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Thread: How often do you change your cushion?

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    Senior Member NW-Will's Avatar
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    How often do you change your cushion?

    A year after my injury, I am realizing how much bulk I am
    losing from my rear(butt) and thinking it would be prudent to
    look at a new cushion. Seeing as my original was fitted
    to my bulkier rear. I'm currently using a J2..

    So how often do people change their cushions? and what prompts
    a change?

    Also how many people regularly use more than one cushion, as in
    swap between different cushions through the week or the month

    I don't know why, but I keep thinking along the lines of the shoe
    analogy, how I'd change shoes to give my feet a break and not
    just from the fashion angle. If I was going to spend the day
    hiking, some pretty robust boots etc... So If I know I am
    going to be wheeling on rugged terrain how about a
    cushion that absorbs more bumps.. just rambling.


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    In my long term care setting, we consider a new cushion when a person has skin breakdown from sitting for long periods, or lost/gained a significant amount of weight.
    If you feel you need a re-evaluation, I would recommend a pressure mapping of your skin to see where your pressure points are.

    Also, I am not aware of anyone who rotates their cushions with another. Once you have a good cushion, it should be able to accomodate different settings.


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    i use 2 roho cushions with the same model and size. they get rotated everytime i soil them, ie; diarrhea. there are times when i have an accident in the middle of the day and i have to get back up on the chair again. i don't have to wait for the soiled cushion to dry.

    i agree, if you gained some weight and you're getting skin breakdowns, then would be a good time to replace it.

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    Senior Member canuck's Avatar
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    I think the average life of a cushion is about two years or so I've been told by a few therapists/

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    i`ve got my Roho for 3 years and it`s like the firt day, i change the cover every year.
    I`m going to change soon, but not because the cushion need it.

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    i run my stimulites for 1.5-2 yrs, i buy 2 at a time and rotate them,. rep
    c4/5 inc funtioning c6. 28 yrs post.
    sponsored handcycle racer

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    How often will Medicare authorize the purchase of a new cushion?
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    Senior Member Mona~on~wheels's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by thehipcrip View Post
    How often will Medicare authorize the purchase of a new cushion?

    It was every 2 yrs.. Now it's every 5 yrs.
    Which is stupid! A roho will not last 5 yrs. Mine don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehipcrip View Post
    How often will Medicare authorize the purchase of a new cushion?
    In Spain one every year.

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    Senior Member brucec's Avatar
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    i got a little meat on my butt, so for the last twenty years or so, i get find a new piece of foam rubber and replace it, last timne they were putting some foam insulation on our a/c water tank at work, i talked the guy into leave a few feet of it behind.
    but if you do change it, keep a eye on it at least daily
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