Equipment Needed

Gait Belt

Stand pivot transfer from Wheelchair to Bed 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 obtain a gait belt.
  4. Provide for resident's privacy by pulling privacy curtain.
  5. Position wheelchair at the foot or head with the wheelchair touching side of the bed.
  6. Lock wheelchair brakes to ensure resident's safety.
  7. Lock all bed brakes to ensure resident's safety.
  8. Lower bed to a position so resident's feet will be flat on the floor when the resident is transferred to the bed.
  9. Place gait belt around waist to stabilize trunk. Tighten gait belt. Check gait belt for tightness by slipping fingers between gait belt and resident.
  10. While facing resident grasp gait belt with both hands and bring resident to standing position, using proper body mechanics.
  11. Assist resident to pivot in a controlled manner that ensures resident's safety and sit the resident on the bed.
  12. Assist resident in removing non-skid slippers and gait belt.
  13. Assist resident to move to center of bed and lie down, supporting extremities as necessary.
  14. Make sure resident is comfortable (offer blanket etc) and verbally identify while physically checking that resident is in good body alignment.
  15. Open privacy curtain.
  16. Maintain respectful, courteous interpersonal interactions at all times.
  17. Leave call light or signaling device within easy reach of the resident.
  18. Identify that hands should be washed.

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