Varilite Reflex Wheelchair Cushion
The Varilite Reflex Cushion is intended for those individuals wanting to increase their level of comfort when seated, but at the same time want some degree of adjustment in the cushion. The Varilite Reflex cushion achieves this adjustment through a self-regulating air chamber within the cushion that adjusts the contour of the cushion to the individual sitting on it, and will continue to adjust itself each time someone sits on it, reducing the chances of any bad seating habits developing.
Thanks to the ultra-lightweight construction it also lends itself to keeping the weight of wheelchairs down when propelling the chairs and makes transferring the cushion between multiple surfaces extremely easy. The Varilite Reflex cushion comes complete with a removable incontinent cover that can be machine-washed when the need arises. *Please take care that you order the correct type of cushion as we are unable to accept returns or exchanges of this product once packaging has been opened for sanitary reasons.
|Cushion Composition||Air and Foam|
|Cover Composition||Breathable four-way stretch|
|Can accommodate a pelvic obliquity||Yes|
|Can correct a pelvic obliquity||No|
|Can accommodate leg length discrepancy||No|
|Cushion Height||80 mm|
|Able to accommodate a drop seat base||No|
|Able to be adjusted by user||No|
|User Weight Limit||Up to 295 kg|
|Total Cushion Weight||Under 1 kg|
16” x 16" (40cm)
18” x 18” (45cm)
20" x 20" (50cm)
|Custom Sizes Available||No|
|Spare Covers Available||Yes - upon request|
|Incontinent Cover Available||Standard|
|Accessories Available||Rigidiser - upon request|
|Maintenance Required||As the cushion is self-inflating, no pump is required.|
How will I know which wheelchair cushion or backrest is right for me and my needs?
Get an expert to help you! Your wheelchair therapist (or Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist) will help you decide what you need from these products and source these items for you to try. There are numerous different products and brands in the New Zealand market so the choice is vast - but each style has different advantages and disadvantages. Your therapist will be able to talk you through these and help short-list some appropriate products for you.
If you are looking for a wheelchair cushion and/or backrest for a family member, you need to think about what their needs are. Some of the factors that need to be considered are the following:
- Does the user have a history of pressure areas or sores?
- How long will the user be sitting in the wheelchair for each day?
- Are there any incontinence issues?
- Does the user have any significant postural challenges e.g. slumps to one side?
Cushions offer several of the following features – comfort, pressure relief and positioning. There is also a range of different materials that these are made from and some require more ongoing maintenance than others. Our Customer Care team can talk you through the various options to find the ones within our range that will work the best for the user.
How do I wash my cushion cover?
Different manufacturers have different washing instructions. Each cushion should come complete with washing instructions within the product manual, so we recommend you read this.
- For Ottobock and Dreamline cushions, turn the cushion inside out and machine wash on a regular cycle. Air dry flat.
- For Varilite cushions, zip the cover closed and place good side out in a washing machine. Air dry flat.
- We do not recommend that any covers go into the tumble dryer.
Can I sit on the wheelchair cushion without its cover on it, while the cover is being washed?We don't really recommend this. The cover is an important part of the cushion and the two parts are designed to work as a team.
How long will a cushion or backrest last?
We would expect most wheelchair cushions and backrests to last for at least five years. However, this does depend on how the item is cared for.
How do I adjust a Varilite cushion to contour to me?
Begin with the cushion fully inflated and valve closed. Transfer onto the cushion and open the valve by turning counter clockwise. Listen for a change in pitch and close the valve.
Are wheelchair backs easily removable so that I can fold up my wheelchair and take it in the car?
Yes. Different styles and brands of wheelchair backrests have different types of mounting brackets. Most of these simply unclip and allow the backrest to be pulled off. When you are ready to put it back on, it simply slots back into place and then is secured using the clips already on the wheelchair back canes.