Sliding Tub Transfer Benches
Turn scooting into sliding! Get free shipping and guaranteed low price on tub transfer benches, or sliding shower chairs they are sometimes called, for those who can't slide themselves across a stationary bench. A real asset in the bathroom for seniors and the disabled.
What's the advantage of tub transfer benches?
Transfer benches, especially those you see here that have sliding chairs, are ideal for the elderly and the handicapped, not only because they provide a seating surface for those who have difficulty standing in the bathtub or shower while bathing, but they also provide easy access for those who are not able to step up and into the tub or shower.
What should I look for in a tub (and shower) transfer bench?
- Size: Look at these measurements:
- Seat height - Is it adjustable?
- Seat width
- Weight capacity
- Slide lengths: Most sliding transfer bench models come in a variety of different slide lengths which affects the overall length of the bench and the amount the bench extends out into the bathroom area beyond the tub wall or shower.
- Durability: Remember, it's going to get wet in the shower or bath. So you don't want a tub transfer bench and chair that will rust and corrode. Neither aluminum or plastic will do that, but aluminum provides more support that plastic.
- Cut-out seats for personal washing
- Swivel seat
- Padded seats
- Ability to reverse direction to meet the needs of your bathroom's layout
- Perforated seats to allow water to drain
- Accommodates the shower curtain to keep your bathroom floor dry
How do you use a sliding tub transfer bench?
The transfer bench itself extends beyond the edge of the bath tub (or outside of the shower). The patient sits on the chair that is attached to the bench and then slides into the shower or tub. Sliding tub transfer benches with chairs require an attendant to assist the patient.
If the patient is able to scoot themselves across a bench, our non-sliding tub transfer benches may be fine for you.
See Drive Medical demonstrate their sliding tub transfer bench in the following video. For the hearing impaired we have provided a transcript below.
(00:01) People in wheelchairs, or who have difficulty bending or lifting their legs, often use a transfer bench to get in and out of the bathtub safely. Most transfer benches require that the user sit on the outside section and then manually scoot over to the inside of the tub. Drive Medical's folding universal sliding transfer bench offers a unique, innovative solution for users up to 300 pounds by turning the scooting into sliding.
(00:30) This makes the transfer process easier and safer for both the user and the caregiver. A built-in seat belt provides additional safety and security, as do the seat drainage holes that prevent slipping. In addition, the height adjustable, angled legs, come equipped with suction tips on the bottom to ensure stability.
(00:50) Some additional features include a contoured seat back for comfort and reversible legs and handle to fit in any bathroom. And all materials are easy to clean. A soap dish on the side offers convenience. And this mesh net between the gliding bars keeps items from falling to the bottom of the tub, so users don't have to bend over or reach to pick them up.
(01:12) Safety locks prevent folding when the chair is in use. And when not in use, the bench folds for easy, convenient storage. When using the transfer bench, many users find it beneficial to add a shower sprayer. And for additional bath safety, consider adding a bath mat and grab bar. You can always count on Drive Medical to bring you convenient and innovative lifestyle solutions, now and For the Road Ahead.
Does Medicare cover the cost of a sliding tub transfer bench?
No, unfortunately, Medicare does not cover shower chairs because they're not considered medically necessary.
Eagle Health SuppliesMSRP: $228.00current price $199.00Weight capacity starting at 300 lbs. ••• Seat slides on rails in and out of bathtub or shower ••• Seat locks at each end for added safety ••• Adjusts to accommodate right or left facing tubs •••...MSRP: $228.00current price $199.00
Drive MedicalMSRP: $288.37current price $207.95Supports up to 300 lbs. ••• Seat height adjusts 21" - 25" ••• Individual moves with seat as it slides on rails ••• Folds flat for transport and storage ••• Adjusts to accommodate right or left...MSRP: $288.37current price $207.95
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Eagle Health SuppliesMSRP: $292.00current price $225.00Seat swivels 360° and locks every 90° ••• Seat locks at each end for added safety ••• Adjusts to accommodate right or left facing tubs ••• Multiple lengths and adjustable seat height for custom fit...MSRP: $292.00current price $225.00
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Eagle Health SuppliesMSRP: $444.00current price $372.00Supports up to 350 lbs. ••• Seat slides on rails in and out of tub or shower to over toilet ••• Seat opening for toileting and easier cleaning access ••• Seat locks at each end for added safety...MSRP: $444.00current price $372.00