Arm/Wheelchair Lap Cushion
- Important Information
The Arm/Wheelchair Lap Cushion is an alternative to a restraint belt. It acts as a reminder for patients who forget they are unsafe to stand up.
Originally designed for wheelchairs, they also fit on some hospital armchairs. They can also be used as a small lap tray, for books, materials etc. Some CVA patients may rest their hands on top of the cushion. This may help prevent oedema, as an alternative to a gutter armrest.
There are two versions available:
- Curved – With a curved cut-out section for the stomach
- Straight – Without a curved cut-out section
If the straight version is a little too close to a patient’s body, the cover can be removed and the edge of the foam can be cut to size with an electric carving knife. The Cushion is an alternative to a restraint belt. It is possible for the patient to remove the Cushion, though any device that the patient cannot remove should be considered as a restraint, so the necessary restraint authorisation would be necessary and this should be fully documented.
As this cushion is invading the patient’s personal space, it may be better to introduce it over a period of time. Start off for about 10 minutes, encouraging the patient to use it as a tray. Then take it away for a while, before refitting it again for another 10 minutes. Gradually the patient may accept it as a tray and not perceive it as a restraint. This method may prevent the patient becoming agitated by the cushion.
Item # 416C - Curved, 47cm / 18.5" between arms
Item # 416CW - Curved, wide, 57cm / 22.5" between arms
Item # 416S - Straight, 47cm / 18.5" between arms
Item # 416SW - Straight, wide, 57cm / 22.5" between arms
Cover: Wash up to 80°C (176°F). Air or tumble dry on a cool setting, ensuring the drum is cool. Ensure the product is dry before using or storing.
Foam: Hand wash foam squeezing out excess water. Handle with care when wet. Do not wring or tumble dry.
Restraints are a prescribed item. Care Facilities such as Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Aged Care Facilities etc., may order this item. For private sales to a family member, written authorisation is needed from a qualified therapist or medical doctor, approving the use of the correct Restraint for the patient's current condition. Remember if the patient's condition changes, then a different type of Restraint may be required. It is necessary to ensure the family are aware of the proper use of Restraints, as these can be dangerous if not used correctly.