For someone that is physically challenged, spending time in water is not just relaxing and enjoyable; it may also be therapeutic and healthy for them. Using pool lifts
can help someone with mobility issues in and out of the water more readily and easily and in some cases, it can mean allowing them to do this on their own.
There are many choices when it comes to pool lifts and not understanding those choices can mean choosing the wrong lift for the user. Like wheelchairs and shower seats, there is a wide variety in these products meant for those with mobility issues and understanding those differences as they apply to each individual is important. The wrong pool lifts can be inconvenient and even dangerous depending upon the person using it and their mobility issues.
All pool lifts have different features although they may work to achieve the same result. The reasons for a person's mobility issues and their physical state overall will determine the types of pool lifts you want to consider. Some have a sling-like chair and others a more solid type of seating. The sling-like chairs may work better for those with more mobility in their upper bodies whereas some may need the security of the solid seating.
Manual or motorized pool lifts are also chosen depending upon the individual that will use them. If they have mobility in their upper bodies and are much stronger, manual gears may work, however, for many the motorized pool lifts are necessary and the only functional options for them. It's also important to note that some are meant to permanently attach to the side of the pool and others are portable, meaning they can be wheeled into a storage area when not in use. Do not choose a permanent model if you want to put it away and out of sight.
Your decision may also depend upon other needs, as an example, portable pool lifts may also be used in a home to transport the patient from a bed to their chair. It is still imperative that a patient and everyone assisting him or her understand the proper use and care of these pieces of equipment so that the patient is safe when being transported. This will ensure they enjoy themselves while in the water and that the pool lifts are used properly.