitwell, Vencasa & Simplify Wheelchair Seating, contact them to find out more about the products that they sell, or visit our Seating & Positioning Page to find out more about the various Backrests, Belts, Straps and Harnesses which are available for persons with the increased need for stability in the trunk, or to find out more about the specialist seating solutions and clinics that are supplied by companies such as Prima Care, Sitwell, Mobility Aids & Simplify Wheelchair Seating.

Wheelchair BackrestsJay backrest

Some persons who use wheelchairs may need a little something extra to support them while they are sitting in their wheelchair. Some Wheelchair backrests are built to be basic, but other Wheelchair Backrests are available which offer additional padding to your back & sides, while also improving your posture and keeping you in an upright position. Choosing the correct backrest can be almost as important as having the correct cushion, especially if you are permanently in a wheelchair or are going to be spending a long of time in a wheelchair. The correct backrest will not only make sure that you are as comfortable as possible and prevent permanent back problems, such as Scoliosis, but can also prevent other back injuries or pressure sores. There are a wide variety of different types of Backrests, that can be used on both manual and motorized wheelchairs and they range in Price, Height, Style and How they protect and support you. You will need to select a backrest that suites you and your needs, this is best done with the help of an Occupational Therapist, or someone who specializes in Seating & Positioning, they will not only make sure you purchase the correct backrest, but also set up you in your chair correctly.

There are a wide variety of different types of backrests which are designed to give different degrees of pressure relief and support, each person is built differently, therefore their needs are different, what works for one person, will not necessarily work for another. These different types of Backrests are available throughout South Africa and are sold by various companies, they include products such as:

Alu Rehab Vital Base Stabil Seating accessory Backrest cushion: is a low maintenance comfort backrest seating cushion which attaches onto a Tension adjustable back with Velcro. It is available in different sizes and supplied with Netti chairs, but can also be used in other chair models with TAB Multiple layers of foam allow faster sink in. Good lumbar support, with 17 cm side support for greater stability, works well in combination with side support or thoracic supports. Available in a soft breathable material – 3D or a wipeable easy care cover and backrest height of 50 or 60 cm and a backrest height of 40 cm for Netti Mini (Available in black and black/red). These Backrests are available from companies around South Africa including Sitwell, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Stealth Backrest

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 Stealth Products Back Signature Solutions Click fit Seating Backrests: (pictured right), they are ergonomically designed for proper posture, our seating system eases the strain on the lower back during long, active days in a chair, by more equally distributing forces through the pelvic base of support, and good support naturally results in less pain. They are made from Carbon Fibre or Aluminium material for the ultimate in strength without the weight. It provides maximum stabilisation of the trunk during push with less energy loss and helps deter progression of postural deformities and facilitates upright seating in the chair and reduces back pain. These Backrests are available from companies around South Africa including Sitwell, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

These Backrests, as well as a variety of others are also available from various other companies, such as Mobility Aids, Pro MobilitySitwell & Simplify Wheelchair Seating, contact them to find out more about the products they sell, or visit our Seating & Positioning Page - Backrests & Supports to find out more about the various Backrests, Belts, Straps and Harnesses which are available for persons with the increased need for stability in the trunk, or to find out more about the specialist seating solutions and clinics that are available from  companies such as Prima Care, Sitwell, Mobility Aids & Simplify Wheelchair Seating.

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