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The Contoured Foam Seating System is designed for people who have rigid spinal and/or pelvic deformities. The system fits securely into most mobility bases and can be used with a laptray and a communication device.

The seating system is made from a mold or model of the patient. It features built-in lateral thoracic supports and pelvic bolsters shaped to the seat. Components, such as a head support and pelvic belts, can be added. Fabric and vinyl cover options are available. The system is minimally adjustable to accommodate a patient’s weight gain, weight loss and growth.

For more detailed information about the Contoured Foam Seating System, see Using and Caring for a Custom Gillette Seat.

To schedule an appointment, call 651-290-8707.


Fitting Process

The fitting process of a custom contoured foam seating system takes two appointments. These appointments are scheduled about three to four weeks apart.

The following describes an example of a custom contoured foam seating system fitting schedule.

Appointment 1

(2 hours)

During this appointment, the seating practitioner will do an evaluation and discuss any physical limitations and seating goals.

Measurements and a model are taken during this appointment.

Appointment 2

(8 hours)

The custom contoured foam seating system will be fit to the patient. The seating system will be attached to the wheelchair and safely secured. During the fitting process the practitioner will seat the patient into the seating system several times to ensure a proper fit. Items such as a headrest, anterior thoracic support, positioning and safety belts, and lap tray will all be addressed. Pressure mapping will also be completed to evaluate pressure management.

Once the fitting process is finished, the practitioner will do the final fabrication of the seating system. We will discuss transferring, positioning, preventing pressure sores, and caring for your seating system.

It is important to remember that this is an 8-hour appointment. Please bring medicines, extra clothing, lunch and any other items that you might need (i.e. supplemental oxygen).

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your health care providers. If you have any questions, talk with your doctor or others on your health care team. If you are a Gillette patient with urgent questions or concerns, please contact Telehealth Nursing at 651-229-3890.