Parents and carers should be shown how to make frequent adjustments and be made aware of the safety checks in Section 6 of the User Instructions by a technically and clinically competent person who has been trained in the use of the product. Leckey recommend that a written record is maintained of all parents and carers who have been trained in the use of this product.
Transferring your child into and out of the seat
Before transferring the child into the seat carry out the daily product inspection as outlined in section 12 of the User Instructions.
Adjust the seat to a comfortable height to facilitate transfer. Lock all the castors, ensuring that they are facing outwards to maximise product stability. Make sure the safety buckle on the chest harness is released and is out of the way to facilitate transfer.
If the seat has flip-away chest laterals, first move these out of the way. Unclip the pelvic harness in the middle. Lastly if sandals are fitted, open the straps. You are now ready to transfer or hoist the child into the seat.
Once the child is in the seat, firstly fasten the pelvic harness using the middle buckle. Then refasten the sandal straps and any other harnesses, and reposition the chest laterals.
Always secure the pelvic harness or pelvic cradle first before fastening other buckles or harnesses. Adjust the harness so the child cannot slide or creep forward in the seat.
Adjusting the pelvic harness
For side adjustment, open the camlocks and either pull the straps to tighten or feed the straps through to loosen, depending on fit required (a). To adjust in the centre, pull the D ring from the Velcro and feed strap through buckle on either strap to loosen the belt or pull D ring away from the buckle to tighten the belt (b).
Ensure strap is fed through the triglide as a safety precaution in case the camlock is opened accidently.
Chest and trunk harness adjustment
If the child requires chest support as part of their postural support programme the seat will be fitted with rigid laterals or a combination of laterals, chest harness and trunk harness. These may need to be adjusted on a daily basis to accommodate differences in clothing.
Always check with your therapist as to the optimum positioning and tensioning of the straps and support items for the child.
To change the width of the chest harness, lift the front cover, adjust the Velcro straps and set to the desired width. When the correct width has been achieved replace the cover.
Please refer to section 9.11 of the User Instructions for specific guidance on adjusting the trunk harness. Always make sure the plastic buckles are fully engaged when using the chest harness.
Check the harness and laterals are secure to ensure the child is safe and cannot slide forward in the seat as this may restrict their breathing.
If the child is active or has extensor spasms check the pelvic harness is secure after each spasm to ensure the child is safe and cannot slide forward in the seat.
Always fasten the centre buckle on the pelvic harness before making any other adjustments.
The Everyday Activity Seat is designed to fit onto several Chassis options. Size 1 fits onto a basic and hi-low gas spring chassis. Size 2 fits onto a basic, hi-low gas spring and hi-low powered chassis. Size 3 fits onto a basic and hi-low hydraulic chassis. The User Instructions show the correct and safe use of the seating system with these chassis options. The castors on the chassis include directional locks. To apply the locks push down on the grey pedal. When the directional locks are in use the chair will steer with the back castors.
Height adjustment– Hi-low chassis
You can carry out this adjustment with the user in the chair. To adjust the height of the hi-low chassis press the foot lever at the rear of the chassis whilst holding the push handle. Once you remove your foot from the pedal the seat will be fixed at the chosen height. For safety the height adjustment pedal on the chassis can be locked by engaging the locking pin on the right hand side of the pedal. To unlock pull the pin out and rotate 90 degrees, the pedal can then be operated. The locking pin should be kept in the locked position when you are not adjusting the chassis.
Before using the foot pedal, pull the pedal out away from the seat.
Always keep the locking pin engaged when you are not adjusting the chassis. This will prevent the foot pedal being operated accidentally.
For children over the weight of 27kg (60lbs), raising the Hi-low chassis is a 2 person lift (UK lifting and handling regulations).
Always use caution as hands could become trapped when height adjusting the base.
Height adjustment – Basic chassis
The height of the Basic Chassis should be set before putting the child in the seat. To adjust the height loosen the ratchet handle (a) at the rear of the main stem and adjust the seat to the required height. To lower the seat height, apply weight centrally on the seat base above the centre stem. Retighten the ratchet handle to secure.
Check the ratchet handle regularly to ensure the seat height adjustment is secure.
Do not height adjust with the child in the seat.
Height adjustment - Hi-Low Hydraulic Chassis
You can carry out this adjustment with the user in the chair. To adjust the height of the hi-low chassis use a pump action on the foot lever at the rear of the chassis whilst holding the push handle. Once you remove your foot from the pedal the seat will be fixed at the chosen height.
Before using the foot pedal, pull the pedal out away from the seat.
Height adjustment - Hi-Low Powered Chassis
You can carry out this adjustment with the user in the chair. Press the up or down arrowed button on the handset depending on height required. Hold the button in until required height is achieved. When you release the button the seat will be fixed at the chosen height.
Tilt in space
The tilt in space can be angled while the user is in the seat. Before you adjust the tilt in space angle of the seat always ensure the pelvic harness is secured preventing the user from sliding forward in the seat.
To adjust the tilt angle press the lever under the seat base. Once you have selected the angle you require, by simply removing your hand from the lever, the chair will be locked in position. The tilt in space should be locked off while the user is in the seat. To lock the lever twist the pull pin to the right hand side of the lever and the pin will pop into position. You may have to lift the lever slightly to allow it to lock.
To unlock, pull the pin out and rotate 90 degrees, the lever can then be operated.
Always keep the tilt in space lever in the locked position to prevent accidental actuation of the lever which could cause the seat unit to jolt and possibly cause injury to the child.
Please use handle bars when operating tilt in space.
Always check with your therapist that the use of tilt in space will not cause any obstructions to the child’s airways.
Always keep a tight grip on handle bar with one hand when opening the lever.
To position the user’s feet in the sandals secure the Velcro straps provided so the foot is held in place. The straps should be placed over the bridge of the foot and over the toes.
If the child is wearing sandals or light footwear check the straps to make sure the webbing does not irritate the skin.
The tray can be used for a range of functions and its position can be fine-tuned to suit the user and the activity whether it is for fun, education or feeding. To attach the grey, clear or black tray, insert the tray tubes through the centre of the armrests. To insert the wooden tray, insert the single tray tube into the centre of the right or left armrest depending on position required. Once the tray is located in position (clear, black, grey or wooden) the knob (a) should be tightened securely.
Adjust the armrests to set the height and angle of the tray.
Always use caution as fingers could become trapped in the slot when adjusting the height.
Always use caution to ensure the child’s hands or arms do not become trapped when inserting the tray.
Never use the tray to steer or push the chair.
When the user is in the seat, always hold the single tray tube when removing the tray from the receiver. Ensure to continue to hold onto the tray until it is clear of the user and the seat.
Do not place hot objects, greater than 40 degrees Celsius on the tray.
Please note that the tray is for the use of the user only. Do not lean or place heavy objects on the tray, not greater than 8kgs (17.6lbs).
To adjust the height of the armrest loosen the hand knob (a) set to the desired height and retighten. To adjust the angle rotate ratchet handle (b) until the desired position has been achieved.
Using the Flip-Up Footplate
To raise the footplate, lift up from the front. When fully upright the pull pin will lock automatically. To lower the footplate pull the pull pin out and push the footplate down. It is possible to keep the footplate unlocked by twisting the pull pin once you have pulled out.