Devices Offering Great Solutions (DOGS)
Seating and Positioning Supports
Positioning materials can prop, support, and cushion your body.
About Seating and Positioning Supports
Seating and positioning supports help people sit comfortably and safely. They are designed to provide support and stability to individuals who may have difficulties with posture, balance, or mobility. These supports can include cushions, backrests, or special chairs that are adjustable and have features like straps or belts to keep the person in a secure position. The goal of seating and positioning supports is to promote proper alignment, prevent discomfort or injury, and increase independence and participation in daily activities.
What kinds of seating and positioning supports are there?
Seat cushions may use materials like foam, gel, or air to help prevent pressure sores and other injuries.
Use foam wedges to add support to your existing seat or bed. Large wedges can also offer more positioning options, such as laying on your back or stomach.
Alternating Pressure Cushions
Alternating pressure devices push air into different compartments of the cushion or mattress, to rotate the degree of pressure in each spot throughout the day or night. Alternating pressure air mattresses might help prevent bedsores.
Many options exist to support your body in a position different from the traditional seated posture. These might include Tumbleform chairs, Yogibo beanbags, or corner sitters, and kneeling chairs.
How can I find out what’s new?
Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:
- wheelchair cushion
- adaptive seating
- pressure relief
- alternating air mattress
How do I find out more?
If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania, you can find your state’s AT program.
If you live in Pennsylvania:
- you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
- you might borrow this equipment to try out.
Are these in Pennsylvania’s AT Lending Library?