Gel Ovations FAQ'S

Why Gel?
Many people ask the question Why Gel and not Sheepskin, Synthetic Sheepskin or Foam? TheGel Ovations product line of accessories is the best solution for paddingDurable Medical Equipment. The comfort and quality come from both the covers and GELS used by Gel Ovations™. No type of product is ‘the best for everyone’ and yet high qualityGEL may be the exception. Gel Ovations™ product line are usually the most comfortable for most people.

A GEL is neither liquid nor solid. When a hard object is pressed into a solid GEL, the GEL conforms to the shape of the hard object while simultaneously continuing to provide support. That combination is why solid GELS are so comfortable. Imagine resting your chin on your elbow and your elbow on a wooden desk. The pointed end of the elbow bone has little padding. This quickly leads to discomfort and can even cut off the blood circulation. To relieve the discomfort, the surface needs to be ‘softer’ and the pressure needs to be spread out over a larger area as happens with GEL. 

Neither foam nor sheepskin has the ability to both soften and spread out the pressure.  In addition, the number one complaint we hear about sheepskin is that it compresses and quickly looses its ability to cushion and pad.  The next most frequent complaint is that sheep skin is so hard to keep clean and fresh looking. In many products, especially foam, the cover will crack, adding a sharp scratchy plastic edge that also can be very uncomfortable. The flexible, woven nylon / rubber covering of Gel Ovations™products is guaranteed to never crack.  The cover also adds and extra layer of SOFT comfort that does not scratch and feels good to the skin.

Do Gel Ovation Products Contain Latex?
There are NO Latex in these products.
What are they Made from?
The cover is a chloroprene rubber with a nylon surface, similar to wet suit material. Inside is open cell foam and a polyurethane solid GEL. When the product is described as a 'Synergel' or 'Dimensions' Gel this is a Silicon based Gel. It is referred to as a ‘SOLID GEL’ and will not leak out.  If the cover is punctured, it may feel a little sticky.  To remove the stickiness, just coat the gel with a little baby powder.
Installation and Removal
Any special installation instructions appear with the product description and are included when the item is shipped. You may want to try alternate ways of positioning of the pads.  Here is a summary: For Velcro items, stretch the Velcro tabs or Velcro strip around the bottom of the handle or crutch top. Although positioning is personal preference, most people seem to get the greatest Comfort when the Velcro pads are installed as follows:

1) Identify the 'hook' edge of the product.

2) Place the product rubber side down with the sewn in gel on top of the handle and the 'hook' edge away from your body when your body is positioned to use the walker, wheelchair, etc. Wrap the cover over the handle and away from the body. The 'hook' edge seam will end up on the underside of the handle or far around the handle beyond your fingers.

For zipper items, stretch the cover over the existing and then close zipper for a snug fit. Should you remove the foam pad or foam top before installing?  No, the pads/covers work best and fit best if put on right over the existing foam pad, handle or grip.

Removal:

To remove the cover/pad, simply undo the Velcro, unzip the cover or unbolt the pad. For the Anywhere pad (stick on type), break the suction along one edge of the pad. The adhesive is made by 3M and is designed to stick well and for easy release without leaving a residue. Should some stickiness remain, it can be removed with a little WD 40 sprayed on a paper towel or cloth.

How Do I Clean The Products?
  • Do NOT put pads/covers in a washing machine.  

  • Do NOT submerge them in water or agitate.

  • Do NOT put in clothes dryer.

  • With HEATED DRYING turned OFF, you may wash them in the top rack of an automatic dishwasher. Alternatively, wipe the surface with any normal household soap or cleaning solution that is not irritating and to which you are not allergic.

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