A Guide For Better Transferring Off Your Wheelchair

December 4, 2015 | 10:03 am | By Pants Up Easy

Transferring from a wheelchair to any other spot is always a bit of a hassle, no matter how long you’ve been doing it. However, as with anything, there are some tips and tricks that can help make your transferring simpler and smoother.

For those that want to transfer more effectively, we present this handy guide. Now keep in mind, this guide presumes you are moving from the wheelchair to a stable target area (such as a bed or chair). If you’re unsure about transferring alone or feel worried, don’t be afraid to ask for assistance – it’s better to be safe rather than slipping and ending up on the floor.

Without further ado, a guide for better transferring:

Make sure the brakes are engaged

Your wheelchair does have brakes, right? Some brave folks like to remove theirs, but we highly recommend keeping them in place. You don’t have to use them, but they’re a reassuring safety net.

Always approach the target at an angle

Usually, you want to approach your target area face-first and pointed slightly to the side closest to the target. This will allow you to hold onto both the target and the wheelchair as you begin to move.

Ensure a steady grip before beginning

Whether you’re holding onto an armrest, railing or fellow human, be sure the grip is tight and secure. Once you begin to move, the last thing you want is instability.

Planting one arm is a great strategy

Once you begin to move, you should use the arm closest to the target as a pivot point. Place your hand down on the armrest and push off of it, in order to move your bottom onto the target. It’s best to get at least part of your bottom on the target before you make another big move.

Push off the wheelchair and scoot

Now that you’ve made a landing spot on the target, it’s time to settle in. You can continue using the wheelchair as leverage by pushing off of it, and you should try to scoot yourself across the target as best you can. It’s time to get comfortable, because you’re done!

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