One Solution To Make Your Backyard Pool Accessible

A Private Swimming Pool

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We have a heat wave, what else is new?  It is not just hot; our climate offers the pleasantries of humidity also. 

So I sit here in the summer heat comforted only by the constant hum of the air conditioner and wish that I had access to an accessible pool.  My sister and brother-in-law spent the day, Saturday sitting in a wading pool that they have set up in their backyard to keep cool. Their dog, a black lab would go outside for two seconds and literally cry to be let back in. That just gives you an idea of the extreme heat we have had lately.

I have aspirations of one day owning a swimming pool; and am further reminded of this by the heat. The thought of owning a pool is a glorious one but it comes with one challenge that couldn’t be solved by becoming wealthy and hiring someone; that is: getting in and out of the pool independently. 

I have spent my life working around others schedules and even now, short of eating microwavable pre-packaged stuff I have to wait for help with cooking. It would be nice the day I have ability to own a pool (strictly a pipe dream at the moment) that I could decide of my own accord when I would like to go for a swim and just go!

This idea prompted me to look into ways that this could be independently achieved. The logical answer to me seems a hydrolytic pool lift.  Now if only that dream would become a reality.

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8 Responses to One Solution To Make Your Backyard Pool Accessible

  1. Sarah Tonen says:

    How about an “Endless Pool?” They aren’t cheap, but they fit in a small space–indoors OR out. You can swim in them (resistance against flowing water) and they’re as easy to get in and out of as a bathtub. They can be built flush against the ground, or raised up for easier accessibility. Depending on your own upper body strength, you might need less than a full hydraulic kit to get in and out of them. Also, if you have a cooperative doctor, you may be able to deduct the cost of some or all of the pool as a medical expense. Here’s their website:

    Might be something worth saving towards….

    • lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

      thats interesting the problem is I can’t get into a tub so same problem

      • Sarah Tonen says:

        How about a tub that’s halfway into the ground? You’d think they’d come up with some sort of a “winch” type system that can accomodate people. I know they have “accessible wheelchairs” for lakes and the sea shore, you’d think they could install some sort of a ‘boat ramp’ to accomodate a wheelchair, which could be winched out of the pool with much less drama than some sort of hoisting mechanism.

        I know that they make battery operated chair systems for tubs–you get on the seat, it lowers you into the tub, and then, when you want to get out, you get yourself back on the seat, and the seat goes up to a level equal with the upper edge of the tub. You’d think they could manage this kind of thing in a pool, yes? Maybe they could retrofit this kind of system to one of those ENDLESS POOLS….that would be the best of all worlds.

        Here is the UK YOUTUBE video–they have this in USA too:

  2. lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

    sarah google aquasure accessible tub there is a youtube video my dream tub but I don’t have that kind of money well yet lol

  3. lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

    i know I want one in my dreams I haven’t been in a tub completely unless with a shower bench in something like ten years i miss bubble baths

  4. Sarah Tonen says:

    How much are they? Those are way better than the regular walk ins!

  5. lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

    a 1000ish for the basic install then there are accessories and different tub options

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