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Item Details

Buyers Guide: Custom Made Seating

ILC Reference NO 43:66:011
Item sourced from ILC VIC database

Jewel Custom

Short Description
Some manufacturers are able to do a large degree of custom made seating for their range of manual and powered wheelchairs and mobile shower over toilet chairs. This includes various options to provide a shaped back using moulds, cut foam, foam in place and various other techniques to make seating aiming to meet the users needs. Customisation can also alter the structure of the wheelchair when required including footrests, armrests and tray. Children, adult and bariatric sizes are available.

Price Guide
Refer to supplier details for pricing.

More Details
Seating options can be
modifying the wheelchairs standard seating.
building a new seating system.
using modular adjustable seating.
incorporating other standard cushion types on a board seat.
Shapes and materials will differ depending on
shape required to accommodate the users posture.
strength required in the seating.
adjustment required.
ease of transfers.
pressure reduction needed.
other needs that may be for consideration.
Customisation can include building the headrest, armrests, footrests, harness, lapbelt, seat, backrest, tray, postural supports, powered wheelchair controller position, commode aperture size and position, wheel or castor position, and any other part of the wheelchair or frame.
Various covers are available including vinyl, sheepskin, lycra, velour, dartex, towelling, PVC dipping and other.

The following is a typical procedure for provision of a custom made seat and base, however this may vary between suppliers
The seating and other needs required are discussed with the user, manufacturer, therapist and other interested parties.
Options to meet these needs are outlined which can be made at the factory and agreement made.
The seating would be made at the factory using foams, woods, metals or other materials.
The user would return to the factory for a fitting where they would sit in the seating without it being covered. Any alterations could then be made in the factory at a later date.
If necessary, further fittings may be required at a later date.
When happy with the seating, it would be covered and ready for provision.

Refer to the supplier and manufacturer manual for maintenance instructions and safety warnings.

Some assistive technology needs to meet Australian or other standards. Standards may relate to materials, manufacturing and installation. Products that meet Australian or international standards will have written certification. To find out if a product meets Australian Standards ask the supplier to show you the certificate. For more information on what standards the equipment may need to meet, see

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