A Guide To Choosing The Perfect Pool Lift
Pool lifts allow disabled access to swimming pools, hot tubs, spas and jacuzzis, allowing for a range of hydrotherapy and leisure activities. Before you invest in one, however, you need to seriously consider your options. There are a number of types of pool lifts available, just as there is a range of reasons for wanting one and a range of pools to use them with. The following factors should be part of your decision-making process.
Who Will Be Using the Pool Lift?
This is really the most important question. Who needs the pool lift? Is it for one person with individual needs, or will it be used by people with a range of different needs? Some people will want a pool lift with a chair to lower themselves in, while other people need to use a body harness. You also need to consider who will be operating the lift. Staff and carers need to be able to use the machinery with confidence, so you need to think carefully about how the lift is going to be used.
Where Is the Lift Going to Be Used?
The pool itself needs to be looked at. Some pools have a water level below deck level, so there is a drop to contend with, and others have a water level that is flush to the deck.
If you’re going to be using the lift for a swimming pool and there is a large amount of concrete available, then a fixed pool lift might be the answer you’re looking for. Fixed lifts do require a lot of concrete, especially if you want a socket-based pool lift with the socket flush to the ground. They are extremely stable and can accommodate a wide range of needs. If there is no concrete available, then a totally portable pool lift is probably your best option.
Jacuzzis, hot tubs and spas are also great for hydrotherapy and can provide a cost-effective way of having hydrotherapy at home. Wall-mounted lifts are available if the tub or jacuzzi is next to a sturdy wall or support. There are also portable lifts available for this kind of use, and they can be extremely versatile. It’s possible to use many of them with a chair or a body harness.
How Will the Lift Be Powered?
Finally, most lifts are powered either electrically or hydraulically. Electrical lifts use a rechargeable battery which can be powered up at a normal three-pin power socket. There are also lifts which use water power: the water in the pool powers the pool lift. You need to consider the availability of power and also the frequency of use.