Foam cushions are a popular option for wheelchairs. Foam wheelchair cushions have a simple construction, are affordable, and provide a stable surface. Additionally, foam cushions are lightweight, which many wheelchair users prefer.
Foam cushions are often made of a single layer of foam. However, some foam cushions are constructed with multiple foam layers, each with a different density. These multi-layer cushions provide more positioning support than a single-layer foam cushion will.
Thanks to technology, foam cushions can include memory foam which helps to adapt and retain a position based on the shape of your body. With the wide variety of foams available, foam cushions can be designed to provide support, softness, or any combination of the two.
If you need a particular fit or alteration to your wheelchair cushion, a foam cushion may be just the solution, since many foam cushions can be easily altered. A physical therapist or doctor can cut or remove part of a foam cushion to provide pressure relief, or can sculpt the cushion to provide greater postural support.
When you’re shopping for a wheelchair cushion on a budget, you will have plenty of options when looking at foam cushions. One of the major benefits of foam cushions is that they are highly affordable, especially when compared with air and gel cushions. You should be aware that foam does wear out more quickly than air and gel cushions do, but replacing foam cushions is affordable.
If you’re looking for a wheelchair cushion option which is lightweight, affordable, and which can provide you with both support and softness, then a foam cushion may perfectly suit your needs.
Be sure to reach out and contact us if you have any questions about which cushion may be right for you; we’re always happy to help.
Know What You Need
Before you buy a foam cushion, have a discussion with your doctor or physical therapist to determine what type of foam cushion is best for you. Would you benefit from the sculpting properties of memory foam, or do you need a more supportive, firmer foam to help with positioning? There are plenty of foam cushion styles to choose from, so you’re sure to find one that’s just right for your needs.
Customize Your Foam Cushion
Don’t feel like your foam cushion is quite the right fit for you? Bring it in to your physical therapist and ask them to customize the fit to your specific needs. It is easy and simple to remove some foam so that the cushion better supports and works with your body.
Keep a Foam Cushion On Hand
If you typically use a gel or air cushion, it’s still a good idea to keep a foam cushion on hand in your house. Gel and air cushions can potentially leak, but your foam cushion can serve as a backup if you ever need it.