How to buy a wheelchair cushion
The best way to buy a wheelchair cushion is to call one of our wheelchair cushion specialists at 1-800-320-7140 and we will walk you through the process from start to finish. However, there is no one way to buy a wheelchair cushion: some of our customers like to research wheelchair cushions online, watch our videos on our website or on our YouTube channel and then place their order online. Other customers enjoy the advice of our wheelchair cushion specialists who are live and ready to talk to you seven days a week on the phone. We also have a Live Chat to connect you to our wheelchair sales and customer service team if you prefer to text.
Why Buy a Wheelchair Cushion from 1800wheelchair
Because we have the experience, exclusive products, and the best price. We have been selling wheelchair cushions and other mobility products since 1997 - that well over two decades!! In addition to selling the wheelchair cushion, you have come to love we also design and manufacture our own wheelchair cushions and sell them directly to you. So there are no middle salespeople chomping away at the profit, this allows us to sell you wheelchair cushions at the lowest price while still maintaining a quality product.
When do I know that It's time to buy a wheelchair cushion?
Every wheelchair needs a wheelchair cushion, PERIOD! Anyone sitting in a wheelchair, even for a short period should be sitting on a wheelchair cushion because all wheelchairs have a flimsy seat that folds easily but has no seat or back support. Only with a wheelchair cushion and wheelchair back will your wheelchair be comfortable.
If you will be sitting in a wheelchair for more than 2 hours a day you will need a cushion not only for comfort and support but for ulcer (skin breakdown) prevention see our air and skin prevention cushions
If you already have a skin ulcer see a professional to fit you to the correct wheelchair cushion or call us at 1-800-320-7140
Does Medicare Pay for wheelchair cushions?
Medicare will pay for 80% of a wheelchair’s cost if you meet Medicare’s “medical necessity” regulations. Call 1800MEDICARE to see if you are eligible for Medicare to reimburse you for your wheelchair (If approved Medicare will pay up to 80%. We do not accept Medicare or any Insurance as payment.
Some of the requirements that Medicare needs for approval are
- Medicare must have the wheelchair cushion’s make and model number you will be buying. They also require the supplier to submit to Medicare the make, model, serial number, and date of purchase of the wheelchair the cushion will be matched to.
- The Medicare beneficiary must have a skin ulcer or previous history on record of a pressure sore on file. Medicare will not pay for “preventative measures”.
- Full documentation from the attending physician on the pressure sore on the treatment, positioning requirements including chart notes of the skin ulcer from your physician.
Wheelchair cushion Buying Guide
When buying a wheelchair cushion here are four things to look for:
Comfort - Comfort cushions are basic foam cushions for users that are sitting for a short period (under an hour a day) and are not susceptible to skin breakdown or ulcers. Foam cushions will make your sitting and ride more comfortable.
Support - If you will be sitting in the wheelchair for longer than an hour a day you will want a cushion with some support, be it a cushion rigidizer, or a firm or memory foam cushion. This will spread the pressure along the bottom of your butt and help the blood to flow freely. There are also position cushions for users with posture challenges.
Prevention - Prevention cushions Are cushions that are for users that sit for an extended time and/or are highly susceptible to skin breakdown these cushions should be researched with the help of a Doctor or an OT (you can also call us at 1-800-320-7140 to talk to a wheelchair specialist) these are cushions that will support your bottom, distribute and relieve the pressure of parts or the entire buttocks.
Anti Sweat - Sweating occurs when you sit for long periods. Sitting in your sweat is uncomfortable and can cause the skiing to start breaking down. We want to try and keep the skin nice and dry. If you are experiencing sweating while sitting in your wheelchair you should invest in a wheelchair cushion that has anti-sweat properties like gel, foam infused gel, and air. The Gel acts as a coolant to lower the hot temperature that turns into moist.
Waterproof - If a user is incontinent and the likelihood of wetting the cushion is high there are breathable/waterproof cushion covers for sale that will accommodate any cushion size and width stopping your cushion does not retain the urine or any fluids that may come from the body.
Are Wheelchair Cushions returnable?
If a wheelchair cushion arrives damaged will send you a new cushion., Unfortunately, once your cushion is used we cannot accept returns due to hygiene. Please See the individual wheelchair cushion return policy.
Types of wheelchair cushions?
Foam - Basic foam cushions for comfort
Memory Foam - Memory foam or Tempurpedic foam cushions For comfort, weight distribution, and support
Gel - Gel cushions act as a coolant, distributes the weight, and alleviates some pressure
Air - Air Cushions Distributes the pressure and alleviates pressure points
What is the best Wheelchair Cushion?
- The best comfort foam cushion is our Tempur-pedic memory foam cushion
- The best gel cushion is our dual chamber gel waterproof cover cushion
- The Best Air Cushion is the RoHo Quadtro select 3”- 4 chamber air cushion
- The Best back cushion is the Comfort Back