Pivot, Shift, Slide, or Lift: How Transfer Techniques Impact Wheelchair and Seating Equipment Selection


Credits: .1 CEU
Presenter: Angie Kiger, .Ed., CTRS, ATP/SMS



When evaluating a client for a wheelchair it is essential that the team not only consider items such as how the client is positioned and functions in the equipment, but also how he/she will transfer in and out of it. From the selection of specific components including armrests and footrest hangers, to the material utilized to cover the seating surface, to the position of the axle plate, there are a variety of factors that can impact the success and safety of a wheelchair transfer. During this webinar, we will discuss considerations to keep in mind when evaluating a client for a wheelchair as it relates to transfer techniques as well as review how specific components of wheelchair and seating equipment could impact both independent and dependent wheelchair transfers.

Learning Outcomes:
The participant will be able to list 3 ways in which the material used in the creation of wheelchair cushions can impact the end user during a wheelchair transfer.
The participant will be able to describe how at least 3 components of a wheelchair can affect the ability of an end user to independently transfer in and out of his/her wheelchair.
The participant will be able to list 3 ways power seating functions can be used to improve the success of wheelchair transfers.

Angie Kiger is the Clinical Strategy and Education Manager for Sunrise Medical. She earned a Master of Education degree in Assistive Technology from George Mason University and a certificate in Assistive Technology from California State University at Northridge. Angie is an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS), and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Angie has worked with infants, children, and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition to working as a clinician, Angie has served as an adjunct instructor at George Mason University and presented at numerous conferences in United States and abroad.