Children grow fast! Before you know it, they have outgrown their clothes, shoes and even their wheelchair. For this reason, many parents select a wheelchair that is one size larger than needed in anticipation of future growth. But, an oversized wheelchair does not provide the proper positioning your child needs.
Many funding bodies only allow for a new wheelchair every five years. For an adult, that may be acceptable, but a child can grow a huge amount in five years. The natural and common solution is to buy oversized equipment and make due until the child grows. Parents have been doing this for years. The idea of “filling the gaps” produced by oversized equipment has been around as long as children have been in wheelchairs, but rolled up towels and bunched up blankets have a serious down side. They are hot, lumpy, they won’t stay in position, and they look improvised.
This new wheelchair seat insert was specifically designed to provide proper positioning in an oversized wheelchair. The Reducer Seat Insert is a cushion that easily slips into the seat of any chair to reduce the usable dimensions. It may seem like a simple solution, but the wheelchair seat reducer is the product of years of clinical research and development. Designed by a coalition of Therapists and Rehabilitation Technology Specialists (RTS), The Reducer Seat Insert features a ribbed surface that is comfortable and promotes airflow and it can be trimmed to accommodate shoulder straps and lateral supports or most other positioning features. It’s washable, water resistant, lightweight, 100% latex free, and folds flat for storage.
There is no other product on the market today that does what The Reducer Seat Insert does. It is specifically designed to conform to the natural contour of your Stroller, Wheelchair, or Positioning Chair. It reduces the usable dimensions while maintaining the intended position designed for your child. There are no straps or fasteners to worry about. It simply drops into place and can be easily removed when folding your wheelchair. There is even a non-skid provision to prevent “ride up”.
Comes in two sizes. Small reduces a 12" to a 10" or a 14" to a 12". Medium reduces a 14" to a 12" and 16" to a 14". and when your child no longer needs the reducing factor, you can swing the sides around the back for a backrest with lumbar support, or simply remove the wings and just use the backrest on its own.