A new pool hoist, ceiling tracking hoist and height adjustable bed have been installed at Bedale Leisure Centre – giving better access to the swimming pool.
The improvements have been made following a disability audit at the centre in partnership with the Local Area Action Group which highlighted that people with more complex needs struggled to access the swimming pool using the existing fixed chair hoist system.
“The old fixed chair pool hoist was almost twenty years old,” said Fiona Wilson, Centre Manager.
“We are extremely grateful to have received funding from the Bedale local historic charity – “Rector and Four and Twenty’ (which helps local good causes) to enable us to purchase this new equipment.
“Swimming is recognised as one of the best forms of therapy for people with disabilities. The movement of the body in the water gives a person with disabilities a sense of freedom, and for those with limited movement it can be used as an effective physiotherapy session.
“It is envisaged the equipment will be used by various pool users ranging from people with a wider range of disabilities, people who are rehabilitating from an injury and the mature adults who prefer assistance into the pool.”
The new equipment allows fixed seat or sling entry to the pool making it more accessible.. The Ceiling Track Hoist, situated in one of the cubicles, has a manual traverse allowing 360 degree movement to enable easier transfers from wheelchairs to the new height adjustable bed for changing.
For more information on how this equipment may be able to assist you please contact the centre and the staff will talk through individual requirements and needs.