Getting Back Into Wheelchair After You Fall: Paraplegic Demonstrates Unconventional Transfer Technique

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Whitney Bailey

Learning how to get up after you fall is an important skill to learn for anyone to learn, especially a wheelchair user. Sometimes one may fall and have to troubleshoot the best method to get back up.

Kristen Hart, a paraplegic, demonstrates how she gets back into her wheelchair after falling while transferring into bed.

The video begins with Kristen sitting on the floor by her bed troubleshooting how she is going to get back into her wheelchair. She discusses how pulling on her mattress would not work because as she pulls the mattress will just come off the bed.

At 1:45 in the video, Kristen starts to pull her mattress off of the bed. She moves the mattress off to one side of the bed where she can use her wooden bed frame to transfer into her wheelchair. “That’s not good for the mattress, but I know this is the only way I know I can do this (transfer) since I know I can’t pull myself straight from the floor,” says Kristen.

Kristen scoots closer to her bed frame remembering to bring her chair closer to her. She gets on her hands and knees and then pulls up on the bed frame into a kneeling position. She then uses her arms to push and pull her body on the bed frame. Kristen admits this transfer is painful because of the wooden frame.

Kristen moves her legs onto the bed frame so her whole body is on the bed. She has a reacher by her bed that she uses to pull her chair closer to the bed.

At 5:40, Kristen starts the transfer back into her wheelchair. She gets on her hands and knees and first, places her elbows on the cushion. She then pulls on the back of her chair, pushing off the cushion with one arm while twisting her body into the seat.

Kristen’s transfer method shows that sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do!

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