With User Access Means In Side Of The Tub Patents (Class 4/555)
  • Patent number: 10314440
    Abstract: A bathtub comprising a tub having an enclosure defined by at least one sidewall for holding a water capacity, a doorway on the sidewall for providing access to the tub, a door mountable onto the doorway for holding at least two water levels in the tub; an actuator allowing a user to move the door between at least three positions; a mechanical drain for emptying the tub, a double reservoir for receiving water from the tub through the drain and the door drip, a control interface, door position sensors, water level detection sensors, a pressure sensor, and a controller configured to receive input controls signals from the control interface, receive input door lock position signals, receive input water detection signals, receive input pressure signals, send control signals to control a sealing valve of the door, and send control signals for operating a drain valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: LES PRODUITS NEPTUNE INC.
    Inventors: Jean Rochette, Alexandre Marchand, Marc Veilleux, Luc Beaupré, Alain Deslauriers, Patrick Charbonneau
  • Patent number: 10111560
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein include a bathtub closure system having a step, the step having a first side panel, a second side panel, and an elongated platform defining a cavity, where the cavity can be configured to facilitate ingress and egress into a bathtub. The bathtub closure system can include a hinged closure, where the closure can be coupled with the step and can cooperate with the step to form a substantially watertight seal when the closure is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Safeway Safety Step, LLC
    Inventors: Donald Floyd McKee, Christopher Brian Stafford
  • Patent number: 9980614
    Abstract: A shower door assembly includes a door panel having an inner surface to face a bathing enclosure, and a base member having an upper surface positioned between an inner side and an outer side. The base member inner side is positioned between the door panel inner surface and the base member outer side. The inner side at least partially defines a recess and is shaped to receive liquid from and divert liquid back to the bathing enclosure. A base for a moveable door has a substrate defining upper and lower surfaces extending between first and second edge regions, and a first leg section extending from the substrate lower surface and offset from the first edge region. The first leg section and the first edge region of the substrate cooperate to define a liquid diverter extending longitudinally to redirect flow away from the substrate upper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: LIBERTY HARDWARE MFG. CORP.
    Inventors: James Allen Austin, III, Nathaniel Faltin Dutton Schultz
  • Patent number: 9585524
    Abstract: A wall-entry bathtub includes a basin, a shell defining an entryway to allow access into the basin, and an entry wall movable between a lowered position and a raised position, wherein the entry wall is substantially clear of the entryway in the lowered position and at least partially blocks the entryway in the raised position. The bathtub also includes first and second entry wall position sensors configured to sense the position of the entry wall and a controller in electronic communication with the first and second entry wall position sensors, wherein the controller is configured to control components of the bathtub based at least in part on the position of the entry wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Scott R. Knapp, Santosh R. Narasimhan, Jeffrey F. Tempas, Kenneth A. Lefeber, David P. Ourada, Fred Ogreenc
  • Publication number: 20150020305
    Abstract: A wall-entry bathtub includes a basin, a shell defining an entryway to allow access into the basin, and an entry wall movable between a lowered position and a raised position, wherein the entry wall is substantially clear of the entryway in the lowered position and at least partially blocks the entryway in the raised position. The bathtub also includes first and second entry wall position sensors configured to sense the position of the entry wall and a controller in electronic communication with the first and second entry wall position sensors, wherein the controller is configured to control components of the bathtub based at least in part on the position of the entry wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Scott R. Knapp, Santosh R. Narasimhan, Jeffrey F. Tempas, Kenneth A. Lefeber, David P. Ourada, Fred Ogreenc
  • Patent number: 8898824
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for manufacturing a door for a walk-in bathtub, which comprises forming a tub door cap from an acrylic sheet, wherein the tub door cap has an outer shape defining a door for a walk-in tub; forming a channel into a surface of the tub door cap along a peripheral area thereof; forming a threshold portion configured to mate with the channel in the tub door cap and extend outwardly from the tub door cap; and the tub door cap is then adhered to the threshold portion of the door to form a walk-in tub door. The acrylic sheet that forms the tub door cap may be cast acrylic or it may be reinforced by co-extruding with thermoplastic, adding a reinforcing filler and/or fiberglass. A walk-in bathtub door made by the method described above and a walk-in bathtub assembly having a door made by the method described above are also provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Safety Tubs Company, LLC
    Inventors: Andre J. Neidich, Addiel Sital, William Langley Peck, II
  • Patent number: 8863323
    Abstract: A wall-entry bathtub includes an entry wall movable between a raised position and a lowered position to provide convenient ingress and egress. A handle assembly is coupled to a pair of latches and brackets to selectively restrain the wall-entry bathtub in the raised position. A counterweight assembly is coupled to the entry wall and reduces the force required to move the entry wall between the lowered and raised positions. The entry wall also includes a seal member that is expandable to inhibit water from leaking past the entry wall when the wall-entry bathtub is in use. Dual drains are provided to reduce the time required to drain water from the wall-entry bathtub. And, a controller, in combination with a variety of sensors, applies predetermined logic to control the water filling, entry wall sealing, and water draining of the wall-entry bathtub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Scott R. Knapp, Santosh R. Narasimhan, Jeffrey F. Tempas, Kenneth A. Lefeber, David P. Ourada, Fred Ogreenc
  • Patent number: 8683622
    Abstract: A drain system for a tub of the type having a tub body defining a bathing cavity, a doorway with door sill in the tub body and a door in the doorway. The drain system comprises a drain piping section adapted to be in fluid communication with a tub drain hole in a bottom of the bathing cavity for drainage of bathing liquid therethrough. A drain unit is adapted to be connected to a door drain hole in the door sill for drainage of liquid therethrough. The drain unit has an inner cavity and a check valve held releasably captive in the inner cavity. The check valve is manually removable from an exposed surface of the door sill. A pipe connects the drain unit to the drain piping section to direct liquid collected by the drain unit to the drain piping section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: C.G. Air Systemes Inc.
    Inventors: Dominique Ciechanowski, Miguel Castellote, Jonathan Castellote-Ciechanowski
  • Publication number: 20130283518
    Abstract: A drain system for a tub of the type having a tub body defining a bathing cavity, a doorway with door sill in the tub body and a door in the doorway. The drain system comprises a drain piping section adapted to be in fluid communication with a tub drain hole in a bottom of the bathing cavity for drainage of bathing liquid therethrough. A drain unit is adapted to be connected to a door drain hole in the door sill for drainage of liquid therethrough. The drain unit has an inner cavity and a check valve held releasably captive in the inner cavity. The check valve is manually removable from an exposed surface of the door sill. A pipe connects the drain unit to the drain piping section to direct liquid collected by the drain unit to the drain piping section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Dominique Ciechanowski, Miguel Castellote, Jonathan Castellote-Ciechanowski
  • Patent number: 8505128
    Abstract: A closure for a bathtub is disclosed. The bathtub has a walk-through bound by a generally U-shaped structure having a central sill portion and jamb portions projecting upwardly and from opposite ends of said sill portion. The closure comprises an exterior insert and an interior insert. The exterior insert, in use, is disposed exteriorly of the U-shaped structure. The interior insert, in use, is disposed interiorly of the U-shaped structure and releasably secured to the exterior insert to seal against the U-shaped structure to permit the bathtub to be filled to a height above the sill portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Herbert Staudinger
  • Patent number: 8448269
    Abstract: A bathing insert for use with a bathing space, the bathing insert comprising a body including first and second end walls, first and second side walls extending between the end walls, and a support wall connecting first edges of the end walls and the side walls. The walls define an open edge and an interior area of the body. A seat including a sit portion extending generally inward from the first end wall and a seatback portion extending from the support wall to the sit portion, wherein the sit portion and the seatback portion connect to define the seat. The body is positionable in a first orientation for use as a shower seat and a second orientation for use as a bathtub. When the body is in the first orientation, the open edge is positionable on a support surface, and when the body is in the second orientation, the support wall is positionable on the support surface such that the interior area is accessible by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventors: Sidney M. Libit, Jeffrey M. Libit
  • Publication number: 20130086738
    Abstract: A portable, walk in type bathtub includes an entrance and a door attached thereto to allow someone to walk into the bathtub without stepping over a wall. A replaceable water tank is attached to the tub such that clean water is directed from the water tank to the tub. Once the water has been used, the dirty or black water is directed to a separate tank within the water tank attachment. Once all of the clean water from the water tank has been used, the water tank is detached from the tub housing and a new tank containing clean water is attached to the tub to further facilitate bathing. The tub and water tank include wheels attached to the bottoms thereof to facilitate movement of the tub and water tank. The wheels may be raised and lowered to facilitate movement and locking of the tub in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: Therapy Tubs
    Inventor: Chet Millerd
  • Publication number: 20130086739
    Abstract: A modular walk-in bathtub system may comprise a plurality of configurable components that connect together. The configurable components may enable: passage of the configurable components through various sized doorways; on-site configuration during installation of the walk-in bathtub system to provide a left-hand drain or right-hand drain orientation; on-site configuration during installation of the walk-in bathtub system to provide an in-swing door, an out-swing door or a two-in-one door; removal and reinstallation of the walk-in bathtub system in a different location; and/or stackable storage of the configurable components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventor: John W. Booth, III
  • Patent number: 8375478
    Abstract: A walk-in bathtub has an outward swinging door mounted on a door jam. The door is provided with a latching mechanism that includes an extendible latching pin for receipt within a latch receiver in the door jam. The latching pin has a contoured face for guiding the latching pin into the latch receiver, and for drawing the door close to the door jam to compress a gasket provided between the door and the door jam. A push button lock selectively locks the latching mechanism in the latched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: 5 Star Steam Rooms L.L.C.
    Inventor: Zhi Gang Luo
  • Publication number: 20120304376
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for manufacturing a door for a walk-in bathtub, which comprises forming a tub door cap from an acrylic sheet, wherein the tub door cap has an outer shape defining a door for a walk-in tub; forming a channel into a surface of the tub door cap along a peripheral area thereof; forming a threshold portion configured to mate with the channel in the tub door cap and extend outwardly from the tub door cap; and the tub door cap is then adhered to the threshold portion of the door to form a walk-in tub door. The acrylic sheet that forms the tub door cap may be cast acrylic or it may be reinforced by co-extruding with thermoplastic, adding a reinforcing filler and/or fiberglass. A walk-in bathtub door made by the method described above and a walk-in bathtub assembly having a door made by the method described above are also provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: Safety Tubs Company, LLC
    Inventors: Andre J. Neidich, Addiel Sital, William Langley Peck, II
  • Patent number: 8307471
    Abstract: Bather movement apparatus for use with a sidewall opening bath enclosure generally includes a chaise, a stanchion having a stirrup for supporting the chaise along with a pivot post extending exterior to the bath enclosure and a pivot arm interconnecting the pivot post and stanchion for enabling arcuate movement of the chaise between a bathing position within the bath enclosure and a doorway position outside of the bath enclosure. The movement of the chaise passes the chaise through the bath enclosure side opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Axcess Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Wm. Seymour, Deon Colchester, Robert Rotstan, Jr., Carl Tenbrink
  • Publication number: 20120216343
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a method is disclosed including providing a first opening in a sidewall of a bathtub, the sidewall including a top wall, an inner wall, and a outer wall, where the first opening extends along a length of the sidewall and has a depth extending generally downward from the top wall of the sidewall. The method further includes providing an overlay, the overlay including a body configured to receive at least a portion of the bathtub, wherein the body defines a channel and a second opening and positioning the overlay such that the overlay substantially covers the top wall of the sidewall and the sidewall is positioned within the channel defined by the body of the overlay, where the first opening is aligned with the second opening. The overlay can include at least one assistance feature. The assistance feature may include, for example, a seat, a grab bar, or a handrail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Stafford, Michael Anthony Serraino, Bruce R. Slattery
  • Publication number: 20120198611
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bath and/or shower device, comprising a tub (2) with a lowered entry region (3) that can be closed in a watertight manner by a moveable door. In order to render possible a simple and material-saving production with sufficient stability, one of the sidewalls (2a) of the tub (2) is provided with a recess (2b) extending essentially over the entire length and depth of the sidewall (2a), the moveable door (4) essentially covers half of this recess (2b) and the other half of the recess (2b) is closed in a watertight manner by a further separate and fixedly mounted component (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Wolfgang ZIERLER
  • Publication number: 20120192349
    Abstract: A bathtub system, including a tub with a bather access opening in one sidewall and a door mounted on that sidewall. In the closed position, the door is adjacent the access opening, and in the open position the door is substantially clear of the access opening. The system includes a gray water reservoir under the tub of approximately the capacity of the tub and which can be connected to a sewer system. A high capacity toroidal tub drain conducts water from the tub into the reservoir by gravity alone very quickly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: AQUATIC CO.
    Inventors: Raymond C. Torres, Jason Slepicka
  • Patent number: 8230534
    Abstract: A bathtub system, including a tub with a bather access opening in one sidewall and a door mounted on that sidewall. In the closed position, the door is adjacent the access opening, and in the open position the door is substantially clear of the access opening. The system includes a gray water reservoir under the tub of approximately the capacity of the tub and which can be connected to a sewer system. A high capacity tub drain conducts water from the tub into the reservoir by gravity alone very quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Aquatic Co.
    Inventors: Raymond C. Torres, Jason Slepicka
  • Publication number: 20120005820
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a method is disclosed including providing a first opening in a sidewall of a bathtub, the sidewall including a top wall, an inner wall, and a outer wall, where the first opening extends along a length of the sidewall and has a depth extending generally downward from the top wall of the sidewall. The method further includes providing an overlay, the overlay including a body configured to receive at least a portion of the bathtub, wherein the body defines a channel and a second opening and positioning the overlay such that the overlay substantially covers the top wall of the sidewall and the sidewall is positioned within the channel defined by the body of the overlay, where the first opening is aligned with the second opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: Chris Stafford
  • Publication number: 20110167555
    Abstract: The invention relates to a closing and securing assembly for a bathtub and/or shower basin (2), having an entry region (3) which may be closed in a water-tight manner using a door (4) which optionally extends at least to standing height and which may be locked using a locking device (8), and having a discharge drain (9) having a closing mechanism which may be closed only in the locked state of the locking device (8). To provide the greatest possible safety while essentially completely avoiding electrical or electronic components, and which prevents bath water from escaping via the entry region (3) of the basin (2) when the door (4) is open or unlocked, and which allows the door (4) to be opened when the basin (2) is filled above the height of the entry region (3), a mechanical transfer arrangement (11) is provided for connecting a locking device (8) which operates in a strictly mechanical fashion to the closing mechanism, using a control system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: ARTWEGER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Zierler, Alois Laimer
  • Publication number: 20110088159
    Abstract: A wall-entry bathtub includes an entry wall movable between a raised position and a lowered position to provide convenient ingress and egress. A handle assembly is coupled to a pair of latches and brackets to selectively restrain the wall-entry bathtub in the raised position. A counterweight assembly is coupled to the entry wall and reduces the force required to move the entry wall between the lowered and raised positions. The entry wall also includes a seal member that is expandable to inhibit water from leaking past the entry wall when the wall-entry bathtub is in use. Dual drains are provided to reduce the time required to drain water from the wall-entry bathtub. And, a controller, in combination with a variety of sensors, applies predetermined logic to control the water filling, entry wall sealing, and water draining of the wall-entry bathtub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: Scott R. Knapp, Santosh R. Narasimhan, Jeffrey F. Tempas, Kenneth A. Lefeber, David P. Ourada, Fred Ogreenc
  • Patent number: 7926126
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventor: Jeffery G. Whitley
  • Publication number: 20100325789
    Abstract: An instant bathing equipment comprises a bathtub having a bathing room; a controlling means to generate an entrance formed on a bathing room to make a user enter the bathtub and close the bathtub; an isolating means to separate a store space in the bathing room so as to store water and to make the user enter a washing chamber from the entrance, the store space and the washing chamber communicating with each other so that water in the store space flows to the washing chamber, such that the bathing room is filled with water in a short time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventor: SCOTT OUYOUNG
  • Publication number: 20100275364
    Abstract: A bathtub system, including a tub with a bather access opening in one sidewall and a door mounted on that sidewall. In the closed position, the door is adjacent the access opening, and in the open position the door is substantially clear of the access opening. The system includes a gray water reservoir under the tub of approximately the capacity of the tub and which can be connected to a sewer system. A high capacity tub drain conducts water from the tub into the reservoir by gravity alone very quickly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: Lasco Bathware, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond C. Torres, Jason Slepicka
  • Patent number: 7788783
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for manufacturing a walk-in bathtub. The method involves heating an acrylic sheet, wherein the outer perimeter of the sheet is heated to a higher temperature than the center of the sheet. The heated acrylic sheet is then placed over a vacuum mold that is shaped like a bathtub, including a seat and a foot well, and drawn into the mold by the vacuum. Vacuum pressure is manually reduced when the acrylic reaches the top of the seat in the mold, and the vacuum is shut off when the acrylic is approximately two inches from the bottom of the foot well of the mold. The acrylic is removed from the mold, reinforced with fiberglass and secured to a support frame. A door space is cut in the side of the tub and a pre-hung door assembly is then installed in the door threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Safety Tubs, LLC
    Inventor: Andre J. Neidich
  • Publication number: 20100212083
    Abstract: Provided is an installation process and product designed to retrofit an existing bathtub by cutting and removing a section of the existing sidewall of the bathtub and adding a generally U-shaped structure featuring an operational and watertight and sealable door. The surface of the U-shaped structure may also feature a skid resistant tread plate on its top surface to help prevent a user from slipping and/or falling. The door may also feature a handle for ease in opening and closing the door and a latch to secure the door in a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventor: Chris Stafford
  • Publication number: 20100192293
    Abstract: A walk-in bathtub is disclosed with a minimal entry threshold height that provides enhanced convenience and safety for physically challenged and/or elderly users. The walk-in bathtub couples directly to a floor drain and does not include water jets or plumbing beneath the tub, thereby allowing the bottom of the tub to rest directly on the floor without being supported by a metal frame. The entry threshold height is less than four inches, preferably less than three inches, and more preferably less than two inches above the floor. The distribution of the tub weight over the floor surface makes it safer to use on weak or compromised floors. The reduced height of the tub allows it to easily pass through conventional doorways, and the reduced weight of the tub allows it to be easily carried and installed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventors: Robert C. Sauers, Carol G. Sauers
  • Publication number: 20080178380
    Abstract: A walk-in bathtub having a flip-up seat portion over a rearward foot well recess provides a bather with improved access to an interior bathing cavity of the bathtub by giving the bather when the bather is within the bathtub more usable floor space in the bathtub in which to stand while closing or opening a hinged door in a side wall of the bathtub. The invention further aids a bather in standing up from a sitting position in the bathtub in that the bather can place a foot or feet more directly below the bather in a rearward foot well recess under the flip-up seat portion preferably located near or at knee height and then can lift up the flip-up seat portion while the bather is rising from a sitting to a standing position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventor: Robert S. Rydalch
  • Patent number: 7237276
    Abstract: A bathtub for the disabled or elderly includes a tub (10) having an enclosure defined by at least one sidewall (10a), where the sidewall (10a) has a doorway therein providing access from an external side of the sidewall (10a), external to the enclosure, into the enclosure. A generally horizontal and vertically spaced apart pair of elongate guides (74, 82) are provided in the sidewall (10a). A door is slidably mounted to the guides (74, 82) on at least one pivotable linkage arm (70, 78). The pivotable linkage arm (70, 78) is pivotally mounted to both the door and at least one of the guides, and is adapted for generally horizontal translation along the sidewall (10a), in cooperation with the guides (74, 82), between a closed position wherein the door is releasably lockably mounted in watertight sealed engagement within the doorway, and an open position wherein the door is clear of the aperture and substantially parallel to the sidewall (10a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: Aquassure Bath Products Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew James Longman
  • Patent number: 7111335
    Abstract: 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. Thus, the workload on the caregiver is significantly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignees: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sanyo Electric Techno Clean Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Noro, Masafumi Nishino, Tetsunari Hamada, Minoru Yonemoto, Toyoki Minamimoto
  • 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: 20040237184
    Abstract: A bathtub for the disabled or elderly includes a tub (10) having an enclosure defined by at least one sidewall (10a), where the sidewall (10a) has a doorway therein providing access from an external side of the sidewall (10a), external to the enclosure, into the enclosure. A generally horizontal and vertically spaced apart pair of elongate guides (74, 82) are provided in the sidewall (10a). A door is slidably mounted to the guides (74, 82) on at least one pivotable linkage arm (70, 78). The pivotable linkage arm (70, 78) is pivotally mounted to both the door and at least one of the guides, and is adapted for generally horizontal translation along the sidewall (10a), in cooperation with the guides (74, 82), between a closed position wherein the door is releasably lockably mounted in watertight sealed engagement within the doorway, and an open position wherein the door is clear of the aperture and substantially parallel to the sidewall (10a).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventor: Matthew James Longman
  • Patent number: 6802088
    Abstract: The present invention 10 discloses a portable bed device comprising a horizontal bottom 26 surrounded by vertical walls 28 with an open top forming a tub 32 for holding water therein in order to wash a person. The tub 32 has a removable side panel 42 incorporated into at least one sidewall wherein a latching mechanism 44 is used to attach the removable side panel to the tub 32. An adjustable backrest/footrest 38 is provided in order to rest the patient's head thereon wherein the backrest/footrest element is attached by tongue 39 and groove 40 fastening means to the sidewalls of the tub 32. A headrest 48 may also be removably attached to the backrest/footrest element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Inventor: Daniel M Gruner
  • Patent number: 6766543
    Abstract: A bathing apparatus comprises a bathtub having a wall with an opening formed therein and a door panel sized and shaped to conform to the opening. The door panel is movably connected to the wall by a hinge mechanism which includes a substantially horizontal bar having a first end pivotally connected to the wall adjacent to the door opening and a substantially vertical slide rail secured to the bar. A slide bracket secured to the door panel is slidably mounted on the slide rail. The bathing apparatus further includes a chair with a seat portion that is removably attached to a base portion and receivable within the bathtub. The chair includes a pair of armrests, one of which is attached to the chair portion and one of which is attached to the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: MasterCare Patient Equipment, INC
    Inventors: Steve Hollis, Bryan Johnson, Jim Novotne, Gary Albers, Jay Groelz
  • Publication number: 20040064883
    Abstract: A bath for a disabled person, the bath having a body with a side opening which is closable by vertically displaceable door under the action of a door movement mechanism including a counter-weight beam (56) either end of which is linked to an end of the door by a chain. The weight of the counter-weight beam (56) is selected so as to bias the door towards its closed position. The beam (56) is connected by a pin (66) to over-centre lockable link arms (60, 62). When the beam approaches its lowermost position, as the door closes, a stub portion (72) of a pivot pin (64) connecting the link arms (60, 62) enters a locking fork (77) which is displaced by a motor (82) to effect over-centre locking of the link arms (60, 62) and thereby seal a channel on an inner face of the door against a lip disposed around the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2003
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Inventors: David Eric Appleford, Brian William Lane
  • Patent number: 6694542
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hip bath including a rear space (1) with a seat (2) as well as a front space (3) with a door opening (5) in a front side (4) thereof, said door opening (5) being closable by a door (6), wherein the seat (2) has a seat surface (7) with a notch (8), which extends rearwardly and divides said seat surface in two portions (7a, 7b). The front space (3) has as constant or substatially constant width (VB) and the rear space (1) has a greater width (HB) than the front space (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventor: Paul-Johnny Johansson
  • Publication number: 20030084504
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hip bath including a rear space (1) with a seat (2) as well as a front space (3) with a door opening (5) in a front side (4) thereof, said door opening (5) being closable by a door (6), wherein the seat (2) has a seat surface (7) with a notch (8), which extends rearwardly and divides said seat surface in two portions (7a, 7b). The front space (3) has as constant or substantially constant width (VB) and the rear space (1) has a greater width (HB) than the front space (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Inventor: Paul - Johnny Johansson
  • Patent number: 6516477
    Abstract: A shower apparatus for a seated occupant includes a tub having a body compartment for receiving the torso of an occupant in a seated position and a foot compartment for receiving the feet of the seated occupant. A seat is provided with a through opening positionable over a through opening in the bottom of the body compartment, both through openings being positionable over the bowl of a stationary floor toilet. A shower head/sprayer is provided to introduce a flow of water into the tub for showering the seated occupant. The shower head/sprayer is attached to one end of a water conduit with the other end of the water conduit having a fitting for attaching the conduit to a source of water, such as an existing faucet. Water is drained from the body compartment by gravity feed through the body compartment through opening and into the toilet bowl. Water is drained from the foot compartment by use of a pump which moves the water along a pump conduit and into the toilet bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Inventor: David B. Storm
  • Patent number: 6473915
    Abstract: A hydrotherapy pool comprising an enclosure for receiving a patient and for holding a quantity of liquid sufficient for immersing the patient so that the patient receives hydrotherapy, the enclosure having a plurality of openings for facilitating entry and exit from the enclosure; a removable door for each opening; a water tight seal for each door for sealing the door to the enclosure so that water does not leak from the enclosure; and a filling and draining system for filling and draining the enclosure of water. A seating area at a first end of the pool. The pool may have three doors, the doors being disposed with respect to the patient when seated in the seating area facing the patient, to the right of the patient, and to the left of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: Aqua-Eez, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry Davis, William A. Stern
  • Patent number: 6381769
    Abstract: An accessible bathtub apparatus for persons with disabilities, including an enclosure with an elevated bed with a seat and a foot well, a door panel, a door seal, connectors operable to pivot the door panel from an open position to a closed position, and retainers that hold the door panel in the open position until released by the user. The elevated bed allows direct lateral access by the user. The bathtub can be installed in a newly-constructed or renovated bathroom. Alternatively, it can be installed on an existing conventional bathtub, thereby avoiding the necessity of removing the old tub before installing the new one. It can be used in private homes, hotels/motels, and other locations; it can be used by persons with disabilities that would otherwise preclude them from bathing unattended or unassisted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: Alden A. Lofquist, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6272698
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to a method and means for modifying an existing bathtub to facilitate access by creating a generally U-shaped opening in an external sidewall of the tub and positioning in said opening a generally U-shaped insert having a step saddle with an elongated step-plate and a pair of generally parallel end plates extending from the ends of the step-plate; and a pair of a generally rectangular housings attached to the bottom of the step-plate and extending to rest directly on the floor, thus supporting said step saddle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Inventor: Donald D. Stafford
  • Patent number: 6212704
    Abstract: A molded acrylic bathtub walk through insert to be positioned in a cut out formed in a bathtub wall and having a skirt member to surround a step through portion with raised opposite ends providing walls to engage and bond to edges of the cut out portion in the bathtub wall and with the skirt sealingly engaging the bathtub floor, the inner and outer surfaces of the bathtub wall in which the insert is positioned and the structural floor outside of the bathtub, and a method of installing the insert in a bathtub wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Inventor: Craig S. Peterson
  • Patent number: 6151727
    Abstract: A bathtub apparatus for persons with disabilities, including a removable front panel and an elevated bed that allows direct lateral access by the user. The bed of the bathtub is elevated above the bathroom floor, approximately at the height of a chair, toilet seat, or standard bathtub front rail. The relative movement of the front panel/wall can be accomplished in a number of different ways, as can sealing between the front panel and the stationary parts of the bathtub. In one embodiment of the invention, the bathtub can be installed above an existing conventional bathtub, thereby avoiding the necessity of removing the old tub before installing the new one. The bathtub can be used in private homes, hotels/motels, and other locations; it can be used by persons with disabilities that would otherwise preclude them from bathing unattended or unassisted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventor: Alden A. Lofquist, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6061846
    Abstract: A bathtub walk-through insert to be positioned and bonded into a cut-out opening in a sidewall of a bathtub, the insert is generally U-shaped, with a web that will rest on a bottom of the cut out opening and legs that will fit against the opposite ends of the cut-out opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Bathcrest, Inc
    Inventor: Craig S. Peterson
  • Patent number: 5978983
    Abstract: A portable showering cabinet for use by non-ambulatory, aged, or other persons unable to use conventional showering and hygienic home care facilities, particularly useful for a private home, hospitality industry, residential schools, general and specialized hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and bedside care in a nursing home. The showering cabinet system provides daily hygienic care for disabled, with or without minimal assistance from a caregiver, eliminating the need for a caregiver to help a disabled person enter a shower stall and eliminating the need for a caregiver to perform the showering of the individual. The portable cabinet includes a water supply system that attaches to existing hot and cold water supply cabinets and a manually movable cabinet that has casters, allowing it to be moved easily and quickly along a floor surface to a bedside, and an improved access auxiliary seat to insure safe entrance by the patient into and out of the enclosure from a seated position on the outside of the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventors: Carl J. Queen, deceased, Donna Queen, Administratrix
  • Patent number: 5940902
    Abstract: A bathing tub including a bathing basket with an open front with a seating area, a back and opposing ends. The seating area can be adjusted in height and then fixed at a level approximately buttock high above a support surface so that a bather can easily slide into the seating area of the basket from a standing position through the open front. Once the bather is in the basket, a front rail is moved into a closing position to provide the bather with some support across the front of the basket and to prevent the bather from falling out of the basket. Next, a remote reservoir which has been pre-filled with a bathing liquid, usually body temperature bathing water, is raised and surrounds the bathing basket or the bathing basket is lowered into the remote reservoir to accomplish the same effect. The water will flow at a rapid pace into the bathing basket and the bather will thus be quickly immersed in water that has been pretempered to the desired temperature to any level of immersion desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Inventors: Page B. Onge, Jeannine M. Onge
  • Patent number: 5749106
    Abstract: A portable spa is provided wherein an external axis stairway is provided within an indentation in one of the sidewalls of the tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Inventors: Casey Loyd, Buzz Loyd
  • Patent number: 5722099
    Abstract: A bathing apparatus for disabled and aged is presented which allows bathing of a person in a seated position in a wheel chair. The bathing apparatus is hygienic because the caster rollers for the wheel chair are isolated from the bath water in a non-water-filled section of the apparatus thus avoiding contamination of the bath water, and can be operated with ease with one helper person. The bathing apparatus requires less water for a full bath compared with the conventional wheel chair bathing units, because the chair frames are designed to ride on the inside of the bath tub. This configuration is made possible by having a chair frame supported on a single support rod which can be pushed inside the bath tub through a cut-out provided on the bottom section of the tub unit. The support rod emerging from the bottom section into the bath water is sealed by a pair of sealing members which are pressed tightly around the support rod to eliminate leaking of the bath water from the tub unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: Sakai Medical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hajime Suzuki, Yasuo Sekiguchi