Portable Patents (Class 4/516)
  • Publication number: 20140283293
    Abstract: Various aspects of a portable hygiene station are disclosed herein. In one embodiment a portable hygiene station comprises a base. The base comprises a support surface; a bowl adjacent the support surface, the bowl having a drain aperture near a bottom surface thereof; and a basin substantially beneath the bowl for receiving water from the drain aperture. The hygiene station also includes a removable water source and a support member coupled to the base for supporting the water source over the base. In some embodiments, a handle attached onto the base, wherein the handle may be used as the support member for supporting the water source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Diana L. Staats
  • Patent number: 8117689
    Abstract: A wheeled cart is configured to removably carry a patient's personal wash basin. The cart includes a lid that covers the personal wash basin when the cart is moved from a bathroom to the patient so that liquid in the wash basin cannot splash out onto the floor if the cart strikes an obstruction. A flexible tube is provided for filling the basin from a sink. A drain pipe is provided to empty the wash basin without the need to lift the wash basin. A disposable thin personal wash basin having a funnel-shaped outlet may be used with the cart to minimize potential contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Shamirra Slayton
  • Patent number: 8032957
    Abstract: A drainage tray is adapted to be placed in a hair shampooing bowl having a bottom and front and rear walls extending upwardly from the bottom, a drain opening adjacent the front wall, and a peripheral edge spaced above the bottom and including an area on the front wall for supporting the neck of a person. The tray, when supported on the bottom of a shampooing bowl, is spaced below the peripheral edge and includes a perforated bottom wall having a front end, a rear end and sides between the front and rear ends and a perforated peripheral side wall extending upwardly from the bottom wall about the front and rear ends and the sides thereof. A portion of the peripheral side wall extends below the bottom wall to support the bottom wall of the tray above the bottom of a shampooing bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventor: Kathy M. Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20100199418
    Abstract: A portable hair washer permits hair washing of patients who cannot move freely, regardless of the state of the patients or the environment where the patients are located. The portable hair washer includes: a shampoo bowl of depressed shape; a head mounting portion curved to support a patient's head on a side of the shampoo bowl; a reservoir portion separated from the shampoo bowl by a side wall to store water; a drainage portion separated from the reservoir portion by a separation wall to store used water from the shampoo bowl; a water supply portion disposed on a side of the reservoir portion to supply water to the reservoir portion; a shower disposed on a side of the reservoir portion to supply the water to the shampoo bowl; and a pump providing the shower with a driving force to draw the water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Inventor: Hyun Tae Yi
  • Patent number: 7758024
    Abstract: A dissolving water making unit and a bubble generating unit are provided. The dissolving water making unit includes a gas dissolving device for dissolving gas in water. The bubble generating unit includes a bubble generating nozzle and a bubble generating cartridge. The dissolving water making unit sucks water from a water source, and sucks gas to make dissolving water from a mixed solution in which the water and the gas are mixed together. The dissolving water is obtained by dissolving the gas in the water. The bubble generating unit generates microbubbles from the dissolving water supplied from the dissolving water making unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Shoei Butsuryu Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsunejiro Takahashi, Toshitaka Okumura, Koichi Kubo
  • Publication number: 20100162479
    Abstract: A portable hair-washing apparatus includes a washbasin, a container, a pumping unit and a showering unit. The washbasin includes an upper deck formed on a lower deck so that a chamber is defined between them. The upper deck includes a cavity separated from the chamber and an inlet pipe in communication with the chamber. A dirty-water drain extends from the upper deck. A clean-water drain extends from the lower deck. The container includes a cavity and an aperture in communication with the cavity thereof. The inlet pipe of the washbasin is in communication with the cavity of the container when the washbasin is located on the container. The pumping unit is in communication with the clean-water drain. The showering unit is in communication with the pumping unit. There are plugs for closing the inlet pipe, the dirty-water drain and the aperture, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventor: MING-CHIA TAI
  • Patent number: 7469430
    Abstract: The portable shampoo sink is a sterilizable apparatus that permits bedridden individuals to have their hair shampooed while lying down. The apparatus may be used in a hospital or at home. A rolling cabinet on wheels has a sink shaped with a semicircular depression for receiving the neck or head of the individual. The cabinet stores both hot and cold water in tanks disposed within the cabinet. A motorized heater heats the water in one tank. Water is pumped up to a spray nozzle via a flexible conduit as controlled by a control on the sprayer and hot and cold water spigots. The wastewater collected in the basin drains through a conduit into a waste/drainage collection tank disposed under the basin. Two side doors permit access to the tanks, heater and pump. The sides of the cabinet have shelves for placement of washing accessories such as shampoo and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Inventor: Ailene P. Thies
  • Patent number: 7234176
    Abstract: The inflatable basin (10) comprised of a bottom wall (12) and upwardly extending side walls (14), which extend around the perimeter of the bottom wall (12). The side walls (14), in cooperation with the bottom wall (12), define a water-tight cavity suitably dimensioned for receiving the head of a patient. The side walls (14) are composed of a plurality of inflatable tubular members (14A and 14B) that include an opening (16) so that the head of the patient may be placed within the basin (10) when the patient is in a prone position. The basin is provided within a support structure (32) secured to the bottom wall (12), and a resealable valve (30) disposed in a drain outlet (28) in fluid communication with the interior cavity of the basin (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Homecare Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Chia-Ching Chiu
  • Patent number: 7114201
    Abstract: An automatic shampoo machine used in beauty salons and the like, having improved operability and including a manual finish hair rinsing operation. A basin is provided with a hand shower and a hand shower valve to be operated by an operator standing behind, a hood for covering and uncovering the top of the basin and an open/close unit for opening/closing and moving the hood. The open/close unit guides the hood to a closing position, a first opening position and a second opening position. In the first position the hood is in an upright state behind the basin, and in the second position the hood is positioned on the left side of the basin. In the second position, the hood uncovers the rear side of the basin, whereby the operator can perform operations from the rear side of the basin without the hood interfering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignees: Sanyo Electric Co., LTD, Takara Belmont Corp., Sanyo Electric Techno Clean Co., LTD
    Inventors: Hideaki Matsunaga, Takenari Yuki, Tatsuhiko Yoshii, Tomo Nishimura, Masaru Noro, Masatsugu Ito
  • Patent number: 7028348
    Abstract: In order to dress a subject's hair using the two first and second kinds of medicine solutions, a hood must be once taken off. Therefore, in order to apply the second medicine solution, the position of the hood must be adjusted so that the head is centrally located at the hood. This adjustment is troublesome for both the operator and subject. In order to obviate such inconvenience, a hair dressing device equipped with a hood D includes a fixed hood 71 and an opening/closing hood 72 into which said hood is divided, said opening/closing hood being openably attached to said fixed hood. In this case, said opening/closing hood 72 is opened/closed so that said fixed hood 71 is opened from above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Takara Belmont Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoaki Tadaka, Keiji Ito, Norimasa Okuzaki, Hajime Mizutani
  • Patent number: 6931674
    Abstract: A portable shampoo bowl secured to a platform is sized to fit over a traditional kitchen sink with depending lugs extending along sink sides and adjustable on the platform around the platform perimeter to accommodate commonly found sinks to prevent the platform from shifting laterally on the sink. A neck rest channel on the bowl extends forward from the platform and beyond the sink to comfortably reach a person in the neck rest channel. The bottom of the forward portion of the bowl is mildly sloped downward through the forward portion of the bowl to a horizontal bottom portion in which drain holes are located. The bowl is mounted intermediate the length of the platform on its forward portion such that a platform rearward portion remains uncovered as a shelf on which bottles of supplies and tools can be placed, confining drippings from the user's wet hands and general mess from the bottles and such on the platform within the bounds of the sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventor: Jeannette Dean
  • Patent number: 6728977
    Abstract: A portable pump-operated shampoo unit which includes a waterproof inclined body ramp for positioning a person's upper torso and head, a removable reservoir for water storage, a pumping means for pumping water from the reservoir through a spraying means to the person's head. The system also includes a waterproof cape having concave inserts to promote drainage of the water and attachment means to hold the cape in position for drainage. The system also includes a receptacle for collecting the water via a funnel which connects the cape to a drainage receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Inventor: Ronit Knight
  • Patent number: 6711757
    Abstract: A portable fluid dispensing device suitable for convenient delivery of potable water. The portable fluid dispensing device includes a faucet and sink that can be conveniently located in close proximity to an individual located in a bed or chair. The sink is rotatable within a plane, and can be adjusted to a selected vertical height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventor: Todd A. Peck
  • Patent number: 6665891
    Abstract: A portable hair washing apparatus for allowing the shampooing of the hairs of the physically disabled includes a tank member having side, front, back, and bottom walls, and also having a tabletop; and also includes wheels upon which the tank member is mounted; and further includes a hair washing support assembly being attached to the tank member and including a headrest member; and also includes a hair washing assembly being supported by the tank member and including a semi-rigid hose being attached to the tank member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Inventor: Ninarose A. Clifford
  • Patent number: 6609257
    Abstract: A basin generally for use in health-care industries for debridement and/or irrigation of wound areas. The basin is best used for treatment of wounds on extremities and comprises a stable basin having contoured seats on opposing side walls and a filtering device to prevent clogging of the drainage hole and tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Fiore Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel R. O'Geary
  • Publication number: 20030070217
    Abstract: A hair washing apparatus and method of use of the same is provided. The apparatus includes a basin having an outer edge and an inner edge that defines an opening extending through the basin. A support structure is attached to the wash basin for vertically positioning the wash basin in a user desired position. The wash basin is formed of a generally rigid material such that when a person's head is positioned within the opening, the basin prevents the person's head from moving while the hair is being washed. The apparatus further includes a flexible tube having a lower end attached to the inner edge around the opening and an upper end through which the hair of the person may extend. The upper end engages the head below the hair such that when the hair is being washed, the wash water does not flow down the head and face of the person, but is directed into the wash basin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Publication date: April 17, 2003
    Inventors: James P. Mazzulla, Thomas J. Jarosz, Ignatius Duros, Lori Miller
  • Patent number: 6408455
    Abstract: An automatic hair washer which performs hair washing by supplying wash water in a hot water storing tank to washing nozzles. The automatic hair washer includes a temperature gauge for measuring the temperature of the wash water. The temperature gauge is placed within the hot water storing tank. A heater for heating the wash water is placed within the hot water storing tank, and a heater control is also included for controlling the heater to operate and heat the wash water in the hot water storing tank to a predetermined temperature when the temperature of the wash water is below the predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Oohiro Works, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirohisa Shimizu
  • Patent number: 6402776
    Abstract: The invention concerns an apparatus for inducing deep physical and mental relaxation, consisting of a housing containing both a collector (4) and a reservoir (5) wherein are housed a pump (1) and a thermostat heater (2). The liquid contained in the reservoir can be maintained at constant temperature and pumped by a tube (6) to flow onto the patient's forehead whose head rests on the collector. The invention also concerns two other embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventor: Bertrand Martin
  • Patent number: 6398062
    Abstract: An irrigation basin is disclosed for retaining waste fluids, having a support surface and a trough. The support surface is designed so that a patient can rest a head or extremity, such as a hand or foot, on the surface, while medical personnel flush the head or extremity with fluid or drain wounds found in the body part. The waste fluids are retained by the trough around the support surface. The irrigation basin is also useful for washing the hair of injured or immobile patients, and may further function as an emesis basin. In a preferred embodiment, the support surface slopes to drain fluid into the trough. The support surface can be concave to help cradle the head or other body part. The support surface can also be lower than the outside wall of the trough to minimize fluid splashes outside of the basin. Ribs can be provided in the walls of the basin to increase basin strength and prevent sliding when multiple basins are stacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: J J Fluid Containment, Inc.
    Inventor: John K. Jones
  • Patent number: 6257259
    Abstract: There is disclosed herein a multipurpose frame for use with a top mounted vehicle rack wherein the frame telescopingly attaches to the rack. As such, the frame is laterally extensible from the side of the vehicle and may be used to support a canopy, shower or serve as a clothes line or rain catch. A canopy may be attached at the outside ends of a plurality of extensions attached to the frame. The extensions may be removably attachable at the mounting portions of the frame of the present invention. In this fashion the canopy is sturdily supported by the extensions and can provide shade and protection from the elements to one who remains beneath it. Side walls may be attached to the frame to provide additional protection as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Kenneth Ardouin
  • Patent number: 6233755
    Abstract: A hair washer including a hot water storing tank for storing hot water, a cistern for receiving at least the hair of a person undergoing hair washing, a cistern including shower heads and nozzle heads in an interior thereof, a neck-receiving member provided on the cistern for supporting the back of the neck of a person undergoing hair washing, a conduit running below the neck-receiving member and connecting the hot water storing tank to the shower heads and nozzle heads in the cistern whereby the hot water passing through the conduit heats the neck-receiving member and thus the back of the neck of the person undergoing hair washing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Oohiro Works, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirohisa Shimizu
  • Patent number: 6076202
    Abstract: A shampoo sink system that includes an adjustable base assembly including an anti-tip wall attachment structure that includes an exterior sink structure having a liner structure with an emptying trough hingedly attached thereto. The liner structure is emptied by pivoting the liner at the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Inventor: M. Olene Lockwood
  • Patent number: 5966751
    Abstract: There is provided a new and useful portable hair washing apparatus. The apparatus comprises, in combination, a basin defined by a front wall, opposite facing side walls, a rear wall and a floor. The basin has neck support means and head support means, as well as drainage openings. There is also provided a flexible drainage hose releasably connectable to the drainage openings and a receptacle for receiving waste water and other debris from the hose. There is further provided cover means releasably securable to the basin and, when in position secured thereto, the cover means and basin constitute a carrying case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventor: Shirley A. Chiarelli
  • Patent number: 5946745
    Abstract: A hair washing or shampooing device includes a pair of interlocking bowls and a drainage tank that eliminate the need for a conventional sink and which further eliminates the need for a client to bend his or her neck backward during a hair cleaning process. A secondary bowl surmounts a primary bowl and has a greater breadth than the primary bowl so that liquids splashing against the secondary bowl are directed into the primary bowl. A sump formed in the primary bowl is connected by a drainage hose to a drainage tank which may be manually emptied or emptied by a pump. A liquid-delivery hose extends through an opening formed in the secondary bowl, and a liquid-dispensing nozzle having a trigger is attached to the free end of the hose to facilitate the hair-cleaning process. The inner part of a cape is connected to the primary bowl and the outlying part of the cape overlies the client's shoulders to protect them from wetness. A belt member is tightened around the cape to further secure it into position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventor: Harvey Magee
  • Patent number: 5940900
    Abstract: A shampoo chair with a filter headrest that includes a securing mechanism that is securable to the bottom of a bathtub and that includes a seat for supporting a small child at a comfortable height for a person shampooing the child's hair. The filter headrest is constructed from a rigid, porous, non-absorbent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Inventor: Renee L. Wells
  • Patent number: 5918323
    Abstract: Mobile hospital liquid sanitation cart for convenient and safe collection and ready transport and disposal of liquid waste from patients. A cuplike receptor on flexible tubing is extended to receive waste liquid and convey it to temporary storage in the cart. Rinse liquid is provided to the receptor to wash down the waste liquid and also is available to wash down the waste storage when at a suitable discharge location, as over a toilet bowl or other drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Inventor: Anthony Smith
  • Patent number: 5862542
    Abstract: A shampoo bowl headrest which supports the weight of the head and lessens pressure on the neck during various hair care techniques. The drain cup of this unit is firmly seated into the bowl drain and is attached to the base with a hand turnable tightening knob, said base running along the bowl basin to the front wall of the bowl, and affixing to a support post which adjusts for length laterally from said front wall. A disk adjoins the post for comfortability and adjustable height capabilities above the basin of the bowl. The disk overlaps the post to decrease any chance of hair entanglement at the connection point, and allows use of both bands during hair care techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Inventor: Timothy Allen Page
  • Patent number: 5842238
    Abstract: A movable washstand comprises a device for supplying water having a spray nozzle, a head rest, a catch basin, drain and bladder for temporarily holding discharge water and effluent and an electrical outlet, all mounted on a C-shaped frame with wheels that allow easy portability. A dual line extension hose having an inlet line, outlet line and quick connect capabilities allow the unit to be connected to a remote sink. An on-board extension cord allows the unit to be plugged into a remote electrical supply. The base of the cart slides under a bed and out the way while the catch basin is positioned under a patient's head. The height of the catch basin is adjustable to accommodate different bed configurations. The upper and lower members of the cart are hinged so that they fold over onto themselves transforming the unit into an extremely portable unit. A self-supporting movable wash pan is also disclosed that minimizes displacement of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Inventors: Mark W. Herrick, Jim D. Garner
  • Patent number: 5784727
    Abstract: A mobile unit (1) equipped with wheels (3) and a handle (2), on the top portion of which is a tray (13) for hair-washing, the height of which is adjustable and which is equipped with a shower head (14); further equipped with two tanks (12), one for the supply of clean hot water and the other for the discharge of dirty water, which is emptied through a discharge (9), by means of a faucet, the hot water tank (12) being coupled to a heating thermostat (8); both the hot water tank and the cold water tank being activated by respective impeller pumps. The unit may optionally be divided into two laterally adjacent, physically independent interconnectable modules (1-1'), each equipped with means of making the unit mobile in order to facilitate maneuvering of the assembly in tight space areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Manuel Irago Garcia
    Inventor: AnaMaria Perez Garcia
  • Patent number: 5692251
    Abstract: A headrest which supports the weight of the head and relieves pressure on the neck during hair treatment procedures. This headrest is made of durable polyethylene with the base anchoring in the sink drain, extending to the front wall, and connecting to a post which is adjustable for length into the sink bowl. A round disk attaches to the post for ultimate comfort and height adjustment capabilities above the bottom wall of the sink. This disk has a skirt sleeve to avoid entanglement of hair, and allows "hands free" use during treatment procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1997
    Inventor: Timothy Allen Page
  • Patent number: 5678255
    Abstract: A portable hair washing system that has a collapsible basin table for transporting is provided. The portable hair washing system comprises: a collapsible basin table having a top member supported by a plurality of telescopic legs; a first collapsible container having a spout; a second collapsible container having a spout; a first flexible conduit having a connector end and a nozzle end; and a second flexible conduit having a first and second connector end. The top member forms a basin approximate the front surface of the top member. The basin has a depending side wall and a bottom wall. The bottom wall forms a drain hole therethrough for draining water from the basin. The top member also has a curved portion extending downwardly from the front surface of the top member into the basin. The curved portion forms a neck surface extending into the basin for resting the neck of user. The portable hair washing system may also have a collapsible tray assembly and a case for carrying the equipment in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Inventor: Melvin C. Stoudamire, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5528776
    Abstract: The invention provides for a portable washing device which can be used to wash a person's hair. The device has a wash basin which is formed of two parts, and upper and a lower portion. The lower portion of the basin has a slanted inner liner which causes water to flow to a drain at the back end of the basin. The upper portion is open with a curved, cushioned edge. Between the upper and lower portion of the wash basin is a mesh screen which allows the wash water to flow through. Attached to the wash basin is a removable, refillable water tank. The water tank is connected to sprayer having an adjustable nozzle and has a water level monitor. The water is pumped from the tank to the sprayed and sprayed over the top portion of the basin. The device is ideal for washing an invalid's hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Inventor: Jacqueline Carmichael
  • Patent number: 5526539
    Abstract: A portable washing cart for facilitating washing of hair at a remote location. The inventive device includes a wheeled main body having a plurality of pivotally mounted doors. An interior counter top is mounted within the main body and includes a fixed sink mounted relative to the counter top and a movable sink removably mounted relative to the counter top which can be extended therefrom for placement proximal to a head of an individual residing within an adjacent support structure. A water handling assembly is mounted within the main body for supplying water to the sinks and for collecting waste water drained therefrom such that shampooing of the hair of an individual residing within a bed can be accomplished without moving the individual from the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Inventors: Lori J. Bower, Dennis L. Bower, Lois A. Monroe, William W. Monroe
  • Patent number: 5465438
    Abstract: A mobile nursing home unit is formed by an upright cabinet containing an assembly of nursing facilities including a sink and a superposed gray water tank and fresh water reservoir selectively supplying water to and draining from the sink into the gray water tank. Miscelleanous washcloths, soaps, lotions, towels and other desired small items are temporarily stored on the cabinet top wall and maintained thereon during mobile movement of the cabinet by a kitchen rail extending along adjacent edge limits of the top wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Inventors: Thomas Allman, Cathy A. Lee
  • Patent number: 5381562
    Abstract: A portable basin is disclosed which is adapted to receive and support a selected part of a person's body for isolatable cleansing, treatment and the like with minimal discomfort to the person. The disclosed basin is of unitary, continuous sidewall construction having certain body supporting contour features on its bottom and top edge and certain self-stabilizing features. More particularly, a basin of this invention provides an integral elevated platform portion feature in its bottom for receiving and supporting a selected body part during cleansing or treatment within the interior of the basin and at least one seat defined in the top edge of its sidewall contoured for concurrently receiving and supporting an associated member of the selected body part. One disclosed preferred basin embodiment is particularly adapted for cleansing and treating the head of a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Assignee: Vollrath Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Joan M. Holloway, Jeter L. Ridley
  • Patent number: 5343574
    Abstract: A mobile washstand comprises a trolley on wheels, an upper stand integral with the trolley, comprising in the proximity of one of its ends a hollow vessel and a tap associated therewith, a device for supplying water to the tap, and a device for discharging the effluent from the vessel into a storage container. The upper stand is articulated into a storage container. The upper stand is articulated on the trolley about a vertical axis located in the proximity of the stand end opposite the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Inventor: Patrick Butte
  • Patent number: 5337429
    Abstract: A device for supporting the head of a bed-ridden patient off an end of a bed during shampooing and cutting of the patient's hair. The device includes a frame with an open top, a series of straps traversing the open top of the frame, and a watertight collection tub disposed over a lower portion of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Inventor: Marilyn Tucker
  • Patent number: 5305481
    Abstract: A mobile salon station comprises a cart having two generally upright frame members which are vertically adjustable. The cart further has wheels and feet and two horizontal shelves. Two supporting rods are mounted on the frame members and support a basin having tubes received on the rods. The basin can be removed from the rods so that the salon station can be used with the basin supported on the rods for a patient in a wheelchair and can be removed and used on a bed for a bedridden patient. The basin has a convex central portion so that the patient's head can be supported thereon while the hair is being shampooed, etc. The rods are pivotally mounted so as to be swung into the plane of the upright frame members when the station is being transported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Assignee: Mobile Salon Station, Inc.
    Inventor: J. Clyde Nebb
  • Patent number: 5263206
    Abstract: A Portable Shampoo Basin for providing means for applying a shampoo to bedridden patients, having means for the drainage of the excess shampoo, water, and other liquid residues into a catch basin, thereby preventing the soiling of the bedding of the patient. A suitable head rest is located in the drain area of the Shampoo Basin for providing a comfortable position for the patient, allowing for patients with different handicaps, even those with hunch backs. A tool storage area is provided for storing the shampoo tools, combs, brushes, and other paraphenalia during the shampoo. Sufficient room in the Shampoo Basin is provided for the insertion of cushions, and other supporting equipment, required for the comfort of various handicapped patients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1993
    Inventor: Nancy L. Rupp
  • Patent number: 5245713
    Abstract: A hair washing unit for washing the hair of bedridden patients is formed as a unitary, hollow, rotationally moulded shell. The shell has a peripheral wall surrounding a central recessed well. A U-shaped depression in a front part of the wall merges smoothly into a shoulder support ramp sloping outwardly from the front of the unit to support the shoulder and neck area of a person whose hair is being washed. A drain opening from the well into the shell interior provides for waste water storage and transportation within the shell, while a second drain from the shell provides for disposal of the waste water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1993
    Inventor: Edwin J. Tickle
  • Patent number: 5144701
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting and positioning a wheel chair in a tilted association to a shampoo basin, wherein the organization includes a housing with spaced side walls defining an upper basin and a floor positioned below the basin for orienting a container for receiving fluid directed through the basin from a fluid container mounted overlying the basin. The housing includes spaced parallel slider bars positioned laterally of the basin and extend ible forwardly to position and mount wheel chair handle bars, with a wheel chair forward wheel support mount arranged to position the forward wheels of a wheel chair thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1992
    Inventor: Ralph W. Clark
  • Patent number: 5099865
    Abstract: A hair washing aid 1 comprises a disposable flexible hood 2 having an opening 4 for fitting around the head 5 of an invalid and an inlet 6 at the top of the hood 2 for water and shampoo. The inlet 6 is sized to accommodate an attendant's hands for washing the hair, in use. A double sided hypo-allergenic tape 10 is used to attach the hood 2 in position and to form a fluid barrier to prevent fluid escaping from the hood 2, in use. An overlapping flap portion 20 of the hood 2 allows the hood to accommodate a range of head sizes. An integrally formed extension 30 of the hood defines a pocket for collection of water and shampoo run-off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Assignee: Healthcare Design Limited
    Inventors: Rita Flannery, Mary B. Henry
  • Patent number: 5075908
    Abstract: A rinse bag is disclosed for rinsing the hair of a wearer. The rinse bag is relatively simple, inexpensive and is relatively compact, such that it does not require a great deal of space for use or storage. The rinse bag consists of a heavy bag having an elastic front which is sealingly received on the head of a wearer. A supply cup receives a pull-out water supply hose or tube, such as typically found on a sink in salons, to supply water into the interior of the bag. The supply cup is fluidly connected to a plurality of rinse tubes which extend axially within the bag, and which include a number of holes spaced axially along each individual rinse tube. Water is thus supplied evenly about the head of a wearer to thoroughly rinse the hair. With a rinse bag according to the present invention, it is ensured that the hair is thoroughly rinsed with a relatively inexpensive and simple device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Inventor: Valerie Y. Newman
  • Patent number: 5022102
    Abstract: A bathing device comprises an air inflatable bathtub and shampoo bowl of flexible material. When deflated, the bathing device lies flat for convenient storage and portability. When inflated, it expands to form a bathtub in which a person may sit, a sloped backrest against which the person may lean and a shampoo bowl behind the backrest for receiving water used to shampoo and person's hair. Drains are provided for draining water from the bathtub and shampoo bowl upon completion of bathing. A bathing device also comprises an air inflatable shampoo cap of flexible material, which when deflated folds flat. When inflated, the shampoo cap fits and seals with the head of a person to accommodate shampooing the person's hair while confining wash water to the cap. The shampoo cap may be used separately from or together with the shampoo bowl and bathtub, and if desired it may be an integral part of the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1991
    Inventor: Maria Louvaris
  • Patent number: 5014371
    Abstract: A portable salon unit includes a movable cart with a wash basin adjustably attached thereto. The wash basin is adjustable vertically with respect to the cart, horizontally with respect to the cart, rotatably about a vertical axis adjacent the cart, about a horizontal axis to the basin and a vertical axis to the basin. A device for supplying clean water to an object located in the basin includes a water connector at one end and a spray end at the other. A flexible supply hose is provided on a supply reel to allow the water connector to be located some distance from the cart. A water return device also including a flexible hose allows water from the basin to be returned to the source. Electricity is also supplied to the cart by use of a suitable cord on a reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1991
    Assignee: Salon Care Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Jurgen D. Heel
  • Patent number: 5007118
    Abstract: A head care station for use with a wheelchair and a kit therefore and a method for reclining the occupant of a wheelchair against a head support. The head care station has a foundation member having a front portion and a back portion. A wheelchair jack is mounted to the front portion. The wheelchair jack has a bearing member movable between a floor position and an elevated position. A head support is connected to the back portion of the foundation member. The head support is movable between a lower position and an upper position. A bolster is connected to the back portion of the foundation member. The bolster is disposed at a vertical elevation above the elevated position of the wheelchair jack. The wheelchair jack and the bolster define between them an occupancy space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Inventor: Larry W. Ebersole
  • Patent number: 4998302
    Abstract: A highly stable and self-contained mobile hygiene cabinet comprises a housing assembly mounted on a plurality of wheels and a wash basin mounted on a top of the cabinet. First and second tanks are mounted centrally within the cabinet for retaining cold and hot water therein, respectively. A third tank is also mounted in the cabinet, below the other tanks, and communicates with the basin to receive waste waters therefrom. Water dispensing apparatus, including a manually actuated handle knob and a sprayer attachment, are mounted on the cabinet adjacent to the basin for receiving and dispensing water. A water supply control system selectively communicates cold, hot or a mixture of cold and hot water from one or both of the first and second tanks to the water dispensing means. An electrical control system is provided for selectively driving pumps to effect such communication and to also purge the third tank of waste water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Inventor: Michael L. Silva
  • Patent number: 4979524
    Abstract: Hair treatment dispensing apparatus comprising a housing, a pump, a reservoir containing a hair treatment solution, a nozzle for dispensing the solution, the reservoir, nozzle and a pump being interconnected by flexible tubing, and the solution being adapted to flow toward and away from the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Inventor: Antonio Anderson
  • Patent number: 4974500
    Abstract: A portable cabinet is provided for facilitating the operation of espresso and coffe-making machines and for the merchandising of espresso and coffee. The cabinet includes a counter top with at least two beverage preparation stations at different levels, one for preparing espresso and the other for preparing coffee. An internal fresh water supply and plumbing system enables the cabinet to be used at locations where a continuous supply of fresh water is unavailable. Filtered water from a holding tank is supplied to both beverage preparation stations on the top counter. A power distribution system built into the cabinet supplies electric power to both beverage preparation stations and to built-in lighting within the canopy which extends over the top counter. An internal waste water collection system drains waste water from the espresso-making machine to a waste water holding tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1990
    Assignee: Boyd Coffee Company
    Inventors: David D. Boyd, Michael W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4935971
    Abstract: An in-bed bathing process and apparatus therefor comprising the steps of filling one compartment of a sealed tank, internally divided by a flexible diaphragm into two compartments, with pressurized water to distend the diaphragm into the other compartment, moving the water-filled tank to the bedside of the bed-ridden person, encasing the person in a body-encapsulating, water-proof sheath, pressurizing some of the water from the tank into the sheath through a transfer line, for bathing the person, connecting a shower nozzle to the transfer line and rinsing the person, then draining the rinse water from the sheath through another line into a bag hung next to the tank, and including provisions for placing a wash tray behind the person's head for washing their hair in the bed and draining the water into the sheath for capture in the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1990
    Inventors: Mignon A. Dunn, Scott Postle