Pool LiftsExercise is important for everyone, especially those getting older or who suffer from various types of disabilities. Swimming is a favorite form of exercise for many because it is lower-impact, and many find it enjoyable. READ MORE
For those who struggle with mobility, and who cannot easily get into and out of a pool, pool lifts are a viable option. Pool lifts provide a safe, effective way for seniors or persons with disabilities to enter and exit a pool. Fixed or portable, this device affords easy access to both in-ground and above ground pools and spas.
Types of Swimming Pool Lifts
Many companies manufacture these durable lifts, so there is an abundance of options and features, depending upon the company. Often referred to as aquatic lifts, there are two specific types from which to choose when looking for a swimming pool lift, though consumers have several options and upgrades per type.
A hydraulic pool lift uses basic hydraulic functioning. This type of lift is operated by a handle, which functions much like a jack. Another form of manual lift is powered by water, which connects to the lift by way of a hose. Manual lifts tend to be less expensive, costing anywhere from $900, to $4,000, depending on the manufacturer.
Automatic pool lifts are battery operated and have a motor. Though more expensive than the manual pool lift, they are easier to use. Where the manual lift, many times, require more than one person to operate, the automatic aquatic lift can be managed alone. These usually start around $3,000 and can run all the way to $6,000.
Advantages of Handicap Lifts for Pools
Water-based exercise can provide endless benefits for all people, especially persons with disabilities who struggle with the challenges of mobility. Pool lifts provide an efficient way for anyone to have access to water activities.
Installation and Maintenance of a Pool Chair Lift
There are many different mounting options available for pool chair lifts. For in-ground pools or spas, the lift is typically anchored into a socket on the deck surrounding the pool or spa. Some manufacturers provide an easily removable lift, which then can be stored to prevent elemental damage when not in use for long periods.
Above ground, pool lifts are typically mounted to posts set in the ground or attached to the deck or ground. These are generally mounted with steel plates to ensure safety.
Keeping the appearance and function of a pool lift requires a diligent maintenance program. The pool water and outdoor elements can make for the buildup of rust or other aggressive chemical reactions.
A thorough rinse every day with fresh water will prevent excessive build-up. A weekly wash with mild soap and freshwater will also keep erosion from occurring. It is important to remember that each pool lift will come with its own instructions for cleaning.
Pool lifts, whether hydraulic or battery operated, should be checked daily for missing or loose parts to prevent accidents. The benefit of exercise can add years to a person’s life, and because swimming is such a therapeutic power in and of itself, no person should be denied access. Handicap lifts for pools are versatile and in most cases, easy to install and maintain.
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Andrew Fatalo is the CEO of Statewide Mobility & Mobility Scooters Direct. He has been gaining mobility product experience since 2005 by repairing Mobility Scooters & Power Wheelchairs early in his career. He has since then been running one of the nation's largest online dealers for mobility products. Andrew gives back to the handicap community by hosting mobility scooter and electric wheelchair give-aways which you can learn more about by following our Facebook page.