Transfer Aids

Original Editor - Natalie Patterson Top Contributors - Natalie Patterson, Lucinda hampton and Kim Jackson


Transfer aids are required if a person is unable to safely move using a walking aid from one location to another for example moving from a chair to a bed. It is important to check that aids are within date for servicing and that the person intending to use it is under the maximum weight limit (safe working load).

Types of Transfer aids

Turn Tables / Manual Standing Aids

Most turn tables or wheels have knee blocks and handles to allow the person to participate. Some have the option of a pivoting seat paddles to allow the person to sit down whilst being moved from one position to another.[1] Most transfer aids have a weight limit but their limiting factor is normally their width therefore bariatric alternatives are available.

The aim of transfer aids is to help simulate the pattern for sit to stand as well as reduce the amount of support a person requires from carers. They are common place within a rehabilitation setting as they can be used as part of a strengthening programme.

Electric Standing Aids

Electric standing aids come in many forms but their aim is to allow a person to actively participate in their stand whilst providing full support. These can either allow someone to stand onto a platform or directly onto the floor to allow for stepping practice.


Hoists can be either mobile or fixed to a ceiling track. Hoists are used in conjunction with a sling, which is specific to the brand of hoist, the patient and the aim of hoisting for example a leave in sling, a hygiene sling, a disposable sling (often used in a healthcare setting) or an amputee sling. If someone requires a hoist then it needs to reflected in their moving and handling care plan ensuring the correct sling size. [2]



  1. Sara Stedy - Arjo (Accessed 23 October 2020)
  2. HSE Getting to grips with hoisting people (Accessed 23 October 2020)