Moving and Handling Guidance – Assisting with a Standing Transfer



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Moving and Handling

Guidance – Assisting with a Standing Transfer

Within this guidance document you will find advice on the following activities where a person needs the assistance of one or two people. This guidance provides some of the many options available for each activity; it is not an exclusive list of options. If none of the options are working for you contact the moving and handling department for advice. Clicking on the headings below you will be taken to the guidance for that activity:



  1. Repositioning in a chair

1a) 1 person assisting to lean forward (1)

1b) 1 person assisting to lean forward (2)

1c) 2 people assisting to lean forwards

1d) 1 person assisting to move back in chair (1)

1e) 1 person assisting to move back in chair (2)

1f) 2 people assisting to move back in chair

1g) Assisting to move forwards in a chair


  1. Standing up from a chair / bed

2a) 1 person assisting to stand from a chair

2b) 1 person assisting to stand from a bed

2c) 2 people assisting to stand


  1. Stepping and walking

3a) Minimal assistance

3b) 1 person assisting

3c) 2 people assisting


  1. Sitting down onto a chair / bed

4a) Minimal assistance

4b) 1 person assisting



4c) 2 people assisting

In each of the above activities you will be undertaking an initial assessment, during which you should consider:

  • The depth of assessment. This will depend on your familiarity with the person and the likelihood that the person’s condition may have changed since the last time you saw them.

  • That general observation can be part of the assessment e.g. looking for signs of good sitting posture, whether the person is engaging with you during conversation etc.

  • The equipment required e.g. walking aid, and seating is appropriate in style and size.

  • That in order to stand, the person must have a sufficient degree of strength, balance and the ability to understand and follow instructions and / or prompting. An ‘initial’ assessment (next page) gives an indication of the person’s ability allowing you to make an informed decision as to how many people may be required


Initial Assessment

Ask the person to lift their foot off the floor and straighten their knee (one at a time) so that their leg is straight out in front of them. This will inform you of the person’s muscle control and range of movement, for example, someone who is unable to straighten one of their knees is likely to find standing on that leg difficult and/or more tiring and may need more assistance / support I standing.



Ask the person to lean forwards in the chair. This will inform you about their sitting balance control and suggest how they may be in standing, for example, someone with less control over their sitting balance is likely to require more assistance / support in standing.





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