Preparing for EmpowHER Camp

In a previous blog, I shared that I recently launched a nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls and women with disabilities called Disability EmpowHer Network. In that post, I shared a bit about two of our programs: Letter from a Role Model and EmpowHer Camp. 

Now that some time has passed, I am excited to give you an update on EmpowHer Camp! EmpowHer Camp is a multi-stage skill-building, empowerment, and mentoring program that brings a diverse group of girls with disabilities (ages 13 -17) to camp with successful disabled women mentors in the Adirondacks for one week. They learn about disaster preparedness and basic survival skills, while also developing independent living and leadership skills. The next summer, the girls are invited for a reunion trip in Washington, D.C., to explore how they have grown as leaders. During the year between the first trip and the reunion trip, the girls create a yearlong local project involving inclusive disaster strategies. 

Choosing Our Girls and Mentors

Our very first EmpowHer Camp starts next month! We will begin by bringing a group of nine girls with disabilities from across the country to the Adirondacks in New York! We received so many applications from incredible girls with disabilities who wanted to join us at EmpowHer Camp. It was so difficult to select only nine girls to participate this year. 

We’ve also selected nine mentors to join us at camp. The mentors are all successful women with disabilities from all over the country and the world! We have women with different disabilities coming together from Kansas, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, Ohio, South Carolina, and even England! Each woman offers different experiences and skills to share with our participants. 

What the Girls Will Learn

While camping in the Adirondacks, we will learn to build fires, practice meal planning and cooking, share our fears and goals around the campfire, plan community projects, master compass reading, and so much more. 

One of our mentors, Kathryn Carroll, a blind attorney from Albany, NY, said: “I am looking forward to so many things at camp! First, I am a learner, and so I look forward to learning from the other mentors and, most of all, from the campers. There are so many skills and knowledge we can share. Second, I look forward to simply being at camp. Camp can be a magical experience you never want to return home from and I look forward to that feeling. I’m a very serious person, but don’t let that fool you into thinking I’m not wildly excited about EmpowHer Camp!”

Meanwhile, our participants shared that they’re all so excited to spend time with other girls with disabilities and make new friends!

I am very excited about EmpowHer Camp because I know that it will be life changing for our participants and for our mentors! 

About Stephanie Woodward: Stephanie is a brand ambassador advisor for Quantum Rehab® and works as a disability rights activist. She has received many awards for helping communities become more accessible, as well as for her actions in fighting for the rights of disabled individuals as it relates to Medicaid and other support services. Click here to learn more about Stephanie.


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Vacationing with My iLevel® Wheelchair

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, my family and I took a vacation to a place that is very special to us: Greensboro, Georgia. I attended the Mansfield Oil Golf Classic in hopes to raise funds to help those with life-threatening conditions. The event was a lot of fun and I’m excited to share about my adventures in my Stretto Power Wheelchair with iLevel® technology.

Enjoying the View

Bryson checks out the view with his Stretto Power Wheelchair

We arrived at the hotel on Sunday, June 6. It was about a four-hour drive from our home in Charlotte, North Carolina. The first thing we did was enjoy some of the scenery, as the hotel was on the lake. There are multiple pathways around the hotel that allow guests to walk around and venture into the outdoors. I had a great view of everything on our walk thanks to iLevel. I elevated the seat of my Stretto Power Wheelchair up to 12 inches for even more fun and enjoyment.

Golfing with iLevel

Bryson uses iLevel to help him swing his golf club

We went over to the small putting green at the hotel and I played some golf. iLevel technology allowed me to get into the game. I raised up my wheelchair seat, which helped me to swing the golf club. I sunk many of the putts and felt as though I was ready to play in the Masters Tournament.

On the golf course, I raised my wheelchair up to see the action better. My wheelchair traveled over the terrain easily and allowed me to get to each hole with no problem. Being elevated at iLevel allowed me to be at the same height as the golfers while I talked with them. It was great to have the full experience!

Eating Out with My Stretto Motorized Wheelchair

We ate out at some fantastic restaurants that had tons of tasty food. My motorized wheelchair with iLevel allowed me to elevate to sit at the table and eat my food easily. We met up with some friends that we usually see at the event. It was great catching up with them after all this time.

Attending Concerts and Giving Speeches

One of my favorite things that we did on the trip was seeing the Electric Light Orchestra in concert. Almost every song they played was a hit and I had a blast. Being in my Stretto with iLevel allowed me to rock out and have the time of my life.

On the final day of the event, I gave a speech about how Mansfield Oil has been on the front lines of fighting for research to help cure many life-threatening conditions. I spoke about how the organization has helped to change the lives of many families, including mine. My Stretto with iLevel technology helped me during my speech by letting me elevate my power chair seat all the way up. Everyone could see me, no matter where they were in the room. People didn’t have to search for me during my speech.

The trip was a lot of fun after having to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. It almost felt as though life had gone back to normal. It was great to get away and spend quality time with my parents. I am excited to attend this event in the future and experience more great times.

About Bryson Foster: Bryson is a Friend of Quantum and lives in North Carolina. He advocates and raises funds for the development of treatments for muscular dystrophy. He loves sports and cheers for his favorite basketball team, the North Carolina Tar Heels.


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Sakina Shamsi: My Greatest Fashion Accessory

I’ve written about wheelchair fashion in the past. What many people may not realize is that it’s actually quite fun to jazz up your wheelchair and personalize it. There are so many ways to make your motorized wheelchair fun and trendy!

Staying Safe and Trendy with Hand Sanitizer

Now more than ever, because of COVID-19, I have to make sure I’m safe. So, I had to reassess what I keep on my power wheelchair. I keep tons of hand sanitizer on my motorized wheelchair for easy access when I’m out and about. The fun part about that is I can pick hand sanitizer cases that match the vibe of my power wheelchair. So, if you’re ever running short on hand sanitizer, I’m your girl.

Decorating My Power Wheelchair

When I got my Quantum® Power Wheelchair, I immediately used duct tape and stickers to decorate it and make it my own. I put decals on the back shroud panels and lots of bling all around! On my new Edge® 3 Power Wheelchair, I customized the shroud colors. I chose Raspberry Beret and White Satin.

The most innovative thing we’ve done is found the perfect backpack to match my wheelchair and my style. Not only does the backpack look cool, it holds everything I need. From spare parts to medical supplies, a bag of wipes or even a wheelchair poncho. My backpack has everything I need and it’s easily accessible.

LED Fender Lights on My Power Wheelchair

Another thing that I love about my wheelchair is that it has front and rear LED fender lights! This is perfect for when I’m strolling through town on these summer nights. My chair even has fog lights so foggy days are no problem for me. I attached LED strip lights all over my power chair so when it gets dark outside, my wheelchair comes to life and the party goes where I go!

Bluetooth Technology

I have a Bluetooth® speaker attached to my wheelchair, which means I can pair my phone to the speaker and I can play anything I want, when I want. I use my phone easily with a phone mount that is attached to my power chair. I can be the DJ at any party and use my playlist or text anyone I need to easily. (I know it’s not safe to text while you’re driving!)

Staying Hydrated with My Wheelchair Cup Holder

To keep me hydrated during the summer, my wheelchair has a detachable cup holder. If it’s not holding my water bottle, it’s used as a storage area for things I need in the moment. One of the most important things that I use in the summer is an umbrella. It attaches to my power chair and it keeps my head cool.

Having the ability to customize and personalize my power wheelchair has made being in one so much easier and very fun! It’s a reflection of my personality and all the fun things I get to do with my Edge 3 Power Chair!

About Sakina Shamsi: Sakina lives in New Jersey with her parents and brother. Although she has spinal muscular atrophy type II, Sakina lives a full and independent lifestyle. She is active in the disability community and enjoys horseback riding, baking and crafting. Click here to learn more about Sakina.


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Funding for iLevel®

It’s no shocker that things always cost more when you have a disability. If you have a vehicle that you drive with hand controls and a side entry or rear-entry ramp, you understand that routine maintenance can cost a lot. Other expenses that people with disabilities may have are doctors’ appointments, medications, making any kind of a modification to your power chair. All these challenges can really put a tight squeeze on your budget. I get emails from consumers almost every day asking how much our products are and telling me that they can’t afford a power chair.

Insurance Coverage and iLevel®

Last week I received an email from a consumer I had met at the Abilities Expo a few years ago. He has owned his power chair for four years and wants to upgrade. He already received a doctor’s note and was trying to find an authorized dealer that would assist him with a power chair. He was very interested in our iLevel® technology and had never used a power wheelchair where you could drive elevated at iLevel.

So, I was on a mission to get this guy into one of our power wheelchairs so that he could live the best life possible. I recommended a few dealers to him. He went through the process with both dealers only to find that his insurer denied coverage of iLevel. When this happens, it’s important to understand that you have appeal rights. Make certain your insurer explains why they denied your request. I recommended that this consumer contact his doctor and have the doctor specifically describe how iLevel would benefit him on his script. The consumer told me the doctor had written down specifically what he could and could not do on the script. Yet, his insurance would not cover it.

How to Purchase iLevel Out of Pocket

So, I told the consumer to ask his dealer about covering the cost of iLevel out of pocket. It’s important that individuals with disabilities know their options. If insurance denies coverage of iLevel technology on your power wheelchair, you can purchase it yourself.

This is where saving is very important. Here’s an example: For many, working from home during the pandemic has reduced costs. If you have a long commute, you probably spend a lot of money on gas, tolls, car repairs. You can take what you save from not commuting to your job and put it towards covering the cost of having iLevel retrofitted to your motorized wheelchair.

When you have a disability, you never know what challenges or expenses might pop up out of nowhere. So, it is imperative to make sure that you save your money when you can. It may mean experiencing independence in a whole new way.

About Josh McDermott: Josh is a brand ambassador for Quantum Rehab®. He is a public speaker and has served as a goodwill ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Josh lives in New York and loves to travel. Click here to learn more about Josh.


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Ask and You Shall Receive: 4Front® 2

Some major advancements are about to hit the rehab power market from Quantum Rehab®. First up is the launch of the 4Front® 2 Power Chair. Consumers, ATPs and clinicians asked for some enhancements to be made to the 4Front® and we listened.

Introducing the 4Front® 2, with amazing features such as the new Smart Traction Control (STC) which is integrated into the Q-Logic control system. Smart Traction Control features upgraded drive performance at higher speeds (up to 6.25 miles per hour) and improved tracking.

4Front 2 Power Wheelchair with safe seat elevation

Other new features include 4-pole motors and redesigned caster arms that have greater durability, reduced weight and enhanced aesthetics. Quantum’s innovative backup camera is also an available option.

“Riding in the 4Front 2 is unlike any chair I have ever used,” said Christian Budney, a Quantum Brand Ambassador. “The 4Front 2 pushes the limit set by its predecessor beyond my expectations. The new suspension allows me to conquer terrain that I never thought possible as a wheelchair user.”

Jay Brislin, Vice President of Quantum Rehab, says the 4Front 2 was created to implement the crucial feedback received from consumers and industry professionals.

“Innovation always begins with listening,” Brislin said. “We spent a significant amount of time carefully developing the 4Front 2, using feedback from consumers and our providers. The latest advancements on the 4Front 2 come from what they wanted more of in this front-wheel drive power chair.”

The 4Front 2 is available in HCSPCS codes, Group, 3 Single Power (K0856) and Multiple Power (K0861). It is pending PDAC code approval for Group 3 codes Solid Seat Pan (K0848), Captain’s Seating (K0849) and Single Power (K0857).

For more information on the 4Front 2, visit https://www.quantumrehab.com/quantum-power-bases/4front-2.asp or open the PQ-365 app.

Let’s All Stay Safe this 4th of July

Many of us are excited to resume our usual gatherings and activities for Independence Day. We’ve all been through so much with the COVID-19 pandemic, so we deserve to have some fun! While you’re out there having fun, it’s important to also stay safe. Here are some important safety tips when celebrating this July 4th weekend.

Fireworks Safety and Power Wheelchair Users

If you want to enjoy an awesome fireworks display this year, we recommend attending a public fireworks show that is put on by professionals. Your local community is probably planning a fireworks show for everyone in your area, so check it out. You can scope out a great place to view the fireworks while still maintaining a safe distance. The American Red Cross recommends staying at least 500 feet away from the show.

If you choose to purchase fireworks and host your own little show at home or with family, here some important safety tips to follow.

  • Follow the directions on the fireworks packaging
  • Wear eye protection when lighting fireworks
  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution
  • Light only one firework at a time and never try to relight a “dud” firework
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets

When it comes to our furry friends, we need to be mindful of their comfort. Make sure your pets are safety secured inside your home before you begin lighting the fireworks. For some animals, fireworks can be scary and they may run away.

If your power wheelchair has front and rear LED fender lights, we recommend turning them on when it starts to get dark. LED fender lights on power wheelchairs help you see and be safely seen during the fireworks show.

Wear Hearing Protection

Whether you are attending a professional show or hosting your own, it’s important to wear ear protection. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, or ASHA, encourages everyone to incorporate hearing protection into their celebrations. Here are some of their suggestions to protect your hearing this Independence Day.

Hearing damage can happen in an instant. A single loud blast or explosion that lasts less than one second can cause permanent hearing loss. Basic earplugs offer good protection for most teens and adults. If there are small children, ASHA recommends well-fitting earmuffs instead of ear plugs. If at any point during the fireworks you experience ringing in your ears or other discomfort, leave the noisy situation right away.

Picnic and Water Safety for Wheelchair Users

If your Independence Day celebration includes a picnic or spending time in the water, we have some helpful safety tips and things to keep in mind.

When it comes to food safety, it’s important to keep perishable foods in the refrigerator or cooler with plenty of ice or freezer packs. Don’t leave food out in the sun. When preparing food, be sure to wash your hands or sanitize before you begin. When cooking on the grill, use long-handled tools for flipping burgers or hotdogs. Plus, keep pets and children away from the grill or other hot surfaces.

If you have the Quantum backup camera on your power wheelchair, be sure to use it when navigating crowded picnic areas. You can see children or pets that may be behind you when backing up.

If your friends or family are going for a swim or taking the boat out, make sure everyone wears a life jacket that is properly fitted, especially young children or inexperienced swimmers. Keep an eye on small children that are playing in or near the water.

We hope everyone has a wonderful Independence Day and remember to stay safe!

Jesse Cuellar: My Summer Bucket List

This summer is going to be amazing because we’ll finally be getting back to living more normally. We are finally, slowly (and I say it again slowly) opening back up to the point where we can be outside and participate in normal activities. I look forward to being outside and active as much as possible. So, here is my list of activities I can’t wait to do again now that summer is here.

Take My Power Wheelchair to the Park

Jesse in his Edge 3 Motorized Wheelchair with iLevel

I can’t wait to go to the park every day when it’s nice out. I like to go to the SLU Dog Park and Sculpture Garden, which is in my neighborhood. I can’t wait to enjoy the weather and interact with people and the animals around the park. People always bring their dogs here and for me, these are good visuals. Plus, it’s fun to feed the dogs and it’s good entertainment for everybody.

Go to Restaurants with iLevel®

Although there are a lot of fun things to do in St. Louis, I can’t wait to go to restaurants again and enjoy some good food. With iLevel® technology on my Edge® 3 Power Wheelchair, I can drive my power wheelchair right up to the bar and order a drink or some food. If I am having a conversation with friends, I can be eye to eye with them. When I’ve had enough of being at the bar, I can move my motorized wheelchair and sit outside on the patio. I can lower my motorized wheelchair easily and be at the same level as everyone else sitting at the patio table.

With eating out, it’ll be nice to not have to worry about the people sitting next to you and catching something. To this day, we still don’t fully understand COVID and we have little knowledge but not enough. We can’t assume it’s 100% safe out there. So, everyone needs to be smart about what you’re doing.

Living the New Normal

I do appreciate that the risk of COVID-19 is significantly lower during warmer weather and the summertime heat. This allows us to do more outdoor activities. Now that we have learned to acclimate to this new world we live in, we can dine outside and have fun outside without worrying too much about COVID.

In addition to living as normally as possible this summer, I want to connect again with everyone in my circle of friends. Throughout the last two years, I wasn’t able to spend time with them because of everything. Still, I want to keep it simple and safe yet be as active as possible all summer Long. I just hope everything goes well and I hope for the best for the coming fall. Until then, I will take it one day at a time doing all the things I love: painting, eating out and just getting outside again. Let’s stay safe yet take advantage of all the things we can do now!

About Jesse Cuellar: Jesse is an artist and a brand ambassador for Quantum Rehab®. An accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, so he uses his mouth to paint and expresses himself through his art. Jesse lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and enjoys painting and hanging out with his friends. Click here to learn more about Jesse.


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Summer and My iLevel Power Wheelchair

The summer sun is slowly making its way to the United States, which means ice cream, BBQs, and most importantly, adventures in my Edge® 3 Power Chair with iLevel®! Last summer was not the best for anyone, but I fully intend to make up for it in 2021. My 31st birthday is in July, so I thought I would write an early birthday to-do-list a la Stephanie (32 for good measure). So, here is a list of some of the activities I plan to do this summer with my motorized wheelchair.

Outdoor Activities with My Power Wheelchair

Grilling is easier with his motorized wheelchair and iLevel
  • More accessible gardening – I picked it up during quarantine and it’s even easier at iLevel.
  • BBQs – the grill is my home. My home is the grill. Being elevated above the cooking surface makes flipping burgers easier.
  • Picking fruits and vegetables off higher trees
  • Hiking – nature is calling once more and with SRS (Smooth Ride Suspension) on my Edge 3 motorized wheelchair, there is no ride more scenic or breathtaking.
  • Tanning – reclining my electric wheelchair with plenty of sunscreen is the recipe for a great summer tan
  • Flying a kite – I have never flown a kite, but being closer to the sky is a good thing, right?
  • Picnics – I am no longer too short for outdoor picnics with 12 inches of elevation.  
  • Washing the car – With the help of iLevel technology and a super long hose, I can wash everything from the roof to the wheels!
  • Going to the park- there are many trees that have not been measured against iLevel and I intend to find them all

Traveling with My Motorized Wheelchair

  • Hotel bed transfer – no matter the height of a hotel bed on the road, iLevel technology will help me to accommodate most sleeping arrangements and assuage some of the fears associated with travelling while disabled.
  • Boardwalk strolls – while I am not much of a beach person, enjoying the weather in my power chair is a welcome change from staying indoors.
  • Visiting breweries – There is nothing quite like ordering a bottle at the raised counter and watching the sunset on a summer night.
  • Vacation selfies – who needs angling photos for perspective, when iLevel makes you taller than most things?
  • Trying my luck at casinos- game tables are high; my chances of winning are not.
  • Taking in a comedy show – because we all need a laugh right now and my head towers above a sea of people.
  • Being tall enough for the rides at Disney World, but not riding them due to exhaustion

Using iLevel in the Home

  • Changing lightbulbs – there is a joke in there, but my height must be used to help the vertically challenged.
  • Brushing my teeth- I can finally see my entire body in the mirror with iLevel, which leads to better oral hygiene.
  • Revitalize my summer wardrobe – Aloha shirts and sunglasses on the top shelf? No problem. iLevel technology lets me reach whatever I need.                     
  • Helping with house chores – whether it is cleaning floors or dusting bookshelves, dirt beware: I Have the power of iLevel on my power chair.

Interacting with Family and Friends at iLevel

  • Uncle duties – my nephew loves the “elevator ride” when I elevate my power wheelchair with iLevel.
  • Hugs that start at the head, not at the waist
  • Visiting local relatives – the ability to look people in the eye that I have not seen in a while is a privilege.
  • Frisbee with friends – staying at iLevel ensures that my throws are more aerodynamic and above the ground

Other Ways that My Power Wheelchair Helps Me

  • Reinvigorating my completely unnecessary Starbucks habit and enjoying some coffee. iLevel lets me enjoy sitting at the high-top tables.
  • Groceries – As evidenced by my many photos, stocking up for summer get-togethers with items on high shelves could not be easier.
  • Eating at food trucks – outdoor dining is a breeze thanks to its ability to adjust to countertops.
  • Being closer to the fireworks on the Fourth of July.
  • Helping out at my parents’ restaurant- Taking orders at iLevel is good for business
  • Shopping for alcoholic beverages – Top shelf alcohol is no match for iLevel.
  • Watching a movie – as theaters begin to open, I look forward to being the guy down in front. Reclining my electric wheelchair is great for long films

I plan to make my 31st year the best one yet because iLevel means new opportunities.

About Tim Shin: Tim lives in River Vale, NJ and uses an Edge® 3 Power Wheelchair to maintain his independence and mobility. He enjoys food, fashion, music and television. Click here to learn more about Tim.


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Buffalo and iLevel® Technology

Traveling in wonderful Wyoming in my Quantum® power wheelchair with iLevel® is always an adventure. You never know what photo opportunities may present themselves. Just make sure your subject is not moving.

Last week, I traveled to Jackson, also known as Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  The magnificent Teton Mountains can be seen from the distance.  Jackson is known for many things, as it is the gateway to Yellowstone National Park. Tourists and people travel from all over the country and across the globe to catch a glimpse of the Wyoming beauty that awaits them.

Madonna elevates her power wheelchair when sitting at the bar

I grew up not far from Jackson, in a small town in Wyoming.  So, Jackson is considered part of my home surroundings to me. I spent much of my time in Jackson with my college friends who grew up in the area. Last week, we went to see some of my friends who were vacationing in Yellowstone.  I love the drive through the mountains and valleys heading to Jackson. It is always such a treasure to behold, especially in the springtime.  You can smell the air. It’s so crisp! Plus, the wildflowers line the sides of the road as you drive.

Staying in Wheelchair Accessible Pinedale

When it comes to places to stay, Jackson is a bit pricey for hotels, so we stayed in Pinedale. Pinedale is around 70 miles away from Jackson and it’s a sleepy little town. Although it doesn’t look accessible, there are many accessible places where you can travel in a power wheelchair. 

The hotel where we stayed had an interesting feature that is common to this part of Wyoming. Our hotel had a bison (or buffalo as most people know them) head on the wall. I had to take a picture to see how tall my iLevel Power Wheelchair was while sitting next to this beast. Never let their large appearance fool you. If you see buffalo in the wild, they’re not like cows out in the pasture. They are amazingly fast and protect their young. They should never be approached. I’m happy that the picture I took with this particular buffalo was on the wall and it was only his head and not the rest of him.

Madonna poses in front of a buffalo with her Edge 3 Power Wheelchair at iLevel

Understanding Bison Behavior

If you are traveling to Wyoming and encounter a buffalo or bison, there are few things you should know. First, they’re huge and very fast. Bison are actually the largest mammal in North America. A male bison is called a bull and weighs up to 2,000 pounds. They can stand 6 feet tall. Female bison are called cows and weigh up to 1,000 pounds and reach a height of 4-5 feet.  Now, the babies are nicknamed “red dogs” because bison calves tend to be an orange-reddish color. Their mamas are very protective of them.

You never want to underestimate bison. I have actually seen people who have. So here is an interesting fact: their tail will tell you what they are thinking. If you see that tail straight up, they may charge you. They are very unpredictable, so just remember to love them from a distance.

Bison are beloved creatures to those of us who live in Wyoming. Our state flag’s crest has a bison on it. The Wyoming state flag was adopted by the fourteenth legislature on January 31, 1917, and on the Great Seal of Wyoming is the heart of the flag. Pictured there are the bison or who once the roamed the plains of many states.

Wyoming is such a beautiful state. It may seem inaccessible yet there are many wonderful and accessible places to visit. I am finding those treasure places where iLevel technologu and the wild west meet.

About Madonna Long: Madonna works as a disability advocate to educate policymakers and congressional leaders on disability issues. She uses an Edge 3 Power Wheelchair for mobility. She is a mother to four children and lives life on her terms, despite a spinal cord injury. Click here to learn more about Madonna.


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Understanding Wheelchair Cushions

A complex rehab power wheelchair is designed to meet the user’s medical and quality-of-life needs and provide greater independence. The power wheelchair needs to be fitted to the individual and it needs to be comfortable. There are many components that can be found on a complex rehab power wheelchair, including seating and electronics, wheelchair cushions play an important role in maintaining comfort and positioning.

There are many wheelchair seat cushions available on the market. Every cushion serves a different purpose. Quantum® and Stealth® wheelchair cushions are marked with a color-coded PVC patch. The color of the patch indicates the function and HCPC code of the cushion. Some cushions for wheelchairs are designed to meet a user’s pressure needs. Others are designed for skin protection. How do you know which one is right for you?

Choosing the Right Cushion for Wheelchair Users

During the evaluation process, your therapist and the ATP (Assistive Technology Professional) will work together to decide what components you need to have on your complex rehab power wheelchair. Based on your diagnosis, your therapist and ATP may recommend a specific cushion to help meet your comfort and positioning needs.

Spectrum Gel SPP Wheelchair Cushion

Spectrum Gel SPP Wheelchair Cushion

The Spectrum Gel SPP Wheelchair Cushion is designed to provide skin protection and positioning benefits. It features a SunMate FRG foam top. There is a twin cell ultra lightweight viscous gel insert in the ischial well to deliver sacral relief. This gel cushion for wheelchair users has a 550-pound weight capacity with a height of 3 inches. The Spectrum Gel cushion for wheelchairs also comes with a CoolCore® cover that is moisture wicking and breathable. This revolutionary technology is chemical free and extremely durable. The CoolCore® cover keeps the user cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Glacial SP Wheelchair Seat Cushion

Glacial SP Wheelchair Seat Cushion

The Glacial SP Wheelchair Seat Cushion offers skin protection. It features a new SIM G base with a fluid resistant overlay on the top and sides of the cushion. The gel topper is TPU heat sealed with a low profile, lightweight design. The Glacial SP Wheelchair Cushion comes standard with CoolCore® technology for breathable comfort. It offers a weight capacity of 400 pounds, with a height of 2.5 inches.

Discover more information about power wheelchair cushions and their benefits. Are you searching for wheelchair cushion for your Stretto narrow wheelchair? Perhaps you’re interested in what cushion options are available for a pediatric wheelchair.