The Bathtub Test During a visit to my doctor, I asked him, "How do you determine whether or not an older person should be put in an old-age home?" "Well," he said, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the person to empty the bathtub." "Oh, I understand," I said. "A normal person would use the bucket because it is bigger than the spoon or the teacup." "No" he said... "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?"