This was one of five images (PHIL# 9170 - 9174), depicting the action of two different mobility-challenged women getting into a bathtub by making use of an assistive in-tub seating apparatus. In this particular view, an elderly woman was either exiting, or entering the bath tub, while she was grasping the back support of the in-tub seat, as she was simultaneously using a walking cane for added stability. With back support and armrests, a bathtub seat could be clamped to the tub rim for stability, and acted as an effective, popular solution for many people with disabilities. These designs work best for those who could transfer from their mobility devices, or could walk, but have difficulty standing for extended periods of time because of balance, or stamina limitations.
CDC/ Richard Duncan, MRP, Sr. Proj. Mngr, North Carolina State University, The Center for Universal Design (CUD)
November 3, 2012