Postural support specialist issues helpful guidance for carers about positioning a child correctly in equipment
Jiraffe has highlighted the importance of ensuring a child is positioned correctly and safely in equipment by publishing tips and advice for parents and carers across the UK.
The ‘Always Safe’ checklist supports those who are positioning a child in equipment themselves during the coronavirus lockdown period, with advice aimed at both experts and those learning for the first time.
Jiraffe’s top tips for parents and carers, to ensure the safety of both the child and those positioning them, are:
- Check that all straps and lap belts are tight enough, allow for a finger’s width between the belt and the child
- Ensure all excess length on straps is securely fastened to prevent siblings or classmates from undoing the straps
- Check that the seat depth is appropriate, there should be two fingers’ width behind the child’s knees
- Make sure all adjustments are correct and lock them in place to prevent tampering
- When the product is stationary, ensure that all castors are locked
- Check that the equipment height is correct, this gives the child a chance to socialise and interact with their surroundings
- Make sure that all surfaces are clean, wipe them if need be
- Always read the equipment manufacturer’s instructions for use and check the service record
According to Jiraffe, carers or parents following this checklist will help ensure the child is safe, secure and using their postural support equipment at its full potential.
An informative poster about this guidance for carers and parents is also available from Jiraffe here: https://www.jiraffe.org.uk/always-safe/
The company recently donated a Jenx Ly-On positioning platform for children with complex postural or medical needs to the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, which will be used by residents at the charity.