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    What is your preferred cushion for showering

    I am trying to decide what to sit on during the shower. At this point, I'm pretty much thinking a Roho without the cover or a Supracor. I'd love some input from others who have used either. I would expect the Roho to dry quickly. I'm not sure about the Supracor. Suggestions?

    #2
    I've been using a roho with a cover for years, and just wash the cover periodically. It dries fine.

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      #3
      Would you have any concern in not using the cover?

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        #4
        you don't have a wheel-in shower/commode I take it?

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          #5
          No I've always used a padded shower bench. It's been ok but looking for something that will offer more protection from pressure. Hence why I'm looking at an actual cushion.

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            #6
            Originally posted by tarantella View Post
            Would you have any concern in not using the cover?
            I've used it without the cover a few times before. The only problem is the air pockets will separate when you sit on it without the cover holding everything together, which sits you further down in the cushion. So I had to overfill it with air to compensate. It was much easier to leave the cover on it so I could inflate it the proper amount.

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              #7
              For a long time I used some cheapish (well it felt cheap, probably cost the insurance company $1000 dollars) blue vinyl covered cushion until it broke down.

              Then for a short time I used these inflatable sit pads from REI (and this is still what I bring with me when I travel because deflated it takes up very little room in a suitcase)
              https://www.rei.com/product/845302/rei-co-op-sit-pad
              I'm of the opinion that these provide a pretty decent amount of cushion, maybe not as much protection as a proper purpose made wheelchair cushion, but if properly inflated probably better than your average car seat or upholstered chair at home. It's air though so it does feel a little more unstable than other cushions I use. The inflatability makes it the obvious option for travel.

              Right now I have this cheap stadium seat pad from amazon in my shower at home
              https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
              It offers minimal padding, but I figure it's enough to get the job done and cheap enough that i'll just throw it out and get another one when it gets all moldy from living in such a humid environment.


              for me, I figure I spend on average six minutes sitting on the floor of my tub during a shower, by the time 8 minutes rolls around I'm out of hot water, so I'm spending so little time sitting on whatever I'm sitting on in the shower it doesn't have to be the uberbest SCI cushion with hundreds of dollars in technology. As long as I'm sitting on something slightly padded for the few minutes I'm in the shower I should survive.

              Of course if you like to take half hour long showers you probably want a much better (and therefore more expensive) cushion than I opt for.

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                #8
                I use a standard padded shower seat. I do wonder about the pressure. But I'm not on there for more than 5-10 minutes and am shifting weight around frequently so it's probably fine. But a Roho or Supracor would buffer the transfer a bit better. It seems the Supracor would be easier to get on/off.

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                  #9
                  While I don't take half hour showers, I do really enjoy a hot shower. I'm definitely in there for 15 minutes a lot of the time. It really helps my back feel better. So that's a big reason why I'm looking for good pressure relief. Especially since the skin is wet which I figure increases risk. I can get a pre owned high profile roho right now for 40 bucks, so I'm leaning in that direction. It doesn't come with a cover though so my only concern there is the separation of the air pockets possibly being a problem. I could also get a supracor for around 100 bucks right now, but I don't know if it would be worth the added cost. My padded shower chair has just flattened out over the past couple years and I know it's not giving me much pressure relief. I could also buy a regular style shower cushion on Amazon that's not specifically made for wheelchair use. They seem to be around 25-35 bucks. That's why I'm leaning towards the roho for basically the same price range.

                  Those REI pads do look awesome for travel!

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                    #10
                    I use a Supracore that I widened the bottom holes out. The honeycombs are hollow but their bottom is closed except for a small pinhole. I make this hole as wide as the honeycomb column so water flows straight through.
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Oddity View Post
                      I use a Supracore that I widened the bottom holes out. The honeycombs are hollow but their bottom is closed except for a small pinhole. I make this hole as wide as the honeycomb column so water flows straight through.
                      That's a very interesting idea.

                      I use a Supracor Classic for showering, but I didn't punch holes in it. I do some weight shifts after the shower to try and get as much of the water as I can out, but it does create a bit of a mess when I transfer out of the chair to my bed. I have to get a waterproof mat for my carpet.

                      My concern about punching holes in the cushion is that I'm often on this cushion for as much as an hour, sometime two hours if my schedule gets confused. I'm not sure about the effect of doing this on the pressure relieving function of the cushion.

                      Also, of course the bottom sling of my Quickie (on which the Supracor rests) is solid. Is yours also solid there?

                      I'd be interested if you can send a picture of the bottom of the cushion. Also, what did you use to punch the holes?

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                        #12
                        Does the Supracor cushion dry out relatively quickly after showering? I don't shower in my wheelchair. I've always transferred to a shower bench. I plan on sitting on the cushion on top of the shower bench. Seems like people who use Supracor cushions like them a lot.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by tarantella View Post
                          Does the Supracor cushion dry out relatively quickly after showering? I don't shower in my wheelchair. I've always transferred to a shower bench. I plan on sitting on the cushion on top of the shower bench. Seems like people who use Supracor cushions like them a lot.
                          No, the Supracor takes a day to dry out after a shower.

                          I use two Supracors, one for the shower and one for normal use, and swap them out. Maybe Oddity's idea in the previous message of punching holes in the Supracor would speed this up.

                          A shower bench is much better than a wheelchair if you can use the bench safely. I used to use a shower bench but eventually I couldn't manage the transfer and had to switch to using a wheelchair in the shower. The problem with using a wheelchair in the shower (at least, one's normal wheelchair) is that the chair gets soapy, parts rust faster, it's not as sanitary for you or the wheelchair, and it drips everywhere. But if you have to use a wheelchair in the shower, the Supracor does work.

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                            #14
                            I just jabbed then out with a sharp pencil and trimmed the little frayed edges with scissors. It didn't affect the structural nature of the cushion, IMO, from a pressure management perspective. It does bend easier though.

                            It dries better than stock but still needs washing at least once a month in the washer on the sanitizer/allergen setting to fight back soap scum and dead skin build-up (and mildew smells). It doesn't dry out perfectly and the plastic is prone to mildew in my high humidity bathroom environment.



                            Originally posted by xsfxsf View Post
                            That's a very interesting idea.

                            I use a Supracor Classic for showering, but I didn't punch holes in it. I do some weight shifts after the shower to try and get as much of the water as I can out, but it does create a bit of a mess when I transfer out of the chair to my bed. I have to get a waterproof mat for my carpet.

                            My concern about punching holes in the cushion is that I'm often on this cushion for as much as an hour, sometime two hours if my schedule gets confused. I'm not sure about the effect of doing this on the pressure relieving function of the cushion.

                            Also, of course the bottom sling of my Quickie (on which the Supracor rests) is solid. Is yours also solid there?

                            I'd be interested if you can send a picture of the bottom of the cushion. Also, what did you use to punch the holes?
                            "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

                            "If you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing." -John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

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