With mild to moderate skin protection and a design that emphasizes comfort and prevention of sliding, Ride Designs’ Forward wheelchair seat cushion can be a great intervention for growing kids, seniors or clients who have sustained a stroke, brain injury or incomplete spinal cord injury.
The Forward’s design surrounds the pelvis with supportive contours while reducing pressure around at-risk bony prominences. The result is improved postural control without compromising skin protection. The cushion is made to help keep hips level and positioned at the back of the chair, which can enhance the wheelchair user’s seated stability. Now the Forward cushion is available in four additional sizes — 14x18", 15x15", 15x17" and 17x17" — in response to industry demand.
Universal Elastic Strap
Made of strong, high-stretch Neoprene, this strap offers a unique, flexible solution for temporary positioning. Use on the chest, abdomen, lap or legs anytime extra support is needed, such as during work, play, therapy, fittings or transfers. The ultra-fine hook-and-loop attachment won’t snag clothes, and the easy-grab end tab with its large thumbhole is great for users with limited hand dexterity. It’s available in three widths and a 56" length that can be cut shorter without fraying. Codes as E0960 (chest) or E0995 (calves), but also is a popular cash purchase.
Obi Dining System
Mealtimes are more than just sustenance; they’re also social and emotional gatherings that feed the soul.
The Obi robotic dining companion makes it possible for people with physical disabilities — particularly those affecting their upper extremities — to dine independently instead of having to be fed by companions.
The Obi system can be quickly set up by a caregiver to tailor the food delivery per the preferences of its user. Then the user controls the dining experience via two switches, one that accesses the food that the user has selected, and the other that delivers the food to the user.
Patented Obi features and functions include multi-directional food capturing, portion control, spoon wiping and repositioning, all intended to make the dining experience as efficient and effective as possible. The Obi weighs about 7 lbs., which makes it easily transportable, and its rechargeable battery can provide up to four hours of service on a single charge so that Obi can function outside the home as well as inside it. Obi’s base and arm can be wiped down with a disinfecting wipe or a wet towel, and Obi’s spoon, plate and placemat can all be washed by hand or in a dishwasher.
Obi has been successfully funded by Veterans Affairs, Workers’ Compensation and other payors, and the Obi team can supply info on reimbursement from private insurers and Medicaid programs. Obi can also be purchased as a retail system.
Invacare Top End
Eliminator NRG Racing Wheelchair
The new Eliminator NRG Racing Wheelchair is the fastest, lightest, stiffest and most responsive ride in Top End’s line, and it’s designed for elite racers aiming for the top of the podium.
The chair’s carbon fiber main frame is designed to provide increased tensile and yield strength to produce a smooth ride with controlled handling. The 200-gram full carbon fork boasts an aerodynamic design that flows into the headtube for a clean, sleek appearance. Athletes can use the tailored and fitted hybrid cage to fine-tune their positioning and optimize their power transfer. And a new-and-improved racing compensator improves the chair’s turning radius, while the brake lever can be placed anywhere on the steering handle according to each racer’s individual preference.
This in-wheel suspension for manual wheelchairs absorbs impact shocks and vibrations while also providing rigidity and stability to minimize the pain and fatigue often associated with daily wheelchair use and propulsion. The three arms inside the wheel absorb shocks from any direction, and the arms automatically compress when encountering bumps or uneven terrain. SoftWheel remains rigid over flat terrain, but offers cushioning on bumpy pavement or offroad, thus absorbing shock that would otherwise be felt by the wheelchair user. Choose from Acrobat M (Magnesium) or Acrobat A (Aluminum) in 24" and 25" sizes.
This mid-wheel-drive power chair has a standard weight capacity of 300 lbs. (136 kg) with a heavy-duty option of up to 450 lbs. (205 kg). It is ideal for active users splitting time between indoor and outdoor activities. The Alltrack M3 allows users to easily maneuver over day-to-day obstacles while providing unsurpassed stability from its suspension and exclusive 8" (205 mm) front casters (optional). It features a short turning radius, adjustable rehab seating, low seat-to-floor height down to 15.75" (400 mm), PG Drives electronics and 4-pole 5.9-mph (9.5 km/h) or 6.5-mph (10.5 km/h) high-speed German motors.
Focus CR Power Tilt
The Focus Power Tilt is designed to provide rehab clients with the benefits of tilt in space while allowing them to control their own tilt. The system includes features such as a standard toggle control (right or left) or pendant control that can be hung anywhere with a control lock-out feature and battery status indicator. An optional interface for electronic controllers such as egg switches is also available. The Power Tilt is equipped with a manual disconnect to reposition the client if the battery is accidentally discharged. When a power wheelchair is not the right choice for a customer, the Focus Power Tilt is designed to provide a fantastic option.
Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare
The Trident power wheelchair features a shroudless design to give techs easy access to internal components and batteries. For added client comfort and greater customization opportunities, the headrest adjusts to three heights and two depths; the captain’s seat is available in 18" or 20" widths, and the padded armrests are adjustable and removable. Other Trident features include a programmable controller; a flip-up footplate with rubber bumper; flat-free, non-marking wheels; easy free-wheel operation; and large, anti-tip wheels with suspension for a safer and smoother ride.
Grooved Mushroom Joystick Handle
The textured, rounded top of this new joystick is comfortable and secure for users grasping from above. Users grasping the joystick from the side will find its grooved shaft helpful and can tuck their fingers below the knob. Top and side grooves provide superior grip control, even for users with limited hand function. The joystick has an optimal height for gripping, but can be easily trimmed for those needing to use a palmar hand position or fingertip control. The springy, tough polyurethane is safe and easy to clean by hand or in a dishwasher.
Merits Health Products, Inc.
This new single power option, Group 2 power wheelchair can be an ideal solution for many clients who may not qualify for a Group 3 power chair. The Vision Ultra is compact and versatile, with six wheels on the ground for enhanced stability and the built-in durability to withstand the test of time (not to mention active clients). This unit features 14" drive wheels, a 300-lb. weight capacity and a seat-to-floor height starting at 16.5". The Vision Ultra can be ordered with three different seating systems to accommodate the needs of a wide range of users.
SHOPRIDER Mobility Products, Inc.
Available as a K0835 (sling/solid seat/back) or a K0836 (captain’s seat), the Group 2 single power option XLR boasts extra-long battery range, a 14" mid-wheel drive with suspension system, and independently suspended front and rear casters. Achieve 50° of tilt via the power tilting system (and a manual semi-recline back can further help with positioning). The XLR14’s compact footprint and four shrouds (red, blue, pewter and black) are classic Group 2 power chair features, but the longer battery life and significant tilt capacity anticipate the needs of more involved clients.
Balance shoulder retraction with sternal support and safety via the PivotFit shoulder harness. Available in sizes to fit kids through adults, the PivotFit’s shape contours to the shoulders and ribcage for a supportive, comfortable fit. Pressure is distributed across a 25-percent greater surface area than a traditional H-style harness. The sternum strap’s low placement reduces choking risk and is easy to adjust to accommodate clothing changes while providing a snug fit. The strong, patented swivel buckle equalizes tension without bunching, allowing pads to pivot to the best placement for the user’s body shape and comfort.
Matrix Seating USA
Custom Back Support
The Micro-Modular Seating insert allows clinicians to make unlimited adjustments after the shape has been formed, without using a heat gun. The unique, removable shell and see-through insert design enable confirmation of contact between the client and the back. Proprietary open-cell foam is soft to the touch, but maintains appropriate positioning, breathability and pressure relief. Breathable custom covers maximize heat and moisture reduction. Lightweight, fully adjustable mounting hardware has a quick-release design. Coded E2617.
Inspired by Drive
A multi-adjustable pediatric activity chair with tilt and recline, the Tusky combines moderate postural support with variable tilt-in-space functions. Tusky can be used in the classroom or at home for eating, learning and socializing. It comes standard with a pelvic belt, adjustable zippered chest harness, adductors, lateral thoracic supports, headrest and adjustable footrest.
With a mid-wheel-drive configuration, a turning radius of 20" and a width of just 23.25", the ROVI X3 power base offers great maneuverability in tight spaces. New highspeed motors increase the X3’s top speed to 6.2 mph and offer faster acceleration. An Active Ride Control independent suspension system and powerful 4-pole motors work together to provide superior climbing ability and uncompromised stability with a smooth, powerful ride. The new OnTraxx Enhanced Driving Module enhances drive response and directional control for the driver when going over uneven or sloping terrain.