Chair Techniques Using Verbal Instruction

Verbal instructions from a seated position to standing:

  • Ask the person to put their hands on the arms of the chair
  • Ask the person to bring their body forward/lean forward
  • Ask the person to move forward towards the front of the chair by using a side-to-side movement
  • Ask the person to place their feet flat on the floor in a comfortable position
  • Ask the person to look in the direction where they are going
  • Ask the person to push up

Verbal instructions from a standing position to a seated position:

  • Ask the person to step back until they feel the chair on the backs of their knees
  • Ask the person to push their bottom out lowering their body down
  • Ask the person to feel for the arms of the chair with their hands
  • Ask the person to gently sit back in the chair

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Do’s and Don’ts

Promote the individual’s independence
Speak slowly and clearly when using verbal instructions
Ensure the individual understands the verbal instructions
Ensure the individual has all small aids to support them for example glasses, hearing aids
Enable the individual time to process the verbal instructions
Remember to stand at the side and lower yourself to eye level when giving verbal instructions
Do not move the individual’s body, arms, and feet into position
Do not rush the individual when giving verbal instructions
Do not talk at a fast pace when giving verbal instructions
Do not stand over the individual or directly infront of the individual this can cause distress
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