StrokeHelp ®: Wheelchair Transfers and Standing Safely

presented by Jan Davis

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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. She has held faculty and guest faculty positions at universities. In addition, Davis has presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the American Society of NeuroRehabilitation and the American Academy of Neurology. Davis is committed to providing interesting and highly effective training materials developed specifically for the purpose of improving the quality of life for stroke survivors. Since 2000, Davis has developed state of the art educational materials for both practicing clinicians and educational programs and universities schools for PT and OT education. Her unique and highly successful multi-media programs combine excellent written materials with state-of-the-art video technology. With an emphasis on evidence-based practice, Davis completed her MS degree in Health and Rehabilitation Science in 2007. Her work has been published in university texts, medical journals, and publications for OTs and PTs. She has written articles to provide helpful information for families and caregivers published by the American Stroke Association and the National Stroke Association. Perhaps best known for providing high-quality continuing education to physical therapists and occupational therapists worldwide, she makes complex principles easy to understand as she provides practical, functional treatment ideas to illustrate her classes. Her teaching style is highly effective as she skillfully combines Motor Learning, Motor Control and NDT theory.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Introduction to Course

    1. Introduction to Course

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

  2. Transfers to Similar Height Surfaces

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.