Sometimes the person who has been forced to spend the bulk of the day sitting in a wheelchair finds it difficult to get comfortable, particularly after lying-down in bed. At that point, a positioning device can prove quite useful. Yet not everyone who intends to buy such a device knows exactly what characteristics would make that positioning item especially beneficial. Here are some features that allow such a device to offer a few added benefits.
Among available leg rests, there are some that come with a special cutout area, a place in which a knee usually fits comfortably. Whether such a rest does or does not have such cutouts, it typically falls into one of two categories. It might be a sample of uncovered foam. Alternatively, it could have a sprayed vinyl coating. Both types should contain a fire retardant material. By the same token, both types ought to be slip resistant.
Sometimes a person with a knee injury must have that joint examined periodically. If that joint will be examined in the home, then that same location ought to contain a knee block. That block ought to be firm, and it should contain a fire retardant material. If it has been covered, then that covering should feature heat-sealed seams. In addition, the block’s ability to absorb fluids needs to be of a limited nature.
Sometimes, heel and foot protection can help a person to feel more comfortable, and thus more able to get a good-night’s rest. It reduces the pressure points on the protected areas. It also diminishes the effects of nerve damage. Any protection for the foot or heel ought to be made from a material that can do a good job of distributing the device’s weight equally. Foam is a popular choice. Whether foam or not, any such material should be easy-to-clean, and it should be free of any latex.
Protection of the ulner nerve can also prove useful, whenever someone who relies on the ability to roll from place to place on a wheelchair hopes to enjoy a decent amount of sleep. Like the protectors mentioned above, the ulner nerve protector decreases the number of pressure points, and thus reduces the harmful effects of nerve damage. Of course, it will fail to carry-out its expected job, if it proves uncomfortable, or if it lacks the ability to insure an equal distribution of its weight. Like the protective devices named above, this particular protector ought to be easy-to-clean, as well as being free of any latex.