Bed Transfer: Toward Your Weaker Side
This page will tell you how to safely get in and out of bed by leading with your weaker side.
Getting into bed
- Sit on the edge of your bed.
- Scoot back while angling toward the head of the bed.
- Slide your weaker leg onto the bed while pushing back with your stronger leg (see picture below). Do this until you are well positioned on the bed.
- Gently lower yourself back onto the bed.
Getting out of bed
- Sit up in bed.
- Scoot to the edge of the bed using your stronger leg.
- Lower your stronger leg to the floor.
- Turn toward the stronger leg while sliding the weaker leg off the bed and toward the floor.
- If you have had a total hip replacement, remember your hip precautions (keep your knees apart).
- Use a leg lifter as your therapist showed you.
Note: Your therapist may show you different ways to get in and out of bed depending on your situation. Follow the instructions you are given.
Reviewed January 2011