Clear, practical advice on daily living equipment
When considering difficulties with sitting and standing the first factor to consider is your technique. Ask for an assessment by a Physiotherapist if you are uncertain of the technique or if your weight is affecting your ability to stand/sit.
The following sequence of actions may help you to stand up:
Try to follow this sequence:
If you use a walking frame, remember to use the arms of the chair for standing up and sitting down. Do not be tempted to hold onto the frame, especially when standing up, as it may tip towards you. Only hold onto the walking frame handles once you are upright and feel ready to move.
If you have a choice which chair to use try one with:
- extended arms with a non-padded rounded area where you hands can get a good grip and support you as you stand
- space beneath the front of the chair which will allow your feet back increasing your upward thrust out of the chair.
Alternative equipment that may assist you with sitting and standing includes:
The suitability of the equipment will depend on your needs and the budget available.
For people with muscular dystrophy or other neuromuscular diseases an information leaflet is available from the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign on chairs to assist with sitting to standing.
If you would like further advice regarding issues with sitting to standing and questions relating to furniture then you could try the sitting and standing and chair sections of AskSARA. AskSARA is the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF)'s free online self assessment tool. AskSARA will ask you questions about yourself and your environment (in this instance sitting and standing, wanting to raise your legs) and then offer relevant advice, product suggestions and supplier details.
- AskSARA's sitting and standing section
- AskSARA's chair section
All advice is either supported by references (cited in the text) or is based upon peer reviewed professional opinion. Our advice is impartial and not influenced by sponsors or product suppliers listed on the site.
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