Your golden years are an exciting, opportunity-filled time in your life, but you might be disappointed if you learned you should start using a wheelchair. Don’t worry—we have a guide to making your wheelchair more comfortable to help you ease the transition and make the most of this time in your life. Read on for the best tips!
Upgrade the Seat Cushion and Backrest
Nobody has time for an uncomfortable cushion! Sometimes, when you buy a fancy new wheelchair, that magical feeling can fade away as you sink into the less-than-perfect sitting arrangement it comes with. The good news is that there are plenty of options for upgrading the seat cushion and backrest.
First, make sure that your seat cushion is the right size and match for your body type. Look for cushions made of foam, gel, or air cells, as these provide the best balance between comfort and support. As for the backrest, you could upgrade to an ergonomically designed cushion that provides proper lumbar support. The importance of wheelchair cushions and backrests extends beyond your comfort to your physical health, so choose wisely.
Cushion the Armrests
As we grow older, we become more prone to developing pressure sores, including on our elbows. That’s where cushioning your wheelchair’s armrests comes in handy. Plenty of ready-made armrest pads are available on the market, made of foam, gel, or sheepskin (for that extra touch of luxury). Just remember to choose armrest pads that are easy to clean and maintain so you can enjoy your new-found comfort without having to worry about spills.
Add Accessories for Convenience
Fancy some cup holders for your sweet tea or perhaps a pouch to store knitting supplies? Wheelchair accessories like these are convenient and can improve the overall comfort and functionality of your wheelchair. Popular options include side bags, lap trays, and even mobile device holders. Whatever your needs or interests, there’s probably an accessory to make your wheelchair life more enjoyable.
Find the Right Sitting Posture
When it comes to being comfortable in your wheelchair, posture is everything. So take a moment to assess your sitting habits and play around with positioning until you find that Goldilocks zone of perfect alignment. To help, the golden rule of sitting posture is to keep your feet flat on the footrest with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle. Your shoulders should be relaxed, and your lower back should be slightly arched. Practicing stretching and strengthening exercises can also help alleviate muscle stiffness and soreness, keeping you comfortable and limber in your wheelchair.
As we wrap up this little guide to making your wheelchair more comfortable, remember that the key is to tailor your wheelchair to suit your needs and preferences. With the right combination of cushioning, accessories, and good posture, you can make sure your wheelchair is more comfortable.