Chair Transfer

This page will tell you how to safely get in and out of a chair.

Sitting in a chair

  1. Choose a sturdy chair with arm rests.
  2. Use your walker, cane, or crutches for support. Back up to the chair until you feel it behind your knees.
  3. Move your weaker leg forward, so that it is slightly in front of you (see picture at right).
  4. Reach back for the arm rests with both hands. Slowly lower yourself into the chair.

Getting up

  1. Scoot forward in the chair.
  2. Place your stronger leg against the seat. Move your weaker leg forward.
  3. Push up on the arm rests using both hands.
  4. Wait a few seconds after standing to get your balance before walking.

Safety tips

  • 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.​​

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