Ergonomics: Nursing Home Resident Transfer from Sitting to Standing

Ergonomics: Guidelines for Nursing Homes

The following are examples of ergonomic solutions for nursing home resident transfer from a seated position to standing.

Transfer from Sitting to Standing Position

chair sit to stand

Description: Lift cushions and lift chairs

When to Use: Transferring residents who are weight-bearing and cooperative but need assistance when standing and ambulating. Can be used for independent residents who need an extra boost to stand.

Points to Remember: Lift cushions use a lever that activates a spring action to assist residents to rise up. Lift cushions may not be appropriate for heavier residents. Lift chairs are operated via a hand-held control that tilts forward slowly, raising the resident. Residents need to have physical and cognitive capacity to be able to operate lever or controls. Always ensure device is in good working order before use and is rated for the resident weight to be lifted. Can aid resident independence.

Transfer from Sitting to Standing Position

transfer sit to stand

Description: Stand-assist devices can be fixed to bed or chair or be free-standing

When to Use: Transferring residents who are weight-bearing and cooperative and can pull themselves up from sitting to standing position. Can be used for independent residents who need extra support to stand.

Points to Remember: Check that device is stable before use and is rated for resident weight to be supported. Ensure frame is firmly attached to bed, or if it relies on mattress support that mattress is heavy enough to hold the frame. Can aid resident independence.

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Updated on: 09/07/12
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