Transfer Bench Buying Tips

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Transfer Benches


Standard with Handle

Transfer Bench with Handle

Swivel and Slide - 4 Legs

Swivel and Slide - 4 Legs

Swivel and Slide Tub Mount

Swivel and Slide Tub Mount

With Commode

With Commode

This Sage Guide Transfer Benches has tips about Safety, Comfort and Ease of Use.  There is a navigation bar on the left with helpful links below. For tips about making a feature choice, go to the Buying Tips (tab above).

#1 Sage Tip

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The "basic" steps of using a transfer bench are: sitting down from outside the bathtub; swiveling 90 degrees to face the shower; sliding along the bench to be positioned in front of the shower; sliding back after showering; swiveling 90 degrees; and finally standing up. Keep these steps in mind when making feature choices.

Use the left menu or scroll down for more Sage Tips, Helpful Links and Blog Posts.

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Safety topics

Safety Topics for Transfer Benches

  • Fall Prevention
  • Size
  • Hygiene
  • Multi- Generational and Multi-Users
  • Assembly

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Fall Prevention

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A user should be able to safely sit down, swivel and slide along the bench, lifting their legs over the edge of the bathtub, to get into showering position. "Swivel and Slide" products help the user with these two steps.

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See more about fall prevention and home safety in the Buying Tips for the list of features below. Each feature represents a choice in the Transfer Bench Selector.

  • Transfer Options; Transfer Aids; Drainage; Weight Capacity; Seat Measurements; Materials; Extras; Marketplace
Ask your Healthcare Professional

A transfer bench is a great fall prevention tool for those that may suffer from arthritis, bursitis, multiple sclerosis and tendinitis. These health issues can be a risk for bathroom safety.

 

Find More Help

An Aging in Place Retailer can provide home health help for you or your aging parents. Ask how a transfer bench can be of assistance for fall prevention when aging at home.

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Size

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In addition to selecting adequate weight capacity, large or obese users should carefully select seat depth.

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We have more Sage Tips to help you find a bath chair that will fit in the space that you have, and "fit" the person using the bathing chair. See these headings in the Transfer Bench Buying Tips.

  • Transfer Options; Weight Capacity; Seat Measurements; Marketplace
Ask your Healthcare Professional

If getting in and out of the bathtub is an issue due to obesity, a transfer bench can be of assistance. It's a good idea to demo the product at an Aging in Place Retailer to make sure that it is the right fit for you or your older parents.

 

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Activities of daily living can be made easier by a transfer bench that is the right size for your bathtub. See our Learning Materials for resources for seniors and aging at home information.

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Hygiene

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Water will pool on a transfer bench making cleaning a "need to do".  Drainage options are available to meet a wide range of needs.

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Learn about options for hygiene in Transfer Bench Buying Tips.

  • Drainage; Materials; Extras; Marketplace
Ask your Healthcare Professional

Incontinence may result in hygiene issues for those that use a transfer bench. Features such as drainage or the material can be useful for ensuring cleanliness when bathing. If visiting an Aging in Place Retailer, request hygiene features for ease of use.

 

Find More Help

If you are a family caregiver, a transfer bench with hygienic features can give you more peace of mind when caring for aging parents. Independent living becomes more difficult when these signs of aging present themselves, and Sage in Home has the resources to help you along the way.

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Multi-Gen & Multi-Users

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If a transfer bench is going to be used in a shared bathroom, consider the falling risk to others.  If a bench will have multiple users, hygiene should be a priority.

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Multi-generational homes are becoming more common - and often a bathroom has to be shared among family members from different generations. In addition, bath safety products are often used or shared with multiple people when lent, given away or purchased used.

For more tips about purchasing a transfer bench for a multi-generational home or a multi-use environment, see these topics in Transfer Bench Buying Tips

  • Transfer Bench; Transfer Aids; Color; Marketplace
Ask your Healthcare Professional

If your living situation is considered multigen, consider how others will use the transfer bench (and whether you want others using it). Your Aging in Place Retailer should have trained staff with solutions to your home safety related questions.

 

Find More Help

A large part of post surgery transitions involve bathing. Upon hospital discharge you should ask if a transfer bench is the right product to improve your bathroom safety for independent living.

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Assembly

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Assembly requirements vary considerably by product.  Make your choice and check the requirements in our link to assembly at the top of each product detail page.

Note: You can access the manufacturer's assembly and use instructions for each transfer bench in the transfer bench selector.  You will find these instructions when you review the product details of a specific selection.

Ask your Healthcare Professional

If you are unable to measure the flat surface for a bath chair or have concerns about having the chair properly assembled, tell your family doctor or community healthcare professionals.

 

Find More Help

Some Aging in Place Retailers offer home visits to help measure for and install bath safety products. In our directory of Aging in Place Retailers you will find the telephone numbers of for home health suppliers in your neighborhood, or the area where your aging parents live.

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Comfort

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First, make  choices for safety.  Then consider the choice for comfort since comfort promotes use.

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At Sage in Home, we believe that comfort promotes use - and that use is very important, particularly for bath safety products. Learn more about Comfort when you are selecting a transfer bench in our Buying Tips.

  • Transfer Options; Transfer Aids; Drainage; Seat Measurements; Materials; Extras; Marketplace
Ask your Healthcare Professional

Sufferers of back pain or fibromyalgia may find using a transfer bench painful. If this is the case, ask your Medicare supplier for a transfer bench with a padded seat or handles.

 

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When caring for aging parents, you will want them to be comfortable. In order to not sacrifice comfort for bathroom safety, read our product guide and decide which features are most important for your to consider.

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Ease of Use

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Ease of Use features can vary depending on a person's needs.  Start by considering the basic steps of use: sitting down, swivelling, sliding and standing up.

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If you are concerned about Ease of Use, please first review the Fall Prevention tips and other safety tips.

Also see Transfer Bench Buying Tips for:

  • Transfer Aids; Seat Measurements; Materials; Extras; Marketplace
Ask your Healthcare Professional

At Sage in Home, we put a priority on ease of use of bathroom safety products. Sufferers of a stroke or diabetes will likely need help with activities of daily living. Ask your Medicare supplier which transfer bench is right for you based on your health issues.
Find More Help

When signs of aging start showing, consider attending an Aging in Place Event. Here you can learn tips for independent living or aging in place.

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