How to transfer from a bed to a wheelchair

There are many reasons the person you’re caring for may need a wheelchair. The way you transfer someone from the bed to the wheelchair may vary based on why the wheelchair is needed.

Transferring

There are many reasons the person you’re caring for may need a wheelchair. The way you transfer someone from the bed to the wheelchair may vary based on why the wheelchair is needed. Check with your care team for the specifics of your case for the best instructions and information on how to safely transfer. 


Remember, it’s always a good idea to collect as much information up front as possible. Things to ask about include:

  • Whether there are restrictions and if so, what kinds of restrictions. 
  • Type of wheelchair needed.
  • Whether and how the person using the wheelchair should be maneuvering themselves.


In general, have the wheel chair as close to the bed as possible.

  • Make sure the wheels are locked. 
  • Stand by to ensure no falls result. 


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