When you think about the most dangerous parts of your home, your mind may not immediately think of the bathroom. However, statistically, this is the one room where the most accidents happen. This is especially true if you are elderly or suffer from a disability. According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), more than one in every three people aged over 65 suffer one fall a year, and over 80% of those falls occur in the bathroom.
There are many combined factors that make the bathroom (and the bathtub in particular) a particularly hazardous environment. The wetness, when added to an already slippery surface of a bathtub, can make for a very bad situation. It only takes one loss of footing and you can suffer a life-changing injury.
Fortunately, there are very easy ways to ensuring your safety and that you nor a loved one ever have to risk going through such a potentially catastrophic experience. Which is a very steep price to pay for something that was so easily avoidable.
What to Look for in a Bathtub Transfer Bench
Before delving into this, lets take a look at how a tub transfer bench is used in the video below.
You need to check that the bench has non-slip suction feet or suction cups at the base for stability. Some tub transfer benches come with a seatbelt for extra security.
If you want a bench that stands the test of time and doesn’t pose a safety risk, look for one made from durable plastic and a rust-resistant frame.
Preferably, you want to purchase a chair that offers several height adjustments and a reversible backrest to fit in almost any bathtub or shower.
Top Five Bathtub Transfer Benches
|Carousel Premium, Padded, Sliding Transfer Bench||Polyurethane padding and aluminum frame||4.8/5||Above $250|
|Drive Medical Transfer Bench||Plastic||4.4/5||Below $100|
|Duro-Med Heavy-Duty Sliding Transfer Bench||Textured, plastic seat and aluminum frame||4.3/5||$100–250|
|Eagle Swivel Sliding Bath Transfer Bench||Plastic/Aluminum||4.2/5||$100–250|
|Tub Transfer Bench by Vive||Textured, plastic seat and aluminum frame||4.6/5||Below $100|
Carousel Premium, Padded, Sliding Transfer Bench
- Its high contrast coloring making it easier for vision impaired and dementia-afflicted users to see.
- Very easy to set up, assembly only takes 5 minutes.
- It is very sturdy.
- Swivel seat is a lot more comfortable than a standard fixed seat.
- Item weight is a little on the heavier side.
- Width is not adjustable so it doesn’t fit in smaller bathrooms.
Drive Medical Transfer Bench
This bench has the nifty feature of being reversible, allowing it to be able to accommodate any bathroom layout. It can be easily assembled without the use of tools, and its A-frame provides plenty of great sturdiness and stability. It has a Euro-style clip that will give you extra security while you are on the bench.
Its plastic seat is both comfortable and durable. The assembly is easy, but it can take time to understand as there aren’t many instructions provided.
- Provides a lot of height.
- Very strong, sturdy and reliable.
- Is reversible so can be attached from either side.
- Little assembly instructions provided.
- The color scheme is not very eye-catching.
Duro-Med Heavy-Duty Sliding Transfer Bench
A bestselling transfer bench that can work in conjunction with wheelchairs and walkers to provide a smooth transfer process. The seat is covered with textured plastic, as is the back giving the user a strong non-slip surface to maintain them throughout the transfer.
The legs are adjustable, with suctions on the bottom creating strong grip and friction. The bench is easy to set up, with no tools required for assembly. It is quite large, so you need to make sure you have sufficient space in your bathroom.
- Seat has wide range of adjustability (4 inches).
- Legs are also adjustable, allowing you more flexible positioning.
- Is compatible with wheelchairs and walkers.
- Color scheme is a little drab.
- Quite large and may not fit well in a small bathroom.
Eagle Swivel Sliding Bath Transfer Bench
- Superb seat mobility
- High level of flexibility and effective positioning.
- Very sturdy.
- Questionable latch quality.
- May not fit well in smaller bathrooms.
Tub Transfer Bench by Vive
This bench has drainage holes that will allow water to pass through, meaning that it won’t collect on your seat while you are using the shower. Its non-slip feature means it has rubber bottoms that create friction so there is a much lower chance of you slipping while you are on the bench.
Its assembly is quick and simple, although the instruction can take a little time to get your head around. It is strong; however, it does have quite a low weight limit.
- Has drainage holes
- Assembly is very quick and easy
- Reduced risk of any injury with the non-slip feet feature.
- Weight capacity could be higher.
- It could be stronger and sturdier.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are bathtub transfer benches covered by Medicare?
2. Do private insurance companies cover the cost of bathtub benches?
3. I don’t have a disability. Do I need a bathtub bench?
You do not necessarily need to have a disability to benefit from a tub transfer bench. If your health is declining or you’re having mobility issues, you might need a tub bench.
4. What is the difference between a bariatric and a standard bathtub transfer bench?
The difference is mainly based on the weight capacity of the bench. If you’re looking forward to buying a bariatric bathtub transfer bench, you should aim to purchase one for persons > 250 pounds (113 Kg) for safety.
5. Should I buy a padded or unpadded tub transfer bench?
These two types differ in terms of cost and comfort. If you’re on a tight budget, you might want to go for an unpadded transfer bench. However, unpadded tub transfer benches may not provide the level of comfort that can be achieved with padded tub transfer benches.
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