December 31, 2011 at 3:55 pm #74165Cushions and mattresses – pressure issues
I have just started to experience pressure issues. I’ve been using a wheelchair full time for about 15 years and haven’t needed any pressure relief, but now I am having some problems. I like to have a fairly hard/ supportive cushion/ mattress as I lose balance on anything really soft. I have a vicair cushion and a fairly standard mattress at the moment, but I might need something better. Would be interested to know what other people use. I’ve tried pressure relief mattresses/ memory foam and I really can’t stand them. I sink in, get really hot and can’t turn over. The OTs tend not to understand this, although thankfully my physio (private) and the one from the wheelchair service are pretty good. I have LGMD2a.
What do others do?AmeenaParticipantPosts: 33Joined: 29/01/2011December 31, 2011 at 4:42 pm #83822Re: Cushions and mattresses – pressure issues
I don’t have a cushion in my wheelchair as I have found them to soft, as for my bed I’ve got just a standard matress thats harder rather than softer.
What about an air flow mattress?VickiParticipantPosts: 1,015Joined: 05/03/2015December 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm #83823Re: Cushions and mattresses – pressure issues
I have CMD and I am the same as you when it comes to sinking into the majority of pressure care mattresses and cushions. On my Baltic turning bed I have a propad mattress which the district nurses think should be on top of another mattress but that makes the bed too high for me – I have to reassure them that it is just fine for me as I do not weigh much. I tried a memory foam pillow but it made my shoulders and neck ache to reverted to my trusty but gradually disintegrating foam egg-box style rectangular pillow.
I think we have had other threads on this topic, I will post links to them if I come across them.
A learning experience is one of those things that say, “You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.” - Douglas Adamssar78ModeratorPosts: 2,246Joined: 05/03/2015December 31, 2011 at 4:50 pm #83824Re: Cushions and mattresses – pressure issues
I think this is what I was thinking of:discussion on wheelchair cushions
A learning experience is one of those things that say, “You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.” - Douglas Adamssar78ModeratorPosts: 2,246Joined: 05/03/2015December 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm #83825Re: Cushions and mattresses – pressure issues
I jump between a tempor memory foam pillow, a cheaper version memory foam and my normal latex traditional pillow..
bed shopping for me is as bad as shoe shopping have bought some duff ones as I cant try them in the shop and end up having to donate a nearly new bed away as i cant use it. My current is a standard sprung memoray matress off the peg adjustable bed from archers. I went for this as I wanted the head raise function and a small double for space around bed. think its a case of you get what you pay for, the mattress is a memory foam type and think its a case of its that soft that it is hard if that makes sense
dont have a problem with the extra heat from memory foam but I dont find it all that supportive. to be honest the idea of supportig the body by the matress moulding to you is alot of crap. i just end up trapped in a body grove I cant get out of. My mother sometimes has to get me right up out of bed to allow the mattress to raise back up to its propper shape.
I really need to bed shop again but all the adjustable beds seem to be this foam stuff, I really miss being able to raise feet/head when Im away. what to do
"""""""What doesn't kill you makes you stronger""""""CatModeratorPosts: 1,002Joined: 20/09/2010January 1, 2012 at 8:53 am #83826Re: Cushions and mattresses – pressure issues
my mum just bought me and my husband a new mattress , cost a fortune but its fairly firm but supportive. i found memory foam mattressess a nightmare as made me ridiculously hot and where you sink into it its almost impossible to turn in bed ….the problem now is my husband cant get on with the new mattress and liked the memory foam . aaahhhh ! my ot wants us to get a double profile bed which can seperate and will raise and turn me to sitting position but need to get busy with getting the grants and funding with this as been quoted £4000 …why cant life be easy ? xrachelmurphyParticipantPosts: 65Joined: 02/02/2011January 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm #83827Re: Cushions and mattresses – pressure issues
My partner uses a Roho cushion and he finds it very comfortable.. couldn’t live without it due to his very bony ischial tuberosities.. he was using a standard mattress, but started having some pressure issues on his hips and was being turned constantly through the night so started looking at beds/mattresses – eventually he got a Roho overlay which consists of a Roho insert about as big as two of their cushions and the rest of it is a foam (not memory foam though) and he finds this very effective. Now as long as he’s in his bed, he usually doesn’t need turning through the night, but also gets positioned with a whole lot of pillows.
Good luck with the jungle of products out there and finding what suits!!AngelicPrincessParticipantPosts: 85Joined: 21/12/2010January 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm #83828Re: Cushions and mattresses – pressure issues
Cheers – I’m the same with the bony ITs. Just wish that bit of my behind was the padded bit and not the sides! I’ll have a look at the Roho. I have problems because I’m very short and need to be able to put my feet on the floor in order to transfer, so with a 24inch wheel (that I need to sit fairly high on in order to push) I can’t have a very thick cushion! Too many different things that conflict.
As for a mattress – the one I have on my old bed at my mum’s place is fantastic. It’s just a standard coil orthopedic mattress and on top of that I put two duvets and sleep directly on those. It’s hard but very springy. One of my new years resolutions is to find one just as good for my bed at home – unfortunately it’s very old and not made any more.AmeenaParticipantPosts: 33Joined: 29/01/2011January 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm #83829Re: Cushions and mattresses – pressure issues
Hi again Ameena,
Funnily enough my partner has the opposite problem – he’s too tall and has to have nearly all his equipment modified.. he’s about 6 foot something.. and he has really long arms and legs.. luckily there’s not much of him so he’s reasonably easy to transfer..
He also needs to be able to put his feet on the ground, but he doesn’t have a problem with that.. is there a low profile Roho you could look at getting?? I know they have high profile.
Good luck!AngelicPrincessParticipantPosts: 85Joined: 21/12/2010
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