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Bed Transfer: Toward Your Stronger Side

This page will tell you how to get in and out of bed safely by leading with your stronger leg.

Getting into bed

  1. Sit on your bed — closer to the head of the bed than the foot of the bed.
  2. Scoot back as far as you can onto the bed (to the backs of your knees, if possible). While scooting, keep your hands flat on the bed, behind your hips.
  3. Using your arms to support yourself, turn your body a little toward the foot of the bed as you slide your stronger leg onto the bed (see picture at right). Then slide your weaker leg onto the bed. You may bend your stronger leg to help you get onto the bed.
  4. Gently lower yourself back onto the bed.

Getting out of bed

  1. Push yourself up into a sitting position (with your legs straight out in front of you). Place your hands flat on the bed slightly behind your hips.
  2. Move your weaker leg while you turn your body to face the edge of the bed. Slide your weaker leg off the bed. Then slide your stronger leg off of the bed.
  3. Scoot forward until your feet are touching the floor. Wait a moment, then slowly stand.

Note: Your therapist may show you different ways to get in and out of bed depending on your situation. Follow the instructions you are given.

Safety tip

Be sure to remember your hip precautions, if you had hip surgery (keep your knees apart).

Revised 2011

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