How to Transfer the Elderly into a Manual Wheelchair

The core strength of the wheelchair user will determine the method in which they are transferred to a wheelchair. The methods described are suitable for those with elderly caregivers as they adhere to a “no-lift policy” which means there is strictly no lifting the wheelchair user for wheelchair transfers.

To help categorise the elderly you are working with, you can check out our blog on “Choosing a Folding Wheelchair for a Stroke Patient” which describes each level of physical ability.

How to move elderly who can’t walk from a bed to wheelchair

Using a shift belt to help transfer the elderly into a wheelchair means they can save their strength from not having to walk. Source: Karma Medical Taiwan; Karma Academy

How to move elderly who can’t stand from bed to wheelchair

When transferring a person who cannot walk from a bed to a wheelchair, it is essential to use a shifting board and a wheelchair with armrests that can be flipped back.

A shifting board will allow elderly wheelchair users who can’t stand to transfer to the wheelchair with ease. Source: Karma Medical Taiwan; Karma Academy


The methods described in this blog are designed to accommodate the different levels of the wheelchair user. We don’t want to encourage those who cannot stand to stand-up in order to transfer into a wheelchair. Instead, we designed wheelchairs with features that will aid wheelchair transfer and a method suitable for users and carers alike.


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