Great post by Scott Anderle, some interesting pool equipment for working out or accessing a pool I never knew existed.
As the winter months pass by with the cold and snow, I wanted to talk to you about some helpful equipment. Today there is a heavy push to utilize water as an avenue for both recreation and therapy. Here is some interesting equipment you may not be aware of.
Home Living Experts (HLE) represents manufacturers who produce pool and spa lifts along with therapeutic exercise equipment. I have been amazed as to the number of facilities and personal homes that have pools and/or spas. Today, as I discuss pool and spa lifts, I will discuss those that HLE represents. However, there are many other manufacturers one can consider.
What is the maximum weight capacity for this lift? Most manufacturers will begin at a 300 lb. weight capacity and go up to 500 lbs. of lift capacity. If it is an ADA lift, it will need to lift a minimum of 350 lbs.
- The lift will go up and down as required by pushing a button on the control panel and or pumping a hydraulic lever on the unit, however will you want the lift to rotate around automatically (Scout Pool Lift) or do you want to manually push the client and the lift (EZ Pool Lift) into the proper position before lowering them into the water? The ADA requires the user to raise and lower them as well as have the lift rotate automatically.
EZ Pool Lift
As you look at where you are going to place your lift around the pool or spa, you will need to consider if you have the space needed as you approach it and sit down in the seat. If you are using an assistive device such as a wheelchair, you will want to have enough access to approach and do your transfer without difficulty. Each individual will have different capabilities. However, as a guide, on the side of the seat opposite the water, I would have a clear deck space allowing for 36″ wide minimum and extend 48″ minimum from a line located 12″ behind the rear edge of the seat. The clear deck space should have a slope not steeper than 1:48″. To read and view specific requirements for pools entry and exits, go to www.ADA.gov and enter accessible pools in the search box.
As you are considering what type of pool and/or spa lift to purchase, I would recommend going to www.AquaCreekProducts.com or www.AquaticAccess.com to begin your research. Many of the manufacturers will have dealers throughout the country. As you work with your dealer, he or she will require you to complete a Pool Profile. This will help answer a lot of questions about the who, what, where and whys of selecting a pool lift.
Lastly, each pool and spa lift has different capabilities. One should always ask “What are the goals of the lift to be purchased?” One lift, called the “Revolution”, by Aqua Creek Products, is unique in that it allows the user to use multiple devices with the lift such as a sling seat, wheelchair, gurney, cycle attachment and a spine board. Click here to view pictures of these accessories.
Revolution Pool Lift
Water Rider 4
Water Rider 5
Shockwave Pool Bike