The torso portion of the Hip Bolster should be approximately two inches shorter than the distance from the wheelchair seat to the axilla. This positioning prevents undue pressure being placed under the axilla. The device also extends front to back in the wheelchair to prevent the leg from “sweeping.”
Hip Bolsters are covered with a medical grade fabric, which is an incontinent proof, antibacterial, anti-fungal, self-deodorizing, and stain-resistant material. They are manufactured with a wood insert that is 1/2-inch thick and the foam is normally two to three inches thick. The depth is determined by the size that is needed to support the entire upper leg while the patient is seated.
NOTE: Please be sure to measure the seating area and take into account the space these bolsters will take up so that whoever uses them can still be seated in the remaining space comfortably.