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Accessories & Equipment

The following list is an example of options available on the market for special needs. Specific products are not highlighted here as information is constantly changing.

Considerations

  • “Car seat challenge” outcome
  • Pre-term/low birth weight
  • Respiratory/cardiac concerns
  • Postural concerns 
  • Short-term orthopedic needs

Where to get/who to talk to

  • Neonatal Intensive Care staff
  • BC Children's Hospital or Sunny Hill Health Centre occupational therapist
  • Community occupational therapist

Considerations

  • Height and weight beyond commercial capacity
  • Increased postural support required
  • Orthopedic needs

Where to get/who to talk to

  • Pediatric occupational therapist (hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre, community)
  • Medical equipment supplier in consultation with therapist
  • Car Seat Loan Service, BC Children’s Hospital: call 604-875-2345 or 800-331-1533.
 

Considerations

  • Height and weight beyond commercial capacity
  • Increased postural support required
  • Orthopedic needs
  • Seizure disorder
  • Behavioural Concerns

Where to get/who to talk to

  • Pediatric occupational therapist (hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre, community)
  • Medical equipment supplier in consultation with therapist
 

Considerations

  • Postural concerns e.g. decreased trunk and/or head control
  • Seizure disorder

Where to get/who to talk to

  • Pediatric occupational therapist (hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre, community)
  • Medical equipment supplier in consultation with therapist

Considerations

  • Child requires positioning support that is not achievable with commercial car seats
  • Child cannot be safety transferred between wheelchair and vehicle seat

Options

  • Access: 
    • Lift vs ramp 
    • Power vs Manual
    • Side entry vs rear entry
  • Wheelchair securement: 
    • Tie-down vs locking system
  • Passenger securement: 
    • Vehicle shoulder/lap belt

Where to get/who to talk to

Considerations

  • Infants/children who require specialized seating for safe transportation when discharged from the hospital 
  • They offer four types of specialized seats for infants and children who have:
    • body casts; 
    • respiratory issues and need a car bed; 
    • large casts and must lie on the vehicle seat; or
    • an abdominal wall condition called giant omphalocele

Where to get/who to talk to

BC Children’s Hospital. Call 604-875-2345 or 800-331-1533.


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