TODAY’S PATENT- RECESSED BATHTUB
Today’s patent was invented by Irene D. Walker on July 27, 1976, bearing patent no. US3971080A.
The present invention provides a bathtub that has specific advantages for certain physically handicapped or infirm persons. It facilitates the task of bathing or showering oneself selectively even though the user may be physically handicapped. It includes a circular well that is recessed below the floor level. There is a crescent-shaped bench that supports the user in a comfortable sitting position and provides a step, also below the floor level, to accommodate the ingress and egress of the user.
A pair of remotely disposed showerheads are included which may selectively be turned on or off in unison or individually. A hand railing having a gate portion is disposed a distance above the floor and extends circumferentially around the well to provide a safety barrier and to assist the user into and out of the bathtub.