Utility Cushions

Foam Utility Cushions


AliMed’s foam cushions come in a range of densities and with varying degrees of support. Compared to other materials, foam cushions are a quick, inexpensive solution that helps improve comfort, stability, and support that relieves pressure points of tissue breakdown that cause ulcers. Different foams are often used in combination, layered for their various properties of softness, evenly distributed support, and memory. AliMed offers four types of foam:

Basic Foam (Polyfoam)
Open-cell Polyfoam has interconnected, air-permeable cells that make it lightweight and flexible, with both durability and compressibility. A Polyfoam cushion bears weight while still maintaining its original shape. The comfort and support of a Polyfoam cushion varies depending on the foam density. Less-dense foam has a softer feel, but bottoms out more easily under greater weight. Denser foam offers less cushioning, but is more supportive. Polyfoam can be custom-cut to fit the needs of the user.

Latex Foam Naturally derived from rubber, latex foam is known for its resilience. Among the most comfortable of cushions, it is made up of interconnecting air cells, which react to changes in position, sustaining a high comfort level.

Independent Cell Foam Easily distinguished by its checkerboard appearance, this cushion is made up of blocks of Polyfoam that independently act as springs, working to evenly distribute pressure away from sensitive, bony areas. The cuts between each cell maximize airflow and reduce friction against the skin.

T-Foam™ (Memory Foam)
This more complex foam cushion has a higher viscosity and density than Polyfoam or latex foams, causing the “slow recovery” effect—it remains compressed temporarily when the user shifts his/her body weight, providing pressure relief on weight-bearing body tissue surfaces. This allows air circulation to reduce the buildup of body heat and reduces shock and shear forces.
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