How to move a disabled person from a chair to a bed

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How to move a disabled person from a chair to a bed
Moving a disabled person can be physically challenging. (wheelchair access sign image by Gina Smith from

Caring for a disabled person can be emotionally stressful. If the disabled person is physically handicapped, requiring you to help transfer him anywhere he needs to go, caring for the person can be extremely stressful on your body. Luckily there are ways to transfer a disabled person without putting too much strain on your body, and with practice, the task can become as simple as moving yourself.

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Things you need

  • Towel, or durable trousers

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  1. 1

    Ask the disabled person what she needs. She will know better than you how you can help her from her chair, no matter how many people you have moved before. You may need to adjust the methods slightly to accommodate certain people, and she will be the only one who can tell you this.

  2. 2

    Test yourself before you try to move him to the bed. See how much of his weight you will be required to hold, and how much he can assist you in moving himself.

  3. 3

    Scoot her forward in the chair, and pull her toward you, using a sheet, belt or her trousers (if they are sturdy enough). Hug her tight, and keep her close to your body as you transfer her to her bed.

  4. 4

    Have him hold tight to your back or shoulders, and pivot toward the bed. Do not let him pull on your neck, as this can result in an injury to yourself.

  5. 5

    Help her sit on the bed. Once sitting, assist her in laying down comfortably.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not attempt to transfer a person whose weight you cannot hold alone.

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