Swimming is one of the most relaxing activities, and it can also be a great source of low-impact exercise. It offers significant benefits for those with physical disabilities, however, there has always been a problem in providing those with physical disabilities a simple, safe, and convenient means to get in and out of a swimming pool. Most pools are accessed by stairs or via a ladder, which will not work for those who use a wheelchair.
Pool Lifts Make Entering the Water Easy
There are options available to help make getting in and out of the water a simple, safe process. Pool lifts come in a range of types, sizes and capabilities. For instance, chair lifts are able to lift an individual up and over the lip of an above-ground pool and then lower them gently into the water. Once in the water, the individual can choose to remain seated in the pool lift chair, or they can move to another seating platform.
Pool Lifts Offer Multiple Uses
Of course, you’ll find that pool lifts are not limited to use with swimming pools alone. These types of lifts can also be used with spas and hot tubs. Spa therapy can be an invaluable therapeutic tool for individuals with physical disabilities, and pool lifts can help ensure that they are able to make the most of the experience.
Choosing the Right Pool Lifts
When considering pool lifts, you will need to make sure that you choose the right model for your needs. One of the first considerations will be the configuration of the lift — is it designed for use with above-ground pools and spas only? Can it be used with an in-ground pool as well? You should also consider the lifting capacity and the anchoring system used to attach the lift to the ground or floor. To learn more about pool lifts and which one is right for your needs, contact a Mobility Consultant at Access Options in Fremont or Watsonville, CA.