The Best Seat Cushions for Elderly

seat cushions for elderly

When it comes to seat cushions for elderly, it is important to consider health conditions, mobility and weight factors. So it can be really challenging to navigate the sea of options out there. Here we will give you a simple guide to the best seat cushions for elderly, including cushions for wheelchair use, pressure sores, sciatica, buttock pain, back pain and extra weight.

seat cushions for elderly

Best Wheelchair/Chair Cushion for Elderly

One of the most popular and most affordable seat cushions for elderly is the ComfiLife Coccyx Cushion. Because of the lower cost, you might expect the high-density memory foam inside to be a little less firm, but this complaint is nowhere to be found!

ComfiLife have a whole range of ergonomic products on offer, and it’s clear they know what they’re doing when it comes to supporting the body. This U-shaped coccyx cushion has been designed to remove pressure from the tailbone while the shape of the cushion is contoured to support your legs and evenly distribute the load of the body. It's non-slip rubber bottom makes it one of the best chair cushions for elderly. The non-slip bottom and a 17.5-inch length also make it a great cushion for a wheelchair.

ComfiLife Review
ComfiLife Coccyx Review

While the length can be a big plus for fitting the pillow on a chair, it might not be large enough for some people, so that’s up to each individual to decide before purchasing.

With weight responsive memory foam, you might find that you’ll get less support the heavier you are, so if you need something extra supportive for up to 500 lbs, then it’s best to check out our pressure sore cushion choice below. An average user, though, will find the ComfiLife to be one of the best chair seat cushions for elderly.

There are plenty of notable features included like a zippered velour cover that comes off for easy washing, rubber bottom that keeps it in place on your chair, built-in handle for convenient carrying, and 100% memory foam inner. All of these things are great to see on something so affordable, and it’s evident that you don’t have to spend a fortune just to get a well-made product.

ComfiLife offers a 100% return policy if the cushion is not to your standard or isn’t a perfect fit, so there’s nothing to lose with giving it a shot. Judging by the hundreds of positive reviews, this cushion has helped so many people in ways they never thought possible, so if you’ve been struggling with pain and discomfort then ComfiLife could have everything you need.

Best Seat Cushion for Buttock Pain

As one of the premium brands of supportive and ergonomic cushions, it’s no wonder that the Aylio is our top choice for the best seat cushion for buttock pain. 

With a cutout C-shape design, this pillow allows you to take the weight off your coccyx, helps keep you comfortable, supported and improve your posture, which guarantees no future problems for your back or neck either. The premium quality foam allows the pillow to distribute the weight and support the buttocks. 

This pillow has been designed to travel which is easy to do thanks to its lightweight construction of under a pound. With a soft velvet fabric on top that can quickly be removed and cleaned, there’s no need to be without your pillow for long even when it’s time for a clean.

Aylio Coccyx Seat Review

The Aylio Coccyx Seat Cushion is ideal for buttock pain, numbness, injured tailbones and spines, and general everyday comfort. Although the cost is slightly higher than the competition, you’ll definitely feel the difference as soon as you sit on it.

Some users have suggested that the cushion flattened out over time and there was a need to replace it after a year. As there’s no extended warranty on this the cost will be out of your own back pocket, so perhaps consider a lifetime guarantee cushion if that’s what you’re after. However, for the cost and the premium support you’ll get out of it, it would still make a worthwhile investment.

Best Seat Cushion for Elderly with Back Pain

Although the main purpose of these seat cushions is to provide you with support from underneath, there are now some great models available with the added bonus of a backrest. Soft & Care is one of the manufacturers that provide support pillows of exceptional quality and would be perfect for elderly, especially with back pain.

The Soft & Care Seat Cushion has plenty of features on offer including a carry handle, two adjustable straps to keep the cushions in place, and a zippered cover that removes with ease for cleaning. The cover is made of soft velour so it’s breathable and comfortable at the same time, even in warm conditions.

These cushions are made from high-density memory foam which reacts to pressure and heat to perfectly mold around your body. The reviews have stated that this memory foam is the perfect mixture of firmness with comfort and that’s exactly what you should be looking for in seat cushions for elderly.

Soft And Care Seat Cushion Review

The only real issue with the Soft & Care Seat Cushion is a lack of non-slip surface on the bottom on both the backrest and cushion, as some users have found it can slide around a bit. There are two adjustable straps in place that let you tighten it to your seat, but the added feature of this nonslip material would have really ensured it stayed in place.

This small issue aside, there’s so much to love with the Soft & Care Seat Cushion and it’s definitely our recommendation for someone looking for a combination of the two and the best cushion for elderly. The seat will support your coccyx and relieve the pressure felt in your back, thighs, and buttocks, while the lumbar cushion will cradle the natural shape of your spine for comfort and support, giving you two amazing products in one.

Best Seat Cushion for Elderly with Sciatica

You have probably heard about the Purple brand already, since these guys made a big splash with their marketing. What you probably didn't know is that Purple's developers are a rocket scientist (really, check their website) and a comfort tech genius. And, boy, did that Purple seat cushion not disappoint us. It became our favorite cushion...ever. 

purple seat cushion

So what is there so special about this cushion? The answer is - a hyper-elastic polymer. Doesn't sound like much, and sure enough doesn't sound...comfortable. But it is! It allows your weight to be distributed evenly while also letting the air flow through the pillow, giving you that ultimate experience of sitting on a cloud. 

What makes Purple one the best seat cushions for sciatica? Let's dive deeper.

  • Innovative one-of-its-kind hyper-elastic polymer mesh
  • Variety of shapes, thickness and sizes
  • Removable and washable cover with rubberized non-slip bottom
  • Ideal for those with severe pain
purple seat cushion
purple seat cushion
purple seat cushion

Purple cushions come in a variety of shapes, so if you prefer a cushion that is lighter and easier to carry aroundEverywhere Purple®Cushion will be a light and compact version for you. It also is one of the most affordable, going for about $35. The Royal Purple Cushion, which we sit on every day now, is one of the most popular options, offering 2 inches of cloud-like seating goodness. It is quite wide and bulky, though, so if you are planning to walk around with it a lot - it will not be the best option. Purple goes on to offer the Ultimate cushion, which is even longer and wider, and everything you can think of in between. All pillows come with a removable case that is super easy to wash.

On the downside...the only thing we can come up with is the price. The Royal cushion we settled on for our everyday use goes for about $79, but looking back at how sitting felt like before and what it feels like now - it's totally worth it. Sitting on a Purple cushion is something you have to experience for yourself to really appreciate the technical ingenuity that made this possible. And if you decide to go for it - try the Egg test. You'll be amazed.

Best Seat Cushion for Elderly with Extra Weight

Here is one of the best gel cushions for elderly that has great weight capacity -  Drive Medical 14891 Skin Protection Gel "E". It was designed for management and prevention of pressure ulcers, but will be suitable for anyone who needs a cushion to be able to handle up to 500 lbs of weight. The cushion is made of a gel core surrounded by a foam shell to provide optimal pressure redistribution, support and comfort. It also features a water-resistant cover with a waterproof base. A 20" cushion can handle up to 275 lbs of weight, and the 22" - up to 500 lbs.  

gel cushions for pressure sores

For a $25 investment it provides a ton of comfort and support. The zip-up cover is easy to wash and stays in place firmly thanks to its rubbery bottom. 

On the downside, while the bottom of the cover is secured, the sleek nylon on top tends to have too little traction, making users slip off. At 4 lbs It is also a relatively heavy cushion. But the greatest concern with the users of all gel cushions is the fact that the gel is very fragile and tends to break easily, leading to leaks. 

All in all, it's a great cushion for the price with the double support provided by the gel core and foam covers, but it will need extra care with handling to ensure the gel doesn't get damaged. 

Best Seat Cushion for Elderly at Risk of Pressure Sores

Air seat cushions for elderly tend to be lighter and more portable than all the other types of cushions. Our pick for one of the best cushions for pressure sores is ROHO® MOSAIC®.  

It features a unique mosaic shape with atomically-designed cell heights and an effective, controlled air flow, a two-way stretch cover, hand inflation pump and a repair kit. The maximum weight this cushion can take is 315 lbs. It offers one of the widest ranges of sizes across the board. You can go anywhere from 16" wide and 16" long to 20" by 18" and literally everything in between, which makes ROHO one of the most versatile air cushions out there.

Another plus of air cushions is that you can control how hard you want the pillow to be by adding more or less air. 

Out of the drawbacks, all air cushions tend to have the same problem - they don't hold air as long as they are supposed to or at all after some use. The repair kit and the pump are included to rectify those faults but it's better to keep them in mind.

An additional thing to keep in mind is that the cushion does not have any robbery bottom, which makes it less sturdy. However, users have found multiple ways to make it "stick", including tying it to the chair by the handle using zip ties. So if that doesn't pose a problem for you, this cushion is a great choice for a premium level of light-weight and portable comfort. 

As you can see, there are plenty of options out there, which can provide immediate relief for sore tailbone or back. Hope this little guide helps you find the perfect solution for yourself or a loved one. To check out other options, you can head to our detailed seat cushion guide

Dr. Svetlana Parshenkova
Dr. Parshenkova, MD, received her medical degree in 1998 from KSMU University. Svetlana has worked for Servier Laboratories for over 11 years, managing a number of blockbuster drugs. She enjoys blogging and reading in her free time.
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