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Transfer: Wheelchair to ToiletTraslado del paciente de la silla de ruedas al inodoro

Transfer-Wheelchair to Toilet

If your loved one will use a wheelchair, you need to know about transfers. For safety's sake, learn how to help your loved one in and out of theĀ  wheelchair. One basic method is shown here.

Wheelchair to Toilet

Moving patient


Stand the patient up

  • Lock the wheelchair.

  • Be sure the person's feet are under his or her body.

  • Grasp the back of a belt or pants and lift.

Moving patient


Move onto the toilet

  • Keep the person's weaker knee between your legs.

  • Pivot the person around in front of the toilet. Always transfer toward the person's stronger side.

  • Gently sit the patient down onto the toilet.

  • Help the patient adjust their clothing.

  • Never pull on the person's weaker arm or lift the person by the armpits.

Take Care of Your Back

Lifting a patient can be hard on your back. To reduce the risk of a back injury, remember to do the following:

  • Organize the steps in your head before you move.

  • Keep the patient close to you.

  • Keep your knees bent and your back straight.

  • Get help when you need it.

Date Last Reviewed: 2003-08-14T00:00:00-06:00

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Dr West took such wonderful care of my husband Dick and that care extended his life by years. I continue to be fortunate to have him helping me to stay healthy. I wish there was a way for everyone to experience that quality of medicine.

By the way in the last two days this office is the only place that took my temperature before they would let me in. Shell Point and another doctors' office just ask you the questions as to where you have been lately.

Keep up the good work! PH

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