Chair Techniques Using One or Two Carers

Support from a seated position to stand with support of one or two carers

One Carer : Standing from a chair using (Palm on shoulder guidance)

  • Follow instructions from the guidance notes if required
  • This technique can be done with one or two carers (please risk assess)
  • Always ask the person if they are happy for you to place your hands on them
  • Position yourself at the side and in a comfortable position
  • Lower yourself down and gently place the palm of your hand on their shoulder
  • Remember to go in the same direction as the person who is to stand
  • You can use verbal guidance at this point such as "stand" "123"or ask what instructions are familiar to the person


Do's and Don'ts

  • Encourage the individual to be independent with moving into position to stand
  • Ensure you stand at the side of the individual this will keep their standing space clear
  • Ask the individual if they are happy for your palm being on their shoulder
  • Encourage the individual to stand using prompts e.g. "stand"
  • Do not place your palm on the individual without firstly asking
  • Do not physically move the individual into position
  • Do not grab or pull the individuals clothing to support them to stand

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