This page will tell you how to safely get in and out of a chair.
Sitting in a chair
- Choose a sturdy chair with arm rests.
- Use your walker, cane, or crutches for support. Back up to the chair until you feel it behind your knees.
- Move your weaker leg forward, so that it is slightly in front of you (see picture at right).
- Reach back for the arm rests with both hands. Slowly lower yourself into the chair.
- Scoot forward in the chair.
- Place your stronger leg against the seat. Move your weaker leg forward.
- Push up on the arm rests using both hands.
- Wait a few seconds after standing to get your balance before walking.
- Do not pull up on your walker. This can cause the walker to tip.
- If you have difficulty standing up or sitting down, try leaning forward over your toes when getting up or down. To remember this, think “nose to toes.” If you have had a total hip replacement, do not follow this tip. Follow the precautions your doctor gave you.
- Tuck your stronger foot under the chair to stand.
- Add pillows to low, soft chairs to raise the seat height.
- Always wait a few seconds after standing before you start to walk.
Note: Your therapist may show you different ways to get in and out of a chair depending on your situation. Follow the instructions you are given.