Chair Techniques Using Hands on Approach

Standing from a chair with a hands on approach of one or two carers 

Diagonal arm and hand on hip guidance:

  • Follow instructions from the guidance notes if required
  • This technique can be done with one or two carers (please risk assess)
  • Always ask the person if they are happy for you to place your hands on them
  • Position yourself at the side of the person
  • Lower yourself down and gently place one hand on their shoulder and your other arm gently across their back in a diagonal position with the palm of hand on their hip
  • Remember to go in the same direction as the person who is going to stand
  • You can use verbal guidance at this point such as “stand” “123” or ask what instructions are familiar to the person


Do’s and Don’ts

Do ask the individual if they are comfortable with your palm/hands on their shoulder and hip
Encourage the individual to move into position independently
Ensure your hands are in the appropriate position for this technique ‘shoulder and hip’
Do not place your hands on the individual without firstly asking them
Do not pull or grab the individuals body or clothing to support them to stand
Do not physically support the individual using this technique it could lead to injury
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