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StrokeHelp ®: Wheelchair Transfers and Standing Safely

presented by Jan Davis

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Wheelchair Transfers:
Videos, step-by-step handling methods and 10 practice labs demonstrated in this course provide essential information for safe and functional transfers with stroke survivors during various stages of recovery including moderate assist, maximum assist and transfers with the assistance of two persons. Also included are clear, concise videos on repositioning in the wheelchair and transfers on and off high surfaces (such as a high hospital bed). All methods are based on normal movement.
Standing Safely:
The second part of this course demonstrates how to help stroke survivors, needing moderate assistance or maximum assistance, stand safely and efficiently. Included are 8 practice labs demonstrating these methods with videos of patients requiring varying levels of assistance. These treatment methods can be used with stroke survivors in treatment settings including inpatient and outpatient rehab, skilled nursing, home health and acute care hospitals.

Meet Your Instructor

Jan Davis, MS, OTR/L

Jan Davis, MS, OTR/L is an internationally recognized leader in providing clinical training for therapists working in stroke rehabilitation. Trained as an occupational therapist (OT) in the United States, Davis’ career has spanned several areas of healthcare. She has worked in inpatient rehabilitation centers, directed OT departments in rehabilitation centers located in California and Switzerland.…

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1. Introduction to Course

This introductory chapter provides an overview of how to use this learning module.

2. Transfers to Similar Height Surfaces

In this chapter you will learn how to teach your stroke survivors to transfer safely and efficiently with facilitation methods designed to improve function and prevent injury. Video demonstrations followed by practice labs provide excellent tools for learning a variety of transfer methods.

3. Transferring On/Off a High Surface

High hospital beds can make wheelchair transfers nearly impossible. In this chapter learn to transfer stroke survivors on and off a high surface safely and efficiently.

4. Repositioning in the Chair

Often stroke survivors slide out of their chair and need repositioning. This chapter demonstrates methods to reposition patients in the chair (or wheelchair) safely and efficiently with maximum or moderate assistance. Learn how to protect their shoulder and your back with step-by-step videos and practice labs.

5. Sit to Stand

Beginning with an analysis of normal movement, this chapter includes specific handling methods used to help stroke survivors stand up with moderate and maximum assistance. Also included are tips for working with fearful patients and solutions for common problems seen with stroke survivors.

6. Standing Safely

This chapter emphasizes two themes for standing safely: 1) proper handling methods and, 2) safe environments. Both are equally important in the therapeutic management of stroke survivors learning how to stand safely. How to prevent the knee from buckling is also included in the chapter.

7. Stand to Sit

Extensor tone, weakness, fear and sensory loss are all factors which can make it difficult for stroke survivors to sit down safely. Many patients ‘plop’ of fall back into their chair. In this chapter learn how to teach your patient to sit down safely and symmetrically in their chair.

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