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At Handicap Accès, we offer a wide variety of fixed pool lifts adapted to different needs to facilitate access to swimming pools and spas for people with reduced mobility and disabled people. To help you better understand this equipment, we offer you a quick summary of their main characteristics.

How do fixed pool lifts work?

Manual pool lifts: These lifts operate with a jack or winch system. The assistant operates the manual system to raise and lower the elevator seat. Although they require some physical effort, these lifts are generally more economical and always operational (no battery or electronics problems).

Hydraulic Pool Lifts: These lifts use water pressure for smooth raising and lowering of the seat. These lifts require connection to a water source with a minimum pressure of 3 bars. They are generally very reliable and have widely proven themselves.

Battery-powered pool lifts: These lifts are powered by a rechargeable battery and are generally controlled by a remote control and/or a control box. They are easy to handle and some offer autonomy of use.

Use independently or with assistance?

Pool lifts for independent use: Some of our pool lifts are designed for independent use. These models often operate with the help of a battery or using water pressure (hydraulic model). They are equipped with a remote control or an accessible tap, allowing the user to enter and exit the pool completely independently. They thus offer great freedom of use to the user.

Pool lifts requiring outside assistance: Other models of pool lifts are designed to only be used with the assistance of a third party. These models can be manual or battery-electric and are used by PRMs or disabled people who need help getting in and out of the water.

What bases for fixed pool lifts?

Hard seat: Strong and stable support, hard seats are easy to clean and provide good support to users during up and down movements. They are generally equipped with seat belts.

Swim strap: Bath straps are a flexible and adjustable solution. They are designed to wrap the user when picking them up in their wheelchair, thus avoiding transfers. They adapt to the sizes and weights of users.

Full hammock seat: Close to the bathing strap, it must be positioned before its user on the wheelchair which will accompany them to the edge of the pool. Its use will be simpler than the swim strap to remove PMR from the water.

Hand chassis: The hand chassis is a solution which also allows the user to be picked up in their wheelchair thanks to its lateral supports which are placed under the arms and its thigh supports. Its installation is generally faster than a strap.

How are fixed pool lifts attached?

Fixing on a sleeve to be sealed: This fixation requires the sealing of a sleeve in the pool deck, into which the foot of the elevator is then inserted. This method has the advantage of offering rapid installation of the elevator and making it removable.

Fixing base plate with prior sealing of the dowels: The plate is fixed to the pool deck using screws or fixing butterflies which are tightened into the previously sealed dowels. The elevator mast then plugs into the plate base. . This solution offers good, very good stability to the elevator but it requires more time to set up than fixing on a sheath.

Fixing with a simple socket: Certain lifts such as hydraulic pool lifts require the installation of a simple socket as a fixing point. They have other support points which ensure the stability of the lift but which do not require the installation of additional sockets or dowels.

At Handicap Accès, we are committed to providing quality products that promote independence and improve the quality of life of people with reduced mobility and disabilities. Contact us to learn more about our fixed pool lifts and how they can help you enjoy your pool safely. For more details, you can also consult our advice sheet fixed pool lifts comparison.