Why You Need A Pool Lift

by Pool Builders on 01-02-2013 in Articles

When you are operating a small hospitality business like a guest house, or even a large leisure facility and want to offer swimming to your clientèle then you need to think about accessibility for disabled people. It is easy to forget about this, especially if you and your family have never been directly affected by mobility issues. However, an ADA compliant pool lift can really make a huge difference to your business. Pool lifts are very affordable and do not require much in the way of maintenance, but they could open up your business to a whole new market.

Things to Consider

Of course when choosing a pool lift, there are going to be a number of things you need to consider. Think about whether you want a permanently mounted lift or a portable one. Is it best to be battery operated or water operated? Will the pool be used by children, meaning you may need to secure the lift to stop them playing on it? This can all seem very confusing, so the best thing to do is purchase from an ADA compliant company who will be able to tell you what is required and advise you of your options.

Purchasing A Lift

When you purchase one for use by handicapped individuals there are a number of suppliers to choose from. It is easy to purchase online or over the telephone. They are very easy to install and usually take less than 2 hours to put in place. When properly fitted they will allow handicapped individuals to exit and enter the pool independently and safely.

How Does Swimming Benefit Handicapped People?

Water is often the one place that those with physical disabilities can feel independent. There are also many physical benefits that come along with swimming. These benefits include:

- An increased level of cardiovascular function

- Low impact activity which does not put stress on the joints

- Water resistance promotes strengthening of the muscles

- An improvement in balance and agility

- Increased levels of confidence and self esteem

It is certainly worthwhile looking at installing a pool lift, in fact regulations introduced in March 2012 mean that you do need to have either a lift or a sloped entry into any commercial pool. So you really do need to ensure that you are meeting these regulations, and a pool lift is probably the easiest way to do so, just ensure that the model you choose is ADA compliant.

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