The Arm/Wheelchair Lap Cushion is an alternative to a restraint belt. It acts as a reminder for people 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 people 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 person’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 may be an alternative to a restraint belt. If the Hook & Loop Tape is not done up, and the person has the mental and physical ability to remove the Cushion, then this product would not be considered a restraint. However, if the Hook & Loop Tape is attached, the Cushion may be considered a restraint, and the proper authorisation for its use should be obtained.
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 person to use it as a tray. Then take it away for a while, before refitting it again for another 10 minutes. Gradually the person may accept it as a tray and not perceive it as a restraint. This method may prevent the person becoming agitated by the cushion.