When you own a pool, you might grow bored of its style after having it for a while. You may eventually come up with exciting new ideas to renovate it, such as adding decorative lights or fun jets. These can help your pool feel more like your own unique creation and breathe new life into it.
Every pool project we take on at JR Pool Plastering & Texas Gunite Ltd. is original and remodeled precisely to your specifications. However, if you want to enhance your pool to be more accessible to guests with disabilities, there are a few other features you may want to consider beyond lights, slides, and water fountains.
Think About Your Guests’ Needs
First, you must consider who will be regularly enjoying time in the pool. Do you have young children that will want to swim? Are you expecting frequent visits from grandparents who may have difficulty getting in and out of the pool? Perhaps you want to make your pool as accessible as possible so nearly anyone who visits can enjoy a dip.
You may be injured at some point (though we hope you won’t be!) and will still want to use the pool, but you may need a little help to enter and exit the water. You can prepare for plenty of these situations with thoughtful additions to your pool.
Accessibility Addition Ideas
If you want to encourage aquatic exercising, you can request the addition of bars and rails under the water for guests to hold onto. These are also great for new swimmers who aren’t ready to tackle the pool on their own but still want to enjoy the water. They can feel secure holding onto a grab bar as they float.
Deeper pools can have interior stairs or raisers installed to help a more nervous swimmer transition to lower depths. Depending on their location, they also provide a comfortable place for your guest to sit and enjoy the water without having to float on their own.
Wheelchair User Accessories
A ramp is an excellent way for wheelchair users to enter the pool safely. This will allow wheelchair users to guide themselves into the water carefully. We can add handrails to the ramp if you wish for extra security. We can also integrate your landscaping and pool design to create a naturally sloping ramp, or “beach entry.” This is great not just for wheelchair users but anyone who needs to be slowly acclimated to the water. Not to mention the possibilities for design elements – it’s like having the ocean in your backyard!
For a simple addition that provides excellent benefits, consider purchasing a lift. These unique fixtures don’t require a massive overhaul or remodel of your existing pool. A mechanical or hydraulic arm gently lowers a chair or swings into the pool, safely depositing swimmers into the water. Though they are a bit pricey, they can be an excellent choice for a pool addition if you expect a lot of less-mobile swimmers.
We believe that everyone should be able to enjoy the benefits of swimming in a beautiful pool, regardless of disabilities. At JR Pool Plastering & Texas Gunite Ltd., we’ll work with you to create your dream pool and make it accessible for swimmers of all kinds. Call us today to discuss your pool ideas.