Understanding Custom AccuSoft Cushion contour options

The Ride Custom AccuSoft Cushion is offered with a choice of contour options: Full Contact and Ride Contour. These contour options have generated some questions so we wanted to highlight the difference between the two… perhaps most readily understood by seeing the photographs below.

Full Contact: The cushion is manufactured exactly as captured (left column below).

Ride Contour: The cushion is manufactured with Ride’s patented mechanism of support. The Ride Contour option carves a recess 3/8″ deep into the surface of the cushion underneath the high risk bony areas (right column below).

The Ride Contour option does not create offloading under the ischial tuberosities.

Rather, it creates a loading bias underneath the proximal thighs and posterior-lateral buttocks, which then reduces forces underneath the ischial tuberosities (as shown in pressure map image, above right). 

The Ride Contour option is not available when ordering extra soft foam. 

NOTE: The Ride Custom AccuSoft Cushion is not a fully off-loading cushion. For orthotic off-loading, consider using the Java® Cushion or Ride Custom 2 Cushion for the ultimate in skin safety and postural support.

Kudos to consumer advocate Jenny Siegle

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tomandjenny072820Jenny Siegle was awarded the NRRTS* Consumer Advocate of the Year Award during the Unite4CRT Town Hall Meeting on July 28th.

That masked man in the photo, surprising Jenny while she was hosting the town hall online, is Ride CEO Tom Hetzel. Jenny’s mother, Barb, joined in.

A sports producer and huge Colorado Rockies fan, you may have seen Jenny modeling in some of Ride’s photography over the years or lobbying on Capitol Hill.  She uses a Ride Custom Cushion and Back to support her active lifestyle.

Jenny helped to form the advocacy coalition, Unite4CRT, and has been a driving force in planning the monthly town hall meeting topics and discussions. As host of the meetings, Jenny’s warm and welcoming personality encourages discussion among a diverse audience.

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The group’s mission is to bridge the gap between the perception and the reality of living with a disability. Consider joining their next meeting… information on registering to attend (free) is here.

*NRRTS is the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers

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New evaluator tool for the Custom AccuSoft Cushion

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“Even the simplest tools can
empower people to do great things.”
— Biz Stone

Evidence supports the Ride Java Cushion as the superior pre-fabricated wheelchair cushion solution for adjustable skin protection and positioning. (Learn more here.)

And… recently, we introduced the Custom AccuSoft™ Cushion, made specifically to match an individual’s unique shape, using a soft, forgiving foam. (Learn more about this amazing product here.)

So how are these two cushions related? Great question!

The suggested method for capturing a client’s shape to order a Custom AccuSoft Cushion has been the bead bag and vacuum system, which is then scanned and submitted to Ride via the RideWorks® app. While this remains a fantastic tool for determining the specs of an AccuSoft cushion, we now offer an even simpler way to order the AccuSoft Cushion –- by using the Java Cushion as an evaluation tool.

An inventory of sample Java Cushions can now serve an additional purpose. Use them to specify an AccuSoft Cushion from a trial evaluation, adjustment, and measurements.

When appropriate, this easy and time-saving method can replace the bead bag and vacuum pump method. The updated Custom AccuSoft Cushion order form is now available on the RideWorks app. Review the instructions for using the Java Cushion as an evaluator tool on page 5 of the order form, here.

Q: Has there been a change to the Custom AccuSoft Cushion?

A: Nope! The AccuSoft Cushion is not changing. We are simply introducing another method to order the Accusoft Cushion, specific to a user’s needs.

Q: When is it appropriate to use the Java Cushion to evaluate a client for a Custom AccuSoft Cushion?

A: Clients who present with pelvic asymmetry that reduces towards neutral, but persists in unique, though relatively less severe postural deviations, may be good candidates for  specification of an AccuSoft Cushion by evaluating, adjusting, and measuring on a Java Cushion. Using the Java Cushion as an evaluator is a great place to start. If not successful, pull out the bags and capture a shape.

Q: Can the Java Cushion be used to evaluate a client for a Ride Custom 2 Cushion?

A: No. The off-loading design of the Custom 2 Cushion requires the precise client shape that results from utilizing our bead bag and vacuum pump method. The Ride Custom 2 Cushion material is firm and less forgiving by design. This is necessary for off-loading at-risk bony prominences, while safely supporting those parts of the body that can tolerate support.

Q: Is the Custom AccuSoft an off-loading cushion?

A: The AccuSoft Cushion is not a fully off-loading cushion. Two contour options are offered: 1) Ride Contour, made with Ride’s patented mechanism of support which reduces forces at high risk areas and provides slightly greater forces at low risk areas, and 2) Full Contact.

Give it a try!
For additional information, please contact your area Ride Representative, or our product manager, Shelly Young, at 866.781.1633 x312.

NEW: A video tutorial on this process is here.

Java Cushion: “Game Changer”

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Michael Franz writes in “Identifying the Game Changers So You Don’t Have To, about how much the Ride Java Cushion has positively affected his health and well-being. His column is featured in the February 2020 issue of New Mobility magazine. Thanks for the shout-out! Learn more about how the Java Cushion works here.

 

This seating story made our day

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Recently we received a letter that made our day — what a story.
We love happy endings!

In 1975 I was injured in a farming accident and ended up a T10 paraplegic. For the first seven years, I used a naugahyde-covered foam cushion. I was able to sit up three to five hours before having pressure sore issues. I then switched to a Roho air cushion and was able to extend my sitting time to five to six hours before having issues.

As I aged, my sitting time slowly decreased. I found a $5000 electric pulsating air cushion and thought my problems were over. I worked directly with the company, but, unfortunately, had terrible results no matter what we did.

Over these 30 years, I spent half to three quarters of my waking time in bed either trying to prevent a pressure sore or recovering from one.

I then learned Mayo Clinic was starting a seating clinic for anyone in a wheelchair. I decided to make an appointment to see what they had to offer.

At the appointment, they put me on a pressure mapping pad and told me they had the perfect solution. I had been through several pressure mapping sessions at other places, so I was skeptical of their comment.

They brought out a Ride Java Cushion and for the next half hour, I got on and off the cushion while they shaped it to the reading on the pressure map. They were soon satisfied and said stay in town to try it for a few days. I was naturally very skeptical — I was going back to a simple, economical foam cushion like I had used 40 years before. I stayed in town and tried it for several different time periods.

No matter what length of time I spent sitting, I never had any red areas. I went back so they could re-look at the pressure map.  They said nothing had changed and I was good to go. I went back home and was soon sitting up 8 to 10 hours per day with absolutely no red spots or any areas showing any kind of pressure problem.

I have used the cushion over five years now with not one single issue.  I can easily sit up 18 hours at a time with no problem. After being in a wheelchair for 45 of my 66 years, it is a miracle.

Ride has always responded promptly to any of the many questions I have asked. I recently bought a second cushion to have as a spare even though I have not noticed much wear on my first.

I can’t say enough good about the Java Cushion and the team at Ride. They have given me my life back.

Sincerely,
Gary K.

Kudos to Gary for his persistence. We’re so glad he discovered Ride’s Java Cushion to be a great fit for his sit-uation. Thank you for writing!

Read more user success stories here and learn more about the Ride Java Cushion here.