Transfers between wheelchair and shower stool

The wheelchair is locked to the shower stool for secure transfers.

“Rufus” Shower stool
“Rufus” Shower stool

Description
Place the legs of the shower stool between the wheel and the wheelchair frame and lock in place with the wheelchair brake (photo 2). This method works with the “Rufus” shower stool, which is no longer made (photo 1). A grab bar is also used to hold on to a fixed point during transfers (photo 3).

Users comments
The wheelchair is locked to the shower stool for secure transfer. The washers that hold the seat of the shower chair in place break regularly (photo 4). Glenn purchased spare washers from the manufacturer so he can repair the stool. He is also considering attaching an “X” brace under the shower stool seat to take the weight off the washers. Glenn has examined other shower stools and does not feel they work as well. The stool legs have to be 25 mm.

Paid for by
County council

Whose idea
Glenn Andersson

Editors comments
ETAC does not sell shower stools with folding armrests anymore. In Sweden Coral from Handicare, www.handicare.se is a similar model (last checked June 2017).

This tip is from 2005

Shower stool locked to wheelchair with wheelchair brake
Shower stool locked to wheelchair with wheelchair brake
Grab bar
Grab bar
Shower chair washers (close-up)
Shower chair washers (close-up)

Tipsare: Glenn

Glenn lives together with his wife in an apartment. In 1990 he was injured and has a paraplegia (Th4).