Ever since Roho were invented the only way to set one of these cushions up and make sure that it has the correct amount of air inside is to use the hand check. This method is really very much hit and miss. Not everybody has the same size hands. Some people have got little skinny fingers, whilst other people have got big porky pig sausage fingers. This means that you could have one person setting your cushion up as per their size of the hand. Then another person checks your cushion but they have big fat fingers.. If you do use the hand check then I think it's important that you have one person who keeps a check on it for you.
Permobil is now the owners of Roho which did surprise me somewhat. However, it seems that they have finally come up with a device that we have all been shouting for for years, a device that will automatically set the cushion for you, no need to use your hand anymore. The devices called the Smart Check and it takes the guesswork out of how much and put in the cushion when you are sitting. Don't ask me how it works, however, it monitors how much air is in the cushion and indicates when there is the right amount of air inside the cushion.
I think it's very important that you don't confuse the Smart Check with pressure mapping, they are completely different. Whereas pressure mapping will actually use special sensor pads to detect where pressures are about highest when you are sitting, the only thing that Smart Smart Check will indicate when your cushion has enough air in it. Everybody who uses a wheelchair permanently should have pressure mapping done at some stage. Roho's are a fantastic pressure relieving conditions, however, they don't suit everyone and even though the Smart Check will tell you that the cushion has enough air in it, it can't tell you that your cushion is protecting you properly.
As of yet, Smart Check Has to be purchased with a cushion that is made to work on, you can't modify an existing cushion to work with Smart Check. I am aware of a video that is on YouTube which contradicts what I have just said. Somebody demonstrates how to fit a valve so that you can connect smart check. Personally, I think you do rather foolish to put your health by trying to modify your existing Roho when there is no evidence it will work. I did ask Roho about modifying existing Roho's and they told me can't be done at the moment, however, I think it may be in the pipeline for the future.
I've had a quote for a brand-new Roho with Smart Check and I was pleasantly surprised that it was nowhere near as expensive as I was expecting. In fact, it's considerably cheaper than a Roho Quadtro
Anyway, I don't really need to go into any detail on how the cushion works, Roho have kindly made a video showing exactly how it works.
I live on the south-west coast of England in a small town called Brixham. I been confined to a wheelchair 1986 after breaking my neck in a swimming pool accident. Computers are my saviour and I spend most days doing one thing or another on my PC. Other interests I have include angling and amateur radio. I also run a website and forum dedicated to looking after and caring for the Oscar fish cichlid