EDUCATION: EASY AND SAFE SIT-TO-STAND TRANSFER

Sit-to-stand can be a demanding activity for many people. However, the ability to, for example, to stand up from a chair, makes a huge difference in everyday life. It helps with essential activities like getting up from the toilet, out of bed, and out of a chair. The sit to stand movement might also be a very good exercise. It is important that the solution is safe enough for the user. Do a proper risk assessment to make sure you choose the best solution.

​An understanding and use of natural patterns of movement and working in balance are fundamental prerequisites for safe patient handling​. It is important that the sit-to-stand aids follow the natural movement patterns of the body’s joints. ​ The most energy saving patterns of movement become the best prerequisite for achieving a transfer.

Here are some questions you may want to ask yourself before you start to work with your client:

  • Can the user stand and bear weight?
  • Can the user keep balance?
  • Does the user have a history of falling or kneeling?
  • Can the user lean forward?
  • Can the user understand and cooperate?

If you are not sure on how to do a proper risk assessment, please consult your patient handling adviser.

To find all the products demonstrated in the videos please have a look at our website or in our product catalogue  “Transfer and lifting products”.

BELT TO SUPPORT WEAK LEGS AND POOR BALANCE

When a user just needs a little bit of help a belt, for example is perfect. It will help you to guide and support the user up to standing. In this video we show you how to use our Flexibelt and EasyBelt.

SUPPORT FOR SIT-TO-STAND AND POSITIONING IN BED

FlexiMove has multiple areas of application. For example, as support when helping someone get up from a bed or chair, when moving higher up in bed or when transferring to and from a wheelchair – in that case, often on a sliding board. FlexiMove can also be used for positioning in combination with EasySlide and WendyLett.

TURNSAFE - FOR SIT-TO-STAND AND TRANSFERS WITH TURNING

TurnSafe2 is an ergonomic and easy-to-use aid for sit-to-stand and transfers with turning. It activates and supports users with impaired balance and strength in the legs during transfers from bed to wheelchair or from wheelchair to the toilet. TurnSafe2 is an excellent aid which spares the backs of the care givers and reduces the risk of work related injuries.

MY CLIENT HAS A NATURAL PATTERN OF MOVEMENT

To enable someone to keep moving we can use simple products to assist an individual to stand. Quite often we will use something that improves the reach of the caregiver – reducing their strain, providing a safer grip and creating space for the individual to move. The ReTurn7500i stimulates the user’s natural pattern of movement during a sit-to-stand transfer and is the ideal solution within this scenario.

MY CLIENT IS BENDING FORWARDS

When an individual flex’s too far forwards during a sit-to-stand transfer, we must encourage them to focus on moving upwards. A bar or handle where the individual can stabilize and compensate through an upper limb is often the best solution, helping to direct the movement upwards and reduce the risk of falling. The rising ladder on the ReTurn7500i allows the client to do this whilst supporting a natural pattern of movement and closeness. ReTurnBelt compensates for weak legs and provides extra support.

MY CLIENT IS LEANING BACK

This movement creates a risk of falling back into the chair, placing more strain on the care giver and increasing the risk of injury. A stand-aid hoist such as the MiniLift200 with ThoraxSling is often used in these situations.

MY CLIENT CANNOT STAND FOR LONG

There are some patients who can perform a sit-to-stand quite well, but do not have the ability to stand for a prolonged period of time. With the use of QuickMove with BackSupport– the small and convenient sit-to-stand and transfer aid that safeguards and strengthens the users abilities.

QuickMove supports and activates the user when rising up to a standing position and during transfers, either standing or sitting, from bed to chair, from chair to chair or to and from the toilet. QuickMove has been developed for users with impaired balance and strength in their legs but the user must have some strength in the arms and must be able to weight bear to actively participate in the transfer.

WALKING WITH VERY WEAK USER

If the user is very weak or is likely to lose balance the WalkingVest is safe and activating. Our WalkingVest is a vest designed for rising and gait training with the help of a stationary or mobile lift. WalkingVest provides support at the groin and is kept in place with a padded leg harness.

 

DISCOVER ALL OUR TRANSFER AIDS

Our transfer-assistive devices are based on ergonomic principles and a design with the user and caregiver in mind. In our product catalouge you can find the right transfer aid for the right situation, read it here.   

 

 

 

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