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Mobility: Wheelchair transfer

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User with sliding board in fabric bag (top visible)Adapted sliding board
Sliding board that fits in a small backpack – suitable for people with disabilities
User lifts leg and puts sliding board in placeAdapted sliding board
Sliding board with extra anti-slip material
Wheelchair cushion with reinforced side edgeAdapted wheelchair cushion
Simple modification of cushion for easy transfers
Bag with sliding board, attached to user’s wheelchair. Photo: Katharina RatzkaBag for folding sliding board
Custom-sewn bag for sliding board that can be attached to the wheelchair
User at corner coachCorner couch at same height as wheelchair
Couch at same height as wheelchair facilitates transfers
Transfer mat attached to the wheelchair wheelCustom-sewn transfer mat
Discreet practical transfer mat that stays attached while transferring – suitable for wheelchair users
The user sitting in the wheelchair modified with built-in sliding board and removable leg supportElectric wheelchair with built-in sliding board
Built-in sliding board makes transfers easier
Elevated toilet seatElevated toilet seat
An elevated toilet seat makes it easier for wheelchair users to transfer to and from the toilet.
Toilet with reinforcement behind water reservoirExtra support for toilet chair
Reinforced water reservoir extends life span of toilet chair used by persons who drive a wheelchair and have poor balance
User has transferred from stairs to wheelchair using sliding boardGetting up from the floor with assistive device
Getting up from the floor using a staircase and a long sliding board - a technique for wheelchair users
User sitting on her harness with straps around stomach and thighsHarness for easy transfers
- makes transfers simple both for the user and the assistant
Tilting wood board between cockpit and saloonMoving between cabin and cockpit
Technique for wheelchair users to transfer in adapted sailboat.
Electric winch attached under roof ridgeOutdoor electric winch for transfers
An electric winch makes it possible to transfer between wheelchair and riding lawnmower, etc – suitable for people with disabilities
User with pressure platePressure plate for easy transfers
Wooden plate evens out pressure and facilitates moves from soft surfaces for people with disabilities
Wheelchair attached to bed with chainSecuring the wheelchair during transfers
A chain to attach the wheelchair to the bed frame makes transfers safer
Sliding board in black plastic on car seatSliding board
Facilitates transfers to and from the wheelchair
User on sliding board between wheelchair and lounge chairSliding board
Sliding board made of wood
User transfers to bed using sliding mat.Sliding mat for transfers
The sliding mat prevents chafing and requires less strength during transfers to the bed or shower chair
User transfers from car to wheelchairSmall transfer mat
Small convenient transfer mat to avoid chafing during transfers
Spring mattress with hard edgeSpring mattress with hard edge
Specially ordered hard edge in the spring mattress facilitates transfers for wheelchair-bound persons with impaired balance.
User with transfer strap around thighsStrap as assistive device for transfers
Strap around thighs facilitates transfers – suitable for wheelchair users
User transfers to bathtub with assistanceTransfer belt EasyBelt
EasyBelt facilitate transfers - suitable for wheelchair users who need help with transfers
User transfers from bed to wheelchairTransfer from bed to wheelchair
Transfer technique for wheelchair users who have strong arms
The assistant grasps the user's trousersTransfer from bed to wheelchair
A simple lift technique with the help of a person but without a lift
User transfers from bed to wheelchairTransfer from bed to wheelchair
Transfer technique for persons with high tetraplegia
User transfers from floor to wheelchairTransfer from floor to wheelchair
Transfer technique for persons with strong arms
Assistant grips user under sitting bonesTransfer from floor to wheelchair with help
- a technique with the help of one person
Transfer from floor to wheelchair with straight legsTransfer from floor to wheelchair with straight legs
Transfer technique for persons with strong arms when are not wearing shoes
Bathtub with ordinary chair next to itTransfer from wheelchair to bathtub
Transfer to bathtub using an ordinary chair
User transfers from wheelchair to bedTransfer from wheelchair to bed
Transfer technique for persons with high tetraplegia
User transfers over to bedTransfer from wheelchair to bed
Transfer technique for wheelchair users who have strong arms
Assistant grasps the user's trousers; user holds on to the assistantTransfer from wheelchair to bed
Simple lift technique with an assistant's help, but without a lift
User transfers from wheelchair to floorTransfer from wheelchair to floor
Transfer technique for persons with strong arms
Transfer to the floor with help from an assistantTransfer from wheelchair to floor with assistance
A technique with the help of an assistant
The user moves from the wheelchair to the dockTransfer from wheelchair to kayak
Transfer technique for wheelchair users
User transfers from dock to platform on boat’s swimming ladderTransfer from wheelchair to motorboat
Transfers using adapted platform and attachment to swimming ladder.
User places leg on motorcycle foot pedal. Photo: from www.kritto.seTransfer from wheelchair to motorcycle
Independent transfer for paraplegics
User receives help to place feet on deckTransfer from wheelchair to sailboat
Transfer from wheelchair to sailboat with help from one person.
Glide mat lying on bedTransfer mat
Glide mat for easy horizontal moves for persons with extensive disabilities and for assistants
Bathtub without front and with crate next to itTransfer to bathtub with assistance
Removal of the front and end plates of the bathtub, a place to sit next to the bathtub and a belt to wear during the transfer make it easier for wheelchair users to transfer to and from the bathtub
User sits on platform on the boat’s swimming ladderTransfer to boat – teak platform on swimming ladder
Swimming ladder adaptation to facilitate transfers between wheelchair and boat.
User places his feet on the floorTransfer to toilet
Transfer to the toilet for a person who uses a wheelchair and has impaired arm/hand function
User on stool next to the bathtubTransfer to whirlpool bath
- an option for wheelchair users with strong arms
“Rufus” Shower stoolTransfers between wheelchair and shower stool
The wheelchair is locked to the shower stool for secure transfers.
User transfers to the toilet using a sliding boardTransfers with sliding board to and from the toilet
- reduces pain in chest and shoulder muscles
Door mat with holeWater-absorbing door mat
Facilitates transfers when not wearing shoes – suitable for wheelchair users
Wheel coverWheel cover to protect trousers
A fabric bag over the wheelchair wheels protects trousers during transfers.
Wheelchair cushion attached with strapWheelchair - strap that holds wheelchair cushion in place
Wheelchair transfers are easier when the cushion doesn’t slide around or bend
Wheelchair glovesWheelchair gloves
Individually manufactured gloves used for transfers (to or from wheelchair) and when operating the wheelchair.
Wheelchair glovesWheelchair gloves
Individually sewn gloves for wheelchair driving and transfers