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Introduction

The correct Seating & Positioning is very important for persons with Mobility Impairments, especially those using Assistive Devices such as Walkers, Scooters or Wheelchairs. Everyone is unique and many of these Walkers, Scooters and Wheelchairs vary in design and need to be adjusted correctly to suite the height and requirements of the person using them. There are also a variety of other products available in South Africa such as Cushions, Backrests, Belts, Straps and Harnesses that have been developed to ensure that the patient is sitting correctly. The correct product and set-up should not only prevent pressure sores, but could also improve your breathing, prevent back problems such as Scoliosis and also assist the patient to be able to push their wheelchair easier & play sports and even drive a car. Seating Clinics are offered to persons who need individually tailored support and advice, it is not only important to have the correct product, but the Set-up, angles and length of the Seat, Backrests, Leg Rests and Footrests of the wheelchair are also important. There are various companies in South Africa that not only sell these different types of products mentioned above, but also specialize in Seating and Positioning, they include companies such as Sitwell Technologies, Mobility Aids, Prima Care, Lowee, Steenkamp and Snyman Inc. and Simplify Wheelchair Seating. Please read the article below to find out more about these Products and Services that are available in South Africa and the companies that provide them.

SitwellSitwell 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.
Adam Bottomley from Sitwell Technologies, has developed a reputation as one of the leading Experts in Mobility & Assistive Aid Solutions in Africa. For over 15 years he’s collaborated with the country’s top Physicians, Physios and Equipment Suppliers to tailor appropriate, recuperative / maintenance seating and mobility solutions for many individuals both locally and internationally.
Sitwell Technologies 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 Beds, Hospital Beds, 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!

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, Pediatric Equipment, 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 also 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"

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 we sell 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

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.

Choosing The Correct Assistive Devices & Seating Solution

When first injured, and looking to purchase an Assistive Devices such as a Mobility Aid or Pressure Care Cushion, it is often difficult to know which option is appropriate for you. There are a wide variety of different products to choose from and everyone is different, the most expensive equipment is not always the best option for you and choosing the wrong Walking Aid, Wheelchair, Scooter, Cushion or Backrest can lead to a wide range of complications and extra expenses. It is therefor important to consult an Occupational Therapist or Seating expert to guide and advise you on which equipment would best suite you and your condition or Mobility Impairment. Read the article below to find out more about the equipment and experts that are available which can assist you.

Walking Aids, Scooters & Wheelchairs

Mobility Aids are designed to assist persons with Mobility Impairments to improve their mobility, as there are various types of Mobility Impairments which effect different people, there are a wide variety of different types of these Mobility Aids available such as:

Walking Aids: There are a wide variety of different types of Walking Aids available in South Africa from both companies who specialize in the sale of these product, as well other suppliers that sell them but don't actually specialize in this equipment. It is important to purchase thisPosture - Walking Aids type of equipment from a specialist, that not only offers a good after sales service and can repair and supply parts for the products they sell, but can also advise you on what product would suit you and set it up, to offer the best possible support for you. 

No matter the type of Walking Aid you are using, it is important to set it up at the correct height, so as to not cause bad posture and other back problems. Companies such as Sitwell, Mobility Aids, Prima Care, Steenkamp and Snyman Inc. and Simplify Wheelchair Seating can not only advise you on what Walking Aids would suit your particular needs, but can also set them up and adjust them, so that they offer the best possible benefits. Visit our Walking Aids & Prosthesis page, to find out what products are available to purchase in South Africa and contact one of the reputable dealers listed on our website to find out more about the Products they supply and the after sales services that they offer.

Scooters & Wheelchairs: Persons who use Mobility Aids such as Wheelchairs and Scooters also have a wide variety of options to choose from, it is not only important to have the correct product, but the Set-up, angles and length of the Seat, Backrests, Leg Rests and Footrests of the Wheelchair or Scooter may need to be adjusted to suite you perfectly. Some Wheelchairs can also be purchased with Headrests, Backrests with extra support and powered adjustments in the Seat, Backrests, Leg Rests and Footrests, which are ideal for those users who need to vary their seating or leg position regularly. Some Wheelchairs also include include Tilt; Recline; Height Adjustable and Standing Functions, which offer a variety of health and other benefits.

Visit Wheelchair Assessment - Body Measurements to get more information on Body Measurements when measuring for a new wheelchair, or read the article below to find out about the various other types of products which can assist and improve your Seating and Positioning, as well as other Services that are available to improve your Seating and Positioning. Alternatively you can visit our Wheelchairs & Scooters page, to find out what Mobility Aids are available in South Africa or contact one of the reputable dealers listed on our website to find out more about these Products they supply.

Pressure Care Cushions

Most persons with Mobility Impairments, who use wheelchairs also require Pressure Care products, such as Pressure Care Cushions. These cushions are an extremely essential piece of equipment, as they provide benefits well beyond comfort, including Pressure management; Positioning and Increased sitting stability, they also reduce fatigue and enhance seated balance throughout the day.

Understanding cushion technologies is key to selecting the right cushion for you, there are a number of different types of Wheelchair Cushions which are available in South Africa, including Foam Cushions, Gel Cushions and Air Cushions. Each of these types of Cushions offer different features and give different degrees of pressure relief, they are also available in different brands, designs, size, weight and price. You should choose one that is suited to you, bearing in mind that what works for one person, will not necessarily work for another and choosing the wrong cushion can lead to serious problems, while the correct cushion can save you thousands of Rand and many hours trying to recover from a pressure sore.

Visit our Pressure Care Products - Pressure Relief Cushions page, to find out more about these different types of Cushions that are available to purchase in South Africa from companies such as Sitwell, Mobility Aids, Prima Care, Lowee, Steenkamp and Snyman Inc. and Simplify Wheelchair Seating who also provide Seating Clinics, by an Occupational Therapist or someone who has studied and specializes in Seating and Positioning. They can not only advise you on what is the best type of Wheelchair and Cushion for you, but can also get you sitting in the best position to optimize you strength, improve your posture and reduce the risk of pressure sores.

Seating & Positioning Clinics

Seating Clinics are clinics or sessions which are run by specialists in Positioning & Seating who not only make sure that you purchase the correct Assistive Devices such as Wheelchairs, Walkers and Cushions, but can also advise you whether you will need the extra support from specially designed Backrests, Belts, Straps and Harnesses which can improve your posture and stability. It is not only important to have the correct product, but the Set-up, angles and length of the Seat, Backrests, Leg Rests and Footrests are also very important and this can lead to pressure sores if not adjusted correctly. Alternatively, being set up in the correct position could also improve your breathing, prevent back problems such as Scoliosis and also assist you to be able to push your wheelchair easier and even drive a car better.

Pressure Mapping

Some companies or Therapists that offer Seating Clinics also include Pressure Mapping which shows the Therapist if and where more pressure is being placed on certain areas when seated in your Wheelchair. "Pressure Mapping is simply the measurement and visual reporting of pressure between two contacting surfaces. Pressure Mapping technology is used to visualize the contact pressure distribution between the human body and a supporting surface such a seat or a mattress." Read More: .....pressure mapping

There are a variety of different types Pressure Mapping equipment (pictured right), which shows the therapist where the pressure is exerted on the cushion, which helps them to know where to adjust the wheelchair accordingly, so pressure is spread evenly across the cushion, reducing the risk of pressure sores.

By adjusting different parts of the Wheelchair such as the Legrests, Backrest, etc., this pressure can change and be viewed on the screen. There are a variety of companies who sell the various types of products mentioned on this site who also offer various Services with regards to Seating and Pressure Mapping, such as:

  • Assessments & Seating Clinics
  • Seating Reviews & Consultations
  • Training & Mobility Advisory

Companies That Offer Seating & Positioning

There are various companies in South Africa such as Sitwell, Mobility Aids, Prima Care, Lowee, Steenkamp and Snyman Inc. and Simplify Wheelchair Seating, who sell the various types of products which can improve your Seating and Positioning and who also specialize in Seating and Positioning as a service or work with therapists who specialize in this. These companies can make sure that you purchase the correct Assistive Devices and extra support to improve your posture and stability and are measured and seated correctly to help prevent pressure sores.

Seating Clinics are clinics or sessions are often held if you are:

  • buying a new wheelchair
  • buying a new wheelchair cushion or backrest
  • Suffering from pressure sore or back problems.

Some companies such as Sitwell Technologies who specialize in Seating & Positioning, also offer Pressure Mapping, which assists the therapist to see where the pressure is being exerted. Read the article below to find out more about these companies and the services that they provide.

Sitwell Technologies

Adam Bottomley from Sitwell Technologies, has developed a reputation as one of the leading experts in Mobility & Assistive Aid Solutions in Africa. For over 15 years he’s collaborated with the country’s top Physicians, Physios and Equipment Suppliers to tailor appropriate, recuperative / maintenance seating and mobility solutions for many individuals both locally and internationally. Through various Seating and Pressure Mapping Services described below, Sitwell Technologies aim to ensure that the client not only gets the best product suited for them, but is also Seated and Positioned correctly:

Assessments, Seating Clinics & Pressure Mapping: The initial assessment session is perhaps the most important part of the process. We evaluate your mobility requirements and can also arrange pressure mapping through the Seating Information Technology Laboratory (SIT Lab), an independent non-profit rehabilitation unit in Johannesburg. Using thin pressure-sensitive sheets, it is possible to record exactly where you are experiencing sitting pressure in your wheelchair. It shows up visually in real time, and gives you the ability to see the different pressure that you experience in different wheelchairs. We can then determine the chair and configuration that will best suite your needs, and demonstrate various options. We also specialise in pressure relief through Tilt-in-Space technology. Please contact Sitwell Technologies to find out more or to receive a quote.Sitwell

Seating Reviews & Consultations: With growth, or a change in condition, your requirements will also change. Interim review consultations are vital to ensure that your chair meets your current condition and needs. Our quality ranges are mostly modular, which allows us to fine-tune your chair’s configuration without major expense. Sitwell Technologies specializes in pressure relief through Tilt-in-Space technology. Please contact Sitwell Technologies to find out more or to receive a quote.

Training & Mobility Advisory: Sitwell Technologies offers seating clinics to physios and other wheelchair professionals. It is a half day course that covers the 7 Basic Principles of Seating; Current Guidelines and Standards for Special Seating; Practical Application using Sitwell Technology Systems. We can also include Pressure Mapping Training in association with the Seating Information Technology Laboratory (SIT Lab), an independent non-profit rehabilitation unit in Johannesburg. Training costs vary with the subject matter and size of the group.

Contact us to arrange a suitable date: Tel: (+27) 11 440 8226 or email: mobility@sitwell.co.za or www.sitwell.co.za Address: 41 11th Avenue, Highlands North, Johannesburg.

Sitwell Technologies also supply the following information and Seating & Positioning services:

  • Postural Assessment: in the Wheelchair and on the Plinth
  • Pressure and Cushions: Waterlow Score as a means of determining pressure risk
  • Type of Cushions: How to get maximum benefits
  • Belts & Harnesses: How to improve positioning in the chair
  • Other considerations: Client’s needs, Carers, environments etc.

Please contact Sitwell Technologies to find out more or to receive a quote, or Contact Us if you have any questions.

Lowee

Are you concerned about pressure injury (PI) in your facility? Lowee's team of Health System Strengthening (HSS) experts can help you to develop a comprehensive approach to pressure injury prevention and care.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.

Mobility Aids

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. They offer Seating and Positioning for children and adults and use the services of an Occupational Therapist who specialises in seating solutions for more severe cases. Products that they supply include Mobility Aids Hospital Beds, Mobility Scooters, Pressure Care Mattresses, Backrests & Cushions, Pediatric Equipment, Walkers, Rollators,Mobility Aids  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 also 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 & services at: www.mobilityaids.co.za"

Seating, Backrests & Supports

Some persons who use wheelchairs may not only need a specially designed Cushion to prevent pressure sores, but may also require a special backrest or specially designed "Seating Solution" to prevent pressure sores, provide support and improve their posture. There are various types of these Seating Solutions and backrest which can be fitted to different wheelchairs and specifically designed bases, while various types of Backrests have also been designed to be used in your car; on a normal chair in the office or at home. These products are available to purchase from companies such as Sitwell, Mobility Aids, Steenkamp and Snyman Inc. and Simplify Wheelchair Seating and include:

Seating Solutions, Frames & Bases

Various Seating solutions are available to give that extra support and can be adapted and moulded to the specifications of the client, they include products such as the:

Spex Modular Seating System

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Spex Modular Seating System: The Spex Modular Seating System (pictured right) is designed for the individual who has complex postural needs and significant spinal or trunk asymmetries;  Protruding skeletal prominences; Risks of skin breakdown and has pressure care requirements; Requires greater immersion into back support for stability and comfort and Requires torso pain reduction.

The Benefits of the Spex Modular Seating System include the expansion fabric cover that allows all kinds of contouring without compromising skin protection; a Comfortable pressure reducing foam surface layer to absorb bony prominences; Triple-layered cube contouring cell system which provides configurations for a perfect fit and shape for the client and customisation to contouring are performed on-the-spot, as many times as you want. Created as the solution-solver for asymmetrical back postures, the modular componentry means that you can ‘mix and match’ with different lateral pad options and positioning supports. The deep contour solution offers exceptional contact to contoured areas of the body. This product is available to purchase in South Africa from companies such as Steenkamp and Snyman Inc., contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Aluminium Seat Frame: The 3 piece aluminium frame is generally used for treatment involving individual seat shells. The Alu-light frame is custom made including hinges and fixation strap. This product is available to purchase in South Africa from companies such as Steenkamp and Snyman Inc., contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

These and other Seating Solutions are also available from companies such as Sitwell, Mobility Aids, Steenkamp and Snyman Inc. and Simplify Wheelchair Seating, contact them to find out more about these products they sell, or visit our Pediatric Seating & Positioning Aids page to find out what other products are available in South Africa that will suite children.

Seat Bases

Seat Bases can interface with a wide range of seating systems and solutions including moulded seating which can be adapted to your requirements, these Seat Bases include the:

Ottobock Discovery Base

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Discovery Wheelbase: The Discovery Wheelbase (pictured right) is a stable and adaptive wheelbase which is still easy to handle even under high weight bearing load, thanks the rotation point of the seat tilt which has been placed very close to the front. Discovery has been proven to be open to different seating systems and the entire back can be adjusted to the seating shells, as the angle of the back rest can be changed with a ratchet mechanism. Various interface adapters and footrest designs round off this flexible concept. This product is available to purchase in South Africa from companies such as Steenkamp and Snyman Inc., contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Kimba Neo Buggy Base: The Kimba Neo Buggy Base has an adjustable suspension which helps prevent spasms. Thanks to the suspension, the driving characteristics are smoother and the buggy is easier to steer, even on rough terrain. This product is available to purchase in South Africa from companies such as Steenkamp and Snyman Inc., contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

These and other Bases and Seating Solutions are available to purchase from companies such as Sitwell, Mobility Aids, Steenkamp and Snyman Inc. and Simplify Wheelchair Seating, contact them to find out more about these products they sell, or visit our Pediatric Seating & Positioning Aids page to find out what other products are available in South Africa that will suite children.

Pressure Care Backrests

J3 Back

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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 some Wheelchair Backrests are available to purchase which offer additional padding to support your back, 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 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 a company who specializes in Seating & Positioning, they will not only make sure you purchase the correct backrest, but also set you up in your wheelchair correctly. These products are available throughout South Africa and can be purchased from various companies including Sitwell, Mobility Aids, Steenkamp and Snyman Inc. and Simplify Wheelchair Seating, they include products such as:

J3 Back: The J3 Back (pictured right) is suitable for various types of people from the active to the elderly, the new Jay® J3™ Back features the most versatile hardware package and flexible positioning system. It is dedicated to eliminating compromises such as: towel bars that interfere with the mounting hardware, backrest contours that fail to match the user or even back heights that are too tall or too short. J3™ supplies multiple solutions with one product. These backrests 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.

Tension Adjustable Back

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Matrix Elite Back: The Invacare Matrx Elite Back features easy set hardware for quick installation and allows for adjustments to be made while the user is still seated in the wheelchair. The lateral supports provide optimal trunk support while allowing clearance for shoulders and hips, the optional headrest adapter plate mounts directly onto the back. The lightweight, stylish back shell is removable and adjustable for lumbo-sacral support & for a custom fit. These backrests are available to purchase from various companies around South Africa including Mobility Aids & Simplify Wheelchair Seating, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Tension Adjustable Back: The Tension adjustable backrest (pictured right) from Mobility Aids, can be fitted to all our wheelchairs and most other models. The difference it makes to comfort and posture is unparrelled. We use the most straps and the smallest gaps in the market thereby ensuring optimum contouring. There are a minimum of 9 straps on a standard backrest, the arrow 25mm straps allow contouring exactly where you need it. The narrow intervals of 20mm between straps means maximum comfort contouring and pressure distribution, it prevents rolling of the pelvis into posterior tilt. These backrests 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.

Whatever your need may be, you can be guaranteed that you will find a Backrest that can improve your "Seating & Positioning needs & improve your Pressure Care, visit our "Pressure Care - Wheelchair Backrests" Page to see what other Wheelchair Backrests are available that will suite your needs. There are also various types of Backrests that can be used by persons who need that extra back support and pressure relief but do not use wheelchairs, visit our Pressure Care Products - Pressure Care Backrests Page to find out more about these Backrests that offer both support & pressure relief.

Harnesses, Headrests, Seat Belts & Straps

There are a wide variety of different types of Harnesses, Headrests, Seat Belts and Straps, which are designed and used to keep you safe in your Wheelchair, improve your posture and give you extra support. Each person is unique and therefore their needs are different, what works for one person, will not necessarily work for another. Various types of this equipment is available to purchase from companies including Sitwell, Prima Care, Steenkamp and Snyman Inc. and Simplify Wheelchair Seating, who sell products such as:

Seat Belts & Straps

These Seat Belts and Straps, which are designed and used to keep you safe in your Wheelchair, improve your posture and give you extra support are available in a variety of different styles to suite each individuals needs, whether they are an adult or a child, or if they traveling in a vehicle or just sitting in their wheelchair. These different types of Seat Belts and Straps, which are sold in South Africa include products such as:

Bodypoint Hip belt Centre Pull Pelvic positioning

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Bodypoint Hip Belt Centre Pull Pelvic positioning: Bodypoint’s unique design features distinguish this simple-to-use belt with 2 points of attachment. With all-day users comfort in mind, there is a seamless transition from the creep-resistant webbing to the contoured pads, with a rounded edge binding where they contact the user. Sewing techniques and materials are integrated for maximum grime resistance, the belt, is machine washable and dryable & the proprietary webbing is designed with smoother edges and a weave that resists slipping and dirt. Closed-cell foam in our pads is highly resilient and has great pressure distribution properties. Exclusive D-ring design is deeper for larger hand sizes and stays in place for easier grasping. These Seat Belts and Straps are available to purchase from companies around South Africa including Sitwell, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

 There are also various other types of Seat Belts & Straps that are specifically designed for persons with Mobility Impairments contact companies such as Sitwell and Simplify Wheelchair Seating to see what other types of these products they can supply or Contact Us if you have any questions.

Harnesses, Vests & Belts

Bodypoint Stayflex Upperbody Positioning

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There are also a wide variety of different types of Harnesses, Vests & other Belts, which are designed to keep you safe in your Wheelchair, improve your posture and give you extra support. These different types of Harnesses, Vests & Belts are available to purchase throughout South Africa and are sold by various companies, they include products such as:

Bodypoint Stayflex Upperbody Positioning: The Stayflex Chest Support gives firm support to users needing trunk control, without sacrificing comfortable shoulder movement. The patented dual-zone elastic construction virtually eliminates shifting upwards at the neckline when the user leans forward, avoiding strangulation risk. Made of carefully selected materials that provide the optimal balance between stretch and resistance, the Stayflex has raised the bar for chest support. Features include: Heavy-duty knit nylon and foam rubber padding for strong elastic support; Quick-release swivel buckles on the lower straps for easy removal; Superior materials and careful stitching in our Seattle facility for long life; As always, a pelvic support should be worn with any anterior support product. This product is available to purchase from Companies such as Sitwell Technologies, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

R82 Xpanda Accessories Vest and Belts

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R82 Xpanda Accessories Vest and Belts: R82 has developed a broad line of vests and belts to compliment seating and positioning systems. They increase comfort, safety, and ensure a correct sitting position. They are quick to remove or install and easy to adjust. A wide selection ensures correct support for all users. The vests and belts are designed to fit any R82 seating product and can also be used on other products. All the vests and upholstered belts are made of breathable fabrics, which make them comfortable to wear. They can be washed up to 104°F. Mounting of the vest and belts can be done with the enclosed buckles or fastening to the outside of the chair. The vest and belts must be adjusted to fit the user, depending on how much clothing the user is wearing. This product is available to purchase from Companies such as Sitwell Technologies, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

There are also various other types of Harnesses, Vests & Belts that are specifically designed to assist persons with Mobility Impairments, contact companies such as Sitwell, Steenkamp and Snyman Inc. and Simplify Wheelchair Seating to see what other types of these products they can supply or visit our Pediatric Equipment - Pediatric Seating & Positioning Aids page to find Pediatric Seating & Positioning Aids that have been designed to assist children and are available to purchase from companies such as as Prima Care, Sitwell, Mobility Aids, Steenkamp and Snyman Inc. and Simplify Wheelchair Seating, alternatively visit our Vehicle Aids - Harnesses, Headrests, Seat Belts & Straps page to view some products that can be used to assist and support you when being transported in a vehicle. Please feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions.

Headrests

Universal Wheelchair Headrest

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There are a wide variety of different types of Headrests, which are designed to give extra support to both your head and neck, which can be used by both adults and children. They are ideal for additions to wheelchairs that can recline or tilt back & improve your posture and give you extra support. These different types of Backrests are available throughout South Africa and are sold by various companies, they include products such as:

The Universal Wheelchair Headrest: The Universal Wheelchair Headrest (pictured right) is suitable for retrofitting to most wheelchairs with push handles up to 2.5cm (1″) diameter. The Universal Wheelchair Headrest features height, width and angle adjustment and an adjustable padded headrest cushion. It is designed to help aid the posture and comfort of the wheelchair user. It should NOT be used as part of a restraint in a motor vehicle but is suitable for all wheelchairs with seat widths of 16′ (40cm) to 22′ (55cm). It is designed to aid posture and comfort of wheelchair user. The adjustable height, width and angle is easy to use Tool-free, the padded headrest cushion maximises user comfort & is available to purchase from various companies around South Africa, including Prima Care, contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Alu Rehab Netti Accessories Head Support A

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Alu Rehab Netti Accessories Head Support A: The Alu Rehab Netti Accessories Head Support A, (pictured right) is suitable for people with limited head control and stability. The shape of Type A offers a secured and soft head lying position. The 2 lateral side supports provide additional lateral support and ensure to keep the head in a required position by help of the 3D adjustment. It can be used if a user’s head is tending to fall side wards or simply to offer a stable head position. This product is available to purchase from Companies such as Sitwell Technologies, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

There are also various other types of Headrests that are specifically designed to assist persons with Mobility Impairments contact companies such as Sitwell and Simplify Wheelchair Seating to see what other types of these products they can supply or Contact Us if you have any questions.

Car Seating Solutions For Children

There are also a wide variety of different types of Car Seating Solutions, which are designed to keep your child safe in the vehicle, improve their posture and give them extra support. These different types of Car Seats are available to purchase throughout South Africa and are sold by various companies, they include products such as:

R82 Panda Easyfit

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Ato form Christophorus Transport, Car Seating Solution: The Ato form Christophorus Transport, Car Seating Solution is a simple, functional Car Seat, it can be adjusted according to the needs of the child. The 3 point seat belt secures it into the car seat & the side support and leg support can be folded away, for the easy placement and removal of the child. The child seat is available in four sizes and each in two seat depth variations. The upholstery can be chosen in the base colours blue/black or red/black. This product is available to purchase from Companies such as Sitwell Technologies, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

R82 Panda Easyfit: The Panda Easyfit (pictured right) provides comfortable support for the child during transportation in the car, it can be mounted on the back seat as well as on the front passenger seat. The tilt in space function makes it possible to position the child in an active or more relaxed position. The Panda Easyfit is available in 4 sizes as standard version for children from 9 months till about 8 years. The unit will tilt, swivel and slide outwards in order to protect the parents back while loading your child into the seat. If the car is equipped with Isofix anchorage points, it is possible to use the Easyfit-mounting system on the Swing-out frame. With this system, it is very easy to mount or dismount the Panda Easyfit on the outer rear seats of the car. In other cases, the Evo-bracing strap has to be used to hold the Panda Easyfit in place. This product is available to purchase from Companies such as Sitwell Technologies, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

There are also various other types of Wheelchair Restraint Systems and Seatbelts that are specifically designed to assist persons with Mobility Impairments when they are being transported in a Vehicle, while remaining in their wheelchair. Visit our Vehicle Aids - Wheelchair Restraint Systems, to find out more about these products and the companies that provide them, or visit our Pediatric Equipment - Pediatric Seating & Positioning Aids page to find out more about Pediatric Seating & Positioning Aids that have been designed to assist children and are available to purchase from companies such as as Prima Care, Sitwell, Mobility Aids, Steenkamp and Snyman Inc. and Simplify Wheelchair Seating. Contact Us if you have any questions.

Sleeping & Positioning Aids

The correct positioning while sleeping, is just as important as the correct positioning while sitting. It is believed that night-time positioning should be of the same high quality as daytime positioning, the importance of 24-hour positioning has become widely recognised over the last few years, as the continuation of good positioning throughout the day and night promotes improved skeletal development and better quality of life. Current thinking is that neglecting proper night-time positioning will take away from the benefits of any postural support given during the waking hours. There are therefore a variety of types of Sleeping Aids which have been designed for both children and adults to assist with this, some of these products are available to purchase from various companies in South Africa and include products such as:

Jenx Dreama 24 hr Position

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Jenx Dreama 24hr Positioning System: The Jenx Dreama 24hr Positioning System is a pressure reducing 24hr positioning system, suitable for children and adults. Good positioning throughout the day and night promotes improved skeletal development and better quality of life, The Dreama is a key part of any 24hr postural management programme, recognizing that abnormal and posturally destructive tone is present 24/7, the Dreama system follows on from support offered by conventional positioning. By utilising a variety of available support pads, the system can be configured to support even the most complex of postures. Supporting at risk limbs and reducing tonal spasms, the Dreama contributes towards more recuperative periods of rest, which in turn has a positive contribution towards minimising the risk of muscular skeletal deformity. Dreama can be used as a preventative system or to reduce the risk of further postural deterioration, and is therefore appropriate for any age. Users who may benefit from Dreama include those with the following medical conditions: Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Arthrogryposis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and associated conditions, Post-trauma, Post-surgery, Spina Bifida and Scoliosis. The Dreama is quick and simple and has no difficult fastenings, no nuts and bolts, no noisy Velcro tape, just a supportive, full depth, pressure reducing mattress, and a large variety of support pad accessories that simply slide and lock in where needed, configurations can be changed with the minimum of disruption to the user. It allows good ventilation between the body and the cushions, which reduces heat-triggered spasm. The DreamaTM system provides pressure relief as part of its function, which in itself is a guarantee of comfort. Dreama is designed to be comfortable, the towelling covers are soft and comfortable and the pressure reducing cushions provide a supportive base. The support pads mean that the user sleeps in a comfortable position and won’t roll over into an uncomfortable one. Dreama offers a full range of positioning opportunities: prone, supine and side lying can all be achieved easily, quickly and quietly. Dreama can be set up with the user in bed, which means that transfers can occur with some, all, or no supports in place, which reduces the need for lifting, it also makes lifting easier as the position can be adapted once the user is on the bed. This product is available to buy in South Africa from companies such as Sitwell, contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

There are also various other types of Sleeping & Positioning Aids that are specifically designed for persons with Mobility Impairments contact companies such as Sitwell and Simplify Wheelchair Seating to see what other types of these products they can supply or Contact Us if you have any questions.

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