If a person is able to bear some of their own weight for a short amount of time, there are various products to assist in transferring between bed, chair and toilet, for example, to move short distances, or to stand in a supported manner. As with any equipment used to move a person, careful professional assessment of the individual situation is required, to ensure that the most suitable choice is made.
This is a general overview of products available. Click the links below to go straight to each topic:
Standing transfer aids
To enable transfers from one seated position to another, a standing aid that swivels enables a patient who can weight bear to participate more actively in the transfer.
The powered vertical stander on the right enables the user to stand with support for the arms, knees, hips and torso. The heights of the various support elements are adjustable to suit the individual.
A table completes the unit, with a cutout at the front for comfortable access to the work area.
Short distance transfer aids
Combining a wheeled transporter with a turntable platform, these transfer aids offer an ideal solution where space is at a premium and where the client can adequately weight-bear.
You need to check that the base of the equipment is designed so that it can be placed close to the wheelchair, chair or toilet, removing the need for manual handling when moving the user back into the seated position.
A shower-friendly aid like this has many useful features, including a corrosion-resistant coating that allows it to be used in the wet.
An angled stem (right) permits a natural way of moving when the user gets up to a standing position, and also allows the user to lean safely and comfortably against the stem and supporting handles when being assisted to dress.
A semi-standing aid, perhaps combined with a sling enables a user to be transferred and lowered onto a toilet more easily than using a conventional hoist, provided they are able to weight-bear sufficiently.