We are regularly asked “what risk category is your cushion?” Unfortunately there is no recognised scale for seating as the commonly used scales are for mattresses. However, we do understand that there is a need to generally rank different cushions in relation to each other; here we draw on a key strength in that our parent company is a major supplier of static seating to the UK NHS wheelchair services; we are able to draw on years of design expertise and experience to provide a comprehensive choice of cushions and can rank them as our wheelchair service customers do. Please remember, this is only a guide. A pressure monitor should be used if available and inappropriate clothing, draw sheets and pads should be avoided if possible.
LowzoneTM Contour: as standard
Our contoured LowzoneTM visco-elastic cushions are regarded as providing “Medium High” pressure relief. In our own trials using our FSA pressure monitors, these regularly exceed non contoured gel, water and standard visco- elastic cushions in pressure reduction. They are inherently more stable than fluid based systems.
Lowzone Ramped cushion
Often used with a 4 point harness for those with extensor spasm.
The NEW Coolover® Gel cushion
For an even higher level of care with active temperature regulation.
‘BYO’ (Bring your own!):
If you already have a favourite make of cushion, we can provide a “nest” to locate it securely in the chair. (Cushion size needs to be 440mm wide x 380mm long i.e. 17” x 15”).
Compact yet multi functional and easy to clean. Our chairs are simple to use yet no less practical. Our new designs mean that chairs are easier to adjust and are calibrated allowing adjustment between pre-determined positions. The chair is easy to clean and care for and the covers are removable and washable.
Edna enjoying the papers
Getting in and out of any chair can be a struggle. Quick release arms facilitate side transfers and can help with correct sling fitting.
Proper support to the feet and ankles.
High temperatures are not good news: they can lead to a reduction in skin integrity: High humidity and damp skin are not only uncomfortable but can contribute to tissue breakdown. High temperatures can also mean increased metabolic demand and further discomfort. 
Our Coolover cover option uses our Omnitherm® technology to actively manage temperature and a clever variable Denier knit enances wicking to improve te micro climate.
When skin temperature rises our Omnitherm® microcapsules start to absorb excess body heat and as your body cools, it returns this energy to help to maintain a more even temperature.
Our Omnitherm® Gel cushion offers further reserves of temperature management combined with pressure redistribution.
Baharestani, M., et al. International pressure review. Pressure ulcer prevention: pressure, shear, friction and microclimate in context. in Wounds International 2010. London: Kathy Day.
Our Aero upholstery option is manufactured with panels of AirmantleTM which allows air to circulate
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TILTRITE CHAIR TECHNICAL
As well as providing great support to help you lie back and relax, your Symmetrikit chair can be quickly repositioned to provide support in day to day activities which require more “functional” positions; your chair can quickly be brought up to an upright or forward tilted position for meal times, play or other “tray-work”. The correct position for PEG feeding can be easily achieved.
The free standing table has a generous work surface and can be angled and rotated to suit your needs. It can be quickly removed and folded away.
from 7 years old to 6”4” and 23 stone
Both Kerry and Courtney are using exactly the
same medium module chair. Both have had their chairs adjusted to fit perfectly. What’s more, these settings can be replicated for them exactly,
time and time again.
IT’S ALL IN THE FRAME
Our modular design means that anyone can get comfortable in a Symmetrikit chair. Most clients find that the standard chair can be adjusted to give a high level of comfortable support for both function and relaxation. If you require a little more personalisation, this can easily be achieved using our standard Core Module and selecting the appropriate arms, back rest and height setting: The same module can cater for a wide range of need from the smaller semi-ambulant client who needs support and easy access, to a larger non-ambulant user with complex needs. Right through the range, the functionality and adjustability of the chairs remains unchanged.
Without proper support you may end up adopting a bad posture, running out of puff, stuck in bed or confined to a wheelchair for the entire day.
It may be that you need just a bit of functional support - it may be that you need something more complex. Either way, with our modular Symmetrikit chair, we can help by providing just the right amount of support for your needs.
We will be happy to discuss your requirements with you and can arrange a free assessment. Call us on 01531 635388 for more information.
Stores managers will appreciate our advanced recyclability: All of our seats, backs, arms and sub frames fit the same core/backrest module, meeting the widest range of seating needs with minimised stock redundancy. Therapists know that if there is a Symmetrikit chair ( 2010 model or later) in store and they have a client with a need for home seating, the chances are that it can be used; needs can be met more quickly without compromise
It’s common knowledge that getting the seating correct will reduce point pressures: Getting the seat depth correct and making sure that as much weight as possible is taken through the leg rest and arm rests are the key steps to redistributing the load. Using tilt in space can spread some of the load onto the back rest. Even if pressure is not the main concern, getting these right will allow for more comfortable long term sitting.
Every aspect of the chair can be easily adjusted for correct fitting, support and growth.
Tilt in Space allows an easy change of position without disturbing any of the other chair settings - tilt back to relax, forward for function or to get in and out. A major benefit of Tilt in Space is pressure reduction, where the optimal tilt angle can reduce pressure peak and mean pressure by 40% compared to neutral sitting
‘MaxRelax’ back adjustment
Our MaxRelax design makes it easier to move between reclined and upright positions, reducing shear forces and minimising gaps appearing between seat and back. In manual chairs, this design also eliminates any sudden movements when the backrest is released.
The SymmetricareTM back
The Symmetricare back is for users who need more supported seating, but need as much support a the Fingerform back offers. Clipping in to our standard back frame, it provides a more secure ‘hug’ with adjustability without complexity.
The FingerformTM back
Fingerform users tend to have a more complex wheelchair or activity chair and cannot tolerate anything less in their ‘relax’ seating.
Individual fingers can be adjusted up and down, in and out, angled, set off to one side and even to pivot. This ability allows one to accurately follow the shape of the spine and support the whole trunk.
Select between 1 and 4 armatures depending on level of lateral support required and chair size.
Beth having a
stretch in prone
Tanya has a chair with the Classic cover option
Our chair is one multifunctional piece of furniture delivering tilt in space sitting, reclining and side lying. Use it head down for postural drainage and “back to front” for a prone stretch.
Traditional styling with full arm covers and wrap-around valence.
Fully washable, waterproof, mock suede is soft, durable and stylish.
Available with Aero inserts for temperature control
Contemporary styling with a minimalist feel. Fully washable, waterproof, mock suede is soft, durable and stylish.
Available with Aero inserts
for temperature control
The modern alternative to Vinyl. Soft, flexible, breathable but tough. Ideal for ward use
Aero panels allow free air circulation. Available with either Neo or Classic cover sets.
4 point Posture belt
The Standard 2 point belt can be upagraded to a 4 point posture belt for improved positioning- often used in combination with a Lowzone Ramped Cushion
Having individually locking castors can be tricky
for busy staff-2 brakes have to be released and chairs can be awkward to steer. The Glide wheels option offers a single, easier accessed brake bar and straighter steering reducing bumps and collisions.
It’s easier with
a power chair:
Choose either 3 function Battery
Power (Tilt, recline and leg elevation)
or 2 function (just tilt and leg elevation) for easier changes in position. Complies with BS8480.
Low battery cut-off to protect the batteryfrom damage plus a combined charger/transformer.
Seat Depth (with Tiltrite back)
Narrow arm setting
Standard arm setting
Wide arm setting
Arm Height (top of seat to top of arm)
Leg Length (with foot rest)
Seat To Floor Height (when tilted forward - std seat)
Backrest Height (seat top to top back)
Footplate Angle Range
Arms Adjustable For Height, Angle and Skew
Calibrated Tilt, Recline And Arm Settings
Lowzone Seat Cushion
Castors - 2 braked
Rigid Locking Gas Jacks - manual chairs
MaxRelax Recline Action
Maximum User Weight
*With wedge fitted
**Wide seat reduces this by 25mm
***Increase by 25mm if wide seat fitted
+20˚ / -30˚
+10˚ / -30˚
+10˚ / -30˚
24v battery power, tilt, recline, leg angle
24v battery power, tilt and recline only
Table - height and angle adjustable with swivel top
4 x 100mm castors (2 braked)
Glide wheels - 300mm with single brake
Aero chest and groin hardness
Pommels, leg stops and footblocks
Cushions: Lowzone Contour, Coolover Gel, Lowzone Ramp
Classic or Neo loose cover options
Aero inserts- only available for Suede effect fabrics
Coolover fabric facings- Navy Blue only.
ALL MEASUREMENTS ARE IN MM
Power chairs comply with BS8480 - All chairs comply with BS5852 Ignition Source 5
The company reserves the right to vary specifications - UK and foreign patents apply - Tiltrite, Fingerform and Lowzone are all registered trade marks of the Helping Hand Company (Ledbury) Ltd.
Starlock is a trademark of the Etac Group.