Choosing a Transfer Board
Acu Health Care offers various types of transfer aids. There are wooden and plastic models of boards available. Wooden models have a permanent coating for long use. Plastic models are lightweight and easy to clean. Some transfer boards also have handgrips - cut-out handles for additional mobility. When choosing a transfer board, don’t forget to look at the specifications. There you can find all measurements, materials and weight capacity.
You may need a transfer disc, also called a sitting-standing turntable to perform daily activities. These discs rotate the patient and make the transfer easy. They also can make the user more independent. Transfer discs usually have a non-skid surface at the bottom for safety. Some models also have a non-slip material covering the top. Transfer discs can be wooden or plastic.
How to Use a Transfer Board
Transfer board works as a bridge between two surfaces. At first, the user may need the help of a caregiver to use a board. After some time it is possible to use it independently.
Here are the main steps of moving between two surfaces:
- Firstly, sit up. If you are on the bed, then sit on the side and put your feet on the floor.
- Slide one end of the transfer board under your thigh. If you can, lean in the other direction to place the board easier.
- Place the other end of the board on the seat of where you need to transfer. A wheelchair seat, a car seat, a couch or a toilet seat - the process is similar for all of them.
- To move, slightly lift up your body by pushing up with your arms. Then, slowly move your body across the board in short movements. Don’t try to move in one big action. Keep balance, by leaning your upper body in the opposite direction of the transfer.
- And finally, after you transfer to the other surface completely, remove the board.
Also, here are some tips for a safe transfer:
- If you are using a transfer board often, try to keep it near you at all times. Or keep it in places within your reach.
- Don’t try to move fast. Be careful and be aware of your movements. If you go too fast you can pinch or rub your skin.
- Keep your skin covered in the areas that touch the transfer board. Wear clothing or use a transfer sheet.
- Always transfer between surfaces of the same height or to a lower surface. Try to move between similar heights.
- If you require the help of a caregiver, wear an orthopedic belt. It will make a transfer easier and faster for both of you.