Maryland Wheelchair Seating and Positioning Accessories
While modern-day wheelchairs are designed with comfort in mind, they can be tiring, especially during long trips. Certain medical conditions may also require specific body positioning when a wheelchair is used. From wheelchair cushions to back supports, Freedom Mobility offers the full range of wheelchair positioning accessories for both comfort and safety. Our Maryland wheelchair store serves customers from Towson, Rockville, Owings Mills, Hanover, Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Columbia and all throughout the Baltimore area.
Here are the two important things you need to know about wheelchair seating:
- Even on a brand-new wheelchair, you may find that the seat isn’t ideal for your specific body positioning and comfort requirements.
- The original cushion on your wheelchair will get worn out eventually and become less comfortable.
Whether you are looking to replace your old, deflated cushion or want to outfit your new wheelchair with the most comfortable seating, Freedom Mobility can help. We believe that your wheelchair experience should be as enjoyable as possible, which is why we stock the highest quality, most comfortable wheelchair cushions in Maryland.
Poorly tailored or uncomfortable wheelchair cushions can lead to:
- pressure sores and skin breakdown
- uneven weight distribution and shifted center of gravity
- risk of sliding out of the chair
- poor endurance in a chair
- aversion to using the chair
- inability to properly operate the wheelchair functions
The proper cushion will help pressure distribution, stability, postural alignment, comfort and will improve wheelchair mobility.
We offer postural support systems designed for people with a wide range of adult geriatric or bariatric rehabilitation needs. The wheelchair backs we carry in our Maryland store are designed for comfort, durability and ease of use. Wheelchair backs are available in a variety of contours to assist with lateral positioning and pelvic and scapular relief. We carry widths from 12”-24” and heights from 12”-33”.
Contour Wheelchair Backs
The basic contour wheelchair backs offer a more natural position for your back. Humans don’t have flat backs, so leaning against a mostly flat surface for a long time can be uncomfortable. Contour wheelchair backs are shaped to follow the natural curvature of our spines. They come in a variety of contour depths and support heights, so you are guaranteed to find the one you feel comfortable in.
Lateral Wheelchair Backs
These types of backs offer lateral support in the form of side extensions that “hug” the wheelchair user, helping him or her remain in place. Lateral wheelchair backs are a great add-on for anyone who is not fully in control of their upper body and has a risk of falling over.
Wheelchair backs with lumbar support use a cushion that is placed behind your lower back to reduce lower back fatigue. It also helps position your pelvis in a way that does not constrict any of your internal organs.
Freedom Mobility offers a wide variety of wheelchair accessories for complex positioning needs. Our trained personnel can assist you with selecting the best products for postural support, lateral support, arm and foot care and amputee support. If you are looking for wheelchair accessories in Maryland, here are some of the products we supply:
- pelvic positioning belts
- head and neck rests
- torso support straps
- arm troughs and wrist straps
- shoe holders and foot boxes
- amputee leg support
- elevated leg rests
These wheelchair accessories can help prevent edema and allow you to spend more time in your chair with less fatigue.
Pressure Sore Risk Factors
There are a number of risk factors to consider when purchasing wheelchair seating and positioning accessories. Many of these factors are based on the Braden Scale that was developed specifically for assessing the patient’s risk of developing pressure ulcers.
Hours Spent in a Wheelchair
Take into account the number of hours a day a person will be spending in their chair. The longer someone is using a wheelchair, whether it’s a manual or a power model, the more pressure relief they will need.
Can the person sense when they need to relieve pressure? Do they have the ability to shift their weight to relieve it? If not, they are at a greater risk of pressure ulcers.
How much support does the patient need while sitting in their wheelchair? Do they slide, lean or fall forward? Many cushions are designed to keep the pelvis supported and stable to help with postural alignment.
Is the person moving the wheelchair with their feet, arms or not at all? Are they in a power chair? Does it tilt or recline? The answers to these questions will help you determine where the wheelchair user is most likely to develop pressure sores and how to prevent them.
There are many cases where the person using the wheelchair just wants to be comfortable while they are sitting in it. The proper cushion can give pressure relief and align their body to fit the wheelchair (the armrests will not be as high or their legs and pelvis will be more supported).
Is the patient exposed to moisture for prolonged periods of time? Whether its sweat or incontinence, moisture will play a role in potential skin breakdown and you will need to consider cushions that limit development of moisture and bacteria.
These are just some of the factors to consider when selecting a cushion or a positioning accessory for a wheelchair user. Our knowledgeable staff will help you choose the best solution and tailor it to the wheelchair for optimum comfort and/or mobility.
If you or a loved one are in need of wheelchair seating and positioning products in Maryland, contact us today!
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Anne Arundel County Mobility Solutions: Annapolis (21401, 21403, 21409), Arnold (21012), Crofton (21114), Crownsville (21032), Gambrills (21054), Glen Burnie (21060, 21061), Hanover (21076), Jessup (20794), Pasadena (21122), Severn (21144), Severna Park (21146).
Montgomery County Mobility Solutions: Olney (20832), Damascus (20872), Silver Spring (20910), Clarksburg (20871), Germantown (20876), Gaithersburg (20878), Laytonsville (20882), Chevy Chase (20815), Bethesda (20816), and more.
Howard County Mobility Solutions: Clarksville (21029), Cooksville (21723), Columbia (21044), Dorsey (21075), Elkridge (21075), Glenelg (21737), Ellicott City (21043), Fulton (20759), Glenwood (21738), Granite (21163), Hanover (21076), Jessup (20794), Lisbon (21765), Highland (20777), Marriottsville (21104), West Friendship (21794), North Laurel (20723), Woodbine (21797), Woodstock (21163), and more.
Carroll County Mobility Solutions: Eldersburg (21784), Finksburg (21048), Union Bridge (21791), Hampstead (21074), Manchester (21102), Taneytown (21787), Westminster (21157, 21158), New Windsor (21776), Sykesville (21784), Marriottsville (21104), Woodbine (21797), Taneytown (21787), Mount Airy (21771), and more.
Baltimore County Mobility Solutions: Arbutus (21227), Cockeysville (21030, 21031, 21065), Dundalk (21222), Essex (21221), Catonsville (21228, 21250), Garrison (21055), Lansdowne (21227), Lochearn (21207), Lutherville (21093), Edgemere (21219), Middle River (21220), Overlea (21236), Owings Mills (21117), Parkville (21234), Park Heights (21215), Pikesville (21208), Milford Mill (21244), Randallstown (21133), Rosedale (21237), Timonium (21093), Towson (21204), Reisterstown (21136), White Marsh (21162), Woodlawn (21207), and more.
Frederick County Mobility Solutions: Frederick (21701, 20702, 21703, 21709), Mount Airy (21771), Urbana (21704), Libertytown (21762), Ijamsville (21754), Walkersville (21793), New Market (21774) , Damascus (20872), and more.
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