With Means For Turning Tub For Aiding Access Patents (Class 4/540)
  • Patent number: 9393165
    Abstract: A method and system for calibrating a control profile of a controller having at least one output variable used to control the operation of a mobility device. The calibration system controls the mobility device according to a prescribed routine under a range of changes of values of the output variable. One or more sensors provided, either temporarily or permanently, on the mobility device sense operational parameters of the mobility device and send sensed data to the calibration system. The calibration system determines mobility device stability associated with the changes of the at least one output variable based on the sensed data and produces a control profile that restricts a controller from outputting changes of values of the output variable associated with mobility device instability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Dynamic Controls
    Inventors: Warren Pettigrew, Ian Palmer, Gary Andrew James Dellow
  • Patent number: 9228326
    Abstract: A portable drinker system is configured with a convertible frame that enable a water collector to be assembled in a desired location. The portable drinker system may be configured to be carried by a single person and have suitable packed dimensions and weight for this purpose. The water collector has a canopy that is supported by the convertible frame and a drain opening to collect water. The water collector is configured to direct water collected therein to a drinker. A conduit may be coupled to a water collector and extend to drinker. A drinker comprises a water retainer that is configured for animals to drink therefrom. A convertible frame may have articulating scissor portions or integrally segmented poles or some combination thereof. The canopy may have sleeves for the insertion of poles that can be bowed to form a structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Slick Hunting Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L Campbell
  • Patent number: 9066839
    Abstract: The invention consists of two parts. The first part is a lift made of four columns placed at the corners of the patient's bed. Connected to the columns, a bed made of a net of intersecting threads placed between the patient and the bed and are used to carry the patient in the sleeping position over the bed. The second part is a bath tub and a moving cleaning system on suitable moving equipments that can be easily moved to be inserted above the patients bed or below the patient via the aforementioned net. The patient is brought down to be cleaned in the bath tub using the crane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: King Saud University
    Inventors: Mohammed Abdulrahman Hamad Al-Madi, Sager Ibrahim Mohammed Aref
  • Publication number: 20090013460
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bathtub comprising a tub body, said tub body comprising a bottom wall, a peripheral side wall, and a drain. The tub body comprises an upper section and a lower section attached to each other, the upper section having a bottom surface and the lower section having a top surface. The upper section and the lower section are completely detachable from each other along a detachment line between the bottom surface of the upper section and the top surface of the lower section. There is a first waterproof seal located in the peripheral side wall between the bottom surface of the upper section and the top surface of the lower section when the upper section and the lower section are attached to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventor: Jeffrey G. Whitley
  • Patent number: 7310834
    Abstract: A tub arrangement comprising leg sections (2a, 2b) and/or supporting arrangement (12, 13) for fixing the arrangement on a wall or an a inner wall of a closet, wherein at least one supporting means comprise against a floor placed legs (2b), wherein wheels (4b, 4c); (4d, 4e) have been connected to said legs at a two part tub (1), to which one (2b) of the leg sections is fixed and which comprises a separate seat section (1a) and correspondingly a separate foot section (1b), the tub being turnable around a horizontal axis so that a person taking a bath can either lie or sit in the tub (1). The arrangement comprises a power element (6) connected between the leg sections (2a, 2b) or between leg section (2b) and supporting arrangement (12, 13) for adjusting t a first connecting point (7) and a second connecting point (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Inventor: Jorma Karhumaki
  • Patent number: 7107630
    Abstract: A bathing aid is designed to reduce the workload on the caregiver in bathing the physically challenged, elderly or similar persons requiring nursing care. The bathing aid is provided with an upward-opening cover for covering the open top of the bathtub except for an opening for allowing the bather to stick their head through. The cover is supported by arms urged upward by gas springs. The upward-opening cover allows the caregiver to stand whichever side of the bathtub and opens or closes the cover without difficulty. Furthermore, the cover's upward-opening structure is advantageous for reducing the installation space because it does not require the additional side space that would be necessary if the cover is constructed to open sideward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignees: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sanyo Electric Techno Clean Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Noro, Masafumi Nishino, Tetsunari Hamada
  • Publication number: 20040034917
    Abstract: The present invention provides a bathing aid, which is reduced in size and does not occupy a large space when not used, and which significantly reduces the workload on caregivers. In an embodiment of the invention, a bathtub 12 is supported by a movable unit 14 that vertically moves by the driving power of a motor and by rollers 13 running on a guide slope 15. When not used, the bathtub 12 is stored under a tank 11 in a close to upright position, so that the bathing aid occupies only a small space when not used. To use the bathing aid, the movable unit 14 is lowered and, accordingly, the rollers 13 roll down the guide slope 15. With this motion, the bathtub 12 changes its orientation from a position where the open top of the bathtub 12 is directed obliquely forward to a position where the open top is directed almost upward. The bathtub 12 is automatically driven by the electrical driving power of the motor; the caregiver has only to make some key operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2003
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Applicants: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sanyo Electric Techno Clean Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Noro, Masafumi Nishino, Tetsunari Hamada, Minoru Yonemoto, Toyoki Minamimoto
  • Patent number: 6076203
    Abstract: A body treatment apparatus has two separate but contiguous tubs to provide selective treatment to the feet and the upper body. A person will sit in one tub, and the person's feet will be in the other tub. The knees will be over a dam separating the two tubs. Each tub has separate fluid inputs and separate drains, so each may receive different fluids, and at different times. The entire tub unit can be rotated between a position in which the person is in a sitting position, and a position in which the person is reclining, with the feet higher than the head. Covers are provided for use when desired, such as during steam treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Inventor: Jorma Karhumaki
  • Patent number: 5924146
    Abstract: An on-bed bath for bedridden patients made up of a flat tray sized to accommodate a patient with raised sides at a slight angle. A U-shaped anti-splattering member is attached with quick fasteners to the insides of the raised sides. The tray is provided with a drain for emptying the tray of water. A mattress is placed in the tray for the comfort of the patient. The method of bathing the patient involves rolling the patient into the tray and then attaching the anti-splattering member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Inventor: Julian Ruiz Elosegui
  • Patent number: 5678257
    Abstract: A portable bathing apparatus that wheels to the patient's bed and then elevates to be even with the bed. It is equipped with a disposable tub unit, which may be sterilized for reuse and which raises and lowers. The apparatus is also provided with safety rails, an elevating back rest, a hand held shower unit, and a self-contained holding tank for used bath water. In addition, the portable bathing apparatus may be attached to a water source at the site of use, via a hose with an adapter the can be removably secured onto a standard faucet. The portable bathtub apparatus provides a satisfactory method of cleansing patients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Inventors: Joseph Morcate, Christy Elaine Jones
  • Patent number: 5666677
    Abstract: A portable bath tub (20, 20A, 20C) and a supporting frame (46, 17A, 200) for the bath tub (20, 20A, 20C) are positioned alongside a bed (10, 10A, 10C). The bath tub (20, 20A, 20C) has a front side (76) which overlaps a mattress (12, 12A, 12C) on the bed (10, 10A, 10C) and is supported thereby. The tub (20, 20A, 20C) bridges the bed (10, 10A, 10C) and the supporting frame. The bed (10B) has a bed frame (14B) which is movable vertically for raising and lowering the bath tub (20) which is partially supported on the mattress (12B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignee: Easy Lift Care Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael K. Crawford, Joseph M. Crawford, James R. Crawford
  • Patent number: 5598590
    Abstract: A portable bath tub (20, 20A, 20C) and a supporting frame (46, 17A, 200) for the bath tub (20, 20A, 20C) are positioned alongside a bed (10, 10A, 10C). The bath tub (20, 20A, 20C) has a front side (76) which overlaps a mattress (12, 12A, 12C) on the bed (10, 10A, 10C) and is supported thereby. The tub (20, 20A, 20C) bridges the bed (10, 10A, 10C) and the supporting frame. The bed (10B) has a bed frame (14B) which is movable vertically for raising and lowering the bath tub (20) which is partially supported on the mattress (12B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Assignee: Easy Lift Care Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael K. Crawford, Joseph M. Crawford, James R. Crawford
  • Patent number: 5579543
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for transferring a patient in a prostrate position sidewise between a bath tub (20, 20A, 20C) and bed (10, 10A, 10C) without lifting of patient (P). The method includes the steps of sliding a patient P over a front side (76) into the bottom (70) of the tub for bathing the patient, and returning the patient after bathing over the front side to the bed (20). The front side (76) of the tub (20, 20A, 20C) overlaps the mattress (12, 12A, 12C) and is supported thereon. The bed frame (14, 14B) and mattress (12, 12B) are movable vertically for raising and lowering the tub (20, 20A, 20C). The patient is moved into and out of the tub (20, 20A, 20C) when the tub (20, 20A, 20C) is in a lowered position, and is bathed with the tub in the raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Assignee: Easy Lift Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael K. Crawford, Joseph M. Crawford, James R. Crawford
  • Patent number: 5410764
    Abstract: A bathtub which, when installed in a bathroom, is selectively tiltable between a horizontal position and a tilted position for ease in getting into and out of the bathtub. The tiltable bathtub can be positioned in a conventional bathtub bay of a bathroom without significant modification to the bathtub bay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Inventor: Clete Darnell
  • Patent number: 5393119
    Abstract: A chair bath has a base frame and a bathtub mounted on the base frame so as to be pivotable about a transverse axis. The bathtub can be pivoted to a horizontal position. Thus, it is not necessary to carry a person into and out of the bathtub. A locking mechanism is provided for locking the bathtub in any desired position. A seat is mounted on the bathtub so that it can be pulled forward out of the bathtub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Assignee: Mitsuru Haruyama
    Inventor: Baietsu Mukai
  • Patent number: 4996729
    Abstract: A bathing device including tub surround panels useful with a conventional bath tub or with a tub configured to the special needs of the disabled. The panels have unobtrusively reinforced side panels recessed to accept a full length chair height reclining shower seat and a tilting bath tube to contain the bathing water for use when these bathing aids are necessary or desirable. When they are no longer needed, the seat and tube are easily removed and the surround panels are restored to their original appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1991
    Inventor: John R. Zellner
  • Patent number: 4958660
    Abstract: A closed loop function selector valve which directs high pressure hydraulic fluid to any one of several hydraulic related devices wherein the low pressure drains or returns of all of the devices are directed back to the valve. The valve comprises a hollow valve body having a cylindrical or arcuate inside surface wherein function selector ports are located. A valve drain output port is also located within the valve body. A selector rotor is moveably seated within the valve body having a line pressurized chamber therein which is in flow communication with the pressurized hydraulic line pressure directed into the valve. A chamber exit port is located in the body portion of the selector rotor arranged to be sealably alignable with one of the function selector ports for directing the hydraulic line pressure to any one of the various hydraulic devices connected to a functional selector port. The valve drain output port is always in flow communication with the remaining function selector ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1990
    Inventors: Daniel A. Eke, Alan B. Eke, Earl W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4888834
    Abstract: To permit comfortable bathing by an ambulatory patient without the assistance of another person, a bathing system includes a movable portion and a stationary portion, with a movable portion including a tub that pivots between a bathing position and an entering-and-exiting position. The stationary portion includes a seat for the patient which remains stationary as the tub moves, a drive mechanism for the bath tub and a source of warm sparging air and warm circulating air. When the tub is in the entering-and-exiting position, the chair is positioned so the patient can enter it easily but recessed within the tub walls so that he is partly encompassed by the tub and the warm air is able to circulate around the patient. The pivot point and size of the tub permit the tub to fit within an alcove. Controls are mounted so that the patient may manipulate the tub from position to position and control the warm air and water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1989
    Assignee: Malmros Holding, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Vago
  • Patent number: 4809368
    Abstract: A shower and bath tub is adjustable into an upwardly inclined position (A), whereby the tub has a seat (35) on which a person (41) may sit when the tub is in its upwardly inclined position. The seat has two sitting surfaces (36a, 37a) on opposite sides of a forwardly open space (38). In order to prevent faeces from the person sitting on the seat from ending up in the tub, and prevent showering water when showering the abdomen of said person to gather in the tub and/or flow out on the floor, the space (38) may receive a basin (42), which is removable from the space, for collecting faeces from said person (41), and communicates with an output (50) which may be opened to permit discharge of showering water flowing down through the space from the tub (1) when said tub is in its upwardly inclined position (A) and the abdomal parts of a person sitting on the sitting surfaces are showered by means of the shower (64).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1989
    Inventor: Arne H. V. Johansson
  • Patent number: 4592099
    Abstract: A tiltable bathtub for easy access by the bather without assistance in which the tub is pivotably supported on a horizontal pivot near the tub rim, the pivot axis being either lengthwise of the tub and on the longitudinal centerline of the tub rim or transverse to the length of the tub and midway of the ends of the tub, a bath support platform within the tub being independently supported and adapted for easy cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1986
    Inventor: John R. Zellner
  • Patent number: 4530121
    Abstract: A tilting bath including a support structure to be secured to the floor of a building. A bathtub is pivotally interconnected at one end thereof with the support structure and is provided with a user seat assembly which is pivotally secured to the bathtub and functions in gimbal-like manner to permit user seating during pivotal movement of the tub. Hydraulic cylinders are utilized to raise and lower the tub between its horizontal and upstanding positions. The bathtub incorporates flexible water supply and drain conduits for connection with a water supply and drain system of the building structure. Water supply, water draining and tub positioning are controlled by a user seated in the user seat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1985
    Inventor: Edison P. Penney
  • Patent number: 4296508
    Abstract: A special bathtub for invalids has a fixed end part which abuts an oblong rotatable end part operable by control of the pressure of the water source. The center of curvature of the abutting faces of the fixed end part and the oblong rotatable end part is offset from the pivotal axis of the rotatable end part to incorporate a wedging feature in effecting a watertight seal. An interlocking latch and water sensor prevent inadvertent opening of the tub when it is filled with water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1981
    Inventor: Malachy J. Moran
  • Patent number: 4280234
    Abstract: A tub member is pivotable about a horizontal axis between an initial and an operative position, and is adapted to be filled with a bathing liquid, when in the operative position, and a chair member includes seat and backrest portions. At least one of the members may be moved relative to the other to and from a station of close contact. The tub member, when the members are in the station of close contact, is adapted to face the chair portions, and is pivotable to the operative position for receiving interiorly at least a portion of the chair within the tub member. The seat and backrest portions of the chair member define a chamber adapted to be filled with a fluid of a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1981
    Inventor: Hans Sax
  • Patent number: 4207629
    Abstract: A tub-bathing equipment for bedridden old people, physically-handicapped people and so on, in which a bathtub fitted into a rectangular frame of a carriage from above is slanted by a crane disposed under the bathtub so that the side of the shallowest portion of the bathtub is lowered to the floor to allow ease in helping the patient into or out of the bathtub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1980
    Inventor: Hideo Kagawa
  • Patent number: D273700
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1984
    Assignee: National Research Development Corporation
    Inventor: Roy Parker