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ADA Compliant Pool Lift - What Makes Them Different?

Pool lifts are great tools that can help individuals with disabilities safely get in and out of pools. The American Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that all public pools install a pool lift when they are able to. For example, all schools, hotels, and public facilities must at least have a plan in place that outlines when they can install an ADA-compliant pool lift. This ensures that people with disabilities can enjoy the same activities as others, with the same independence, ease, and convenience.

ADA handicapped pool lifts have specific parameters that make them ADA compliant. If you install a lift that is not ADA compliant, problems can occur. The ADA standards are essentially put in place to provide disabled individuals access to public pools while keeping them safe. Therefore, it is in everyone’s best interest to comply with ADA standards when purchasing and installing a lift.

That being said, ADA-compliant pool lifts are different from typical pool lifts because of the specifications they must meet. Below is a comprehensive list that explains what exactly makes a handicapped pool lift chair ADA compliant. Keep reading to find out what factors to consider as you search for a pool lift.

What Makes a Pool Lift ADA Compliant?

There are multiple factors that the ADA requires for handicapped pool lifts. We’ll take a look at each one so you know what requirements need to be met.

1. Height

From the deck to the top of the seat surface, the distance must be a minimum of 16 inches and a maximum of 19 inches. This is an estimate that will suit both adults and children. An adjustable chair is a much more efficient choice for a handicapped pool lift.

2. Width

The width of the seat must be a minimum of 16 inches wide. However, the standard is 17.5 inches, with 20 inches separating the armrests. Therefore, because the standard is larger than the minimum requirement, most pool lifts will meet this requirement easily.

3. Footrest

A footrest that moves with the seat is required on all ADA-compliant pool lifts. However, an adjustable padded footrest is not needed and is optional. Spa lift chairs, on the other hand, do not require footrests.

4. Armrests

Armrests are not required. However, if there are armrests on the chair, they must be removable or be able to fold completely out of the way. This helps individuals transfer from wheelchairs to lift seats.

5. Weight Capacity

Single-person handicapped pool lifts must be able to accommodate at least 300 pounds. Moreover, it must be able to sustain a static load of one and a half times the rated load. This ensures that the majority of individuals can use the lift without difficulty.

6. Seat Movement

The seat must be able to submerge at least 18 inches below the surface of the water. This ensures that individuals will be able to move from the chair to the pool with ease. The lifts must also be installed far enough away from the pool’s edge that individuals can transfer from wheelchair to lift safely.

7. Location

The ADA guidelines state that all ADA-compliant lift chairs must be installed where the water does not exceed 48 inches. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if the entire pool is deeper than 48 inches, you can install the lift in an area that exceeds the limit.

8. Fixed in Place

All handicapped pool lifts must be fixed in place, or anchored down. This means that portable pool lifts are not ADA compliant. In some cases, public pools that own a portable lift simply fix it in place instead of purchasing a whole new lift. However, if it is too difficult to acquire a fixed pool lift and proof can be supplied that you are unable to purchase one, then it is acceptable to install a portable lift.

9. Unassisted Operation

Controls and operating systems must be present on deck level and water level at all times and can be used without the assistance of others. Additionally, the controls must be operable with less than five pounds of pressure. Having unassisted operation in both the water and on deck is one of the most important parameters an ADA pool lift must have because it ensures no one is stranded in the water.

ADA-Compliant Pool Lifts

Amica offers high-quality handicapped pool lifts to ensure you meet ADA requirements. Check out a few of our best products below to find the right handicapped pool lift for you!

S.R. Smith MultiLift Pool Lift

With a wheel-away option and flexible mounting sides, the S.R Smith MultiLift Pool Lift is a top choice for individuals needing an adaptable option. This lift can hold up to 350 pounds and includes an anchor to hold the chair steady. Equipped with a user-friendly operable hand control, you’ll have complete access to a safe and reliable entrance or exit from the pool.

Ranger 2 Pool Lift - No Anchor

Customize the color of your dependable ADA-compliant pool lift with the Ranger 2 Pool Lift. Perfect for smaller, in-ground pools, the lift is easy to mount to the side of the pool and boasts a sleek and compact design. Both the seat and base plate are adjustable so you can accommodate any individual who needs to use this lift.

Global Lift Rotational Series

Safely enter and exit your above-ground pool with the Global Lift Rotational Series. With user-friendly controls, a convenient footrest, and a safety seat belt, this handicapped pool lift is an exceptional choice for those hard-to-enter pools. Adjust the rotation to enter the pool exactly where you need and splash away!

Start Shopping for Your ADA Pool Lift Today!

Now that you understand all the specificities an ADA-compliant pool lift chair must have, it’s time to start shopping for the right one for your pool. Amica Medical Supply offers affordable ADA-approved pool lifts that are perfect for any pool. Contact us today for more information or shop our variety of high-quality pool lifts!

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