For those of us in wheelchairs, we know how important it is to have a comfortable seat that doesn’t cause too much pressure on the skin. The seating system includes the cushion and chair back.
I spent this morning at MUSC’s wheelchair seating clinic getting fitted for a new seating system for my Permobil wheelchair. My current seating system has lateral pads that are removable on the right side to keep me propped up. Unfortunately, those pads do not straighten my sitting posture. I tend to lean more to the right, especially since my foot surgery a few months ago.
A foam-like material was used to mold the seat back and cushion. Air pockets within the foam could be adjusted to ensure the best fit.
Tom Hetzel, from Ride Designs, came to Charleston from Colorado to help with fitting me for my new customized seating system. Jill Monger and Rick Sinnot were on hand today to get me riding more comfortably. Jill and Rick have fitted me for every chair that I’ve had since I was four years old. My physical therapist, Yves Gege, and a number of other seating specialists were there to assist with the process.
I’m looking forward to riding in style and comfort with my new seating system! It should be ready to be installed on my chair by the beginning of next year!