Wheelchair incontinence cushion: Any suggestions for a cushion for my wife, who has incontinence?
Any suggestions for a cushion for my wife, who has incontinence?
Products mentioned in our answer below are provided to inform you about the types of technologies available and have not been evaluated by CanAssist. They may or may not be appropriate for your particular situation. Some technologies and devices may require an in-person assessment. Speak with your health care provider for additional information and support.
Since your wife is spending a lot of time in her wheelchair, it is important she has the right cushion and cushion cover to meet her needs. Wheelchair cushions are often very customized to the user; thus, it is vital that you work with a health care provider for a proper fit.
A lot of wheelchair cushions come with covers that are water-resistant and washable. However, if you’re unsure if your wife’s current wheelchair cushion falls into this category, you might find that a seat pad, like the Yippee Sheets Seat Protector, is a simple solution. These waterproof pads, which are made to fit wheelchairs and are easily washable, cost about $20 to $40 (CDN). Note that seat pads may reduce the pressure-relieving properties of specialized cushions such as ROHO, and can, as a result, increase the risk of pressure ulcers by trapping moisture.