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Sliding Shower Chair / Sliding Tub Transfer Bench

Sliding shower transfer benches are used to enable easy transfer in and out of the shower or tub. By using a sliding transfer bench, users can get over the tub wall quickly and easily. Read more...

How Sliding Transfer Benches Are Used

Sliding shower chairs assist those who are elderly or disabled by allowing for a smooth transfer into and out of the shower. These chairs are keep users feeling safe and secure while providing them with extra mobility. Bench models allow users to safely move into the bathtub or shower with a lower risk of a slip and fall. The sliding transfer bench provides users with a sense of self-control and independence; they’ve helped people feel more confident about their safety and have allowed them to feel secure while showering. 

Benefits of Using a Sliding Shower Chair

A shower bench with sliding rails provides users with the ability to have more control when transferring into and out of the shower. For caregivers, using such a bench aids in patient safety and reduces slip and fall hazards as well. Caregivers can help their patient onto the sliding tub transfer bench and allow them to slide with the seat into the shower rather than allowing them to maneuver themselves on a standard transfer bench. When a patient utilizes a traditional transfer bench, without the rails, the risk of lacerations and slips and falls increases.

  • Faster and safer transfers: Transfer benches that slide offer speedy yet safe transfers from the wheelchair to the tub and back out again.
  • More confidence getting in and out of shower: Users of this type of shower bench are afforded greater independence in terms of accessing the bathing area as they can easily slide in and out with their shower seat doing all the heavy lifting.
  • Fewer slip and fall hazards: Many seniors and handicapped people have trouble getting into and out of the tub and are more susceptible to slipping or falling. These transfer benches mitigate this risk.
  • Easier on the body both for users and caregivers: The ability to sit down while transferring makes it easier for those who suffer from chronic pain when bending. Using a transfer chair is also easier than simply stepping into the tub.
  • More security with transfers: Many transfer benches have handles of some sort so that users can feel more secure when moving back and forth. The rubber feet on the bottom of the legs keep the shower chair from sliding.

How to Select the Right Bathtub Slide Shower Chair

There are several types of sliding shower chairs, all of which are great choices. Some models offer particular benefits to users based on their personal needs. A handicap sliding bath chair that folds is a great choice for those who travel frequently. A heavy-duty sliding shower transfer bench gives more comfort and security to heavier individuals, as heavy-duty sliding transfer benches often have a higher weight capacity. A sliding shower chair with a commode would accommodate perineal care as well as bathroom use. These models slide from left to right and vice versa. Some sliding shower seats do not actually slide, but feature a flat surface that makes the user’s own sliding easier when needed. Shower chairs should be chosen based on the user’s individual needs, allowing users to decide how much they want to get from their sliding bench. There are even sliding shower chairs that have rotating centers which allow for easier turning in the shower chair. 

Transfer Benches with Sliding Seats Are Very Safe

Sliding shower chairs and sliding tub transfer benches make showering a more safe process. Sliding bath transfer benches allow for the user to slide his body from outside of the bath area to the inside, eliminating the need to step over the sides. This reduces trips, slips, and falls. Some models feature arms and back pieces that give users more support. These seats are made of materials that are safe when wet and allow for quick drying in most cases. Sliding tub transfer benches also usually feature grips on the feet of the chairs to keep them from moving or slipping while in the shower. 

Transfers are also safer with these shower chairs due to the fact that the materials used in creating a transfer bench are the best and most commonly used materials in the medical industry. Whether you choose a completely plastic transfer bench or one with aluminum legs & frame, these sliding tub benches can hold up to 550 lbs. Be sure to check the weight capacity when choosing your transfer bench and you can ensure that it will accommodate your bodyweight.


Here at AvaCare Medical, we know how hard it can be for some people to move in and out of the bathtub or toilet. Therefore, we have a full lineup of the best sliding transfer benches available for purchase at a reasonable price. Whether you’re a medical provider or a home user, it’s important to know that you can have bathing equipment that you can count on. Should you have any questions, comments, or issues with any of our products, we’d love to hear from you! We’re available at 1-877-813-7799 and we can answer your call Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Fridays), or you can simply send us an email. Also, look for our support staff to be online during business hours if you would rather chat with us!