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Today I’m going to be demonstrating how to assist an individual in rising from a chair.
Ellie, first thing I’m going to do is put a gait belt on you. The reason I use a gait belt is because it is the only safe handle that I have on an individual. It will be placed around her waist, and it’s fairly inexpensive, it can be purchased from a medical supply company. In order to have Ellie come up to stand, I’m going to need to get her center of gravity over her base of support, so that she will be in a position to come up out of the chair. Because in doing that, I’m able to scoot the chair out if she’s way under the table.
So Ellie, if you will just lean to the side and just scoot, shift and scoot. That’s it. And then once she’s forward like that, she’s got her feet underneath her. I want you to put your feet at least shoulder width apart, one foot underneath you, and I want you to just lean forward, and come up a little bit so I can just scoot that chair back. Okay, and then you’re going to come back. Now, I’m going to have you rotate and turn yourself around. Okay. And again I want you to scoot forward, to the edge of that chair, just a little bit more and, again, I want you to have your feet shoulder width apart.
Now, in order to get Ellie to come up, I’m going to have her lean forward, I’m going have her bring her nose over her toes to get her center of gravity over her feet or her base of support. I’m going to be standing along side her. I’m going to triangulate myself around her, so that I’m ahead of her, but I’m also moving from where she’s sitting. She’s just going to lean forward from her hips, bringing her nose over her toes, and on the count of three, Ellie, we’ll come up. One, two and three. And this is the technique used to bring somebody up to stand.