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How to use a Hoyer Lift
|Typical Hoyer Lift |
|Hoyer Lifts allow a person to be lifted and transferred with a minimum of physical effort. Before attempting to lift anyone practice with the lifter by using a helper, not the patient. You must know and understand how the lifter will feel with a patient in it. Be certain to explain the lifting sequence to the patient before attempting to lift them the first time. |
The Boom of the lift does not swivel. The patient's weight must be centered over the base legs at all times. Do not attempt to lift patient with the mast/boom assembly swiveled to either side. Always keep patient facing the attendant operating the lifter.
|Typical Hoyer Patient Lift diagram:|
- Manual and Powered Hoyer Lifts operate similarly. The manual versions have hydraulic cylinders and a hand-pump, the powered patient lifters use rechargeable battery packs and a pushbutton hand control. All lifts share the same nomenclature names as pictured (left).
- To raise the patient the base of the Hoyer Lifter must be spread to it's widest possible position to maximize stability.
- To lower patient open the hydraulic pressure release knob by turning it counter-clockwise, not more than one full turn. The release knob is located on pump near pump handle. Battery powered Lifters have a button on the hand control for lowering patient.
| Transfer from Bed|
|If patient needs support and is in a hospital bed, raise side rails and have patient hold onto rails. Raise the level of the bed to the highest position before moving the patient onto the sling. This will reduce strain on the caregiver's back. Also, when the patient is ready to be lifted, lower the side rail and the level of the bed, decreasing the distance the patient has to be elevated.|
Positioning the Lift for Use:
- With the legs of the base open and locked, use the steering handle to push the patient lift into position.
- Lower the patient lift for easy attachment of the sling.
- When the patient is clear of the bed surface, swing their feet off the bed.
- Using the steering handle, move the lift away from the bed.
- When moving the patient lift away from the bed, turn the patient so that he/she faces assistant operating the patient lift.
- Press the DOWN button (electric) or open the control valve (manual/hydraulic) lowering patient so that his feet rest on the base of the lift, straddling the mast. Close the control valve.
The U-Sling is the most commonly used sling for transferring patient from bed. Consult the sling manual on how to fold the sling before placing under patient. Folding the sling makes for less work. These U-Sling wraps around the thigh and cross between the legs. This gives the patient a secure feel and prevents patient sliding out of the sling.
Below is a diagram of a typical "Internet image" (see diagram 1) of a typical padded U-Sling. The image is meaningless if you do not have a visual of what this looks like when in actual use. See diagram 2 showing the patient in a comfortable seated position facing the attendant. Feet should rest on the base of the lift.
Typical U-Sling diagram (Internet image)
Visual of sling being used by patient
Applying the Sling:
- Roll patient so the are resting on their side. Put the folded sling behind patient's back and roll patient onto their back.
- Pull the leg loops forward and under the thigh.
- Cross the loops
- Roll the base as far under the bed as possible locating the cradle over the patient. Be careful not lower the frame onto the patient.
- The parking brakes (caster locks) should not be on when lifting the patient, let the lift move a little with the weight adjustment.
- When both sides of the sling are attached to their respective sides of the cradle, raise the patient slowly. If patient is in a hospital bed it will help to raise the head section slightly.
- Raise the patient until buttocks are just above the mattress. The self-leveling cradle will bring patient into a sitting position. Grasp patient's legs and turn patient so their legs dangle off side off the bed. Do not push or pull patient off of bed. Lower bed if you need more clearance.
- Grasp steering handles and move lifter away from the bed. Move patient into position over the seat of wheelchair. Make sure wheelchair brakes are on.
- Lower patient into wheelchair or other transport device.
|How to Fit Sling From Lying Position|
Draw sheet roll the patient onto the sling, ensuring that the top of the commode aperture is at the base of the spine.
Bring the leg support straps up and between the client's legs and proceed as from the seated position, attaching to the shortest possible loops. If you are going to place the patient on a high bed it may be necessary to lower the patient onto an intermediate surface and adjust the strap length.
Continue to page 2: How to use a Hoyer Lift Sling
Guide to Types of Slings
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|Crypton Lift Chair Fabric from Pride
lift chair Fabric from Pride
- Spills and accidents just wipe away
- Integrated moisture barrier keeps the cushion clean and dry
Crypton® Super Fabric from Pride® is not only luxurious, durable, and contemporary, but it also resists spills, stains, odors, and bacteria. Nothing gets past Crypton’s unique patented integrated fiber process. It protects your upholstery inside and out.
Lead Time: 5-7 Days before shipping. Allow 10-12 days from time of order to delivery.
Optional Stain Removal Kit:
The Crypton Care Line consists of three products that are ideal for Crypton Super Fabrics, but also work well on any water-cleanable fabric. They remove almost any stain imaginable - grease, grass, wine, crayon...anything. Crypton Purple is designed to remove ink, grease, and oil stains. Crypton Gold removes food, beverage, and protein stains. Crypton Green freshens and deodorizes fabrics; it is a neutral ph disinfectant that is safe for textiles. It can also be used in combination with any Crypton Care product. See the Stain Removal Kit.
- Carefully remove any excess spill and apply stain remover.
- Allow solution to work and lightly agitate spot with soft brush.
- Blot up solution, rinse with water, and blot again.
1. Carefully remove any excess spill and apply stain remover.
2. Allow solution to work and lightly agitate spot with upholstery brush.
3. Blot up solution, rinse with water, and blot again.
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|Foot Conditions- Ankle Varus|
|Ankle varus is a condition where the ankles roll out, diminishing the stability and overall alignment of the body. If left untreated, ankle varus can lead to chronic ankle instability. People with ankle varus often experience an increase in sprains and progressive weakening of the ligaments. Ankle varus shoes help to balance the footâ€™s natural tendencies to roll out--significantly decreasing the occurrence of injury. Drew footwear, with its wide, often flared outsole and extended medial heel stabilizer, helps to reduce the chronic pain associated with ankle varus while improving foot alignment.|
|Foot Conditions- Arthritis|
|Arthritis is not one disease, but over 100 known diseases that affect the bones, muscles and joints. The term does not designate a specific disease, but means inflammation of a joint resulting from any cause. Pain and swelling can ensue (particularly obvious in the hands and feet), which creates limited movement and mobility. Drew footwear plays an important part in maintaining an active lifestyle and comfort level. Because the arthritic foot is hypersensitive, swollen and painful joints need extra room and soft leathers. Arthritic feet typically have disintegrated fatty pads that need extra cushioning and shock absorbing insoles. Often, orthotics are prescribed to position the foot to create less stress and alleviate pain. Drew footwear has a variety of depths to accommodate these special orthotics. If arthritis is present in the fingers and hands, Drew footwear has Velcro closures and a wide opening that can ease the pain of putting on, and taking off, footwear.|
|Foot Conditions- Bunions|
|Bunions can form in any part of the foot, but occur most often at the big toe joint. Bunions are created when friction between bones and skin create inflammation, resulting in a fluid-filled sac. With continual pressure the sac hardens and the result is pain and rigidity of the bones. The big toe is often forced into a position where it faces inward, resulting in the bunion. High heels and poorly fitting footwear are considered the main culprits. Drew footwear offers wide toe boxes that reduce cramping and allow the toes to spread out evenly. Drew features extended medial heel stabilizers and specifically designed Lasts that allow adequate toe room, yet keep the heel snug in the shoe. Added depth footwear creates space for custom orthotics, which can prevent the overpronation that created the bunion in the first place. Soft, nearly seamless linings also help to protect bunions and relieve pain.|
|Foot Conditions- Diabetes|
|Diabetes is a syndrome in which the basic defect is an absence or shortage of the pancreatic hormone insulin. This deficiency disrupts the vascular system, affecting the eyes, kidneys, legs, and other extremities such as the feet. Diabetic foot problems arise from poor circulation that causes hyposensitivity (lack of feeling). Clinical studies have shown that footwear and doctor prescribed orthotics play an important role in diabetic foot care. Drew footwear has removable insoles that can be replaced with prescribed orthotics, which help reduce and redistribute pressure and pressure points. The footwear has a wide shank area to better accommodate the diabetic foot. Look for soft, tumbled leathers that reduce irritation, and shoes that are lined with deerskin or other soft, seamless materials.|
|Foot Conditions- Hammertoes|
|Hammertoes is a term used to describe toe deformity caused by a muscle imbalance in the foot. A hammertoe is the result of the flexor digitorum longus muscle contracting first and overpowering the smaller muscles in the foot. This causes the toeâ€™s outer two joints to bend downward, resulting in hammertoe. While genetics plays a role in creating hammertoes (a flat foot predisposes this condition) failure to wear extra wide shoes and corrective footwear often aggravates the problem. |
Hammertoes, if left untreated, can develop into a painful and permanent deformity. Often, the failure to use corrective shoes places additional pressure on the toes. This unnatural pressure serves to further aggravate the hammertoe deformity. Extra-wide shoes feature wide toe boxes enabling the toes to rest evenly across the shoeâ€™s surface. In addition, our corrective shoes reduce friction and relieve pressure by providing the necessary room for removable insoles found in deep depth shoes.
|Foot Conditions- Metatarsalgia|
|Metatarsalgia is a condition that creates intense pain in the ball of the foot. The foot consists of metatarsal bones that work together to support your body during walking. If the balance of these bones is compromised, foot pain can ensue. Footwear with rounded or oblique toe characters prevents the toes from becoming cramped and helps keep the metatarsal bones in balance. Support is critical to pain relief and shock-absorbing insoles that evenly distribute your body weight and reduce painful pressure points will help. Good insoles will also help prevent the arch from collapsing, keeping the foot in better alignment.|
|Foot Conditions- Pes Cavus|
|Pes Cavus (commonly referred to as high arches) is a term used to describe a foot with excessive toe to heel arch elevation. Pes cavus is the opposite of flat feet and is far less common. The condition of high arches is often associated with abnormal orthopedic and neurological conditions or occurs with the onset of neuromuscular disease that diminishes muscle tone in the foot. A foot, with a high-arch condition, often experiences pain; this is because pes cavus places undue stress on the metatarsal region of the foot. This condition often requires high arch shoes with added depth for custom insoles or orthotics. Use footwear with extra depth for custom insoles designed to alleviate high arch pain. In addition, each pair of shoes has extended medial heel stabilizers, steel shanks and specially designed lasts that provide added support and stability for feet with pes cavus.|
|Foot Conditions- Pes Planus|
|Pes planus is a condition where the arch or instep of the foot collapses, coming in contact with the ground. When an individual walks, pressure shifts to other parts of the foot and causes pain. Correctly designed shoes will make the low-arch foot more comfortable. Use footwear designed with removable insoles that can be replaced with arch-supporting orthotics. Because the foot often pronates in flat feet, the body can become misaligned and other joints can be affected. Look for footwear with extended medial heel stabilizers, steel shanks and specially designed Lasts that allow for added walking stability to keep the body aligned.|
|Foot Conditions- Plantar Fasciitis|
|Plantar Fasciitis (which can lead to heel spurs) is a persistent pain located on the bottom of the heel and the inside of the foot. The plantar fascia is a fibrous, tendon-like structure that extends the entire length of the bottom of the foot. During excessive activity, the plantar fascia can become irritated, inflamed and even tear. Improper shoe selection can cause the injury, including stiff-soled shoes that stretch the tendon, and over-worn shoes that allow the foot to pronate. Look for footwear with superior insoles that support the arch and reduce tension on the tendon. Shoes with extra room for orthotics, which are commonly prescribed to help alleviate the pain and tension of plantar fasciitis. Shoes with extended medial stabilizers in the heel provide needed support and stability for this condition.|
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|Golden Lift Chair Heat & Massage Options
|The most sophisticated heat and massage system is now available from Golden!|
Experience this luxurious new massage system featuring:
Dozens of massage settings covering three different massage zones: shoulders, lumbar and seat
• Six massage motors provide relief to stiff, tired and strained muscles
• 15 and 30 minute massage timers
• Activate any or all of the three massage zones while in Wave or Pulse massage settings
• Independent adjustable massage intensity and speed settings
Relax with soothing low and high penetrating heat!
Independent 30 minute heat timer
• Soothe back muscles with the warming heat system
• Low and high heat settings
Press PWR to turn On or Off.
15 Minute Timer:
Single Press (GREEN)
30 Minute Timer:
Press & Hold (ORANGE)
Press LO or HI to turn HEAT On or Off.
Independent 30 Minute Timer
Press any or all ZONE keys to turn any Zone On or Off.
Press SELECT, WAVE or PULSE for desired operating mode.
Entire display is backlit for easy use in low light
Press – (Left) to decrease or + (Right) to increase INTENSITY and SPEED.
|Adding Heat & Massage lead time about 3 weeks.|
|Hospital Bed Mattress Guide
||About Mattress Widths:
Most Hospital Bed Mattress are 36" wide, twin-size, since that is the size of a standard hospital bed. A mattress wider than 36" is usually considered a Bariatric Mattress, has a high weight capacity, most are foam mattress, and is more costly. Here is a list of mattress systems available in wider sizes:
Invacare BARMATT Bariatric Mattress, 39", 42", 48" widths, foam
Invacare SPS2080 Solace Foam Mattress, 42", 48" widths, foam
SpanAmerica Geo-Mattress Max, 54", 60", 76" widths, foam
SpanAmerica Geo-Matt Pro Mattress, 39", 54", 60", 76" widths, foam
SpanAmerica Geo-Matt Plus Mattress, 39", 54", 60", 76" widths, foam
SpanAmerica Geo-Mattress Atlas, 39", 42", 48", 54" widths, foam
Comfort 300 Series Foam Mattress, 42", foam
Drive Medical 15312 Bariatric Mattress, 54" width, foam
We do offer Full-size and Queen size mattress systems, but these are not hospital bed mattress, they are replacements for standard Adjustable Beds. See Adjustable Bed Mattress.
Shortcuts to 75" and 76" Hospital Bed Mattress:
(options for a 75/76" mattress is limited since most Hospital Beds have an 80" sleep surface.)
Lumex Innerspring Mattress 75"
Long Term Care Pressure Redistribution Mattress 76"
Lumex Standard Care Foam Mattress 75"
Lumex Platinum Care Foam Mattress 75"
Lumex Gold Care Foam Mattress
SpanAmerica Geo-Mattress Pro 75"
SpanAmerica Geo-Mattress HC 75"
SpanAmerica Geo-Mattress Plus 75"
SpanAmerica Geo-Mattress Max 75"
SpanAmerica PressureGuard Renew Mattress 75"
SpanAmerica PressureGuard CFT Mattress 75"
SpanAmerica Turn Select Mattress 75"
SpanAmerica APM-Rotational Mattress System 75"
SpanAmerica APM-Rotational Mattress System 75"
SpanAmerica APM2 Safety Supreme Mattress 75"
Mason Pressure Reducing Foam Mattress 76"
Hospital Bed Mattress systems sorted by weight capacity:
250-lb Weight Capacity:
INVACARE-5185 - Innerspring Mattress
INVACARE-5180 - Innerspring Mattress
INVACARE-5185XL - Innerspring Mattress
DRIVE-15006 - Innerspring Mattress
GEO-MATT - Foam Mattress
GEO-MATT-HC - Foam Mattress
300-lb Weight Capacity:
LUMEX-316-319 - Foam Mattress
Geo-Matt-Pro - Foam Mattress
Drive-15007 - Foam Mattress
350-lb weight Capacity
LUMEX-3148016-1633 - Foam Mattress
Invacare-SPS3080 - Foam Mattress
Invacare-STS3080 - Foam Mattress
Invacare-MATTEZCA - Foam Mattress
INVACARE-SPS1080 - Foam Mattress
INVACARE-STS1080 - Foam Mattress
Invacare-SRS1080 - Foam Mattress
Invacare-SPS2080 - Foam Mattress
Invacare-STS2080 - Foam Mattress
Lumex-GF1500-175 - Foam Mattress
LUMEX-GF1500 - Foam Mattress
Lumex-GF15016-180-1633 - Foam Mattress
LUMEX-FOAM-MATTRESS - Foam Mattress
Drive-15019 - Foam Mattress
Home-Style-APM2 - Therapy Mattress
Pressureguard-APM2-SP - Therapy Air/Rotation Mattress
SPANAMERICA-TURN-SELECT - Therapy Air/Rotation Mattress
SpanAmerica-EasyAir-LR - Therapy Air Mattress/Rotation
400-lb Weight Capacity
LUMEX-3148018-163 - Foam Mattress
GEO-MATT-MAX - Foam Mattress
Drive-15014 - Foam Mattress
GEO-MATT-PLU - Foam Mattress
Geo-Mattress-Wings - Foam Mattress
500-lb Weight Capacity:
Lumex-516-519 - Foam Mattress
600-lb Weight Capacity:
INV_BARMATT - Foam Mattress
Lumex-650-1501-1633 - Foam Mattress
750-lb Weight Capacity:
INVACARE-BARMATT750 - Foam Mattress
GEO-MATT-ATLAS - Foam Mattress
PRESSUREGUARD-APM-BARIATRIC - Therapy Air Mattress
1000-lb Weight Capacity:
Invacare-STS2080 - Foam Matress
Drive-15312 - Foam Mattress
See our complete catalog of Therapy Mattress Systems
Return to main Hospital Bed Mattress page.
|How to assemble a Hospital Bed
||5 Minute Assembly
|Typical Hospital Bed
|Most brand/model hospital
beds assemble in the same manner and can be done in a matter of
minutes. Both Full-electric, semi-electric and manual hospital beds
assemble the same way. There are slight variations depending on
model/year. Example, newer full-electric hospital beds may have
one single motor instead of three separate motors.
The foot-spring and head-spring
sections latch together in the center. This is best achieved by
setting these sections on their side approximately 90° from each other
as in the figure below:
Hook the bottom head spring center mounting latch to the bottom foot
spring center mounting rivet. This is easier to do if the beds
are on their sides.
|After the 2 halves are
attached to each other you can straighten out the bed base and lay it
flat on the floor. You are now ready to connect the individual spring
link sections together.
Take a look at the spring section and you
will see all the spring-links that connect the two sides together to
give one complete surface for the mattress. Lift the head spring
away from the bed frame to give slack to the links. Connect the spring
links together with the links provided:
|Head Section Pull Tube
If the bed is new, you
will find the Pull-Tube connected to the side frame for shipping
purposes. To disconnect the head pull tube assembly from the side
frame of the foot spring remove the hitch pin, grommet/washer from the
clevis pin. Extend the inner pull tube shaft manually until the
spring button "clicks" into the adjustment hole of the outer pull tube.
Connect the pull tube end assembly to the lift arm of the head spring
- Insert the clevis pin into the lift arm slot
- Replace the grommet/washer
- Secure with hitch pin
- see below for details
|Head and Footboards
Install the head/footboard caster wheels
before attaching the spring base to the head/footboards. If you
have 2 locking casters and 2 without locks, install the locking casters
diagonally opposite from one another. The head and footboard
pieces may be referred to as universal bed ends and depending on the
brand and model of your hospital bed, the headboard may be the same as
the footboard, but not always.
|Assembling Bed ends
Head and Foot Boards have a (receiver) gear that bed-ends attach to.
- Stand one bed end
as close to the head spring section as possible.
Grasp the head spring section, by the
side, and raise it until the rivets on the corner plates of the
spring section are high enough to place into the corner locks on the
Tilt the bed end toward the head
spring section and place the rivets into the corner locks.
Return the universal bed end to its
full upright position. The head spring rivets will lock into place
- Repeat the same procedure for other bed end.
Notice at the foot-end
of the bed, the footboard has a place in the center where the drive
motor engages directly into the footboard. This must be completed
so that the drive rod coming from the motor matches up with the
footboard. You will also notice that this drive rod is spring-loaded so
it can be compressed and released into the footboard.
This drive-shaft is what raises/lowers the
entire bed. At the headboard there is a "T" device where the rod
connects. at the foot-end, the rod attaches directly to the "T"
shaft coming out of the motor. This drive-rod is spring loaded
and must be slightly compressed and released to secure to the end "T"
points. So the drive rod runs from the headboard directly to the
- Remove and discard the plastic caps from each end
of the drive shaft
- Press spring button on the inner shaft and insert
the inner shaft into the outer shaft
- Engage the spring button into the proper
- Attach the inner shaft to the bottom gear box
output shaft on the head end of the bed
Push in on the spring loaded end of
the drive shaft and attach to the foot end of the bed
Ensure the Hi/Lo motor output shaft
spring‐loaded coupler is properly aligned with the foot end gear box
Some of the newer-design hospital beds use a snap-in motor design. If your bed uses the snap-in design, align the motor with the cams on the bed frame. Consult bed's user manual for recommended placement. The motor is marked with HEAD and FOOT at the snaps. Lay the bed frame over on one side to install the motor. The image below satisfies most of the snap-in style beds:
Plug-in the bed and try each individual control button on the hand
pendant. If one of the functions is not working properly,
troubleshooting is straightforward. The foot-end raise/lower
function is usually the least troublesome since it is already
pre-assembled. The head-end raise/lower function will perform
properly if the "pull-tube" (above) is connected properly. The
bed hi/low function is usually where self-installers have a problem
since the drive shaft/rod must connect properly into the footboard.
If the Bed won't raise/lower correctly, check the drive rod connections
and make sure the "T" shafts are locked into the rod and not just
free-spinning. If the head end of the bed is raising/lowering, but the
foot end is not, you will need to inspect the connection between the
drive motor rod and the footboard of the bed.
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|Hoyer Lift Sling Guide
Hoyer 4-Point Slings
|These are universal slings that will work on any brand Patient Lift. Lifts using chains should shop slings without straps. Patient Lifts without chains select from slings with straps. |
|Used with HML400, C-CB-L2, C-HLA-2, HPL600, HPL402, and P-CHLA-2|
Hoyer 2-Point Slings
|Used with C-HLA, HML400, C-CB-L2, C-HLA-2(T), HPL402, and P-CHLA-2|
|Two-piece commode||Comfort seat with head support||Mid-Back seat||Split Commode Mid-Back seat|
Hoyer Professional Slings
|Used with HOYER ADVANCE LIFT & PRESENCE LIFT|
|Quick Fit Deluxe Sling||Quick Fit Padded Sling||Access Sling||Full Back Sling|
|Additional material in seat area provides a more comfortable and supportive lift without the need for side suspenders. Mesh.||An easy-to-fit general purpose sling. Mesh with padding in leg area.||Facilitates access for toileting and easy removal of clothing. Padded for comfort.||Contoured sling with integrated head support and leg padding offers greater comfort and negates the need for side suspenders.|
|NA1058 X-Large||NA1008P X-Large||NA1608 X-Large||NA1071 X-Large|
|NA1056 Large||NA1006P Large||NA1606 Large||NA1070 Large|
|NA1053 Medium||NA1003P Medium||NA1603 Medium||NA1069 Medium|
|NA1050 Small||NA1000P Small||NA1601 Small||NA1068 Small|
|NA1048 X-Small||NA1002P X-Small||NA1600 X-Small||NA1067 X-Small|
Return to main Patient Lift & Sling page
|Lift Chair Glossary
| Lift Chair Glossary:|
Lift chair positions explained:
|All lift chairs will lift the user to the standing position. 2-Way does not mean there are only 2 positions just as 3-way does not mean there are only 3-positions. The chair recline can be stopped in any position by releasing the control button.|
The difference between 2-Way, 3-Way and Infinite position lift chairs is in the recline mechanism.
|2-Way Lift Chair explained:|
|The 2-Way Lift Chair does recline a few inches and the seat raises slightly in the front as the Ottoman rises. During this process the seat of the chair actually slides rearward as to extend the stretched-out position. This position is where you would normally position a "Lazy-Boy" recliner if you are watching TV. Most 2-Way Lift Chairs have a gap between the seat and the ottoman. The 2-Way Lift Chair has a single motor that runs the back recline and ottoman. A single toggle switch on the hand pendant controls everything. The Golden Capri Lift Chair and the Pride C-10 Lift Chair are typical 2-Position lift chairs.|
|3-Way Lift Chair explained:|
|The 3-Way Lift Chair reclines just like a Lazy-Boy recliner, and actually reclines further then most Lazy-Boys. As the back reclines the ottoman rises. The chair may be stopped in any position. Some 3-Way Lift Chairs like the Pride GL-358 have a gap between the seat and the ottoman, while the Pride LL-570 Lift Chair is a full padded chaise lounger - no gap. The 3-Way Lift Chair has a single motor that runs the back recline and ottoman. A single toggle switch on the hand pendant controls everything. Heavy-Duty 3-Way Lift Chairs may employ double motors for extra lift power. The Golden PR-502 Big Boy has 3-motors and can lift up to 700-lbs.|
|Infinite Position Lift Chair explained:|
|Infinite position lift Chairs such as the Pride LL-670 and the Golden Maxi-Comfort series are capable of reclining parallel to the floor (flat) and allow the ottoman to raise the feet above the heart or move to a zero-gravity position. These higher-end chairs are full-chaise loungers with padding from the seat all the way across the ottoman, no gaps, all padded.|
|Ottoman (Legrest) explained:|
|Ottomans are also referred to as Legrest and Chaise. This Legrest may move up all the way against the seat so that there is no gap or may have a 3"-4" gap depending on the chair. In general, the lesser price chairs have the gap. Deluxe or Luxury Line Lift Chairs do not have a gap. |
- The 2-way lift chair pictured above has the gap between ottoman and seat.
- The 3-way chair pictured above does not have a gap.
- Infinite Position Lift Chairs do not have a gap.
|Lift Chair Accessories:|
|Several accessories for lift chairs including Heat and Massage are available. The Lumbar and Head Pillow pictured (left) are useful positioning devices, obviously not for everyone. In addition, the hand control may be ordered for the left side of the chair. Adding Heat & Massage or a left-handed control usually means a 3-week lead time. |
|Lift Chair Options
Lift Chair Heat and Massage Options:Adding Heat & Massage will delay shipment of your chair by approx. 3-weeks.
|Pride Mobility offers Heat & Massage on their lift chairs:
- Standard Heat & Massage - Located in seat back only (lumbar
area) and has a simple on/off switch and an automatic turn-off
timer. This new Heat & Massage unit has a bigger pad (coverage area) and 3 settings for heat - low, medium and high. Heat range is from 95-111 degrees and has a 20 minute automatic shut-off.
- Massage is located in the back and has 3 settings: wave, pulse and vibrate.
Golden Technologies offers the Heat &
Massage option on their Lift Chairs in the lower back and seat.
Placement of the heating elements and massage units depends on the
chair (Back) type. Pillow backs have the heating element in the
lower (pillow) on pillow type backs and in each side pillow of a
Split-Back design chair. Massage units are from the head area down to
the lumbar and in the seat and of leg area of deluxe feature chairs.
See diagram 1-3 below.
Pendants have additional buttons for the respective features.
|Typical (standard) Heat and Massage feature:
Alternate Deluxe Heat and Massage feature:
This Split-Back design has
heat/massage units in each back pillow.
Lift Chair Heat & Massage controls:
Heat and Massage controls are located on
the main hand control pendant. Separate switches for recline/ottoman,
|Measure for Wheelchair
Overall widths and other dimensions vary across several categories of Wheelchairs. Almost all wheelchair buyers should be concerned with some of the basic dimensions such as overall width. You should begin by scouting out the lay-of-the-land. Do this by identifying the smallest and narrowest doorways, passage ways, elevators, or whatever you can think of or visualize that will be part of your day. Around the home it's usually a bathroom door or narrow hallway that limits access. Heavier users with wider chairs may see obstacles at every turn.
In general, use the formulas below to determine the overall width of a wheelchair:
- Transport Wheelchair: Seat Width + 3"
- Standard Folding Wheelchair: Seat Width + 8"
- Reclining Wheelchairs: Seat Width + 8"
- Bariatric Wheelchairs: Seat Width + 8"
Using the formula above, a standard wheelchair with a standard size seat of 18" wide would be (18" seat width + 8" = 26" overall width).
More detailed information on selecting frame style, back style, front rigging and upholstery see Wheelchair Option Descriptions.Consult with each products specifications page to get exact dimensions.
|How to Measure for Wheelchair Size|
Who needs to measure?
Measuring for Transport Wheelchair, standard wheelchairs and most lightweight wheelchairs need only the seat width & depth. In some cases, for those patients wanting to propel the chair with their feet, the seat-to-floor height.
Helping you configure.
Some of our wheelchairs have detailed configuration information and require additional measurements. To help you through the configuration process we have provided the Seating Chart below to help with various menu selections and choices. In addition, this information may be needed when calling-in your order.
Write this down.
Get a piece of paper & pencil and write down these simple measurements. You can also print this page and fill in the blanks. An easy way to measure seat width is to place a book on each side of the hips while seated then measure the distance between the books. You might allow an additional inch if the user will wear a coat in the winter.
What we do.
We review all online orders for correctness before charges are actually made to your credit card. Our review basically looks for inconsistencies like a cushion that doesn't match the wheelchair seat size, or a chair ordered without footrests. We can spot most irregularities and will contact the customer by phone and email to verify and review the order.
Narrow Selection to Type.
Choose your wheelchair based on patient and caregiver needs. If you know you will always push the patient you may only require a lightweight Transport. Standard wheelchairs with larger rear wheels will be required for the patient to propel themselves. Ultra-lightweight, Sports, Reclining and tilt-in-space wheelchairs can be configured on our website.
Most wheelchair product pages allow you to configure. Select the seat width & depth along with any other information as required. Know patient's basic seat measurements before you begin your order.
Use this form to record your measurements:
|Note about "Overall Wheelchair Width":|
For most folding, standard weight and lightweight wheelchairs the overall width of the chair (outside wheel to outside wheel) is determined by adding 8" to the seat width. Transport chairs generally add 0-3" to seat width, depending on wheelchair model.
|Weight. required by PHC Customer Service|
|Height. required by PHC Customer Service|
|Diagnosis. optional - for PHC Customer Service|
|Seat width. See # 3 in wheelchair diagram below. This is the width of the back-side when sitting on a flat surface.|
|Seat Depth. Make this measurements by measuring from back of buttock to inside of knee as in "C" below.|
|Back height. Measure this from the top of the shoulders down to the bottom of the back-side when sitting on a flat surface. See "B" below.|
|Seat-to-Floor height. Make this measurement as pictured in "D" below. This is important if the patient is going to propel the wheelchair using feet. Otherwise, wheelchairs are available in various seat heights.|
|Size ?||Please use this seating chart to determine correct chair size. Seat width, seat depth, back height, and seat-to-floor height are crucial to configuring the correct wheelchair.|
|Seat-to-Floor Height?||Seat-to-floor height is important if the patient is going to propel the wheelchair with their feet. Seat-to-floor height can be adjusted down approximately 2" by purchasing a "dual axle" wheelchair. On these "adjustable height" chairs with "dual axles" the front forks have several holes to allow moving the front wheels up or down a few inches. The combination of these adjustments allow for about 2.5 inches of adjustment in seat-to-floor height. |
|in general:||Standard seat-to-floor height for a wheelchair is 18" to 20". Hemi is 17.5 to 18.5- inches and varies somewhat with manufacturers. Anything lower to the ground is either a "super" or "ultra" Hemi. In some cases to achieve a lower seat-to-floor height the rear wheels are changed from the standard 24-inch to either a 22 or 20-inch. The front casters are also changed from a standard 8-inch to a 6 or 5-inch. Remember: if you are adding a cushion to a wheelchair allow that differential (you'll be adding approx. 2" to seat height.)|
|Question:||Do you know the difference between a standard weight and a lightweight wheelchair? |
|Answer: ||The difference can be as much as 15-lbs. or more. |
Overall weight is definitely a consideration if the wheelchair is going to be transported in a car trunk, backseat, or propelled by an individual. Some steel framed chairs approach 50-lbs. and can be too difficult to propel, carry, or lift. More popular lightweight wheelchairs range in weight from from 28-lbs to 36-lbs and are easier to lift into a car trunk.
The patient's condition may determine the weight of a chair. For instance, if a patient has suffered a stroke, has limited mobility, arthritis, or is encumbered in any other way, they may not be able to propel a heavier chair; however, this same patient may be able to propel a lightweight chair.
Accessories such as anti-tips are appropriate when a patient is very active and there is a risk of falling.
|Seat belts:||A seat belt will prevent a patient from sliding down or out of a chair.|
Brake extensions are recommended for ease of use, particularly with patients who have arthritis or similar conditions.
|Positioning Devices:||Cushions, laterals, lap trays, back supports, and many other similar devices can appropriately position a patient in a chair.|
PHC Customer Service can help with your wheelchair questions and can make product recommendations for any situation. Call us toll-free 1-866-722-4581. Our office hours are 8:30am.-5:30pm. CST. When calling after office hours leave a message and phone number and we will promptly return your call the next business day.
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|Pride Lift Chair Fabric Choices
Pride Lift Chair Fabrics
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|Ramp Buyer's Guide
||(all measurements in degrees)
| (all measurements in degrees)
|RAMP LENGTH IN FEET |
Ramp incline chart:
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|Guide for Patient Lift Slings:|
If you are not familiar with slings, these examples will help clarify what they look like in actual use and assist you in determining which style sling works best for your particular needs.
|U-Sling (Quick-fit/Universal sling)|
This is the standard quick-fit, universal sling that works for 85% of patients. It is available in all sizes from XS to XL. This is the easiest sling to use for wheelchair transfers because the bottom is open and the patient is not sitting on the sling. Simply pull the back support down behind the patient's back and the long leg straps wrap around the thigh of the leg.
|U-Sling w/Head Support|
This specialized sling incorporates more back and head support with padded leg straps. Available in sizes XS to XL. Works best for patient's that go into extension or have involuntary movements or behavioral problems.
|Quick Fit Deluxe Sling|
This sling is a development of the Quick-Fit design and is suitable for 95% of patients. This type of sling also gives the patient a secure feeling and is also recommended for amputees. Available in XS to XL sizes.
This sling is designed specifically to facilitate the toileting procedure by allowing the removal of clothing. Patient must be in a sitting position to use this sling. It has an open bottom with leg straps muck like the U-Sling.
|Popular Invacare Slings work on any 2, 4 or 6-point lifts.|
Full Body Hammock Slings are available in Medium, Large and Extra-Large sizes. The simplest type of sling. Available in padded (shown) or mesh. It also provides head support.
As you can see from the photo, the patients knees are pressed together and "crunching" appears in the shoulders. Some patients may find the lateral "crunching" uncomfortable or even painful.
The Hammock style sling can be a bit of a problem when transferring to a wheelchair since the patient is sitting on the sling. If this is the case, see U-Slings, where the bottom is open and the sling is easy to get off patient.
The Hammock Sling is also available with a commode opening.
|Divided Leg Sling|
Divided Leg Slings are available in Medium, Large and Extra-Large sizes.
Unlike the Hammock Sling, the Divided-Leg Sling separates the legs and the shoulders have plenty room. The Divided Leg Sling also provides head support. The patient has a more secure feeling in this type of sling.
This Toileting Sling has a wide back-strap that goes around the patient's back and under the arms with a nice wide leg strap that wraps around the thigh of the leg and up-and-between the legs. This sling does not have head support, the patient must be able to support themselves from the shoulders up.
Works on any 2, 4, or 6-point lift.
Guide to popular sling sizes:
A- Diameter in inches around the shoulders
|B- Diameter in inches around the chest|
|Body Weight in pounds|
|58-140 lbs.||140-200 lbs.||200-400 lbs.||400-600 lbs.|
|N/A||100-180 lbs.||160-280 lbs||200-400 lbs *|
|* R140 / R141- 300 - 600 lbs.|
How to use a Patient Lift
How to use a Patient Lift Sling
Shop for Patient Lift Sling
|Using a Hoyer Lift Sling
||Degree of difficulty to use:
You can measure the degree of difficulty of using a Patient Lift Sling by the type of sling and the position of the patient. It is not really a degree of difficulty, more of a process that can require caregiver patience.
Some slings are easier to use:
There are several styles or types of Slings for Hoyer and Patient Lifts. U-Slings are the most effective for transfers and toileting, but some patients cannot use a U-Sling. Patients in a supine position may not be capable of using a U-Sling and may require use of a full-body type sling.
- Easy - Patients that can sit up, even if only a little, are best candidates for U-Slings. U-Slings are the easiest to use and the patient is not sitting on the sling once seated. Transfer to wheelchair, bed, and commode are easily accomplished with a U-style sling.
- Side the back support behind the patient
- Loop the leg straps around patient's leg
- Attach straps to lift cradle.
- Raise the patient
- Process - We won't say it's harder to use a Full-Body style sling, let us say it's more time consuming. It is indeed a time consuming process that requires caregiver patience.
- Lay the patient to one side
- Fold the sling in half (lengthwise)
- Slide the folded sling under half the body
- Roll the patient back the other direction
- Grab the folded part and drag it to the other side
- Roll the patient back to a supine position on their back
- Attach the sling to the cradle
- Slowly raise the patient
DETAILED DIRECTIONS FOR USING COMMON HOYER SLINGS AND PATIENT LIFT SLINGS
1. Arrange all items for a smooth transfer - lifter, sling, wheelchair.
2. Patient should be in center of twin size bed or to one side of double size bed.
3. Roll patient on side away from attendant. (Raise side rail, if equipped, on side opposite attendant).
4. For full hammock style slings place sling folded half-way under patient so cut-out is just below tail-bone.
5. Place wider piece (seat) under patient's thighs so lower edge of seat is up to knees. Place narrower piece (back) just above small of back. If patient is in hospital bed, position seat sling, then elevate head of bed to facilitate placing back piece.
6. Place sling folded half-way under patient so lower edge of seat is slightly below the knees.
7. Roll patient towards attendant. Pull sling through (like positioning draw sheet).
8. If patient is in chair, you may place sling under patient without lifting patient by following these few simple steps:
a. Have leg flaps open.
b. Have patient lean forward slightly and slide open portion of sling down to seat and lay leg flaps alongside patient's legs.
c. Grasp leg flap on one side of patient and, while holding against knee, pull leg flap forward; repeat with other side until sling is in correct position.
d. Bring flap under one thigh and insert ring (A) into snap (A). Repeat for other leg, inserting ring (B) into snap (B), thus enclosing a thigh in each leg flap.
e. If you wish to use the sling without containing the thighs, follow instructions above but bring ring (A) to snap (B) and ring (B) to snap (A), crisscrossing flaps under the leg.
9. It will help to raise the head of bed after sling is positioned if patient is in a hospital bed.
FOR SLINGS/LIFTS WITH CHAINS:
1. Attach the S-hooks of the chain to the loops of the seat hangers. Hooks should be inserted AWAY from the patient to the outside of the sling.
2. Attach the ends of the chains to the swivel bar hooks. You may hook any link of chain into the swivel bar hook to adjust the height of sling from floor. Make sure links are equal on each side.
3. Attach the S-hooks of the back in links 1,2 or 3, as required. Count links to be sure there are the same number on each side. Check to see that S-hooks are hooked all the way into the chains. DO NOT PLACE S-HOOKS OF BACK INTO EXCESS PORTION OF CHAIN BUT INTO LINKS BETWEEN SEAT AND SWIVEL BAR!
4. Patient's arms should be outside chains if possible. He may hold onto chains if desired.
5. Check chains and S-hooks to see that they are properly positioned.
FOR OTHER SLINGS WITH CHAINS ONLY:
1. The 133-S-C chain has the 9th link painted red. Attach the S-hook closest to this link into the hole of the back part. Attach the S-hook of the opposite end into the hole in the seat part of the sling (one chain attached per side). Make sure the S-hooks are hooked all the way into the holes. Hooks should be inserted AWAY from the patient and to the outside of sling.
2. Move the lifter so open end of U-base or end of C-base is under side of bed.
3. Hook the 9th link of the chain (painted red) into the end of the swivel bar. Check to see that links are hooked all the way into the swivel bar. Posture of patient can be changed by varying the link hooked into the swivel bar. It is important that the section of chain from the swivel bar to the patient's back be SHORTER than the section between swivel bar and thigh of patient.
4. Patient's arms may be outside of sling, if desired.
5. STEPS 20-24 FOR SLINGS WITH WEB STRAPS ONLY. S-hooks of the shortest straps of the web straps are hooked into the holes of the back. Make sure "S" hooks are hooked all the way into the holes. Hooks should be inserted AWAY from the patient and to the outside of the sling. Hole to use varies for each individual. Practice to see which is more comfortable.
6. Hook the center strap into the top hole of the seat and the last strap into the last hole of the seat. Make sure S-hooks are hooked all the way into the holes. Hooks should be inserted AWAY from the patient to the outside of the sling.
7. Move the lifter so open end of U-base or end of C-base is under side of bed.
8. Hook the D-rings of the web straps into the swivel bar hooks.
9. Check to see that lower edge of seat is still close to knees and S-hooks are still properly positioned.
10. Pump hydraulic jack handle. Partially lift the patient; check S-hooks and swivel bar for proper hook-up. Continue pumping. Steering handle may be held to steady the pumping.
11. Raise patient until buttocks are just clear of the bed. Swing patient's feet off bed and turn patient to face mast. Grasp steering handles and move patient away from bed. Lower patient as soon as he is clear of bed to keep center of gravity low. Position patient over chair or commode. You may have to raise him from the lower position. U-base or C-base fits around chair. Wheelchair may be
brought and positioned under patient. Lock wheelchair locks prior to lowering patient into chair.
If jack has a pin release, press handle SLOWLY towards pump body. Lower patient slowly. Guide his descent. Push gently on his knees as he is being lowered so correct sitting position will result. After reaching seat, press handle against pin and press down on boom.
If the jack has a turn knob release, lower patient by turning the release knob gently to the left. Guide his descent. Push gently on his knees as he is being lowered so correct sitting position will result. After reaching seat, open release knob a turn and press down on boom.
Detach web straps/chains from swivel bar and move lifter away. Then remove web straps/chains from sling. Patient may remain on sling or sling may be removed in reverse of above.
TO RETURN PATIENT TO BED:
1. Same procedure in reverse. Check to see that S-hooks are properly positioned in sling. Make sure S-hooks are not caught on chair arms as patient is being lifted. 2. Center patient over bed and lower gently. USING SLING FOR COMMODE USE (MODELS 9, 111, 113, 115, 117 & 127)
1. Keep web straps or chains taut to hold patient in a comfortable sitting position.
2. Adjust clothing before moving lifter to straddle commode.
USE CARE, DISCRETION AND COMMON SENSE TO DETERMINE IF A SEVERELY SPASTIC OR HANDICAPPED PERSON CAN BE LIFTED WITH A HOYER LIFTER.
PLEASE NOTE: Web straps (W-C) are the only set to be used with the 110, 111, 114, 115 and 127 slings. 133-S-C or 132-S-C chains are the only set to be used with 112, 113, 117, 118 and 123 slings. 134-S-C chains are the only chain set to be used with the 9 sling.
Machine wash warm or cold. Air dry or very low dryer heat. DO NOT USE BLEACH. Do not wash with other colors. Remove bars before washing. (The bars and seat hangers of the two-piece slings are not removable. It is recommended that these be hand washed.
This page shows some of the most popular slings: Hoyer Lift and Sling Compatibility Table
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|Wheelchair Buyer's Guide
|Safety/Handling of Wheelchairs|
Be aware of your Center-of-Gravity
Many activities require the wheelchair user to reach, bend and transfer in and out of the wheelchair. These movements will cause a change to normal balance, center-of-gravity, and weight distribution of the wheelchair. To determine and establish your particular safety limits, practice bending, reaching and transferring activities in several combinations in the presence of another individual BEFORE attempting active use of the wheelchair.
Proper positioning is essential for your safety. When reaching, leaning, bending sideways or forward, it is important to use the casters as a tool to maintain stability and balance.
|Coping with everyday obstacles|
Coping with the irritation of everyday obstacles can be somewhat alleviated by learning how to manage your wheelchair. Keep in mind your center-of-gravity to maintain stability and balance.
|Reaching, Leaning and Bending - Forward|
Position the casters so that they are extended away from the drive wheels and engage wheel locks. Never attempt to reach an object if you have to move forward in the seat or pick them up from the floor by reaching between your knees.
|Reaching, Bending- Backward|
Position wheelchair as close as possible to the desired object. Position the casters so the are extended away from the drive wheels to create the longest possible wheelbase. Reach back only as far as your arm will extend without changing your sitting position.
When tipping the wheelchair, an assistant should grasp the back of the wheelchair on a non-removable part. Inform the wheelchair occupant before tipping the wheelchair and remind them to lean back. Be sure the occupant's feet and hands are clear of all wheels and/or any other pinch points.
|Know your own capabilities and limitations|
Know your own capabilities and limitations in terms of strength and endurance before attempting to negotiate an incline or decline. Practice with an attendant or healthcare professional first before attempting any inclines, declines, curbs or ramps. Always inspect the ramp, incline, decline, or any pathway for hazards such as holes, obstacles, slippery or uneven surfaces, etc. before proceeding. If you cannot see the entire ramp, ask someone to inspect it for you.
Curbs should only be negotiated with the assistance of an attendant. The following are suggestions only for how to negotiate curbs. It is important for you to develop your own safe technique that is best suited for your abilities with the aid of your healthcare professional. Curbs, steps, and stairways are dangerous obstacles that confront the wheelchair user. When you encounter these obstacles, try to find a way around them by using curb cuts, ramps or designated disabled elevators now available in most areas.
|Wheelchair Buyer's Guide
||Please use our
to determine correct chair size. Seat width, seat depth,
back height, and seat-to-floor height are crucial to configuring
the correct wheelchair.
height is important if the patient is going to propel themselves
with their feet.
Seat-to-floor height can be adjusted down approximately 1.5 inches
by purchasing a "dual axle" wheelchair. On these
"adjustable height" chairs with "dual axles"
the front forks have several holes to allow moving the front wheels
up or down a few inches. The combination of these
adjustments allow for about 2.5 inches of adjustment in
seat-to-floor height. Use the
to measure actual seat-to-floor height when configuring or
purchasing a chair.
seat-to-floor height is 18 to 20-inches. Hemi is 17.5
to 18.5- inches and varies somewhat among manufacturers.
Anything less is either a "super" or "ultra"
Hemi. In some cases to achieve a lower seat-to-floor height
the rear wheels are changed from the standard 24-inch to either
a 22 or 20-inch. The front casters are also changed from a
standard 8-inch to a 6 or 5-inch. Remember:
if you are adding a cushion to a wheelchair allow that
differential (for example: a 2-inch cushion would further
increase seat-to-floor height by 2-inches.)
Do you know the difference between a standard weight and a lightweight
can be as much as 15-lbs. or more.
weight is definitely a consideration if the chair is going to be
transported in a car trunk, backseat, or propelled by an
individual. Some steel framed
chairs approach 50-lbs. and can be too difficult to propel, carry, or
patient's condition pretty much determines the weight of a
chair. For instance, if a patient has suffered a stroke, has
limited mobility, arthritis, or is encumbered in any other
way, they may not be able to propel a heavier chair.
same patient could propel a lightweight chair.
such as anti-tips are appropriate when a patient is very active
and there is a risk of falling.
belt will prevent a patient from sliding down or out of a chair.
extensions are recommended for ease of use, particularly with
patients who have arthritis or similar conditions.
laterals, lap trays, back supports, and many other similar devices
can appropriately position a patient in a chair.
PHC Customer Service can answer your wheelchair questions
and to make product recommendations for any situation. Call
us toll-free 1-866-553-5319. Our office hours are 8:30am.-5:30pm.
CST. When calling after office hours leave
a message and phone number and we will promptly return your call
the next business day. We also respond promptly to email
Quick look at other issues when using a wheelchair: Wheelchair Sense
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|Wheelchair Cushion Primer
Learning about wheelchair cushions:
Wheelchair Cushion Types:
||offers support and
structure for patients with a low risk for skin breakdown.
||reduces breakdown, heat
build up and shear; usually chambered gel sections.
wound therapy, stage 2 or more pressure ulcers (ROHO).
Wheelchair Cushion Styles:
Zero elevation cushion:
|provides support and
structure for at low risk patients; typically utilizes a two density
offers angles seat cushion to encourage a pelvic tilt and maintains
normal lumbar curve while seated.
|Anti thrust cushion:
||for impaired mobility for
those who sacral sit or slouch forward.
||promotes proper leg
alignment to hip rotation and pelvic obliquity.
|No Lean cushion:
obliquity and lateral leaning at the source.
||to keep residual limb in
Wheelchair Cushion Features:
||reduce hammock effect of
Flat bottom cushion:
||use with solid seats.
||relieves pressure in
Waterfall front cushion:
||reduces pressure behind
the knees and thighs.
||for leg abduction and
Wheelchair Cushion Covers:
||two-ply polyester that
breathes and is fluid proof. Also reduces the risk of pressure sores.
deigned for pressure relief. Fabric stretches , soft to the touch,
fluid proof and easy to clean.
See all wheelchair cushion types: Wheelchair Cushions
|Wheelchair Frame & Component Options
||Wheelchair Frame Option Descriptions:
|Frame Width is the seat width measured in inches. This will also be the back width.||Frame Depth is the seat depth measured in inches. Seat Depth is dependent on user height. ||Seat-to-Floor height is measured straight down to floor. Usually lower in rear and higher in front for a slight tilt back into the seat.|
|Frame length on a Swing-Away frame is measured from seat center to front-hanger.||Fixed-frame chairs measure seat center to front of frame.|
|Front End Style|
Swing Away Frame
Fixed Front 70-deg
Fixed Front 80-deg
|Swing Away Footrests swing to the side for entering or exiting the chair. They also swing to the side to detach and attach from the side. ||Fixed front ends are set to a fixed angle. They are height adjustable and the footplates fold up for folding the wheelchair. ||Fixed front-ends are usually between 70 and 90-degrees. 90-deg. is straight down and may not be comfortable for many users.|
|Since Swing Away Footrests are removable they can be replaced with other angle footrest or Elevating Legrests. The angle of a Fixed Frame is part of the frame and cannot be changed or altered.|
|Front Frame Style|
|Found on most folding wheelchairs and optional on rigid chairs. Straight front frame is the most common front-end.||Tapered front frames have an inset of 1-2 inches. Common on rigid non-folding wheelchairs and on a few folding chairs.|
Adjustable Tension Back
|Nylon upholstery is standard on most wheelchairs. Nylon is breathable and provides a cooler seat than vinyl.||Vinyl is available for easy cleaning with a non-stretching vinyl seat and back. Ideal for incontinence.||Adjustable Tension Back is only offered on higher-end chairs for users who rather adjust the fit themselves.|
|The Swing Away front end is the most common type of front rigging. A latch releases the footrests to swing to the side for chair entry or exit. They swing to the side for attaching or detaching. Chair use various methods of attaching.||Swingaway Footrest are the most common front rigging. They come as standard equipment on most chairs and are at a fixed-angle, usually 60 or 70-degrees. The swing to the side for entering or exiting the chair.||Elevating Legrests allow the user to place the leg at any angle. Legrests work independent of each other so each can be set to user preference. Elevating Legrests are a must on Reclining Wheelchairs.|
|Composite footplates are made of a lightweight composite material. Composite is durable and easy to keep clean.||Aluminum footplates may be available as an option. Generally found on heavy-duty wheelchairs or chairs under constant use and abuse.||The Footboard is offered on most higher-end chairs, both folding and rigid frame. The Footboard provides a single surface and often is accompanied by legstraps.|
How to Measure for a Wheelchair
|Wheelchair Seating and Positioning
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