Making Your Pool or Spa Mobility-Friendly

Splash!

Nothing signals summer like a refreshing dip in the pool. But if you are disabled or have a mobility issue, getting in and out of the pool is a challenge that might prevent you from enjoying the feel of cool water against your skin on a hot July day.

If you have a pool or spa, now is the time to prepare it for the fast-approaching swimming season.

The ADA requires that pools open to the public (hotels, fitness centers, schools, etc.) have handicapped-accessible entrances. However, if you have your own pool, modifications and additions may be necessary. Even if you plan to swim at a public pool, you may still need a mobility accessory to help you get into the water.

101 Mobility® offers a number of pool and spa lifts from trusted manufacturers like Aqua Creek, Harmar, and Sterling (check them out here). All are ADA compliant and include such features as dual flip-up armrests, a removable and adjustable footrest, a 360-degree power rotation, and high weight capacity. Some function on a rechargeable battery; others are manually operated. The spa lift in particular boasts a submersible remote control for safe and smooth movement in the hot tub or jacuzzi.

Always keep safety in mind, especially in regards to younger swimmers. For example, the grandchildren may think your pool lift is a novel way to make an entrance into the water, but they need to understand that it is a special type of mobility equipment and not a toy. Get other pool safety tips at PoolSafely.gov.

– Michelle Seitzer