Choose a swimming pool for water exercise for Parkinson's patients with their special needs in mind. so they can achieve the best results from an aquatic workout.
- Step 1: Investigate pool facility staffing before you choose a pool for water exercise, making sure it has a licensed pool operator/manager and certified lifeguards.
- Step 2: Inspect a pool facility's deck features for poolside seating, and check for nonskid floor surfaces in the pool area and also in dressing rooms and showers.
- Step 3: Ensure easy access to the pool from the parking area. Once you select a pool matching your criteria, you'll be able to begin a fun water exercise routine to improve flexibility, endurance, and quality of life.
- FACT: In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act became the world's first comprehensive declaration of equality for the disabled.
- TIP: Learn ADA guidelines for various pool sizes, spas, and recreational water features.
- Step 4: Confirm that the pool you choose complies with the American with Disabilities Act guideline in providing a sloped entry, a lift and transfer system, handrails, and other features helpful for Parkinson's patients.
- Step 5: Look for facilities with showers and dressing rooms so caregivers may provide any needed assistance to the Parkinson's patient in preparing for water exercise or following the workout.
- TIP: Become familiar with the applicable pool facility policies for caregivers as to not break any rules.
- Step 6: Note the pool water and air temperatures to ensure the environment is comfortable for the Parkinson's patient, and to avoid unnecessary fatigue, muscle soreness, or poor posture.
- TIP: Seek water temperatures ranging from 90 to 92 degrees Fahrenheit for Parkinson's patients.
- Step 7: Check public records for a pool facility's compliance with local and state board of health regulations. Also make note of the facility's rating.