Mobility aids: VELA chairs for elderly and disabled

Mobility aids: VELA chairs for elderly and disabled


The Vela Chairs are a piece of mobility equipment that helps people with different mobility restrictions have a better life, by being able to do different tasks without the help of a carer or loved one.

The Vela chair is ideal for people who have mobility restrictions due to age or due to permanent or temporary health conditions, such as MS, strokes, cerebral palsy, and other types of mobility impairments.

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A VELA chair for the elderly and disabled helps with:

  • Better balance makes you want to do more
    When you feel tired, it’s worth sitting down on a safe chair with a brake. This means you can continue your activity without losing your balance.


  • Safety and security
    You get a chair that you can walk/push around while sitting down. This means increased mobility where you can move around safely at home without fear of falling – and you have two free hands for your task.


  • Increased independence
    A safe, stable and mobile chair make it easier to get started with, for example, light cleaning and cooking. Getting dressed and visiting the toilet is also more accessible, as the chair supports you, so you can save your strength and make your energy last longer.


  • Help for standing up
    The chair helps you get up into a standing position. It has an electric lift so that you can get up with minimal effort.



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VELA chairs are mobility aids for the elderly and disabled

One benefit of using a VELA chair as a mobility aid for the elderly or disabled is that it can protect you from falling. You can sit down and walk/push yourself around wherever you want. You can lower the seat height of your chair, so that you can reach the floor with your feet.

This means you can walk the mobility chair around your home. Walk from your kitchen and into your living room, bedroom or bathroom while sitting down. If you want to move from your chair to the sofa, lock the brake on the chair, tilt the armrest to the side and just slide off the chair.

The Vela chair is basically a disability chairs with wheels. It looks like any other chair but can assist you to do daily tasks without much effort.
It’s easy to move around at home, as the chair has smooth-running wheels, so you can ‘walk’/push yourself forward while sitting down in the chair.

Specialist chairs for the elderly: Reach high and low with an electric lift

If you’re looking for specialist chairs for the elderly, this is where you’ll find them.

A specialist chair with an electric lift is for those who are quickly drained of energy. The chair moves up and down at the touch of a button, so you can reach things on the top shelf or at the bottom of the cupboard. It also makes it easier to get the right working height by the oven, and you can sit safely and securely and use both hands.



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An aid that helps you get up easily

The specialist chair helps you with extra support when you need to get up. Simply press the button, and the chair rises so that you can get up safely and securely without straining.

Use a VELA chair as disability equipment for standing up. Simply press the button on the electric disability chair, and the seat rises gently. When the chair brake is engaged, you will feel completely safe and secure while the seat moves up. Let yourself slide forward and end up standing upright in front of the chair. This means the chair helps you to stand up fully – without any effort.

Sit down instead of standing
Fill and empty the dishwasher while sitting down – it’s easy to adjust the seat to a low height and just as easy to readjust it to a normal height.


Save your energy by sitting down rather than standing up.

The Vela chair brings independence to people’s lives because it helps the individual glide from room to room, task to task, without the physical effort of getting up. The ability to be able to push the chair with the legs instead of the arms gives the user the freedom to perform tasks that before couldn’t due to the arms having to do the work to get from one point to the other.




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Independence chair – a great help when cooking

Our disability equipment can help improve your endurance and balance in multiple situations. It can help you at home, in the bathroom, in the wardrobe or at your workplace. One of the most important things a VELA disability chair contributes to is the feeling of independence.

An independence chair at home is a perfect assistant in the kitchen when you need to reach plates in the top cupboard and a chopping board in the bottom drawer. The chair becomes your help and support, and it saves you a lot of effort staying upright.

Regain your independence with Vela Chairs

With a Vela chair, you or your client can feel independent again. Not only because simply daily task become easier, but also because there is no need for a carer to be present at all times.

The Vela chair also helps the user to have more energy as the stress or fear of falling dissapears.



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All you need to know about Vicair wheelchair cushions


In the realm of wheelchair comfort and skin protection, Vicair Wheelchair Cushions stands out on the market due to the innovative technology that comes with the SmartCells system created by the company’s founder.
Designed with precision and crafted for optimal user experience, these cushions seamlessly blend high-performance skin protection with extreme ease of use. Join us as we delve into the features, benefits, and why Vicair wheelchair cushions are the go-to choice for those seeking comfort, stability, and skin protection.

A quick overview of the Vicair wheelchair cushion features:

1. The Vicair Advantage:

Vicair wheelchair cushions prioritize user-friendly high performance. The core advantage lies in their ability to redistribute pressure evenly, providing unparalleled skin protection. This feature is particularly crucial for wheelchair users, as it helps prevent the development of pressure sores and ensures a comfortable sitting experience.


2. Extreme Ease of Use:

One of the standout features of Vicair wheelchair cushions is their extreme ease of use. The design is intuitively crafted to simplify the daily experiences of wheelchair users. Whether it’s getting in and out of the wheelchair or adjusting the cushion for optimum comfort, Vicair cushions make it effortless, allowing users to focus on what truly matters.


3. Pelvic and Thigh Support:

Supporting the pelvis and thighs is paramount for maintaining a stable sitting posture. Vicair wheelchair cushions are engineered to provide optimal support in these crucial areas, enhancing overall stability and reducing the risk of discomfort or injury.


4. Fully Machine Washable:

Hygiene and cleanliness are integral aspects of wheelchair cushion maintenance. Vicair cushions understand this need and are fully machine-washable. This feature ensures that users can easily maintain the cushions, promoting a clean and healthy sitting environment.


5. Tailored for Comfort:

When seeking the highest comfort level, Vicair wheelchair cushions deliver precisely that. The design takes into account the unique needs of each user, offering customizable solutions for an individualized and luxurious sitting experience.


6. Sizes for Every User:

Recognizing the diversity of wheelchair users, Vicair cushions are available in three different sizes. This range allows users to select the cushion size that perfectly suits their body type and personal preferences, ensuring a tailored fit for everyone.


In the competitive landscape of wheelchair cushions, Vicair emerges as a frontrunner, redefining comfort, stability, and skin protection. As we navigate the intricate world of wheelchair accessories, the Vicair advantage becomes clear: an unwavering commitment to user-friendly high performance.


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Get your hands on Vicair Cushion Research

At Morton & Perry, we understand the crucial role occupational therapists play in promoting mobility and comfort for individuals who rely on wheelchairs.

As a gesture of appreciation for your dedication to the field, we have compiled all this invaluable Vicair research into easily accessible documents.

Simply click on the links below to access the wealth of knowledge at your fingertips.



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Sliding & Pelvic Tilt

Uncover the nuances of sliding and pelvic tilt, equipping yourself with the knowledge to address these challenges effectively.

Washability research

Explore the results of our washability research, which will guide you in recommending and implementing proper cleaning practices for wheelchair cushions.

AGIDENS research

Gain insights from our AGIDENS research, providing a holistic view of factors influencing wheelchair cushion effectiveness.

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Microclimate at the skin

Discover the impact of microclimate on skin health and gain valuable insights into optimizing comfort for wheelchair users.

Postural Stability – One pager

Learn how our research can guide you in enhancing postural stability for wheelchair users, promoting comfort and long-term well-being.

Postural Stability – Literature review

Learn how our research can guide you in enhancing postural stability for wheelchair users, promoting comfort and long-term well-being.

Pelvic Obliquity – One pager

Delve into our findings on pelvic obliquity, gaining a deeper understanding of its implications and strategies for effective intervention.


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Pelvic Obliquity – Literature review

Delve into our findings on pelvic obliquity, gaining a deeper understanding of its implications and strategies for effective intervention.

Cleaning cushion

Access comprehensive information on maintaining optimal hygiene for wheelchair cushions, ensuring the longevity of the equipment and the health of your clients.


Understand the common issues related to wheelchair cushion misuse and equip yourself with strategies to address and prevent them.


Vicair Allrounder


If you have any questions about the Vicair wheelchair cushions, please call us or send us an email to [email protected].

We would love to hear from you.


Case study: Mille has relearned to walk – Rett syndrome – vela Chairs

Mille’s story

At 22 years old, Mille is an individual with typical Rett Syndrome. She resides in her own apartment within a community specifically designed to accommodate individuals with disabilities.

Mille was able to walk on her own until she was about 12 years old. Unfortunately, she lost her ability to walk on her own after that. Jannie, Mille’s mother, initially expressed concern:

It’s unfortunate that Mille can no longer walk, both for her quality of life and also for the impact it will have on our daily routines. She used to find so much joy in the simple act of walking.

However, it wasn’t long before Mille’s parents sprang into action. Taking a proactive approach, they decided Mille would undergo gait training. Each morning, they dedicated around 30 minutes to taking a stroll with Mille before she boarded the school bus. They repeated the ritual in the afternoon, accompanying Mille on another walk. They remained committed to this practice without fail, going the extra mile even when Mille’s father, Flemming, had to work late. He would make a point to return home in the afternoon to partake in this meaningful ritual.

To Mille’s parents, the idea of using a treadmill seemed unappealing, as it would merely feel like a clinical treatment devoid of the genuine joys associated with walking.

A treadmill would be boring; it would just be treatment.

Jannie and Flemming constantly supported Mille during her walks, which could be physically exhausting over time. Thus, their excitement was palpable when they discovered the Meywalk gait trainer, capable of assuming the arduous task on their behalf. With this newfound device, Mille could now engage in gait training without placing most of her body weight on her parents.

It brings us immense relief. Walking alongside her was challenging. As parents, it eases our burden. Furthermore, walking without a gait trainer could be perilous. If she were to stumble, we fear losing her.

About Rett Syndrome

Rett Syndrome is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder that predominantly impacts girls. It typically manifests between the ages of 6 and 18 months, although the onset can occur earlier or later than this range in some cases. The condition is characterised by the gradual loss of hand function, diminished speech abilities, and decreased social engagement. Additionally, individuals with Rett Syndrome often experience persistent impairments such as tonus disturbances, scoliosis, epilepsy, reduced bone mass, and imbalances in the autonomic nervous system. These imbalances can lead to breathing difficulties and constipation.

It’s important to note that the lasting impairments resulting from Rett Syndrome can vary significantly from person to person. Due to this variability, researchers strongly advocate for individualised intervention plans incorporating daily gait training. Such personalised approaches aim to address the specific needs and challenges each individual affected by Rett Syndrome faces.

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Mille’s training

Philip, Mille’s dedicated physiotherapist, consistently considers her abilities and areas where she may need improvement. As a result, the primary objective of the intervention has been to preserve and re-establish Mille’s capacity to stand and walk.

Based on this, Philip developed a training plan that focuses on three things:

1-Muscular stretching


2-Continuous weight-bearing


3-Strengthening of the lower extremities


Each day, Mille engages in various training activities, including four 30-minute sessions with the specialised gait trainer. Additionally, she performs “sit-to-stand” exercises and incorporates stretching exercises into her regimen. Mille alternates between conducting her daily training sessions with both her parents and a dedicated caregiver at her place of residence. Her physiotherapist, Philip, actively participates in Mille’s training twice a week and tailors the programme to meet her current abilities and requirements.


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Gait training and Rett Syndrome

The Danish Rett Syndrome Association states that Rett Syndrome (RTT) is predominantly attributed to a genetic mutation found on the X chromosome. This genetic alteration is responsible for the higher prevalence of the condition among girls compared to boys. RTT is a complex disorder, and individuals affected by it display a wide range of functional diversity.

While some individuals with RTT may never attain independent sitting or standing positions, it is noteworthy that a minority of children with the condition can achieve impressive physical capabilities. These abilities may include running, skiing, and even engaging in activities like jumping on a trampoline1. The spectrum of functional abilities observed among individuals with RTT highlights the significant variability associated with the disorder.

As part of a 2004 study conducted by the Australian Rett Syndrome Database (ARSD), 99 women and girls with Rett Syndrome between the ages of 1.5 and 28 were examined. The data revealed a significant range of abilities within the group. 43% of the participants exhibited independent walking functions, including side-stepping and 180-degree turning. Surprisingly, 14% of the individuals were even capable of running. On the other hand, 30% of the participants had no walking function at all2. This demonstrates both the varied nature of the disease and the potential for training and improvement.5

Considering such variability, Lotan and Hanks (2006) recommend a comprehensive interdisciplinary evaluation for each child in their guidelines for physiotherapeutic intervention for individuals with Rett Syndrome. This evaluation would serve as the basis for developing an individualised intervention programme4. The aim is to address the specific needs and capabilities of each individual affected by Rett Syndrome, allowing for targeted interventions and support.

Indeed, maintaining or improving physical function, preventing deformities, promoting mobility, and enhancing social inclusion are crucial objectives for an intervention programme designed for individuals with Rett Syndrome.

Lotan and Hanks outlined the five overarching objectives of physiotherapy for individuals with RTT:

  • Maintain or improve physical function
  • Develop or maintain mobility
  • Prevent or reduce deformities
  • Alleviate discomfort and irritation
  • Enhance independence

By targeting these objectives, a comprehensive physiotherapy programme can play a vital role in optimising the physical, functional and social outcomes for individuals with Rhett Syndrome. Through adequate and impactful training, certain individuals can restore their walking ability, even after 15 to 20 years of relying on wheelchairs4.

How a VELA Meywalk gait trainer makes a difference

The Rett Syndrome Clinic at Rigshospitalet3 advises the following:

individuals who are non-ambulatory should stand for a minimum of 30 minutes per day, and individuals who can walk and stand with or without support should do so for a minimum of two hours daily.

This recommendation is based on the numerous benefits that movement and upright posture provide, including improved circulation, enhanced bone density, better bowel function, and a reduced risk of developing scoliosis1.

Moreover, utilising a gait trainer for adults not only aids users in achieving independent mobility but also empowers them to seek out and engage in social interactions. This aspect of the device plays a crucial role in stimulating the user’s mental well-being.

How to Support a Child with Cerebral Palsy: August’s Story ( by Thea Johansen)

August’s Story

August was born with cerebral palsy (CP). During his early years, his movement was limited due to reduced walking ability caused by CP. At eleven years old, he still has challenges with sitting balance, which, as he says, requires a lot of strength. This means that in the evenings when he is tired, he can’t sit on a regular chair without fear of falling off.

Just two years ago, August started walking and managed to take a whole 2772 steps in a row without falling! In fact, he walks so well now that he has stopped counting his steps because it’s too cumbersome.

August is a boy full of ambition and zest for life. He wants to be as independent as possible, as quickly as possible. He likes his “vehicles,” as he calls his aids, but he also wants to be able to operate them by himself and be independent in daily life.


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Autonomy and Self-Confidence in Children

At the age of eleven, the longing for independence and the capability for self-sufficiency are fully present, as they are for August. However, until now, he has relied on help to get up from his chair before he could leave the dinner table. With his new VELA Tango 600ES chair, he can now decide for himself when to leave the table, despite his mother’s wish that he sit a little longer. August shares with a big smile that he sometimes says “No, I don’t want to,” before jumping out of the chair on his own.

Developmental theory and the theory of self-determination assume that a sense of autonomy contributes to a child’s well-being and reduces discomfort. For children with CP, mobility challenges can impede the child’s emotional growth, as mobility restrictions are linked with the degree of autonomy.1 Autonomy refers to “free will” and relates to the perceived ability to make personal choices and live daily life according to one’s own standards and preferences.2

Therefore, it is important for August’s development that he can decide for himself how he wants to act in everyday situations. It’s clear that having the ability to make his own decisions is of great importance to August. He uses his newfound independence to do things he wants to do, like leaving the dining table at the same time as his sister to go to his room and play, without waiting for help to get out of the chair.


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Cerebral Palsy and Physical Activity

Compared to typically developing children, those with cerebral palsy generally face restrictions in participating in physical activities. However, it is not beneficial from a health perspective for these children to exhibit increased sedentary behavior.7,8

The main barriers for these children to participate in physical activities with siblings and other children are primarily their physical disabilities and activity limitations.9 Previously, the focus has been on improving physical fitness or motor skills of children, while less attention has been paid to contextual barriers such as limited facilities or lack of aids.3 Another barrier, which turns out to be more influential and closely related to active participation, is the lack of self-confidence in a particular activity.15 If a child has previously experienced a feeling of exclusion,10,11 this can affect their capability in physical activities in the future.

Despite these barriers, children with disabilities can successfully participate in physical activities if their psychological needs are met,12,13 and if the child feels they have the necessary opportunities and abilities to participate.6 Recent research on physical activity in children with CP also shows that motivation is a prerequisite for success in physical activity.14 The child’s motivation can be crucial not only for their participation in activities but also for building their self-confidence8 – known as the child’s self-efficacy.15 Especially for those with low self-confidence and restricted participation due to previous negative experiences with physical activity, motivation is of great significance. Moreover, children with parents who support their autonomy in physical activity fare well in a participation-oriented intervention.


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How a VELA Tango 600ES Helps

When a family receives a diagnosis like CP, they are gradually introduced to various aids. And when you’re new to this world, it’s overwhelming when the little kid’s chair is replaced by a huge contraption.

August’s mother describes the VELA Tango 600ES as a lightweight chair that’s easy to operate. It’s also important to her that the chair fits into the home because it makes a difference when an aid doesn’t take over the first impression as soon as someone steps through the door.

One of the biggest advantages for August is that he can now independently climb onto the chair and leave it whenever he’s ready and willing.

August describes how it used to be a major frustration to always wait for his parents when he wanted to leave the dining table: “When we were eating and there were guests, and I wanted to go down and play with them, I couldn’t get down by myself, and if they [the parents] were busy, I had to wait a loooong time.”



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August’s mother Louise also describes how she could feel guilty when August relies on her help:

I’ll be right there. You probably use that phrase quite a bit. […] He now wants to play with the other kids who have already jumped from the table. And you can’t always drop everything you have in your hands.

Another advantage of August’s new chair is that Louise can relieve her own body:

I love that we don’t have to lift him anymore. I can already feel that August is getting bigger and heavier, and all the lifting is hard on my body.

Therefore, both August and his mother are happy about the independence August experiences with his new chair.

The VELA Tango 600ES enables August to:

  • participate in activity and movement,
  • strengthen his leg muscles,
  • improve muscle coordination,
  • train his balance,
  • gain more autonomy and independence.

There is no doubt that the childrens chair plays a significant role in August’s daily life: The chair gives him more freedom to live life on his own terms and supports his growing independence. The chair is therefore also an important tool in both his physical and mental development. August has gained more autonomy, which will benefit him in physical training and will also strengthen his confidence when it comes to making independent decisions.

Like other children, August has many interests. For instance, he enjoys playing with friends on the computer. And with his VELA children’s chair, he can go to and from his desk whenever he wants.

August knows he’s different from the other children in his class, but he doesn’t think much about it in everyday life. And that should be a good indicator that August feels comfortable and that it has been successful in supporting his physical disabilities and reducing his limitations.


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About Cerebral Palsy

CP, caused by abnormal brain development or damage before or during birth, is referred to as congenital CP. Most CP cases (85%-90%) are congenital. In many cases, the specific cause is unknown.5
The majority of children with CP (about 75%-85%) have spastic CP, meaning their muscles are stiff, and their movements are impaired.4
Typical symptoms in children include weakness in one or more arms or legs, difficulty walking, delays in motor development, and difficulty with precise movements like writing or buttoning a shirt.9
Over half (about 50%-60%) of children with CP can walk independently.4
Worldwide, around 18 million people of all ages are affected by cerebral palsy, the most common lifelong physical disability.6, 11
Learn more about aids for cerebral palsy in children or visit the International Cerebral Palsy Society.



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10 Orr, K., Tamminen, K.A., Sweet, S.N., Tomasone, J.R., & Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K.P. (2018). „I’ve had bad experiences with team sports”: Sport participation, peer need thwarting and need supporting behaviours among youth identifying with physical disability. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 35, 36-56. doi: 10.1123/apaq2017-0028

11 Bedell G, Coster W, Law M, Liljenquist K, Kao YC, Teplicky R, Anaby D, Khetani MA. Community participation, supports, and barriers of school-age children with and without disabilities. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Feb;94(2):315-23. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2012.09.024

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Independence with VELA Mobility Chairs: Revolutionizing Support for Those with Mobility Challenges


At Morton & Perry, we understand the importance of maintaining an active and independent lifestyle, especially for individuals facing mobility challenges. As the exclusive distributors of Vela Independence Chairs in New Zealand, we are proud to introduce these revolutionary mobility aids designed to enhance the lives of those dealing with balance problems, paralysis, or pain.


Enhancing Independence with Vela Chairs

The Vela Independence Chairs are more than just seats; they are empowering solutions that enable individuals to engage in daily activities with ease. Whether you or a loved one faces challenges with balance, the Vela Chairs provide unparalleled support and stability.

A Multi-Functional Mobility and Activity Chair

Outfitted with four large wheels, a power lift, and a sturdy handbrake, our chairs not only improve mobility but also help users overcome daily challenges that are keeping them from being active and self-reliant.

Fully equipped with a wide range of functions, a mobility chair from VELA can make your life easier, even though you have a disability or illness that interferes with normal activities.



Revolutionary Designs for Enhanced Living

Traditional chairs can pose significant challenges for individuals with poor balance, often making routine tasks a daunting endeavour. The Vela Chairs, with their revolutionary designs, address this issue by offering:

Central Brake: The central brake system ensures that you or your patient can always sit safely and stably, providing confidence during various activities.

Raising/Lowering Function: The electric lift feature allows effortless adjustment of the chair’s height, ensuring the perfect position for any task, whether it’s getting dressed, reaching for items, or simply enjoying a meal.

Armrests: Foldable armrests enhance maneuverability, facilitating easy transitions from a chair to a bed and vice versa.

Mobility: The mobility feature enables smooth movement, allowing individuals to navigate their surroundings comfortably.

Support and Comfort: Vela Chairs prioritize support and comfort, creating an environment fostering independence and well-being.


Electric Lift for Seamless Transitions

The electric lift feature becomes particularly beneficial when moving from one surface to another.

By folding away the armrests and utilizing the central brake, individuals can effortlessly transition from the chair to the bed or vice versa.

Adjusting the chair’s height with the electric lift ensures the perfect level for various tasks, enhancing overall convenience.


Height Adjustment: A Simple Solution for Balance Issues

The height-adjustable feature of Vela Chairs proves invaluable for those struggling with balance.

Simple tasks like emptying the dishwasher, which may induce uncertainty and dizziness, become manageable with the press of a button.

Lower the seat to comfortably reach the dishwasher without bending forward, then effortlessly return to the normal height after completing the task.



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Supporting Sit-to-Stand Movements

The electric lift feature not only aids in seamless transitions between surfaces but also provides essential support during sit-to-stand movements.

Utilize the central brake, raise the chair, and allow your feet to slide down to the floor. The chair supports you from behind, ensuring a calm and safe standing experience.


Conclusion: Spreading the Message of Empowerment

In concluding our exploration of the remarkable Vela Independence Chairs, we recognize that these innovative mobility aids have the potential to significantly impact lives, providing newfound independence and functionality for individuals facing mobility challenges.

Beyond the tangible benefits these chairs offer, there lies a profound opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.


Word of Mouth: A Powerful Force for Change

At Morton & Perry, we understand the power of word of mouth in transforming lives. Therapists, healthcare professionals, and satisfied customers play a pivotal role in spreading awareness about the existence of Vela Chairs.

By sharing personal success stories and experiences, they become instrumental in breaking down barriers and creating a community of support for those who might benefit from these exceptional chairs.


Changing Lives Through Advocacy

As we champion the cause of mobility empowerment, we encourage therapists and customers alike to become ambassadors of change.

Your firsthand experiences with the transformative effects of Vela Chairs can serve as a beacon of hope for others navigating similar challenges.

By openly discussing and advocating for the benefits of these chairs, you contribute to a ripple effect that has the potential to positively impact countless lives.


Together, We Can Make a Difference

The journey towards a more inclusive and supportive community begins with each individual’s commitment to share information and empower those in need. Let us unite in our efforts to spread the message of the existence of Vela Independence Chairs.

Through collaborative advocacy, we can create a network of support that reaches far and wide, ensuring that individuals facing mobility issues discover the life-changing solutions available to them.



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Experience the Magic of the Independence Mobility Chair Animated Video

The spirit of the season is upon us, heralding a time of togetherness, joy, and celebration. At Morton and Perry, we believe in the power of spreading happiness and enabling everyone to join in the festivities. Our Independence Mobility Chair is not just a product; it’s a beacon of liberation for those facing mobility limitations, granting them the gift of freedom and inclusion in the merriment of life’s moments.

To capture the essence of the sheer happiness and sense of liberation that our Independence Mobility Chair brings, we would like to share a heartwarming animated video. This animation, crafted by our expert team at the Vela HQ offices, beautifully encapsulates the experiences of individuals whose lives have been transformed by the independence this chair provides.

In this enchanting video, viewers will witness:

The Gift of Freedom: Delve into the stories of individuals whose lives have been positively impacted by the Independence Mobility Chair.

Inclusion in Festivities: See how the chair becomes a gateway for users to actively participate in and relish the celebrations and events that once felt out of reach. From family gatherings to community events, this chair empowers individuals to engage and immerse themselves in the joy of these moments.

Empowerment and Smiles: Witness the transformation in the lives of users as they navigate through various activities with confidence, exuding radiant smiles and spreading cheer wherever they go.

This animated video is a representation of the impact that the Independence Mobility Chair can have, not only on an individual’s mobility but on their overall well-being and happiness. It’s a celebration of the freedom and joy that this product brings to those facing mobility challenges.

We invite you to join us in watching this heartening animated video, a visual journey that embodies the spirit of happiness and the gift of mobility that the Independence Mobility Chair bestows. Head to the Vela official YouTube channel to witness the magic this product can bring to individuals’ lives.

As you experience the heartwarming moments in the animation, we hope you’ll share in the joy it brings and recognize the life-changing difference the Independence Mobility Chair can make for yourself or your loved ones.


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How to Use the Independence Mobility Chair in a Step-by-Step Guide

At Morton and Perry, we take immense pride in bringing to our New Zealand products that empower individuals and enhance the quality of life of our people.

Our Independence Mobility Chair is a testament to our commitment to offer innovative solutions for those seeking freedom in their daily lives. Designed with both functionality and comfort in mind, this mobility chair is a game-changer for those looking to regain their independence.

We understand that mastering a new device can sometimes be challenging, especially when it comes to mobility aids. That’s why we are thrilled to share a valuable resource with our customers—a comprehensive tutorial video directly from the manufacturer, detailing step-by-step instructions on how to use the Independence Mobility Chair effectively.

This video serves as a comprehensive guide, carefully crafted by the experts who designed the Vela Independence chair. It covers every aspect of the chair’s features, functionalities, and operation, ensuring that users gain a complete understanding of how to utilize it to its fullest potential. Whether you’re a first-time user or someone looking to enhance your knowledge of the chair, this tutorial video is invaluable.

In this detailed video, you’ll learn:

Operational Functions: Understand each control and its functionality, from steering to speed adjustments, to make your navigation experience seamless.

Safety Measures: Learn about the safety features and precautions to ensure a secure and stable ride.

By watching this video, you’ll not only become proficient in using the Independence Mobility Chair but also feel confident and empowered in your ability to maneuver and operate it effortlessly.

This step-by-step guide is more than just a tutorial; it’s a gateway to newfound freedom and independence for individuals seeking reliable mobility solutions. Whether you’re a user, caregiver, or simply curious about the capabilities of this remarkable product, this video is a must-watch.

Visit our Independence Vela Chair page for more information, or head directly to the Vela YouTube channel to access the tutorial and embark on your journey to independence with the Morton and Perry Independence Mobility Chair.

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Introducing Morton and Perry’s Cutting-Edge Powered Wheelchairs: TA RS and TA LC

Morton and Perry, a leading innovator in mobility solutions, is set to revolutionize the landscape of powered wheelchairs in New Zealand with the launch of their two groundbreaking products: the TA RS and TA LC.

These cutting-edge wheelchairs are not only the fastest in the New Zealand market, boasting a remarkable speed of 15 km/h, but they also stand out as the lowest in the market, designed to offer users unparalleled accessibility and freedom in their daily lives.

Designed with meticulous attention to detail, the TA RS and TA LC are engineered to provide users with an unprecedented level of mobility and independence.

TAIQ RS Morton and Perry

One of the most remarkable features of these wheelchairs is their unique low-profile design, allowing users to navigate underneath standard tables in cafes and restaurants effortlessly. This transformative feature opens up a world of opportunities, empowering users to engage in social activities without the limitations typically imposed by traditional wheelchair designs.

The motor incorporated into these wheelchairs is a marvel of engineering, representing the most potent technology available on the market.

Crafted using cutting-edge European technology, this motor ensures not only exceptional power but also a remarkably smooth ride. This amalgamation of power and seamless functionality delivers an unparalleled experience, allowing users to traverse various terrains with ease while maintaining stability and comfort.

The TA RS and TA LC are not just mobility aids; they are a gateway to a more inclusive and fulfilling lifestyle. Morton and Perry have not only considered the functionality of these wheelchairs but also prioritized the user’s quality of life. By integrating top-notch technology and user-centric design, these wheelchairs empower individuals to lead more active and engaged lives.

LC wheelchair NZ

The significance of these innovations cannot be understated. Morton and Perry’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the mobility industry has resulted in products that redefine expectations.

These wheelchairs transcend mere functionality; they represent a shift in perspective, offering users the ability to blend seamlessly into social settings and everyday activities, fostering a sense of normality and independence.

In a world where mobility aids are often seen as restrictive, the TAiQ RS and TAiQ LC stand out as beacons of liberation and empowerment.

Morton and Perry’s dedication to innovation has ushered in a new era of mobility solutions, where users can live life on their terms without limitations.

As these incredible powered wheelchairs hit the market, Morton and Perry are poised to transform the lives of many individuals, providing not just a means of transportation but a catalyst for greater societal inclusion and personal freedom.

The TAiQ RS and TAiQ LC are not merely products; they are a testament to the power of innovation and the boundless possibilities it can unlock.

Stay tuned as Morton and Perry redefine mobility and set new benchmarks in the industry, ushering in an era where limitations are a thing of the past, and independence knows no bounds.

To download a brochure for these products, please click the link below:


TA RS brochure

TA LC brochure


Does washing a Vicair cushion affect the pressure redistribution characteristics of the cushion?

Proper cleaning of wheelchair cushions is not only important for maintaining the equipment’s performance and durability but also for promoting user health, comfort, and overall well-being. It plays a critical role in infection control, hygiene, and creating a safe and clean environment for wheelchair users 1.

Unlike many wheelchair cushions that can only be cleaned with a damp cloth, Vicair O2 cushions don’t need any setup or adjustments before and after washing, the cushion can be put in the washing machine entirely, making a convenient feature. Agidens conducted a study to evaluate the impact of washing on the bacterial load of Vicair O2 cushions 2. The study involved washing the cushions in a common household washing machine at 60°C using a standard detergent (Areal), which resulted in a remarkable 99.99% reduction in bacterial load across all areas of the cushion.

In addition to the study of Agidens and since the importance of cleaning wheelchair cushions, we did an inhouse study according to the ISO standard

16840-2, to investigate the influence of washing on Vicair O2 cushions. The effect of washing on the pressure redistribution of the SmartCellsTM is assessed during pressure mapping, the contact area and immersion are the characteristics of interest.

For the study, two Vicair Adjuster O2 cushions, with dimensions 40x45cm, were utilized. The two cushions had SmartCells from the same batch and were uniformly filled to the standard filling grade. The cushions were classified as follows:

  1. Cushion 1: ‘New cushion’, served as a control and was neither washed nor used.
  2. Cushion 2: ‘Washed & used cushion’, washed 24 times and subjected to simulated use between washes.



To simulate real-world conditions, a specialized setup involving SmartCell abrasion was employed. The abrasion procedure entails subjecting the SmartCells to grinding between two pressure-applied plates, which are encased in rubber material. This setup mimics the typical wear and tear that occurs with regular use of a wheelchair cushion.

The cushions underwent a total of 24 wash cycles and were evaluated after the 2nd, 8th, 16th and 24th cycle. To ensure uniformity, both cushions were preloaded 20 times prior to the washing process to facilitate a consistent SmartCell smoothing effect and reaction pattern.

In typical daily usage, cushions are used after washing, leading to SmartCell smoothing. This observation was confirmed by Cushion 2, the washed & used cushion, which exhibited no significant deviations from the new cushion. Contact area variations were limited to a maximum of 3% reduction in contact area for the washed & used cushion in comparison to the new cushion. Immersion levels fluctuated, ranging from a 1.8% increase for the new cushion to a 2.4% increase for the washed & used cushion.

The first time a Vicair cushion is used after washing it can be slightly less flexible (just like your freshly washed jeans), leading to a slightly decrease in contact area and immersion. But this effect is cancelled out by shortly using the cushion, using the washed cushion makes it perform comparable to a new cushion.


It is noteworthy to mention t hat the washing machine should be loaded to only half its capacity with Vicair cushions, as displayed by the symbol on the label, in order to prevent contact between the cushion and the washing machine door, as this interaction could potentially lead to liner damage.

In summary, our findings indicate that the process of washing a Vicair cushion and subsequent usage thereof does not exert adverse impacts on the pressure redistribution characteristics of the cushion. The cushion can be subjected to washing with confidence, a procedure that effectively eliminates 99.99% of bacterial presence.


  1. Conijn, N., Helming, T., Van Der Heyden, B., & Kramer, C. (2023). The importance of cleaning your wheelchair cushion 04.3REV8.23.
  2. Op De Beeck, J. (2023). Test Report Disinfection Wheelchair Cushion.


Is there a risk of bottoming out when using a Vicair cushion incorrectly?

1 Introduction

Vicair cushions provide optimal skin protection when used correctly. But we must also keep in mind that sometimes a cushion is inadvertently placed incorrectly in a wheelchair. The cushion can end up backwards or rotated in the wrong direction in the wheelchair. It is also conceivable that a cushion could end up upside down in the cover, for example after cleaning, and therefore end up unseen upside down in a wheelchair. Incorrect placement can also be due to the fact that a wheelchair is often measured with two fingers (4cm) of space between the user’s calves and the front of the cushion. Thus, the cushion may be placed so far forward that it touches the user’s calves. For wheelchairs with an open back support, the cushion may also be placed too far to the back of the wheelchair.

Therefore the aim of this research was to find out what the risks are for the user when a cushion is used incorrectly. It is important to research whether there is bottoming out and how well the risk zones are protected against high-pressure forces. Bottoming out is defined as the state of support surface deformation beyond critical immersion whereby effective pressure redistribution is lost (EPUAP/ NPIAP guideline).


  1. Method

To answer the research question 6 different cushions are tested with the ISO indenter and skinny indenter. The following cushions were tested for this study: Vicair Adjuster O2 10cm, Vicair Vector O2 10cm, Vicair Active O2 9cm, Vicair 4 8cm, Jay J3 and ROHO Quadtro Select High Profile. These cushions were 40x45cm or the size closest to that. The Vicair cushions and Jay J3 are tested out of the box, the ROHO is adjusted to the corresponding testing weight. After loading 65kg with the ISO indenter, for 5 minutes, pressure distribution and immersion was measured in the positions:



  • Correct;
  • Rotated 90 degrees clockwise;
  • Backwards;
  • 4cm forward;
  • 4cm backwards;
  • Cushion upside down in cover;
  • Cushion & cover upside down is only tested for Vicair Active O2 and Vicair 4.



The immersion was also measured in all positions with the skinny indenter with a load of 130 kg to simulate a worst case scenario.

The pressures were measured (Xsensor pressure sensor mat) at five locations. These places correspond to the position of the tuberosities ischii left (LIT) and right (RIT), the trochanter major of the femur left (LGT) and right (RGT) and the coccyx bone.




3.1 Results

For the overview of all the results see table 1 and 2, this section discusses the most striking and important results.

3.1.1 Immersion at 65kg (ISO indenter)

The immersion generally decreases somewhat in improperly placed cushions compared to the correct position. This can be explained by the fact that the indenter does not enter the cushion at the correct position. The exception to this, is the test in which the cushion was placed 4cm too far back. With the Vicair Adjuster O2 and Vector O2, there was 1 to 2 mm more immersion but no bottoming out with at least 41mm of space below the lowest point of the indenter (table 1).

3.1.2 Immersion at 130kg (skinny indenter)

To simulate the worst case scenario the skinny indenter is loaded with 130kg, at this high load the limit of 25mm (stated by the Vicair Manual) below the lowest point of the indenter is exceeded in all Vicair cushions, except the Vector. To assure safe use of the cushion the Vicair manual states that the lowest bony prominence should be supported by at least 2,5cm/1” of SmartCells. This prevents the risk that the bony prominence touches the wheelchair seat.

Although the Adjuster and Vector have less than 25mm left (table 2) the pressure does not increase significantly, indicating that the definition of the EPUAP/NPIAP for bottoming out is not yet fulfilled. The Vicair 4 has the lowest immersion space left, 11mm (table 2), this is about the height of 1 SmartCell, increasing the risk of bottoming out. But according to the user manual of the Vicair 4, bottoming out is: “touching the bottom of the cushion with a bony prominence”, this is not the case yet, since there is still a SmartCell below the bony prominence.

3.2 Dispersion index and coefficient of variation

The dispersion index and coefficient of variation give an impression of the pressure distribution on the cushion. The dispersion index looks at the ratio between the high-risk zones that have been chosen and the pressure on the rest of the surface. The coefficient of variation looks at the distribution of pressure across the entire surface.

In almost all measurements, these values worsened when the cushion was not positioned correctly. When this was not the case, for example, when the cushion was placed too far back, this was offset by a decrease in contact area and an increase in average pressure. So it is important to assess all values in the whole context.

  1. Conclusion

With loads appropriate to the size of the cushion, there is no chance of bottoming out with improper placement of the cushion. With extreme loads, it is more important that the cushion is placed correctly in the wheelchair.

Forward and backward placement has a strikingly large influence on immersion and pressure distribution. It is therefore important that users and therapists are aware that the cushion is placed correctly in the wheelchair. With a correctly fitted wheelchair and an appropriate cushion, there is the possibility that the user will place the cushion too far forward in the wheelchair, thus resulting in inferior pressure distribution and immersion, but without creating any risk for the user.

If the cushion ends up upside down in the cover, this has a major impact on the performance of the cushion. The contact area decreases and the average pressure increases. It is therefore important that the risk of this is properly addressed with communication in the manual, quick installation guide and on the cushion itself. However, the risk of bottoming out is really small, and with that the risk of any damage to the user as a result of the misuse of the cushion.

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