Diving into the details of Aquamoves’ new pool lift
The Shepparton-Echuca Regional Network had a productive agenda for this meeting, which included learning about Hollister, Aquamoves’ new Poolpod, and seeing the area where Sailability is held.
The Network met at the Aquamoves for lunch. Aquamoves is a leisure centre with a gym, fitness studio, indoor and outdoor pools, and childcare facilities. Aquamoves also has two accessible changerooms, and also a separate hoist so people can access the therapeutic pool.
First the Network met Jane, Registered Nurse and Continence Care Manager from Hollister. Hollister provides individuals with support services and products for the bladder and bowel. The group learned about the different ways that Hollister supports individuals living with SCI. They can supply various continence products, free product samples, and a support program that provides free intermittent catheters to people awaiting NDIS funding approval. Hollister also has online resources about managing bladder.
There are many organisations that provide continence support, so it is important to find one that will suit you best. For more information on Hollister, click on this link.
Afterwards, the Network went to the indoor pool area to check out the newly installed Poolpod, an award-winning swimming pool lift that enables people with reduced mobility to independently access the pool. The Network learned from Tim, Aquamoves staff member, that the installation of the Poolpod was in response to community feedback for improved access.
Click here to watch a video on how the Poolpod works.
It was interesting to learn about this new technology and its potential use. It encouraged a few group members to consider accessing the pool more often in the near future, and prompted others to advocate to their local council to have a Poolpod installed at their leisure centre.
Tim then gave tips on using the Poolpod for the first time:
- Let staff know when you want to come in so they can assist on the day. Have a chat with the staff on how you can use the Poolpod to suit your needs and goals.
- Change into your swimwear in one of the accessible changerooms, then transfer into the specialised wheelchair which can be immersed in the pool. Staff are unable to help with transfers, so bring a carer if needed.
- Staff will use the remote control to open the Poolpod’s door. Once you are on the lift platform (can be standing or seated in the specialised wheelchair), staff will lower the platform down into the pool as deep as you want.
- Aquamoves also encourages feedback from the community so they can improve and increase the Poolpod’s use. Contact Aquamoves here.
Then for the last activity of the day, the Network visited the area where Shepparton Sailability is held. It was a short drive or push from Aquamoves. The Network observed there was an undercover area waiting area, a concreted path leading from the gravelled carpark to the floating pontoon, and plenty of space on the pontoon itself.
The Network did have a sailing session booked, but sailing was cancelled due to storms earlier in the day. However, after seeing how wheelchair friendly the area was, the Network is even more keen to book and try sailing together later in the year.
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Wednesday, 01 Apr 2020
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