Broom handle for back support when transferring to automobile

Independent transfer to car by person with high spinal cord injury.

Sliding board between wheelchair and car seat; user sitting in wheelchair
Sliding board between wheelchair and car seat; user sitting in wheelchair

Description
Transfer into the car: Susanne uses a sliding board. A strap is attached to the passenger seat (upper attachment to the headrest, lower attachment to the metal bar that connects the passenger seat back to the seat). Susanne hooks onto it with her forearm in order to be able to pull herself into the car (photos 1 and 2).

Transfer from the car: A broom handle is used together with a sliding board. The handle is used for back support during transfer from the car (photos 3 and 4).

Users comments
The function of the back support/handle is to prevent the user’s bottom from sliding too far back during the transfer. If the sitting bones become positioned behind the sliding board, the thigh and hip will get stuck on the wheels of the wheelchair, making it impossible to slide over into the wheelchair.

Purchased from
Department store

Paid for by
The user

Whose idea
Susanne Berg

This tip is from 2005

User hooks forearm into the strap on the passenger seat and pulls herself over
User hooks forearm into the strap on the passenger seat and pulls herself over
User sits in passenger seat; she uses the broom handle as a back support during transfer – it lies behind her and rests on the wheelchair wheel
User sits in passenger seat; she uses the broom handle as a back support during transfer – it lies behind her and rests on the wheelchair wheel
User transfers using the broom handle and sliding board
User transfers using the broom handle and sliding board

Tipsare: Susanne

Susanne lives in an apartment. She studies as well as working full time as a free-lance journalist. She was injured in 1982 and has a high spinal cord injury (C5). Through hand surgery her grip function in her left hand improved. She has personal assistance.