Wheelchair seat belt: What device will keep my client secure in their wheelchair while on a HandyDART?
What device will keep my client secure in their wheelchair while on a HandyDART?
Products mentioned in our answer below are provided to inform you about the types of technologies available and have not been evaluated by CanAssist. They may or may not be appropriate for your particular situation. Some technologies and devices may require an in-person assessment. Speak with your health care provider for additional information and support.
It is extremely important for your client to be secure in their wheelchair, especially when in a vehicle, such as a HandyDART.
There are a number of wheelchair seat belts available commercially; however, there are several documented physical, cognitive and emotional risks to using restraints. Before purchasing and implementing any form of restraint for an individual in a wheelchair, it is important to seek consent from the client or their designated decision maker. If you choose to purchase a wheelchair seat belt, make sure that the one you select is compatible with your client's wheelchair make. Below are some direct links to a few examples of wheelchair restraints:
- AutoStyle Wheelchair Seat Belt by Drive Medical (at Healthcare Solutions) can be used with all Drive Medical and other leading manufacturers' wheelchairs. The seat belt, which has a waist size of up to 48 inches and looks like your average car seat belt, attaches at the front. This device costs about $40 to $60 (CDN), plus additional shipping fees.
- Wheelchair Seatbelt by NEPPT (at Amazon Canada) is made out of comfortable, durable, and breathable pearl cotton. This product is designed to secure a person at the waist or abdomen, and costs about $20 (CDN), plus additional shipping fees.
- Anti-Fall Wheelchair Seatbelt by Wisexplorer (at Amazon Canada) is used to comfortably secure a patient at their chest to a wheelchair. This product, which crosses in the back of the wheelchair and loops under it, provides extra security to help prevent the person from falling out. This seat belt costs about $55 (CDN), plus additional shipping fees.