Summer is nearly here. There is no reason for anyone to go without the relaxing health benefits and good, clean fun of swimming. Swimming pools are available in a great range of sizes and prices. For those with disabilities, there are helpful aides that will make every swimming pool handicapped-accessible. In some cases, many of these items may be tax deductible.
1) Disability-Capable Ladder for aboveground pools, upper body strength is the key. People with lower body disabilities will use their upper body to compensate. A wider range of factors are important for an above-ground pool therapeutic ladder. From A-Frame ladders to a variety of very stable steps and handrails that allow for a greater degree of accessibility and stability. The rickety metal-and-plastic ladders may as well be absent for as much use as they are to the disabled and elderly. They range from 2 steps to multi-step models. The ladders range in size and capacity to allow comfortable and easy access.
Some versions are for therapeutic pools but there are variations for standard swimming pools as well. In all cases of ladders and steps, the more rails/handgrabs and stabilizing bars, the better.
2) Disability-Capable ladder for in-ground pools: Gravity works with you in this case, so that the important issue is stability of the steps when walking down them. You should also have a solid handrail or set of rails to guide your way. There are a multitude of approach platforms and safety apparatuses on the market now.
3) Heavy duty ladders (for both above and in-ground pools): For the morbidly obese, who often need and want to exercise, just getting into the pool can be as serious a challenge as it is for chair-users or the elderly. For those who are still able to walk, a sturdy, slopping ascending or descending step-ladder or similar device, with a handrail ramp, can make the difference.
4) For those with a lesser degree of mobility, there are devices that are somewhere between a ladder and a pool lift. The transfer platform is for chair-users who would prefer not to use a full hoist or lift.
5) For those who are not capable of walking at all, swimming pool lifts are miracles. There are very simple and more moderately priced options to very complex and expensive ones. There are manual versions and machine-driven ones.
Non-Mobility Disability Products
1) Swimming head and neck supports for people with head stability or other issues.
2) Specialized swimwear for various personal physical issues.
3) Waterproof overstockings (to protect injury)
The one important thing to remember is that you should look for the product that is right for you. To use it, you must be comfortable with the product you’ve chosen.
Now, you can go for a dip in the pool and have fun like everybody else!