Skin Care: Mattresses and Cushions
Wheelchair cushions, mattresses and mattress toppers can help relieve pressure when sitting or lying down. The type of cushion or mattress can allow you to stay in one position for longer periods of time and reduce the risk of developing pressure sores. There are many different types of cushions and mattress. Some are made of foam, air, water and/or gel.
There are advantages and disadvantages to all of the devices. The following are some general considerations for the major type of devices.
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In general it is best to use the device that is least expensive while being effective. Things to consider when making a choice:
- ability to consistently perform pressure reliefs;
- need for a firm surface to perform transfers;
- ability of the skin to handle pressure without being damaged.
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