Moving and Handling Guidance – Assisting with a Standing Transfer


) Assisting someone to reposition themselves in a chair



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1) Assisting someone to reposition themselves in a chair

General points to consider:



  • There should be enough clear space where you are working to ensure that you are able to move efficiently, that is, without twisting or becoming top heavy (stooping)

  • Explain the commands to be used, e.g. “when you are ready, sit forwards and I will help you”

  • If the person’s bottom has gone beyond the edge of the seat this approach is not suitable and it is likely that you will need to assist the person to the floor in the first instance

  • An alternative to manual assistance may be to ask the person to stand and then sit into the back of the chair, or to use a standing aid

(1a) One person assisting someone to lean forward in a chair (possibility 1)




    1. On the same side the person is holding onto the arm of the chair, stand slightly behind and to the side of the person, angled slightly towards them. Your feet should be offset with the outside foot having stepped forwards a little

    2. Lower your height to allow you to take your hold. Check you are balancing equally through both feet





    1. Take a short hold low down on the same side of the person’s trunk that you are standing on

    2. Take a long hold by going behind the person’s head / neck, with your hand coming to rest on the person’s shoulder blade furthest away from you.



    1. When the person starts to sit forward you should lead up with your head and move your feet forward, stepping with the outside foot then the inside foot.

    2. As you stand, allow your hands to slide across the person’s back and up their trunk, finishing closer together.

    3. Check that you are balanced and not twisted




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