The Handi Turn is a turning disc which is helpful when transferring a patient to or from a wheelchair to a chair/toilet/commode/bed/etc. The outer turning discs are made from plastic so you can use it in a bathroom. It should not distort if put on a wet floor, but be careful the inside bearings do not get wet.
To Use: Prepare Before You Transfer!
- Position the wheelchair as close as possible next to the chair/toilet/etc., that you are transferring the person to/from. Once the wheelchair is in position, ensure the brakes are on and adjust the footplates either by lifting them up, swinging them to the side or removing them. It is possible that the Handi Turn could slip on some floor surfaces when the patient stands up. This is particularly dangerous if their feet are not either side of the middle of the Handi Turn. To ensure that the Handi Turn does not slip, a Carer should place the edge of their foot on the side of the Handi Turn before the patient stands up.
- Place the patient’s feet on the Handi Turn.
- Prepare for standing. We suggest using a Handi Lift, Handi Lift Walk Belt or Soft Transfer Belt to assist with the transfer.
- Once the patient is standing, turn the Handi Turn around until the patient is in position to sit down again. Then you can help lower them into the new chair/toilet/etc.
Carers often have preferred ways of turning patients; however we suggest the method below which avoids putting excess strain on the patient’s body and gives good speed control during the turn.
Once the patient is standing, the nurse stands in front of the patient, facing the direction of the turn, using their hands to keep the patient steady. When ready to turn, for example, to the patient’s left, the nurse places the side of the left foot onto the front edge of the Handi Turn and swivels the Handi Turn around with their left foot. It is easy to continue turning or stop. The nurse’s foot can be used as a brake by keeping the inside of the foot on the Handi Turn, and the outside of the foot and the heel on the floor. If turning the patient towards the patient’s right, the nurse uses their right foot to turn the Handi Turn. You may prefer to use alternative feet if you are ‘left legged’.
Some Carers prefer to put a foot in the middle of the Handi Turn with the patient’s feet either side of the Carers’s foot. The Carer then uses their foot to turn the Handi Turn. We recommend staff practise using the Handi Turn to gain confidence before transferring a patient.
To service the Handi Turn, the two Allen screws can be undone. You can completely dissemble the Handi Turn for wiping clean with a disinfectant.
An alternative product to the Handi Turn is the Handi Soft Turn. This is also used for turning patients but is made from foam and padded velour. This is designed for patients:
- To sit on
- When getting in and out of cars, beds or chairs
- When doing standing turns.