How to Assemble and Fitting the Cushions
After your KIT Seating System is delivered, when opening the box, take care not to cut through the tape as you may damage some of the parts contained inside. All of the parts will be contained in polythene bags with each one clearly labelled. Carefully remove them from the boxes and check all the parts you have ordered.
Keep polythene bags away from children.
Some of the accessories will need to be assembled before you attach them to the seat base you have purchased. If you are fitting the seat to a mobility base, please ensure you fit the interface plate to the mobility base first. Instructions on how to attach the interface to specific bases will be provided with the interface plate. Once you have checked all the components you are ready to assemble the KIT Seating System and attach it to its base. Please follow the order suggested as it is often easier to fit the cushions before assembling the hardware.
A number of the adjustments will require the use of the multi-tool, T-bar allen key or a 13mm spanner which are provided with each seat.
Attaching the Seating System to the Hi-low Chassis
Before attaching the seat unit to the base raise the height of the chassis to its maximum to reduce the risk of back strain. Release the safety locking pin at the front of the seat by pulling the pin (A) out and rotating it through 90 degrees. Carefully tilt the seat and place it onto the chassis, locating the channel (B) at the rear of the seat over the tube at the back of the chassis (C). Pull the handle (D) at the front of the seat unit up and then pivot the seat down. Once the seat is fully lowered, release the handle and push it forward to ensure it has fully engaged on the front tube. Rotate the safety locking pin (A) so that it engages in the front of the handle.
Always check the handle and locking pin are fully engaged before you place the user in the seating system. If the handle is not engaged properly, the seat unit can come loose and could cause serious injury to the user or the carer.
Removable Backrest spine
The removable backrest spine will be detached for shipping. Insert it into the side plates of the seat base, slipping the front pin (A) into the front slot (B) on both sides of the seat base. Angle the spine back. Place the pin (C) through the base of the spine.
Seat Base Cushion
Fasten the two poppers (A) at the back of the seatbase. Press the cushion down onto the Velcro which is on the leg support ramps. Loop the elastic over the hooks (B) on the side of the seatbase.
Fixed Backrest spine
If the fixed backrest spine option has been ordered, simply rotate the backrest into the vertical position and insert pin (A) through the base of the spine.
Fit the sacral cushion over the hardware and fasten at the back with the poppers. The standard sacral support should be attached with the double flaps (A) at the top. To attach the sacral support, slide the support onto the lowest mounting bracket on the backrest spine. Secure it with a bolt (B) on either side. Cover the bracket with a spine upholstery shroud (C).
To attach the hip laterals to the standard sacral support, loosen the screw (A) and insert the bar of the hip lateral into the hole on the side of the sacral support. Tighten the screw to secure. To attach the hip lateral covers, slide the cover over the lateral support.
Contoured sacral support
To fit the contoured sacral support cushion, loosen the laterals using the screw (A) on the hinge. Insert laterals into pockets and fasten poppers on back. Slide the support onto the lowest mounting bracket on the backrest spine. Secure it with a bolt (B) on either side. Cover the bracket with a spine upholstery shroud (C).
Fit the cushion over the hardware and fasten at the back with the poppers. Slide the support onto the middle mounting bracket on the backrest spine. Secure it with a bolt (A) on either side. Cover the bracket with a spine upholstery shroud (B).
Standard and Complex Thoracic Laterals
The standard and complex (horizontal and vertical) laterals are attached in the same way to the thoracic support. Before attaching laterals, remove the thoracic cushion. Before removing the bolt from the bracket components, make a note of the order in which the pieces fit together. While holding the rest of the components together, remove the bolt and washer (A) with the Allen tool. Keeping the rest of the components together, place the plastic moulding into the slot (B). The bar should go into the recess of the thoracic support. Insert the bolt from the back and tighten. Fit the lateral covers.
Angle Adjustable Thoracic Laterals
The angle adjustable laterals are attached to the standard thoracic support. Position the lateral brackets over the slot in the thoracic supports and secure with two bolts (A). Fit the cushion cover over the hardware and secure with the poppers.
To fit the shoulder support cushion, loosen the laterals using the screw (A) on the hinge. Insert laterals into pockets and fasten poppers on back. Slide the support onto the top mounting bracket on the backrest spine. Secure it with a bolt (B) on either side. Cover the bracket with a spine upholstery shroud (C).
Screw the buckles onto the thoracic laterals. Attach the chest pad to the buckles (A). We recommend that lateral covers are always fitted when using the chest pad. To attach lateral covers, slide them over the lateral ensuring that the slot is on the outside to access the chest pad attachment buckle.
Fasten the front buckle and side Velcro tabs of the Pelvic Cradle. Ensure the “Back” label (A) is against the backrest and the “Seat” label (B) is on the seatbase cushion. Stick the Velcro down to the seatbase cushion. Attach the four side release buckles (C), two at the back of the seatbase and two at the side.
To attach the chest harness to the shoulder section, first remove the cushion and plastic cover. Feed the webbing into the holes (A) in the mouldings and fasten with the nuts and bolts provided. Attach the top straps to these buckles. The lower straps attach onto the buckles on the sacral support. If the standard sacral support is used, attach the webbing through the holes (B) at the top of the moulding and fasten with the nuts and bolts provided. If the contoured sacral cushion is used, attach the webbing through the holes (C) at the bottom of the moulding and fasten with the nuts and bolts provided.
To attach the head support (Leckey or Otto Bock) slide the stem into the receiving bracket (A) and secure by tightening the screw (B). The KIT Seating System has been designed to interface with Whitmyer head supports and a range of other supports that require a box section receiving bracket. Insert the Whitmyer interface bracket box section into the top of the spine. Secure the head support onto this bracket.
Box Section Bracket
Femoral Gables Foot Supports
Femoral gables are attached to the seat base using bolts (A). There are two bolts for each gable. Bolts should be firmly secured. Loosen the leg support nuts (A) on the underside of the seat base with a spanner. Move the leg supports forward one at a time. This makes it easier to insert the foot supports. Open the screws (B) and slide in the foot supports from the centre. Retighten the screws. Reposition the leg supports and retighten nuts.
Always make sure the foot supports are attached securely.
Attaching the Sandal Straps
Sandal straps can be attached to the foot supports. Feed the back straps through the slots in the rear of the sandals. Remove the bolts on the underside of the sandals, thread the bolts (A) through the ends of the straps and refasten. The front straps are simply fed from below through the front slots on the sandals.
To attach the armrests, loosen the ratchet handles (A) and insert the armrests with the side with the adjustment knobs (B) facing outwards.
Before attaching the tray, ensure the armrests are at the same height and angle. The tray is attached to the seat by inserting the tray tubes through the centre of the armrest. Tighten knob (A) to secure.
Setting up the Push Handle
Unfold the push handle until straight and secure in position with the spring popper (A) at either side.
Attaching the Foam Spacer Pads
The foam spacer pads can be used to support an obliquity or under the thighs. They can be cut to size and attached using Velcro.
Interfaces for wheelchair bases
The set up and attachment of the KIT seat to any mobility base should be completed by a technically competent person who is familiar with the set up of the mobility base. The Leckey Mobility Base is built with an interface which fits the KIT seat. 45cm Discovery Interface attachment to 18” (450mm) wide mobility base.
The KIT seat can be easily attached to the Discovery 45cm wide wheel base. Please refer to specific assembly instructions supplied with your interface for correct positioning of your base. The interface should be fitted by a qualified technician who is technically competent in the set up of the mobility base. The position of the push handles, leg hangers and armrests on the mobility base may need to be adjusted depending on the size and weight of the user to ensure the stability of the seat.
Always refer to the mobility base manufacturer’s guidelines for correct set up, paying particular attention to product centre of gravity and stability. A thorough risk assessment should be carried out when attaching the KIT Seat to any mobility base not supplied by Leckey.
Leckey Mobility Base
45cm Discovery Base.