Aug 062018
 

 

Derrick from the North Herts panel would welcome ideas to help with the following please:

 

I have a client who is a disabled new mum. She has very limited use of one hand and arm so is effectively one handed. She bought the Joie seat as it rotates making it easier for her to get baby in and out of the car. However this seat has a two part buckle, one part for each shoulder strap. It has to be assembled and held as one before plugging into the socket which is not rigidly mounted so the socket also has to be supported or held. Attached are photos of the buckle separated and assembled.

 

She was given a guide (T8) on one-handed parenting published by an organisation called Disability, Pregnancy and Parenthood in which REMAP is mentioned in the context of a removable support for the socket. However the illustration shows the two shoulder straps being plugged in separately so, whilst supporting the socket is one of problems, the more difficult one is assembling and holding the two halves of the buckle.

 

Any experience of this type of buckle or any ideas will be welcome.

 Derrick Bailes

North Herts Panel

email: derrick.work@ntlworld.com

 

  6 Responses to “Mum with one hand needs help with child seat buckles”

  1. Hello Derrick,
    Thanks to the 2008 Doncaster panel gadget posted on Remapedia (Put “Car seat harness” in search) ,I have used that idea twice, with success, for holding the lower buckle still. One of ours was made of wood and one of Perspex. I found that the grooves that the buckle is held by must fit the shape snuggly…otherwise the buckle slips about. Once the buckle is done up, the gadget is removed A loop made of a cable tie was helpful on each of the two upper parts…a finger could be slipped in for more stability.
    We also made a similar devise to hold the bottom buckle when a booster seat was used with the car seat belt. I have photos, but can’t seem to attach them here.
    Regards, Virginia Tite, Oxfordshire panel.

  2. Hi Derrick,

    I had a similar problem with a parent with a weak hand. I think it was the project you saw in the parenting periodical.

    The socket support which is removed for travel could possibly have magnets on it to position the two shoulder/waist straps for insertion or attached to it by cords so they are removed before setting off.

    I have attached the drawing and photos. Incidentally I had enquiries on this project from another panel and from an OT on Montreal, Canada!

    Best of luck.

    Chris Gibson
    Doncaster Panel referral secretary

  3. Anything permanently added to the buckle like magnets or Velcro could impede the quick release aspect of the buckle in the event of an emergency. I did think of a clasp that slid into the strap holes, but I’m not sure it would work (or help), and if it was not removed afterwards (perhaps in a forgetful moment), it would impede quick release also.

    https://imgur.com/a/wqFx7cO

    The only safe approach I can see is something that forces the user to remove the aid device/straps/etc at the end of the operation.

  4. Derrick,
    I have been looking at images of this seat in use (Google) and wondered if this might be a solution albeit very simple. Looking at the in use photos there seems to be enough of a gap between them so that both the over shoulder harness’s would drop over the childs head if permanently glued together – I dont think this will cause any safety issues. I cannot test the idea here but it might work.
    Regards
    Gary

  5. Not mentioned is that the problem is exacerbated by both shoulder/waist harnesses are under tension at the time. One solution would be to put the socket, into which the harnesses plug, onto an extendable tape. That tape then going to a buckle that allows it to be pulled taut as the final stage. Relieved of tension, everything holds together more and one handed operation is possible.

    This, of course, requires modification of the safety system itself and would need to be engineered.

    In an ideal World, the problem would be handed to the seat manufacturers – to develop a model suitable for disabled people to use.

  6. Derrick,
    Would magnets attached to each half allow the two halves to be brought together while they are manipulated one handed into the correct position for inserting. The socket would, of course, need to be supported in a nominally fixed position, perhaps by a foam surround.
    Regards
    Harry Davis
    Lancs NW Panel

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