Pool hoists are used as a safe method of transfer into swimming pools, hydrotherapy pools, hot tubs, and Jacuzzis.
When researching the different types of pool hoist, it is important to bear in mind who will be using it. Is the hoist for a specific group of people or is it to provide transfers for as many different people as possible? This will affect your decision on the type of hoist you choose.
How are they operated?
Typically, pool hoists are either battery-powered with a removable battery pack for charging elsewhere or hydraulically operated. As a result, no mains power needs to be run to the poolside, so pool lifts can also be installed post-construction of necessary.
Mobile or fixed?
An array of pool hoists are available, either fixed to the pool surround or mobile. Both options have their advantages:
A mobile pool hoist is the best option when the structure surrounding the pool cannot adequately supportthe installation of a floor socket. Usually this occurs when there is underfloor heating or a plant room under the pool surround. Mobile pool lifts can also be stored easily away from the poolside; however, they are generally quite large so sufficient spaces must be allocated for storage.
Fixed pool lifts are generally easier to operatebecause they do notrequire staff or carers to manoeuvre into position like a mobile lift would. Additionally, some of them are designed to be dismantled for storage away from the poolside, and they can be stored more compactly that mobile pool lifts. Fixed pool lifts are also available with a higher weight capacity than mobile pool lifts, up to a maximum of 250kg.
Manual or powered lifting and rotation?
Traditionally pool lifts are designed with manual rotation to lift from poolside into the pool and back again. In this case, a caregiver is required who can rotate the pool lift.
However, in an age where independence is key, more pool hoists are being manufactured with powered rotation. This has several benefits but most importantly than users can complete the transfers themselves, or if a carer is assisting, powered rotation leads to a smoother transfer and less strain on the carer.
The benefits of having a pool hoist:
The primary reason for having a pool hoist is that everyone should have the option to enjoy using the facilities. Upon initial consideration, it may seem that pool hoists cater only for people with disabilities. However, the hoists can also be used for the elderly and heavily pregnant women who are unable to use the steps or ladders into the pool.
By including a pool hoist at your facility, you are not only ensuring you are operating as a more inclusive business, but you will be boosting your footfall as you are catering to a much larger group of people.
With a range of pool hoists available, we’re sure to have the perfect solution for you: