Transfer Benches: Mobility Devices Used By People with Limited Mobility in Tubs or Showers
- 0.1 Transfer benches are typically made of sturdy plastic with a rust-resistant aluminum metal frame.
- 1 Transfer Benches
One common mobility device used by the disabled is transfer benches, which people with limited mobility use to get in and out of the tub or shower.
Transfer benches usually have four legs with rubber tips to prevent slips, and there are various types of seats available that can slide or swivel. Those who need to use these devices can usually rent a transfer bench from various medical supply stores or humanitarian and disability assistance organizations.
Transfer benches are typically made of sturdy plastic with a rust-resistant aluminum metal frame.
The legs of transfer benches are adjustable to compensate for height differences in the tub or shower. Part of the bench goes into the tub, up against the far wall, and the legs are adjusted so the bench is level and not touching the edge of the bathtub. The user sits down and slides across, and can then sit on the bench while bathing. Transfer benches may have a side arm on the portion of the bench that sits in the tub, to assist the user in standing and sliding.
Some models have a sliding seat that allows the user to move the seat instead of the body, which is sometimes easier for people who have trouble shifting their weight. An alternative design combines the slider with a swivel seat so there is no twisting of the spine during the maneuver. Persons with extremely limited mobility will usually need a caregiver’s assistance, so the sliding chair seats help them by reducing the effort needed to move the user into the tub.
Purchasing good transfer benches can be expensive. Users with limited budgets can sometimes rent them and other useful mobility equipment for a short time from medical supply retailers. If their needs are long-term, a humanitarian or disability assistance organization may be able to help.