A bathtub transfer bench may be helpful to you when you take shower or help another person to take shower, particularly if you or the person you help have difficulty stepping over a bathtub wall or stepping into a standard shower stall.
There are a variety of styles of bathtub transfer bench seats:
Sliding transfer benches make shower even easier and have become more and more widely used.
They have become the most popular bathroom safety products for elderly
persons and those with handicapping diseases. There are several options available
and your decision will be based upon the size of the seat and the ease with which you can operate the slide mechanism.
Some general aspects to think of when select a transfer bench or sliding
transfer bench include:
- Some styles are non- sliding transfer
benches (31110), some
are sliding transfer benches (most bellow) and some are sliding
transfer benches with swivel seats (31602,
- Some of the sliding transfer benches are molded with hard surface for
easy clean and dry (61211,
61213, 61214, 31512,
61293, 61294, 31513,
while the other sliding transfer benches are padded with soft seats and back
comfortable seating (31511,
- Some of the sliding transfer benches are designed with center cut-out
seat for patient with fecal incontinent to defecate during the time of shower
without having to transfer the patient out of the tub (31513,
- Some of the sliding transfer benches are designed to mount onto the tub
wall in order to save bathroom space (31712,
- Some sliding transfer benches are designed to
have extra long sliding distance (61291,
61293, 61294, 31531).
- The weight capacities of the sliding
transfer benches can be up to 250, 300, 400 and 450 (heavy duty models)
- While all of the sliding transfer benches contain double safety locks, some have extra cushion
foam belt ideal for sick children or young adults (31602).
- All of the transfer benches are built to
be rust-resistant with non-slip finish.
- All of the sliding transfer benches
(with or without swivel seats) are designed
to be easy to use, install and uninstall.
Your Weight: As you can see, the transfer benches have specific weight limitations, so recognize that your personal weight is an important factor when
selecting a bathtub transfer bench.
Bench Legs: For most of the transfer
benches including the non-sliding or sliding transfer
benches, the four legs are positioned so that two legs are on the outside of the bathtub and two legs are on the inside the bathtub.
For some models, e.g. those tub mount models, two legs of one side of the
sliding transfer bench are on the inside of bathtub and the other side of the
transfer bench is mounted on the tub wall. This design is to minimize the
splash of water out of the tub which may cause slippery
and to save space in bathroom.
Bench Depth/Length: Bathtub sliding transfer benches are available in different
depths and lengths. To determine the proper depth, you need to be seated. Then take your body measurement from the back of your hips to just behind your
knees. The transfer bench depth should be as close to that measurement as
possible; To determine the proper length, measure from the far inside wall of your bathtub to the outside
wall. This is the minimum length needed. Depending on the bathroom space,
extra long model may be used for longer sliding distance.
Seat Materials: Bathtub sliding transfer benches are available with plastic
molded or padded seats. You can consider purchasing a padded model, if you have trouble sitting on a firm
Cut-Out Seat: For patient with fecal incontinence, a model with
cut-out seat provides extra convenience.
If you need help to determine which is best to meet your specific needs, consult a therapist.