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A Guide to Transfer Boards

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A Guide to Transfer Boards
The following is a brief and basic guide to the different types of transfer boards that are available to help people move from different positions, such as from a wheelchair to a bath, bed or chair. However, please note that every individual's needs are different and that carers risk injury if they do not observe correct moving and handling practices.

Customers should base their purchasing decisions on the user's particular needs and preferences and, where appropriate, upon advice from medical and care professionals.

What is a Transfer Board?

A transfer board is a sturdy support that is used to form a kind of temporary bridge between two surfaces - enabling people with restricted movement in their legs to slide safely and smoothly from one position to another. Typically, this might be from a wheelchair to a chair, bed, bath or toilet.

Transfer Board Designs

Transfer boards come in a variety of different shapes and designs.

  • Conventional straight rectangular boards
  • Angled or curved - to enable easier side transfers
  • S-shaped - to allow for transfers around the arm of a chair
  • With integrated handles - to enable easier portability and repositioning
  • With folding edges - to protect clothes against snagging
  • With chamfered edges - to present less resistance when first sliding onto the board
  • Bariatric transfer boards - specially reinforced to accommodate heavier users

Transfer Boards - Important Factors

  • Strength - for all transfer boards, strength is an important factor so do check the maximum weight capacity before making any purchase.

  • Smoothness - a smooth upper surface is important for enabling an easy sliding action. A board that causes unnecessary friction or snagging will be of little value.
  • Safety - look for boards that have non-slip pads or strips on the underside. The upper surface should minimise friction but high friction on the lower surface is desirable because it will help to keep it securely in place during transfers.
  • Material - plywood is often used for making stronger boards such as bariatric transfer boards. However, plastic boards are available that will support weights of up to 127kg (20 stone) and these have the advantage that they are fully impermeable, stain resistant and exceptionally easy to clean.
  • Weight and portability - for convenience, many users will want to take their transfer boards with them, perhaps stowed in a car or on their wheelchair. If the user is likely to want to do this, check that the board is light enough and a suitable shape for storage.
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