Guidelines to getting up

Skincare after bedrest

Guidelines to getting up after a period of bedrest

The table shown is meant as a guide to start getting up. It is recommended that these stages are followed in order. Do not skip a stage to try to get up quicker – you are at risk of repeated skin damage if you do not stick to the mobilising regime.


Time up in chair


Up for 30 mins once a day


Up for 1 hour once a day


Up for 2 hours once a day


Up 3 hours once a day


Up 4 hours once a day


Up 5 hours once a day

Important note: The mobilising times are intended as a guide only, and may need to be changed for your specific needs. In some instances individual regimes may be required for mobilising. This is especially true if you have had several surgical procedures.

It is important that the initial cause of any skin damage is found and dealt with, to prevent further skin breakdown. This might involve review of your mattress, cushion, clothing and wheelchair.

Continue to increase mobilising by 1 hour each day, until you reach your ideal time spent in your wheelchair with no marking effect on your skin.


Reference: The pressure clinic, Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 8BJ