Tips for Transfer Bench Use and Safety

A transfer bench is useful for people with disabilities or injuries. It helps them safely transfer to a toilet, tub or shower. The right transfer bench offers stability and security. Keep these things in mind when you need to use a transfer bench.

The Importance of a transfer bench

People with weakened bones due to age or osteoporosis can’t afford to fall. Even minor bumps, trips or falls can cause bones to break. These bones may not heal fast enough to allow full recovery. The right bench offers the protection they need to stay mobile as long as possible.

Features of a Transfer bench

Look for sturdy grab bars on a transfer bench. It’s important that the grab bars are easily accessible, to prevent falling. The bench will also have a high quality plastic sitting surface, either hard or padded. Many have a backrest, but some made for the shower do not. Most benches are rated to hold up to 300 lbs. of weight. Check the weight rating of the bench before you make a purchase.

Types of Transfer Benches

One type of bench is for the commode. It has a cutout to fit over the commode, plus an extra section for sliding on and off with safety. Some commode benches have a temporary collection cup that can be removed.

Another type of bench is for the shower or tub. This bench type often has drain holes. You can choose whether you want a padded or non-padded version.

A slider bench is also available. It features a seat that slides from side to side on metal racks. This is a good choice for a patient with low mobility.

Yet another type of bench is the rotating seat bench. This type of bench allows the patient to swivel. Depending on the patient’s needs, this can be a convenient choice.

Using a transfer bench

A patient needs to practice using a bench a few times before taking a shower or using the commode. Help the patient practice until he or she feels comfortable. Adjust the backrest to the patient’s liking for maximum comfort.

The transfer bench also needs frequent cleaning. The surface is designed to withstand daily cleanings, so don’t hesitate to wipe it down with hot water and disinfectant spray on a regular basis. Cleaning the bench will keep the patient healthy.

A transfer bench is an essential item for someone who needs to avoid falls, or someone with lowered mobility. Visit AAA Wholesale Company to see all the transfer benches and accessories that we offer.  Simply contact us with any questions you have, and we’ll be happy to assist you.