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    I've been thinking about trying to get in my bathtub for the first time since my injury. I'm traveling soon and it would be a great help if I didn't need to bring my shower chair with me. Plus it might feel good to take a regular bath every once and awhile. I'm T9 complete and am completely independent and competent with floor transfers in and out of my chair. Not really sure which method I should try first, but I've had a few ideas. Any tips on how to transfer into a regular old bathtub, without any hand rails?

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    Originally posted by drinkypoo View Post
    I've been thinking about trying to get in my bathtub for the first time since my injury. I'm traveling soon and it would be a great help if I didn't need to bring my shower chair with me. Plus it might feel good to take a regular bath every once and awhile. I'm T9 complete and am completely independent and competent with floor transfers in and out of my chair. Not really sure which method I should try first, but I've had a few ideas. Any tips on how to transfer into a regular old bathtub, without any hand rails?
    I can get in and out of a tub if I have to, but its a bitch and have never done one without hand rails. Most hotels have rooms with roll in showers, I am a t8 and practically live in hotels and have never traveled with a shower chair. Just call around and get a room with a roll in shower, you can even search for them on hotels.com. Pict of the shower in the hotel I am in right now.



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    Last edited by t8burst; 29 May 2010, 8:40 AM.

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      #3
      I agree with t8burst. Bathtubs transfers are among the most dangerous, especially without a good setup. The shower benches are a better option. If not available, sponge baths are the more sensible option. Better to be a little dirty rather than sporting a fracture or worse in an unfamiliar place.
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        #4
        Originally posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
        I agree with t8burst. Bathtubs transfers are among the most dangerous, especially without a good setup. The shower benches are a better option. If not available, sponge baths are the more sensible option. Better to be a little dirty rather than sporting a fracture or worse in an unfamiliar place.
        A supply place here in KANADIA sells / rents a portable lift that lets you use yer slider board over and onto it and then lower yerself into the mmmmmmmmmmmm warm water.

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          #5
          If you practice a few times how to get in and out it will help you to be sure if this is something you can do by your self. I use a shower bench at home but never take with me when travel. Front of my chair to the tub, put the breaks on, lower my feet in tub and slowly slide my self in, once you are in adjust to your needs and you done. Getting out is a bit more work, try to raise your butt and sit on the tubs edge in front of your chair, then pull your self in the chair, first few times i remember all the swear words i ever knew. I recommend some soft padding in the tub for rear and for the back. i hope this will give you an idea, good luck.
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            #6
            Same as above for me. Getting in there is pretty easy! Use several towels for padding. The transfer out can be a real bear.
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              #7
              I used to transfer into the bathtup all the time when I was younger. I'm T5 complete - I'd just stack towels on the tub edge, transfer to my chair to the towels, and lower myself into the tub. It was tricky with no handrails, but with time, it got pretty easy. I was able to transfer into and out of a hot tub in a similar fashion.

              Nowadays, I'd probably buy something like this. There are many powered bathtub lifts out there that you just transfer onto, and the rest is all about pushing buttons. Good luck.




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                #8
                I used a 2x4 cut to length, laid across the BACK edge of the tub against the wall. This GREATLY aided my grip when lifting my butt up and out to sit on side in front of my chair. If your chair has removable footrests, remove them so u can get your chair closer/facing the tub, It was easier for me to xfer into a chair facing rather than a chair beside of, the tub.
                Get some camping foam from wally whirled and stack 2 or 3 pieces under your butt. Watch your butt for redness til u r sure the length of time u can stay.

                I also left my socks on until seated, it stop ur feet from sticking, especially if tub is already wet. Careful with the water temp!!

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by russianboss View Post
                  If you practice a few times how to get in and out it will help you to be sure if this is something you can do by your self. I use a shower bench at home but never take with me when travel. Front of my chair to the tub, put the breaks on, lower my feet in tub and slowly slide my self in, once you are in adjust to your needs and you done. Getting out is a bit more work, try to raise your butt and sit on the tubs edge in front of your chair, then pull your self in the chair, first few times i remember all the swear words i ever knew. I recommend some soft padding in the tub for rear and for the back. i hope this will give you an idea, good luck.
                  I do the same thing at hotel bathtubs since I prefer a bathtub to a roll in shower when I travel. The only thing I'll add is the most obvious thing but I have forgotten it before - make sure you dry off the side of the tub wherever you'll be pushing off from. My tub at home is too deep for me to transfer directly out of it, so I transfer onto a shower bench and then onto the edge of the tub.

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                    #10
                    I would highly recommend that you try the transfer several times at home prior to doing it in a place where you may not have any resources to help you. Make sure that you are careful with the transfer and that you don't sit too long on the hard surface. Also, be
                    careful with the water temp.
                    You should be able to do it - just need some practice.
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                      #11
                      Well I did it. I wasn't able to get the front of the chair directly against the tub due to the layout of my bathroom, but getting on to the edge and then into the tub was pretty easy. I had laid a few towels in the bottom of the tub and made sure to lift my butt up every once and a while, so my skin is fine.

                      Getting out proved to be more difficult. I could get up on to the edge of the tub just fine but due to the position of my chair I didn't feel safe transferring. So I ended up laying a towel on the floor and slowly lowering myself down from the edge of the tub. From the floor it was quite easy and felt a lot safer getting into the chair as opposed to an edge of the tub to chair transfer.

                      Gosh it felt good to take a bath, a bubble bath at that. It's nice that I don't have to lug my shower bench on my trip as well. For the first leg of my trip I am staying in an accessible hotel, but the second leg a private home. This is something I will probably do at home from time to time too since it was so relaxing.

                      Thanks everyone for the tips!

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                        #12
                        I don't recommend tub transfers but used to do them daily. If you must, you may want to purchase a canoe pad for kneeling in the floor of a canoe to put on the floor of the tub for your butt. Some garden kneeling pads (Home Depot) are also waterproof enough to suffice. To make your transfer more steady/safe from tub edge back to chair you may want to invest in one of those bolt on grab bars which you tighten with a thumbscrew to the sides of the tub, you grab side of chair with one hand and do a pushup off the grab bar with the other back into chair. These tub grab bars are portable and can go with you on trips. I think they are available at Sportaid.com.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by drinkypoo View Post
                          So I ended up laying a towel on the floor and slowly lowering myself down from the edge of the tub. From the floor it was quite easy and felt a lot safer getting into the chair as opposed to an edge of the tub to chair transfer.
                          I've done the same thing. It works really well with a counter top nearby to boost up in the chair off of. Good job.
                          Andrew

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                            #14
                            I used to get in and out of tubs wherever I found myself. The trick to getting out is filling the tub. Put your legs up over the tub. Have your chair, though I found it easier if the toilet was next to the tub. As a quad I'd have my chair facing the toilet. Put my arn on the inside the w/c seat, Put your other arm on tub floor. I sat on and rinsed my roho daily. You use the water to 'lighten the load' so to speak. Take roho out when tub is full and put it back on w/c. Lift ass up using the water. Sit on edge (make sure you left a nightshirt or something on the floor if no rug, keeps feet from sliding). Sit upright taking the free arm and putting it under your knees. Lift off tub edge using the arm under knees to get your ass on the toilet. Get back in w/c same as always. Confused?

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                              #15
                              I use the tub every night. I find it actually more easier. I used to ask at hotels to get a wheelchair excessible room so that I have the roll in shower but I found it hard to keep my body on the shower bench. I slip and slide and my spasms have knocked me down once or twice. I have found it easier (for me) to get in and out of the bath tub. Being wet, from the bath tub, I basically just slip right back up into my chair. I have a lot of upper body strength, so that could be the easy way out.
                              Glad you got to take a nice bubble bath, I remember my first one and it was awesome!
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