Chair Parts

Monster Blue got some updates yesterday.

Permobil makes excellent chairs. Unfortunately, they had to “dumb” them down in order to meet the Medicaid/Medicare requirements. So things that normally are nice and sturdy were made cheaper and not as sturdy. The best example are the armrests. Cheap plastic with metal only going part way. Which means when a user pushes down on the armrests to transfer, the stress is on the plastic. Mine broke within just a few months. The pad was a cardboard backed, foam covered barely in place thing. I lost one on the way to Atlanta for my first GCLS con.

(larger image of left armrest)

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The new armrests have metal all the way out and, better yet, are universal. Meaning one can go on either side. The other ones were side-dependent.

underneath of the new armrest:

Universal fit:

I also got some thigh pads. This will help keep my legs aligned and look less like a harlot with my legs spread.

(larger image of thigh pads)

(larger image of left thigh pad)

The thigh pads fit into a doohickey called a Unitrack. Permobil developed this to use to attach various doohickeys to the chair. This includes the pads, transfer handles, and even a lap tray.

(larger image of Unitrack)


I’m still having internet problems. I am at the laundromat right now with the fastest upload/connection speed I’ve had in weeks. One last call to Charter today and it’ll be fixed, one way or the other.