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Getting Started 

There’s an old saying, “Plan your work, then work your plan.”   This is good advise for transferring into and out of a wheelchair.  

It’s the planning we do prior to the transfer that determines how smoothly the transfer will progress.

NOTE:  If you are unable to level the transfer surface so that the height differential is 6 inches or less, seek assistance from an additional caregiver to ensure a safe transfer.

 STEP 1.  Arrange a level transfer.

This is very important. In the case of the bed to wheelchair or wheelchair to bed transfer, adjust the bed,  if possible, to approximately the height of the wheelchair seat.

Use all means possible to level the transfer. At no time should there be more than a six inch difference in respective heights of the system’s ends. Patient safety should always be your primary concern.

NOTE:  For information on transfers involving wheelchairs with non-removable arms (Click Here)

STEP 2.  Remove the wheelchair arm and foot-rest closest to the transfer surface; swing away from the other foot-rest.

Always adjust the wheelchair to give yourself maximum room in which to execute the transfer. Ample space will help you avoid injury caused by knocking into obstacles.

STEP 3.  Angle the wheelchair.

All models of the BeasyTrans Systems are specially designed so that the user can move from point to point in one easy slide. The key to accomplishing that is to pre-plan the path of the transfer, and place the wheelchair at the appropriate angle to the bed or other transfer surface. An angle of approximately 45 degrees, works well.

NOTE:  Always position the wheelchair to the patient's strongest side. To ensure that you have the wheelchair at the appropriate angl, you may want to PRACTICE by running the seat over the base of the board with your hand. This will indicate if there are any obstructions, or other system placement problems to contend with before transferring the user.

STEP 4.  Lock the wheelchair brakes.

As with all transfers, make sure the wheelchair brakes are locked prior to proceeding.

NOTE:  Always consult with the appropriate medical professional before transferring a patient. Do not cross the legs if the patient has a replaced hip or other related problems.

STEP 5.  Place the seat under the upper right, with the lead edge showing.

The patient should be encouraged to lean as far to one side as he or she can, to help place the seat. In fact,  this teamwork approach should be encouraged throughout the transfer.  The seat should be placed under the patient’s upper right, not directly under the buttocks.

The caregiver positions the patient’s lead leg and crosses it over the trailing leg. The patient should be positioned slightly to the back of the seat. The lead edge of the seat should be exposed before starting the transfer. The caregiver then grasps the seat, applying light pressure so the seat cannot slide during placement. 

Uncross the lead leg and assist the patient, to a fully upright position on the seat. 

NOTE:  if the lead edge of the seat is not visible, do not sit the patient squarely on the seat. It’s recommended that you use a transfer belt on the patient’s lower trunk for added support. Make sure that both ends of the Beasy board are securely supported by the transferring surfaces.

We are ready to transfer when:

  1. Transfer surfaces are level
  2. Wheelchair is properly postioned and locked
  3. Patient is seated with the lead edge of the seat exposed
  4. Transfer belt is secure around patient’s hips
  5. Both ends of the Beasy are solidly supported
NOTE: Make sure that both ends of the Beasy board are securely supported by the tranferring surfaces.