Additionally, the frame of the Engage APOD® maintains its structural integrity over time. This is in sharp contrast with other wedge devices which tend to be made from foam and lose their shape over time. This can be dangerous because as the wedge loses its shape, a resident may become at risk of falling from the wheelchair.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How is the Engage APOD® orthotic wheelchair cushion different from other products on the market?
Which residents are appropriate for the PostureWorks Engage APOD®?
Sacral sitting and sliding
Extensor tone (including many CVA patients with very strong tone)
Residents with sitting discomfort (including residents with pommel cushions)
Pelvic thrusting and / or retro-pulsion
Lower body contractures
Low (flaccid) tone
In addition, several PostureWorks customers have successfully returned residents from geri-chairs back to wheelchairs, with dramatic improvements.
Which residents are not appropriate for the PostureWorks Engage APOD®?
Propel their wheelchairs with their feet (unless they can reach the floor while sitting on Engage APOD®, which is rare)
Independent transfer (they will have difficulty transferring out of the medium or high profile device)
Minimum assist transfer (they will have difficulty transferring out of the medium or high profile device)
How are the Matrix Series wheelchair cushions different from other products on the market?
The Matrix Series cushions provide excellent skin protection through pressure management, shear reduction, and good ventilation between the skin and the cushion surface.
The products are easy to clean and require virtually no maintenance aside from cleaning.
What do you mean user friendly?
The PostureWorks products are designed to solve problems that are prevalent in long term care (e.g. positioning, skin protection, falls reduction).
The PostureWorks products are designed to be easily cleaned and maintained; they simply work and do not require frequent intervention by therapists or nurses.
The PostureWorks products are designed to be durable and long lasting.
The PostureWorks products are priced to be affordable to long term care facilities and individuals.
Which size wheelchairs do you support with your products?
The PostureWorks also makes devices for any other sized wheelchair on special order (e.g. 14″, 22″, or 24″ wide wheelchairs). The lead time for a special order is approximately 2 – 3 weeks.
What material do you use to cover the products?
The material we use in our covers lends itself to skin protection:
It has favorable stretch properties to reduce areas of pressure
It has favorable vapor transfer rates to assist in ventilation
The cover has a biostatic coating which provide an impenetrable barrier to virus and bacteria. The material is fluid proof and all seams are welded using either RF or US welding techniques, which create a barrier that is impervious to fluids.
The PostureWorks seating products (Engage and Matrix) use an upholstered cover (rather than a removable incontinence cover) to simplify cleaning and reduce the likelihood of a cover being lost while being laundered.
Are there any adjustments that are made to the wheelchair when using the PostureWorks Engage APOD® or Matrix Series wheelchair cushions?
The wheelchair foot rests may need to be raised to properly support the patient’s feet when using The PostureWorks seating products. This is important to ensure that undue pressure is not applied to the back of the patient’s legs, which could result in skin breakdown. Caregivers are solely responsible for proper foot rest adjustment / foot support, and supervision.
Many wheelchairs offer multiple height options – standard height (typically 19.5″) and hemi height (typically 17.5″). The chair height is adjusted by moving the wheel axle up or down the wheelchair frame. For some residents who propel with their feet, particularly when using a Low Profile PostureWorks Engage or Matrix, adjusting the wheelchair to a hemi height can enable them to continue to propel while using the PostureWorks device.
The PostureWorks Engage APOD® cushions can be used in conjunction with reclining wheelchair backs or drop back seats to create a “tilt-in-space” effect. Note: if a drop back or reclining back is used, the patient’s center of gravity will be shifted back and the caregiver must evaluate the need for anti-tippers on the wheelchair.
Are the PostureWorks products covered by Medicare or insurance?
In the long term care environment, Medicare presently does not reimburse for this class of device.
What is the warranty for The PostureWorks products?
Matrix Series products have an GEM core that is under warranty for a period of five (5) years, and a cover with a warranty of one (1) year. This warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship when the product is used under normal conditions.
Do you use gel in your products?
Skin Protection: GEM aids in skin protection in several ways:
Ventilation (temperature and humidity regulation)
Maintenance: there is virtually no maintenance required with GEM. Other gel products may require frequent kneading of the gel to ensure that it has not spread out in the pouch.
Durability: GEM is a highly durable gel that is backed by a five (5) year warranty. Many other gel products run high risks of the gel pouches bursting, rendering the products useless and creating a mess.
Engage APOD®: The PostureWorks uses pressure relieving visco elastic foam in the Engage APOD® products. In combination with proper positioning, this provides very good pressure relief for the users.