FRUSTRATION FREE CAR TRANSFERS
Getting into and out of the car can be tricky for someone with limited mobility and weakness. Frequently a loved one will have to modify how they have been doing this for their entire life. Usually, one places a foot first and then sits down and places the second leg inside the car, but this doesn't work for someone with limited mobility and weakness. I mentioned earlier ideal seat height at 17 to 19 inches, which also applies to car transfers. Keep in mind whether a person is getting into the car from a curb, which is higher than ground level, as this will increase the person's height overall. Suppose your vehicle is low to the ground; in that case, it works better to have the person enter or exit the car on level ground. Whereas if your car seat is higher such as in SUVs and trucks, having the person enter or exit the vehicle from a curb may give that person a mechanical advantage.
Provide these directions or set up for your loved one or assist your loved one in executing the following.
To Enter The Vehicle:
To Exit The Vehicle:
Sometimes having cloth seats in your vehicle can make it difficult for a person seated to pivot while seated as their clothing appears to drag on it. Using a small kitchen trash bag- not unfolded and placed on the seat before a person sits down, makes this easier to turn while seated. The car door handle assist below is also a very helpful tool.