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Rifton Wave Bath System

The new bathing system with the tub transfer answer


When we make bathing easier, our clients are healthier. The Wave system has been thoroughly reimagined to improve bathing and showering – for the client and for the caregiver. Responding to requests from therapists and caregivers, we widened these bath chairs to accommodate larger clients. And to protect skin integrity we added generous padding under soft knit fabric.

As well as mounting the bath chair on a tub stand or rolling shower stand we’ve added an ingenious tub transfer base to completely change the way you transfer and bathe large clients. There’s nothing like it.


A complete bathing system with integrated transfer solution

The system starts with the chair itself, available in small, medium and large.

If you need to raise the chair in the tub (to save your back), get the tub stand.

If you need it at standing height for the shower, get the shower stand.

To transfer a large or heavy user for an over-the-tub shower use the back-saving rotating transfer base. With its ingenious slide-rotate action you can place your client on the bath chair (even with a lift, if necessary) and move them over the tub without strain.

We asked clinicians and parents what they wanted in a new bath chair. Their top request? More width. Well, you got it. Plus better padding for sensitive skin.

Wider and more comfortable than ever

Before our designers started redesigning the Wave, they asked therapists and providers what they wanted. More width was the number one request.

Our large is 171/2” wide and it will accommodate adults up to 6’2” and 250lbs.

The medium is 15” wide

The small is also 15” wide

Along with a wider chair, our designers added padding to make it even more comfortable and gentle on sensitive skin.

Easy to adjust

The Wave is truly tool free, not only for initial assembly but also for all adjustments, many while in use.

Adjust the backrest angle with one hand which allows the caregiver to keep the other hand on the client for safety and reassurance.

Adjust the angle of the seat by releasing the two triggers underneath.

Adjust the calf rest independently by pushing the gray buttons and rotating up or down.

Adjust the angle and height of the chair by pulling out and pivoting the legs up or down.

Positions like no other bath chair

The backrest adjusts from flat to 75° in 6 increments.

The seat adjusts from flat to 75° in 6 increments.

The calf rest adjusts separately from the seat in 15° increments – making it possible to make it flat or adjust it to 90°, or an angle in between.

The Wave is the only bath chair with separate seat and calf rest adjustments. That means you can comfortably position the client with just the right hip and leg angle.

More seat heights are available using the base.

For an intermediate seat height, rotate rear legs up flat and front facing legs down.

To get the chair low in the tub, rotate both front and back legs straight out as shown.

Thoughtful details

Conversion kits are the smart solution for growing children. For a fraction of the cost you can convert a small to a medium bath chair. We’ll send you a new larger fabric cover, back and seat frames and chest strap with instructions on how to remove the old and install the new parts on your existing base.

The Wave has a washable fabric cover that is easily removed for cleaning.

Bathing equipment for people with disabilities tends to be big and bulky, taking up far too much space in bathrooms that are shared by everyone in the family. Often this means that families are forced to take shortcuts or skimp on hygiene care for their loved ones with special needs. And poor hygiene often results in poor health.

Rifton designed the bath chair to fold flat and hang on the wall out of the way.

The folding storable tub transfer base makes it possible for everyone in the family to use the tub.

When you are finished just remove the base from the tub, fold the legs, and hang it on the wall hook provided.


Chest Straps

The simple chest strap safely positions the user in the Wave bath chair. It attaches with hook and loop where needed along the full height of the back, and buckles securely behind.

The simple chest strap provides minimal lateral positioning and is best used with clients who are able to maintain their own trunk alignment.

The chest strap with adjustable lateral straps gives additional lateral support helping users maintain better trunk alignment in the bath chair. The soft fabric laterals will not get in the way during transfers.

Unlike the laterals on most bath chairs, The Wave’s soft fabric laterals will not get in the way during transfers.

Head blocks

Optional head blocks provide lateral support and positioning for the user’s head.

The soft plastic head blocks are on a strap that can be positioned at any height on the back rest. Aside from providing positioning support for clients with poor head control, head blocks can also give the client a feeling of security.

Leg Straps

Use the fully adjustable leg straps to position your client’s hips in abduction (or just to provide additional security).

Use the fully adjustable leg straps to position your client’s hips in abduction (or just to provide additional security).

Calf rest

The calf rest option provides more support for the lower legs and is especially needed when the bath chair is used on one of the stands.

The calf rest must be chosen at the time of the original purchase. It cannot be added later.

Tub Stand

The optional tub stand raises the bath chair either 5 ½” or 11 ½” higher in the tub depending on the position of the tub stand legs.

The Wave on the tub stand. Both stand and chair have slip-resistant feet for stability in the tub. The tub stand legs also fold flat for storage. Quick-release locks allow the bath chair to be attached or removed from the tub stand without using tools.

Shower Stand

The shower stand lets you roll your client into the shower stall at a height that allows for better cleaning – and saves your back. Locking casters (4″) provide smooth, easy maneuverability.

The Wave bath chair on the shower stand.

Tub transfer base

The ingenious tub transfer base is ideal for the large or heavy user who needs an over-the-tub shower. It’s much more gentle on your back, too.

The tub transfer base starts in the position farthest out of the tub. It is then rolled back over the tub, and the brakes are set.

As the upper portion with the bath chair is rotated 90° it moves approximately 12″ back over the tub in one motion.

Note: Take care to select the direction of the pivot, clockwise or counterclockwise, at the time of purchase. (The tub transfer base pictured pivots clockwise into the tub.)

The legs of the tub transfer base can be adjusted to fit bathtubs up to 24″ high. (Use long legs if the edge of your bathtub is more than 20” above the floor.)

With the tub transfer base you can perform healthy transfers – either manually or with a mechanical lift – without crowding your bathroom with permanently mounted equipment.

The folding, storable tub transfer base makes it possible for everyone in the family to still use the tub.

When you are finished just remove the base from the tub, fold the legs…

… and hang it on the wall hook provided.




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