Summer may have come to an end, but there’s no time for the winter blues. It’s time to start preparing for next summer – and there are lots of things to consider. If you’re thinking of installing a pool at home, applying for funding for a new pool or spa hoist, or lobbying your local public facility for new equipment to make their facility more accessible, you’ll need to start now. Check out these tips from Para Mobility:
IT’S TIME TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION FOR FUNDING
If you’re wanting to add a hoist to an existing pool or spa, begin the process and submit your application for funding. There’s a shift in focus from considering swimming a ‘leisure only’ activity to its being viewed as an essential part of rehabilitation. Aqua therapy is a wonderful way to relax, build muscle flexibility, strengthen arms and legs and increase range of motion.
IT’S TIME TO CHOOSE YOUR ACCESS EQUIPMENT
It’s wise to include access equipment you want to put around the pool in the original brief for your pool project. This ensures the location is perfectly suited to your chosen hoist. Pool hoists allow a means of safe transfer in and out of a pool. With many people having success with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), they’re now enjoying aqua therapy in the comfort of their home. It’s essential you get the right advice on equipment. Your supplier can work with your project manager to ensure your needs are fulfilled, and that equipment is installed correctly and complies with industry standards.
IT’S TIME TO SERVICE EXISTING EQUIPMENT
If you already have a pool hoist, it’s a great time to check if it’s been serviced within the last 12 months. If not, book a service call. If you’re not going to be using equipment for a while, it’s important to protect it with a cover or store it away safely for the winter. Equipment that uses a battery should be kept charged. A handy hint is to always charge and test batteries during extended periods of not using your hoist so it’s ready to use when you need it.
IT’S ALWAYS TIME TO TRAVEL
Escape the winter blues by travelling to a location with access equipment for you to use. We’ve listed a few options below, but remember to contact them before you visit to ensure the equipment is suitable for your needs.
- New South Wales: Seaside Holiday Resort Fingal Bay
- South Australia: Adelaide Aquatic Centre
- Queensland: The Westin Brisbane
- Western Australia: Ritz Carlton Perth
- New Zealand: H20 Xtream
Australian manufacturer Para Mobility has been making life easier and more dignified for its customers for more than 35 years, designing and handcrafting pool and spa hoists, car hoists, aquatic wheelchairs and wall-mounted change tables. The team offers advice, installation and servicing/maintenance for their equipment. To get in touch, call 1300 444 600 or visit paramobility.com.au.