Friendly Wheels, Issue 124
Some Amigo owners use their Amigo occasionally – when going to a store, visiting family, attending holiday activities and sporting events or participating in activities that involve a lot of walking – and some Amigo owners use their Amigo from morning until bedtime. If someone is sitting for more than four hours a day, seating becomes even more important.
“For many years people have used the Amigo. It’s a very functional and therapeutic personal mobility vehicle. Yet sometimes people using an Amigo forget how important proper seating is,” says Al Thieme, Amigo Mobility founder and chairman.
“When you’re sitting for four to 12 hours a day, you need to be mindful of the type of cushion you’re using and swivel as much as possible to help prevent pressure ulcers.” (For more from Al Thieme about seating, please watch this short video.)
Maximizing Comfort & Reducing the Risk of Pressure Injuries
Pressure ulcers may be referred to as pressure injuries, pressure sores or skin breakdown. They occur when there is prolonged pressure on the skin.
Early recognition and prevention are crucial to reducing the risk of pressure ulcers. One strategy to prevent the development of pressure ulcers is to reposition weight-bearing points of the body. Repositioning involves moving into a new position and bearing weight on a different portion of the body.
We recommend unlocking your seat when the Amigo is at rest and swiveling on the seat as much as possible to relieve pressure. Also, if able, occasionally lift yourself and reposition.
Another way to reduce the risk of pressure ulcers is to replace the Amigo seat cushion with a specialized pressure relief cushion. Pressure relief cushions provide protection against the effects of friction and shear on tissue. Some, like the ROHO Quadtro Select High Profile cushion, adjust to your shape and weight and use adaptive air chambers to shift pressure.
“ROHO cushions not only offer pressure relief, but can be adjusted to match almost any client’s seating postural needs,” says Raymond Goll, Amigo Mobility Center ATP (Assistive Technology Professional).
Seating is more than comfort – it can impact your health. If seating is uncomfortable and a pressure ulcer is forming, contact your doctor or medical provider. To add the ROHO air cushion your Amigo, please contact us at 1-800-248-9131 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To see more seating options from Amigo, please see here.
Amigo Owner Helpful Tips
Flying with an Air-filled Cushion
If you’re planning to travel by air and want to bring your ROHO or other air-filled seating cushion with you, there are a few things to consider.
1. Specialty cushions most often need to be stored in an overhead bin or secured in checked luggage because most are too big to use on an airline seat. You can check the dimensions of your cushion and call the airline to discuss if you’d like to sit on it during the flight.
Visit tollfreeairline.com for a list of phone numbers and websites for all airlines.
2. Because there will be pressure changes due to altitude variations during the flight, we’ve received feedback that monitoring your air cushion’s pressure during the flight is a good idea. This way you can let air out or inflate as needed.