Do you wish that you could use your pool again? Are mobility issues presenting challenges to utilizing and enjoying outdoor living space including your swimming pool? We can help! There are mobility aids and equipment that enhance access to areas of the home that are outdoors, sloped, slippery, or that involve steps including your pool. Talk to a mobility professional to learn more.
If you are fortunate enough to have a pool, go ahead and use it! If physical issues or disabilities prevent access to swimming in your pool, there are mobility aids that can help. Swimming is an excellent form of exercise that is low-impact and perfect for all ages. Some of the benefits for those with mobility issues include these:
- Since swimming and water activities are low-impact exercises, they alleviate the pressure and strain on joints and muscles, making it easier for those with mobility challenges to move.
- Swimming provides a form of cardio exercise that helps build muscle strength from the resistance of the water.
- Swimming is good for the heart.
- Swimming can improve mood and frame of mind.
- Swimming may help improve and enhance skills required for transfers if you have a physical disability or mobility issue.
- Swimming is often done with others or in groups, so it can be a great way to socialize and engage with people.
- Water activities and swimming are fun!
Furthermore, having the ability to access and enjoy a swimming pool supports and facilitates independence and autonomy.
Wish you could use your pool again? Here is how we can help:
If you live with a physical disability or have mobility issues, and you have a pool, you need a lift. Pool lifts help provide more independence for those individuals that want to swim, take a quick dip, or enjoy their swimming pool. There are various types of pool lifts depending on your own mobility, and we can help you figure out the best option for your distinct pool, too.
We provide installation and offer a wide range of hydraulic lifts, battery-operated lifts, and manual options to suit your situation and preferences. Call or visit today to learn more!
A pool lift is not the only mobility aid that can get you back in the water, there are other tools and supports that can improve accessibility, too. A few suggestions offered by mobility experts include these:
- Porch lifts and stairlifts can provide a way of accessing areas on difficult terrain or uneven levels. This typically includes outdoor living spaces. Buyers can choose from indoor or outdoor stairlifts, or porch lifts which provide the ascent you might need to access a deck or porch. Talk to a mobility retail professional to find out more!
- Ramps may be all that is needed to make terrain navigable outdoors or around your property. Consumers can choose permanent ramps or portable ramp systems, which can be taken along wherever they go.
- Canes and walkers provide that extra sturdy support when walking on uneven, rough, or outdoor surfaces, which usually have the potential to cause a fall. There is a wide variety of walkers and canes to choose from, and depending on your mobility challenges, these may help to reduce your own personal risk of a fall when visiting your pool.
- Installing grab bars near walls, fencing, and outbuildings can also offer support to anyone with mobility challenges that are visiting the outdoor space.
The best way to assess your needs and determine the best aids and devices is to visit a mobility retailer and see viable options up close!
Healthy and Safe Swimming Week
Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 2023 is observed from May 23-29 and is an annual event that emphasizes safety near the water. Healthy and Safe Swimming Week is a time to come together, engage, and discuss ways to prevent swimming accidents. There are risks associated with recreation on or near the water; find out more about how to prevent illness, incidents, and injury during this national observance.
For example, consider these tips when taking a dip in a public place:
- Pool, pond, splash pad, and any body of water still contain germs, even when it is chlorinated. Avoid swallowing the water whenever possible.
- If you are sick, have been sick, or are feeling poorly, stay out of the water to keep others safe.
- It is recommended that you shower and wash well with soap before and after using a public pool or splash pad.
- Prevent slips and falls by never running near the pool. Reinforce this rule to others using the facility.
If you have your own pool, make sure to enlist help in keeping it clean, treated, and chemically balanced with professional pool service or assistance, as needed.
Wish you could use your pool again? Pacific Mobility can help! Swimming is an excellent form of exercise for all ages and fitness levels; make the most of your pool with these suggestions and quality mobility equipment and aids from people that care. Call or visit us today!
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)