Quadriplegic Demonstrates Everyday Transfers

6.30.2018
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Steph Aiello, a quadriplegic with limited hand function, demonstrates how she transfers to different surfaces independently. She shows how she transfers onto her bed, couch, shower chair, and toilet. Steph prefers that her wheelchair sits on carpet while transferring so that it does not slide.

Bed Transfer

To transfer onto the bed, Steph first pulls her wheelchair up to the bed at an angle and locks the breaks. She then positions her feet. Steph has shoes on in the video, so she positions the foot closest to the bed on top of the other foot. The reason Steph positions her feet like this gives them enough room to pivot when her body turns while completing the transfer. That way her feet do not get stuck and she does not hurt or stress her ankles.

Jump to 2:00 to watch Steph complete the transfer and describes how she does it.

To get her legs on the bed, Steph hooks her arm under her knee and sort of picks her leg up and ‘throws’ it on the bed. She does the same with the other leg but crosses one leg over the other. She now has enough room to use her arms to scoot her body back on the bed.

Steph says that when she does not have shoes on, she sometimes hooks her arm under her knee and puts her feet in her chair and then uses her arms to scoot herself back into bed.

To get back into her wheelchair, (starts at 4:10) Steph scoots her body to the edge of her bed, as far as she is comfortable. She then hooks her arm under her left knee (whichever is closest to the wheelchair) and puts her foot on the footplate. She then places her hand on the center of her wheelchair cushion and begins pivoting her body over using her arms.

Toilet Transfer

Steph demonstrates her toilet transfer at 6:00 in the video.

She pulls up to the toilet at an angle and locks her breaks. She puts her foot closest to the toilet off the foot plate which allows her to get her body down to the toilet faster.

Steph starts the transfer by leaning her body forward and putting her hand on the side of the toilet that is farthest away from her with the other hand on her tire. She then uses her arms to push off the toilet and her wheelchair pivoting herself on the toilet. Once Steph is on the toilet she then repositions her feet.

To get back into her wheelchair from the toilet, Steph puts one foot on her footplate, and then one hand on her cushion and the other hand behind her. She then pushes through her arms to turn her body toward her wheelchair. She continues to use her arms to push her body off the toilet seat and pivot back into her chair.

Shower Transfer

The shower transfer starts at 9:00 in the video.

Steph states her shower transfer is different from the other transfers because it is such a narrow space. She enjoys this aspect because there is no room for her chair to move as she transfers. She starts by crossing her legs so her body can get closer to the shower. She locks her breaks on her wheelchair and then hooks her arm under her knee, uncrossing her legs and puts one leg in the shower.

Steph then puts one hand underneath her bottom in her wheelchair with the other hand on the shower chair. She then begins scooting towards and pivoting onto the shower chair. Steph has a bar inside her shower she holds onto while adjusting her feet inside the shower.

To get out of the shower, Steph locks one arm out by pushing on the wall, while hooking her other wrist under her knee to get one leg out of the shower. She then uses her arms to scoot to the edge of the shower chair. At the edge of the shower chair, she places one hand on her wheelchair cushion while keeping the other hand on the shower chair. She then pushes off with her arms doing one big pivot into her chair.

Steph readjusts herself in her chair and then crosses her legs to back out of the shower.

Couch Transfer

The couch transfer starts at 12:07 in the video.

Steph prefers to transfer on the couch to her right side. She pulls up to the couch at an angle and has the foot closest to the couch off of her footplate. She then places one hand under her leg and the other hand on the couch. She scoots to the edge of her chair, and then pushing with her arms does one big pivot onto the couch. On the couch, Steph does a few pivots using her arms to position herself better on the couch.

To get back into her chair from the couch, Steph puts her foot closest to the chair on the footplate and then using her arms she pivots to the edge of the couch. Placing one hand on her cushion with the other hand on the couch, Steph lifts herself into her chair.

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