A move as basic as getting in and out of a chair can be difficult for a senior, depending on their age, flexibility, and strength. The height and stability of the chair or other sitting surface also plays a role in the successful transfer. A slightly raised seat is preferable to one that is low or deep. Following are the basic guidelines for safely assisting a senior in both standing and sitting.
Sitting to Standing Transfer
- Scoot the person you are assisting toward the front edge of a chair, bench, or bed with their feet flat on the floor.
- Make sure feet are positioned approximately shoulder width apart and slightly behind the knees.
- Gently help shift the senior’s weight forward (over the toes) while they push up with both hands on the armrests of the chair or off of the bench or bed.