Pressure Cushion Purchasing Guide

For people at risk of developing pressure sores, the right cushion can go along away toward preventing them by properly distributing weight. Remember that every situation is different, so you should talk with your healthcare professional to be sure you get the right pressure cushion for your needs.

Why You Need a Pressure Cushion

People with restricted mobility usually spend long period of time in the same position, which puts them at risk for developing pressure ulcers. The buildup of pressure on points where skin goes over bone (ankles, heels, etc.) is a risk factor. The risk is increased by rubbing and the buildup of moisture such as sweat. Pressure sores are quite painful and pose additional health risks. A pressure cushion helps reduce this risk. However, because they can be a potentially serious health concern, anyone at risk should be evaluated by a medical professional.

Minimizing Localized Pressure

It’s well understood that the easiest way to prevent pressure ulcers is to move the person frequently to ensure the pressure is not always on the same spot. In addition, more even weight distribution plays an import role in preventing pressure ulcers.

Risk Categories

A medical professional will determine your risk category for pressure ulcers ranging from low to very high. The biggest consideration is mobility and that amount of time spent in one position on a daily basis. When shopping for a pressure cushion, these risk categories will help determine which products are best for you.

Important Features in a Pressure Cushion

·      Strength – be sure the recommended maximum weight is suitable. There are bariatric cushions available for particularly heavy users

·      Breathability – Air flow is important in reducing moisture buildup so look for vapor permeable fabrics and structures that increase air flow

·      Hygiene – One risk with pressure ulcers is infection. To reduce this, look for fabrics and materials that are easy to clean and/or incorporate microbial agents in the material

Aids 4 Mobility uses Royal Mail, Parcel Force, DPD, Hermes, TNT and UPS. We have chosen these couriers based on their reliability and cost-effective delivery solutions. This helps us to keep your order costs as low as possible.

There is FREE DELIVERY* on all orders over £30.00 excluding VAT to all UK mainland addresses and for most non-mainland UK addresses.

Orders up to £30.00 excluding VAT are only £3.95 P and P

If you are looking to have orders delivered outside the UK mainland, please contact us for a quotation. We will do our best to keep the delivery costs as low as we can.

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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

  • have a physical or mental impairment that has a long-term and severe effect on their ability to carry out everyday activities;
  • have a condition that doctors treat as a chronic sickness - like diabetes, for example;
  • are terminally ill

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).