How do I choose the best Hip Belt for my client?

Step One: Select Belt Type

 2 Point4 Point
What this means?Two points of attachment to the wheelchair4 points of attachment to the wheelchair
Suitable for:Mild-moderate positioning requirementsModerate-advanced positioning requirements. Also controls users with pelvic rotation and windswept deformities.
How does it work? Main straps position the belt then the subordinate straps anchor the belt in position for enhanced support. Prevents sliding up into the abdomen or twisting. 
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Step Two: Select Buckle

OptionsSide-Release BuckleCentre-Release BuckleSteel Anti-Escape Buckle
FeaturesSimple and easy to click together and undoRobust design that is strong enough to keep the user positioned safelyExtremely successful in preventing individuals with inquisitive fingers or learning difficulties from releasing the buckle
Suitable for:Carer operationUser operationUsers with challenging or escaping behaviour
How to Operate:Squeeze the 2 clips together to releasePress the release button to releaseOperates in reverse to a normal buckle, and disengages by raising a spring-loaded lever (won't press release)
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Step Three: Select Pull Style

OptionsCentre PullSide PullDual Centre-Pull
OperatorUser or CarerCarerUser or Carer
AdjustmentTensions at the centre of the buckleTensions from the rear of the pad pulling towards the centre, meaning there is more 'force' which is great for enhanced positioningTensions from both sides at the centre of the buckle
Suitable for:Users with low muscle tone or weaknessUsers with high muscle toneUsers requiring greater adjustment range
Features Counters pelvic rotation by allowing the caregiver to position one side of the pelvis, lock it in place, and then position on the other sideAccommodates varying layers of clothing
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