A transfer bench is appropriate for frail individuals or those with limited mobility who are at risk for falls. The user enters the tub by sliding across the bench instead of stepping over the tub wall.
If the bathtub has sliding glass doors, replace them with a shower curtain before using. Sliding doors block access to the tub, whereas a curtain provides the needed room to lift and swing one's legs over the tub.
Using a Shower Curtain with a Transfer Bench
When using a transfer bench, it is important to keep water from spraying onto the floor. The transfer benches we tested had seats with built-in slots, but the assembly instructions lacked any information on this feature. Only upon contacting the manufacturers were we instructed on how to use the slot with a shower curtain:
- cut two slits in the shower curtain and;
- insert the cut-out into the seat's built-in slot.
For adults with limited upper body movement, consider cutting out the midsection completely so that the shower curtain can be easily slid across the top of the chair (without using the slot).
Cost is $70 - $200.