23rd Nov 2018

Comfort Seating for Mobility Users with Closed Cell Foam

Cushions that are used for seating for mobility users are repeatedly replaced due to the wear and tear of material and frequency of use. The cushion itself can be made from fluid or gel, air bladders or from foam and more specifically closed cell polyethylene foam. Whilst foam may seem like the option that is likely to wear more rapidly, closed cell foam actually has several properties that make it a hardier choice, that’s both quality and low-cost.

Wheelchair users

Closed cell foam is a popular material for cushions that require comfort but maintain minimal postural support with a flat base (although elevation wedges can be moulded). It’s a suitable choice for suppliers looking to create off-the-shelf products for mobility users, however, closed cell foam can be customised and shaped for more complex modifications on mass too.

Closed cell foams key benefits for comfort seating:

Lightweight

Polyethylene foam comes in a wide range of densities and grades, allowing for the flexibility to work with a lightweight alternative whilst still maintaining comfort for the user.

Comfortable

Closed cell foam absorbs impact and vibrations so no matter the terrain that the user manoeuvres, the foam will take the brunt of the shock from unbalanced surfaces.   This is due to the each closed cell being enclosed and tightly packed together, so it will not compress or settle over time.

Durable for extended, regular use

Closed cell foam maintains its durability and is resilient to puncture and snags - the foam doesn’t crumble or degrade like some foams that go brittle overtime.

Thermal 

Its closed cell structure provides a high level of insulation to keep the cold air through the winter months from seeping through a wheelchairs base.

Water resistant

Due to closed cells separate cell structure, polyethylene foam won’t allow water to migrate into the foam as each cell is enclosed. The foam doesn’t act like a sponge and will not absorb water.

Hypoallergenic

Zouch’s eFoam uses medical grade materials that are hypoallergenic, so they won’t irritate delicate skin.

Dedicated to product development, we have been involved in the evolution of the ZOUCHefoam IXPE 30 material into a state-of-the-art cushion designed in conjunction with a medical grade silicone gel technology, used to ascertain superior postural management and pressure redistribution, as well as providing cooling properties designed for greater comfort for the patient.

Our ZOUCH eFoams closed cell polyethylene foams are amongst the most diverse and highest quality foams available, delivering smart, specialist benefits at a competitive price.

The pre-contoured cushion has been found to fulfil a unique healthcare need. Domestic user testimonials were unequivocally positive and as a result, the medical aid has been rolled out nationwide into the NHS. The pre-contoured cushion has been found to fulfil a unique healthcare need. Domestic user testimonials were unequivocally positive and as a result, the medical aid has been rolled out nationwide into the NHS.

At Zouch, our highly advanced technical foams are trusted by health professionals across the world. Our foams conform to the shape of the body, providing flexible, comfortable cushioning.

Get in touch with our expert team to discuss your requirements and we will work with you to deliver a customised, consultative service, fully focused on what you and your patients need.