StimuLite Classic Pressure Relief Wheelchair Cushion
For people who use a wheelchair every day, finding a cushion that provides adequate pressure relief and support is crucial. The StimuLite Classic Pressure Relief Wheelchair Cushion boasts both of these benefits and more, providing excellent pressure relief, unsurpassed comfort and exceptional stability for high risk users using its unique aerospace honeycomb material.
This cushion is available in a range of sizes, in a Classic version or a Sling version for wheelchairs with canvas sling seats. Select your desired options using the drop-down menu above.
- 1 x StimuLite Classic Cushion
- 1 x Standard Cover
- 1 x Washable Laundry Bag
How Does This Cushion Provide Pressure Relief?
Weighing only 1.4kg, this cushion uses three distinct layers of StimuLite honeycomb, each of a different firmness, to enable bony protuberances of the body to sink freely into the 7cm thick cushion. The different honeycomb layers work together to support the surrounding anatomy, with the firmer honeycomb layer functioning as internal side bolsters. This provides superior lateral support and industry-leading comfort.
How Cool Is This Cushion?
The StimuLite Classic is designed for exceptional comfort from top to bottom, not only in its cushioning, but in its temperature control properties as well. In order to prevent the rises in temperature between the body and cushion that can exacerbate risks of pressure sores, this cushion is heavily ventilated throughout. That ventilation means that heat and moisture are controlled from beneath the user, providing even more comfort and peace of mind.
Can the Cushion Be Washed?
Hygiene is of the utmost importance in a pressure relief wheelchair cushion, as the user can potentially spend long stretches of time sitting on it. The designers of StimuLite Classic recognised this, manufacturing it with naturally antibacterial and antifungal material. The cushion is washable with the use of a laundry bag, which is supplied with your cushion.
Should I Choose the Classic or Sling Version?
Your choice of the Classic or Sling option will depend on the wheelchair you intend to use the cushion in. Wheelchairs with firm seats will require the Classic cushion, while wheelchairs with sling or canvas seats will require the Sling version, which features a curved bottom to provide added stability.
Is This Cushion Supplied with a Cover?
Yes, all Stimulite cushions are supplied with a comfortable cover as standard. This cushion is made with breathable, two-way stretch fabric that is designed to move with the skin to reduce the shear and friction forces that can exacerbate pressure sore risk. This knitted fabric cover is antimicrobial, antifungal, and machine washable to ensure a high level of hygiene is maintained.
Are Spare Covers Available?
There are four covers that can be used alongside this cushion:
- Standard Cover
- Waterproof Cover (Up to 51 x 51cm only)
- Outdoor Cover
- Wool Cover
How Does StimuLite Honeycomb Work?
StimuLite cushions are made with a soft, flexible form of aerospace honeycomb that has 'memory', is lightweight, and distributes weight evenly along its surface. Its cellular matrix consists of alternating thick and thin walled cells that flex when compressed to relieve pressure. When a user sits on a StimuLite cushion, the compressed cells radiate outwards to surround and support the anatomy, self-adjusting to each individual and providing excellent stability.
How Breathable Are StimuLite Cushions?
StimuLite honeycomb features a unique ventilation system consisting of tiny perforations in the cell walls, allowing air to circulate both horizontally and vertically. This creates an ideal microclimate for long-term sitting comfort, helping to reduce sweat and moisture to minimise shear and friction forces on the skin. StimuLite has a proven track record among wheelchair users, where performance is critical to preventing life-threatening skin breakdown.
StimuLite honeycomb is perforated, enabling air to circulate and moisture to evaporate, thus helping to maintain skin integrity. The 'footprint' of the honeycomb cells on the user's skin, along with their flexing action, help to stimulate blood flow and enhance circulation.
Pressure Relief and Shear Reduction
StimuLite honeycomb works to relieve pressure by distributing it away from hot spots. Due to this, bony protuberances experience the same pressure as the surrounding anatomy, eliminating potential problem areas. The honeycomb conforms to body shape, distributes weight evenly, and stabilises the user in any position. The cells align themselves with the body to flex and unflex, moving with the skin and reducing dangerous shearing forces.
What If I Require More Back Support?
When adjusting to any new wheelchair cushion, you may find that your chair's back support feels slightly different, and you may require the use of an additional back support for maximum comfort. In these cases, we recommend the Lumbar Support for StimuLite Wheelchair Cushions, which can be placed on your current wheelchair to provide better back support. The Lumbar Support can be purchased using the tick box near the top of the page.
- Wheelchair cushion for those at high risk of pressure sore development
- Provides exceptional comfort and stability
- Features StimuLite honeycomb for maximum pressure reduction
- Suitable for all day use through virtually any activity
- Available in a standard and sling version for different wheelchair types
- Fully machine washable with the use of the supplied laundry bag
- Supplied with a protective and comfortable cover
- Maximum user weight (16" width): 113.4kg (250lb)
- Maximum user weight (43cm wide and over): 136kg (300lb)