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

Step One: Select Belt Type

OPTIONS2 POINT4 POINT
WHAT THIS MEANS?Two points of attachment to the wheelchairFour points of attachment to the wheelchair
SUITABLE FOR:Mild-moderate positioning requriementsModerate-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 enhacned support. Prevents sliding up into the abdomen or twisting. 
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Step Two: Select Buckle

OPTIONSSIDE RELEASE CENTRE RELEASEANTI-ESCAPEPEN POPPEREASY RELEASE LATCH
FEATURESSimple and easy to click together and undoRobust design that is strong enough to keep the user positioned safelyVery successful in preventing individuals with inquisitive fingers or learning difficulties from releaseing the buckleExtremely successful in preventing individuals with inquisitive fingers or learning difficulties from releasing the buckleIdeal solution for user that self-transfer in an dout of their wheelchiar but have limited hand function to open buckles
SUITABLE FOR:Carer operationUser operationUsers with challenging or escaping behaviourUsers with challenging or escaping behaviourUser operation
HOW TO OPERATE:Squeeze the two 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)Requires a tool eg pointed pen or key to fit through a small hole and reach the buckle release mechanism to open.Lift the metal buckle flap and slide the buckle apart
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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 adjustmnet range
FEATURES Counters pelvic rotation by allowing the caregiver to position one side of the pelvis, lock it in place, and the position on the other sideAccommodates varying layers of clothing
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Step Four: Select Size 

This is a guide only and the sizing of the hip belt/harness depends significantly on the physique of the client.

SPEX HIP BELT & HARNESS SIZE SELECTION GUIDE

DEPENDS ON PHYSIQUE OF USER

USER'S W/C WIDTH8-12"11-15"14-17"17-20"
RECOMMENDED SIZEX-SmallSmallMediumL

Need help deciding what the best hip belt is for you or your client?

Find out here:

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4 Point Dual Centre Pull Padded Hip Belt

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