Getting In/Out of a Bathtub Using a Transfer Bench
A bathtub transfer bench lets you sit while bathing for more safety and comfort. Plan to have someone with you to help you the first few times you get in and out of the bathtub. If you have any concerns at all, you can sponge bath in the early days after your surgery.
Grab bars and non-slip mats should be in place where possible, to make getting in/out of the bathtub easier and safer.
Before bathing, make sure you have everything you need set-up within easy reach.
To safely get into a tub using a transfer bench, follow these steps:
- Set up the tub transfer bench so that the seat height is a few inches (2-3”) above knee height.
- Back up until you feel the bench at the back of your legs.
- Place your hand on the back of the chair or use the add-on tub rail for support.
- Slide your operated leg forward.
- Lower yourself down onto the bench.
- Slide across the bench.
- Swing your legs into the tub. If you had hip replacement surgery, remember to follow your hip precautions. Do not bend your hips past 90 degrees.
- If you had hip replacement surgery, do not reach forward to adjust the taps (this goes against your hip precautions). Instead, you should use a hand held shower hose, and have someone turn on/off the water. You can also use a long handled sponge and soap on a rope to avoid bending forward too much.
To safely get out of a tub using a transfer bench, follow these steps:
- Swing your legs out of the tub.
- Slide across towards the edge of the bench.
- Raise your body up with support from your upper body and walking aid.
To watch a video clip on how to safely get in and out of a bathtub using a transfer bench, please see below. Please note that you may be prompted to install Microsoft's video software called Silverlight to view the video.