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12th February 2012, 11:34
I have just had my wheelchair cushion upgraded from a Salisbury foam to an Invacare Flo-Tech solution which has a jel topping but after an hour my rear end is still numb any suggestions please.
Regs Bob.

12th February 2012, 13:18
Hi Bob,

I weigh 7 stone 9lbs and my butt is skin and bone. I have a Jay lite cushion on my manual chair and a Jay 3 gel deep contour on my powerchair, I can recommend both, but highly recommend the Jay3.


Do you have 'tilt in space' on your chair? as this also helps relieve pressure.

12th February 2012, 14:47
Hi Jeannie,thanks for that i will have a gander in a bit,yes i do have tilt but i have been waiting for a repair for about 6 weeks,you know the story they come and ave a look mmm yes one of those is it.We got one at Poole will sent a man to get it,fortnight later you have to ring em,ah yes sorry it was the wrong part we will have to get one from the makers,fortnight later 2 men new part.They take chair outside on front porch,strip it down,ah wrong part,the manufacturer says it's an updated part but don't fit ,so they take photos and a fortnight later I'm still waiting.Yes it did tilt and might again some day.In the mean time it's numbum. Regs Bob X

12th February 2012, 15:57
Mark is using a ROHO Quaddro cushion. He has tried a few different types and found this to be the best. He has one fitted in both wheelchair and living room chair. Cushion was supplied by wheelchair services after request made by his nurse. Along with tilt as Jeannie recommended, Mark sometimes has his legs raised if in wheelchair for a long time - just to kinda alter position a bit.

12th February 2012, 17:06
Grrr it happens Bob....I usually ask for the part number and track the part down myself, that way there are no excuses to be had lol My local mobility store kept fobbing me off as to when my new powerchair was going to be delivered to store. In the end I emailed invacare asking what the hold-up was only to be told that the mobility company had received my chair two weeks prior grrr

12th February 2012, 18:00
Thanks Jeannie and Rachel Regards Bob X

12th February 2012, 20:55
Hi just reading your posts about cushions,do you use your wheelchairs as armchairs,because that s what our ot is saying we have to do,as transfers are getting difficult for my husband,but long term is that very comfortable .

13th February 2012, 10:23
Hi Petal. Mark only uses his wheelchair for going out. During the day he sits in a Careflex Hydroflex chair with additional Roho cushion fitted. I guess its all down to what is most comfortable. Even though comfy, Mark wouldn't like to sit in his wheelchair in the house. I would imagine a lot depends on the locations of the hoists. We wheelchair into living room then hoist into the careflex chair, which has tilt, reclining backrest, leg rise, lumbar support, head comfort cushion etc.

13th February 2012, 10:24
Hi Bob,
I use and recommend J2 Deep Contour gel cushions, very similar to Jeannies.
Regards Mark

13th February 2012, 13:26
Hi Petal,no don't use as my armchair, they fitted 2x ceiling hoists or love swings we like to call them.One in our sitting room to transfer me between armchair and wheelchair and one in bedroom for transfers and adult games Regards Bob.

13th February 2012, 13:34
Cheers Mark,I was looking around and have seen them for as much as 700 enough to give ya a pain in the A**E Regs.Bob

13th February 2012, 15:44
Won't your OT provide these things. You shouldn't be having to shell out this kind of cash.


13th February 2012, 16:46
Hi John,wheelchair services did provide this gel cushion but after an hour I still get a nummer but my wheelchair tilt is awating a new part so hopefully things will improve. Regards Bob

13th February 2012, 18:51
Bob. Phone Exeter mobility services - I think you said your came from there? They will sort out things like that, I wasn't happy with mine and they sorted it,, and put ome padded armrests on here as well.


14th February 2012, 09:51
Hi John,what cushion have you got as I think we both have Quickie Salsas,I am under Dorchester wheelchair Services who are definetly Not on the ball,I have been waiting about 6 weeks for a repair, the old story wrong part then waiting for a part. Regards Bob.

14th February 2012, 10:59
Different John but have you asked for a different cushion and explained the problem? They can usually do things like that as it requires little or no effort, they can tick the box of having done something, and feel good about themselves for a while.


14th February 2012, 14:03
Hi John,I will chase them up, cheers. hope Irene's still improving Regards Bob

14th February 2012, 21:31
Hi Rachelg
Did you have to buy the hydro flex chair yourself ? Ang

15th February 2012, 11:03
Hi Ang

No - CHC funded I think. Marks Neuro physio recommended it, then we got our OT to organise a demo, then we said we wanted it. Thing is, I don't care to ask Marks team too much about how things are paid for. He has CHC funding, I do pretty much all of his care, assisted in the morning by my brother so the way I see things is that the money saved on outside care companies and specialist care for Marks Trache (which I do) we can gain back by having the best equipment for him.

Plus - I nag and nag and nag some more to get the best for Mark.

The chair is brilliant and one of its main advantages is that its on wheels, so I can move Mark around to look out of the window or to push him closer to the fire when his feet are cold and to turn him towards the sofa when visitors come and of course to give him prime tv viewing spot.

15th February 2012, 12:21
Hi Rachel, who or what is CHC please? Regards Bob

15th February 2012, 14:33
Continuing health care aka CHC ;)

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