How do I choose the best Hip Belt for my client?
Step One: Select Belt Type
|OPTIONS||2 POINT||4 POINT|
|WHAT THIS MEANS?||Two points of attachment to the wheelchair||Four points of attachment to the wheelchair|
|SUITABLE FOR:||Mild-moderate positioning requriements||Moderate-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.|
Step Two: Select Buckle
|OPTIONS||SIDE RELEASE||CENTRE RELEASE||ANTI-ESCAPE||PEN POPPER||EASY RELEASE LATCH|
|FEATURES||Simple and easy to click together and undo||Robust design that is strong enough to keep the user positioned safely||Very successful in preventing individuals with inquisitive fingers or learning difficulties from releaseing the buckle||Extremely successful in preventing individuals with inquisitive fingers or learning difficulties from releasing the buckle||Ideal solution for user that self-transfer in an dout of their wheelchiar but have limited hand function to open buckles|
|SUITABLE FOR:||Carer operation||User operation||Users with challenging or escaping behaviour||Users with challenging or escaping behaviour||User operation|
|HOW TO OPERATE:||Squeeze the two clips together to release||Press the release button to release||Operates 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|
Step Three: Select Pull Style
|OPTIONS||CENTRE PULL||SIDE PULL||DUAL CENTRE PULL|
|OPERATOR||User or Carer||Carer||User or Carer|
|ADJUSTMENT||Tensions at the centre of the buckle||Tensions from the rear of the pad pulling towards the centre, meaning there is more 'force' which is great for enhanced positioning||Tensions from both sides at the centre of the buckle|
|SUITABLE FOR:||Users with low muscle tone or weakness||Users with high muscle tone||Users 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 side||Accommodates varying layers of clothing|
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 WIDTH||8-12"||11-15"||14-17"||17-20"|
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