Equipment Needed

Gait Belt
Non-Skid Slippers

Stand pivot transfer from Bed to Wheelchair using a Gait Belt

  1. Introduce self to the resident.
  2. Identify that hands should be washed.
  3. Explain the procedure to be performed to the resident and obtains a gait belt.
  4. Provide for rresident's privacy by pulling privacy curtain.
  5. Position wheelchair at the foot or head with arm of wheelchair touching side of the bed.
  6. Locks wheelchair brakes to ensure resident's safety.
  7. Locks all bed brakes to ensure resident's safety.
  8. Assist resident to put on non-skid slippers while in bed.
  9. Lower bed to lowest position so resident's feet will be flat on floor and assist resident to a sitting position.
  10. Place gait belt around waist to stabilize trunk.
  11. Tighten gait belt.  Check gait belt for tightness by slipping fingers between gait belt and resident.
  12. While facing resident grasp gait belt with both hands and bring resident to standing position, using proper body mechanics.
  13. With both hands grasping gait belt, transfer resident from bed to wheelchair.
  14. Assist resident to pivot and assist them to sit in the wheelchair, in a controlled manner that ensures resident’s safety.
  15. Remove gait belt.
  16. Maintain respectful, courteous interpersonal interactions at all times.
  17. Open privacy curtain.
  18. Leave call light or signaling device within easy reach of the resident.
  19. Identify that hands should be washed.

Skills key can be found on the D & S Video title page.