How to Transfer a Patient From a Chair to a Toilet


Transferring patients from a chair or wheelchair to the toilet is a skill all carers and healthcare professionals should master. Just as important as the actual lifting technique is earning the trust and cooperation of the person in the chair and ensuring that his or her dignity is preserved at all times. If a person is able to rise with only partial assistance, this is always the best option.

  • Maneuver the wheelchair so that the patient is facing the toilet. Position the person's feet under his or her body.

  • Stand in front of the wheelchair, facing the patient, with your back to the toilet. Grabbing the back of the pants or belt, lift the person to his or her feet.

  • Keeping the patient's weaker knee between your legs, pivot him or her around in front of the toilet. Always transfer the patient's weight towards his or her stronger side.

  • Gently lower the patient onto the toilet seat and help remove his or her clothing.

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