A nurse is assisting a patient who has hemiparesis after a cerebrovascular accident (CVA). The nurse assists the patient with a safe transfer from sitting on the bed
• Blocking/supporting the patient's unaffected/strong knee if it buckles while supporting his or her full weight helps maintain stability during transfer.
• When there is a weak lower extremity, the chair is placed beside the patient's strong/unaffected side to allow the patient to use his or her unaffected leg effectively. The nurse should stand
• The nurse should stand on the patient’s affected/weaker side to hold or support the affected limb.
• Placing a pillow under the affected arm and shoulder after getting into the wheelchair provides additional support and comfort, but this is not a step necessary