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on June 7, 2016
After reviewing several transfer benches we decided on this one. The cutout seat was one big deciding factor over the swivel type. When the time comes, that the cutout seat is needed, it will be much easier to clean the private areas. It was very easy to put together. I did it myself. Our bathroom is very small but it is light enough for me to lift it in and out of the tub. We do not use the back for now. My husband was used to a backless bath stool so the back is not needed, however, it may be needed at sometime in the future. We do not use the straps either. I really like that the seat locks in place after sliding it to either end. My husband is 93 and this bench has relieved a lot of my fears that he would fall getting in or out of the tub and I wouldn't be able to hold onto him. We have not had any problems with water on the floor from the shower curtain. I just tuck the shower curtain around the bench. We do use a hand held shower head so the water is not aiming directly at the shower curtain most of the time. And, I am the one holding the shower head and do most of the bathing of him. We have used the bench for about a month now and are very pleased with our purchase.
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on June 1, 2017
This works perfectly. I wish it were a little wider. My husband uses a lift to get onto the seat and I have to push him sideways because 1/4 of the seat is already in tub. If it was like 4 inches wider would be easier to use to position him. Once he is in the seat he lives it.
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on February 7, 2017
My elderly father broke his arm last week. Since his balance is off he is at greater risk for a fall. This chair is very easy to put together as it does not need tools. You can install the chair with rail on the left or right; with or without the back rest. The legs can be twisted to have the rubber feet angled in two different ways to accommodate the angle of the tub. The bench is not heavy and the chair slides easily on the bars. We did not remove the center part; however it can be popped out for access to cleaning lower body parts while sitting. My dad sat on the chair, I unclipped the latch which allowed me to slide the chair along the two bars. He lifted one foot over the tub then the other and we re-latched the chair on the opposite side.

Great bath bench and worth every penny!
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on October 7, 2017
0 out of an 100 tells you it supports 400 lbs I guess it does I weigh 280 and the chair broke on me the 3rd time using it cheap ass plastic sliders will break on you mabey the manufacture thinks all paraplegic people showers with assistance and don't have too lean back too get dressed. Guess with assistance it would be ok but why would u need the slide function just glad I didn't end up on my head in the tub. just too make the thing That s already got an he'll of an profit margin thing has to cost less than 50 dollars too make. Why the he'll do they use plastic too hold the seat aluminum is an better choice too use than cheap ass plastic good idea for an product if u are lighter but the 400 lb rating it couldn't handle 280lb would recommend rethinking buying this product if you are over 200lbs and wanting too bath yourself
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on April 26, 2017
I had already purchased a shower seat for my mother years ago. I didn't know there were shower benches until the Occupational Therapist from the home health agency told me about them after I told them about a big remodel I was thinking we'd have to do, in order to remove the shower stall "lip" over which my mother had tripped. This was a more flexible and far less expensive solution.
(If you want to spend money on any kind of remodeling to make bathrooms more accessible, I highly recommend replacing the hinged entry door with a pocket door if you can do it. It makes moving around with a walker or wheelchair in a tight space a lot easier.)
One end of the bench is out in the bathroom, the other goes inside the shower stall, spanning the "lip" over which the senior citizen must step while going into and out of the shower. The user sits on the seat which has been slid out to the bathroom side of he bench, and once seated can slide themselves over the lip and into the shower. (We put the hand rail end inside the shower stall.) My 88 y.o. mother also really liked this, and felt pretty safe using it.
To use this with comfort, we had to remove the glass shower door and its hardware to make enough room. The Occupational Therapist gave me this tip. Once you remove that kind of hardware, install a pressure, spring-loaded shower curtain rod and put in a shower curtain. Then m make two vertical cuts in the shower curtain, using the shower bench as a guide to see where to make them, so that the curtain will hang down between the rails of the shower bench as well as on either side. Then just tuck the curtain inside the lip of the stall before turning on the shower.
I recommend that if you are going to get a shower bench (or chair), don't forget to get one with the cutout, removable seat to aid the disabled person's ability to wash between their legs; this one had the cutout.
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on February 3, 2018
This item is probably the most useful item we have purchased for my mother since her stroke. Other benches require the person sitting to pull or scoot across a textured surface to access the tub/shower. Following her stroke, mom lost the use of her right arm and leg. There is NO way she could have scooted that distance. This bench allows her to sit straight down. She steadies herself using the handle and safety bar in our tub and I unlatch the seat and slide her across the bench with ease. Once positioned in the tub, the bench locks in place. Because the seat is open, mom is able to wash and rinse her perineal area without the need to stand. This bench is easily assembled, can be adjust to a variety of heights, is sturdy and very much worth the extra cost!
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on August 11, 2016
After much consideration, I choose this transfer bench. I was leaning toward a model with a rotating seat, but was concerned about all of the supports in the way of using the option of the opening in the seat to clean my seated areas. My bathtub/shower is standard size with older triple sliding doors. If I had had just two doors, this unit would not have fit in, without removing both doors. With the triple doors, there is plenty of space for this unit and its large chair. My wife cut-up a cheap, clear shower curtain to go around the chair slides and then hung-it with string from it's grommets, over the top of the door tracks. I choose to put the side of the bench with the handle on the outside of the tub, to assist me in standing. My wife adjusted the legs to near their top position to make it easier for me to get up and easier to lift my legs over the side of the tub. We cut-off the seat belt, as I didn't need it and doubt whether Velcro would be secure enough anyways. In addition, we taped-over the adjustment holes on the inside legs to eliminate collecting water in the legs. Unit is pretty steady, although you will need to stand up without pushing back on the seat which could cause unit to tip over, a compromise between compactness of the legs and stability. All in all, I am very happy with this product.
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on October 27, 2017
Great sliding motion. Built sturdy and durable. Just wish that the seat could slide further into the tub on it's rails. Just another 2 inches. I do understand that the weight may be unsteady. I have a very small bath tub and with the seat all the way inside the tub area, it still has a portion of the seat at the edge of the tub, which allows water to run off my patient and onto the floor. However, the sliding action has made it tremendously easy to move my 180 lb., patient with ease. Thanks.

UPDATE: Have only used it maybe a dozen times and the slider attachment on the bar broke off. Hoping to be able to get a replacement piece.
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on February 6, 2016
This bench is well built. It arrived promptly and was easy to assemble. It allows me to slide in and out of the tub with the boot off my broken ankle, without putting any pressure on the injury. You can set it up for a left-handed or right-handed entry. It latches at each end so that it does not slide unexpectedly. The seat has drain holes and center of the seat is easily removable (before you sit on it). Since the legs are at a slight angle for stability, it does not quite center over the tub. One thing I did not consider is that the part outside the tub prevents the shower curtain from closing. You might want to use two shower curtains.
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on June 27, 2017
We like the Duro-Med Transfer Chair. It is well designed and built. Our shower has a built in seat in the right rear corner. The rear right leg of the chair hits this wall before the other leg does. I wanted to have the chair go deeper into the shower. I did this by moving the adjustable portion of the right rear leg towards the front end of chair. This was done as follows: pick out the top and bottom of the five adjusting holes that face forward on the right rear leg. These are about 5/16 inch diameter. Drill 5/16 holes rearwards through the walls of the adjustable leg at the two locations and also through the rear wall of the frame part of the leg. The holes must be horizontal, parallel to the top tubes of the chair. If not, the repositioned leg will not be in the right place. Remove the adjustable leg and from the rear of the frame part of the leg and install two 5/16 bolts, about five inches long, with thread all the way to the head. Put on two nuts and tighten. Put on two more nuts, turning until they are a little more than an inch from the ends on the bolt, both the same amount. Install the adjustable leg and fasten with two more nuts. Now the leg is angled as before but about four inches forward, permitting the chair to be further into the shower. If you have square-neck, or carriage bolts, a 3/8 hole is required at the rear of the frame part of the leg.
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