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Caregiver Pick-Me-Up: Transferring from a wheelchair to a chair


Wheelchair Transfer

Ever picked up someone from a hospital or a nursing facility only to have an aide easily glide the wheelchair over to the car door and effortlessly transfer the person into the car?  Easy right?  Easy until you get to your destination and try to do the very same thing.  Now how did they do it?  Is there a brake on this thing?  How can I get them out of the wheelchair and into the car without straining my back?  Not knowing how to accomplish what appeared to be easily achieved moments earlier, just adds to the stress and anxiety of a family caregiver.

Knowing how to properly prepare a person for the move as well as proper positioning of the “mover” are basic techniques that can be very useful for family caregivers.   While this task may sound overwhelming, with the help of, the Caregiver Pick-Me-Up series is designed to demonstrate the safest and easiest way to accomplish this task.  You may want to watch this short five-minute video several times before preparing for the transfer and then after enough careful practice, you will feel comfortable and confident in performing wheelchair transfers with ease.

The mission of is to train and support caregivers of older adults and offers over 200 FREE on-demand videos.  The Caregiver Pick-Me-Up series, which are also available in Spanish, includes how-to’s for transferring someone from a wheelchair to and from a toilet seat and to and from a shower chair – all to assist the caregiver in their very important role of caring for their loved ones.

The mission of is to provide caregivers with online training and education that improve the quality of care received by older adults.


Shouldn't someone invent some equipment to make it easier for caregivers and others to transfer people in wheelchairs and into cars.  
No one in this video has mentioned when it is the appropriate time to have to actually lift someone in and out of a wheelchair. If that is not mentioned, how come some states in their building codes, when new homes are being designed are not putting requirements into the building code that requires at least one (1) entrance into newly built homes to have to have a flat surface and a door space wide enough to fit a wheelchair into and out of a home.  
Yes, residential homes are private property, but, shouldn't there be something in a building code that says when one constructs a new home or drastically renovates a home that at that point there needs to be at least one entrance wheelchair accessible. After all, one really never knows what is going to happen and after all, we age and when we all age, we do end up with some kind of affliction in the end.  
I saw certain situations where a wheelchair bound person had to be literally picked up and carried up and down slights of stairs back in the olden days when I was growing up and even in 2006 with a sister of mine who ended up wheelchair bound due to cancer. This was seen at family gatherings. I wonder how the person doing so did not injure their back or that of the wheelchair person at all.  
I tried to get a law passed in Massachusetts to require that newly constructed residents have to have at least one entrance wheelchair accessible, because, the truth of the matter is, with that, who would want to have a wheelchair person on private property anyways if that is what is entailed with having let's say a disabled friend or relative over for gatherings. After all, we are a litigious society.  
May be we do need to have the young ones who are in high school or college have to lift a person out of a wheelchair and carry them up and down slights of stairs, so that they get a real life reminder of what it might be someday for them and to also serve as a message to other homeowners and building inspectors and legislators that any new residential property built and up for sale must at least have one entrance wheelchair accessible, as it is more cost effective to do so in new construction, then to have to do drastic renovations later to accommodate a wheelchair person later, when either an accident happens or they age and something to their own bodies happen. Example, some types of cancer, such as a tumor in the spine. As the baby boomer population ages, legislators and building inspectors should be taking proactive steps now to put into place these requirements then to wait until it happens and thus, wa lah, a private property owner has a lawsuit dropped on them.
Posted @ Monday, May 06, 2013 1:04 AM by B
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