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The use of flotation vests, flotation collars and life jackets is essential not only to ensure the mobility and safety of people with reduced mobility and disabilities when practicing aquatic or nautical activities but also to relieve the work of carers or therapists. This equipment allows whatever the disability, to enjoy the benefits of water in complete safety.

Floatation vests for PRM and disabled people

Flotation vests are devices commonly used by people with reduced mobility and disabilities during their aquatic activities. They are designed to help users maintain a vertical or horizontal position and prevent them from putting their head in the water. Flotation vests are therefore excellent tools to help with buoyancy and mobility in the water.

The PFD-A flotation vest thus ensures that the body is maintained in a supine position, an ideal position in the case of physical therapy following an accident or to ensure greater stability for affected people. cerebral palsy, asymmetrical body deformities such as scoliosis and hemiplegia. These vests are also interesting for hospitals, rehabilitation centers or specialized homes welcoming disabled people to allow them to provide care with their hands free.

The Lj-A and Lj-V flotation vests ensure that the body is kept in a vertical position. The Lj-A vest also allows people who are able to do so to move into a prone position alone to swim. It offers more autonomy to its user than the Lj-V. The latter ensures a more supported vertical position with a 10 cm collar which allows you to keep your head straight and thus provide more stability.

One of the main benefits of flotation vests for people with disabilities and PRMs is that they allow active participation in the water with freedom of movement. Whether for aquatic therapy, exercise, or just the fun of swimming, these vests provide independence while still ensuring safety.

Flotation collar for PRM and disabled people

The flotation collar is another type of flotation device that can be particularly beneficial for people with limited mobility and people with disabilities. This is a device that is worn around the neck and helps keep the user’s head above water.

Flotation collars can be used alone or in combination with other flotation devices for added safety. They allow users to keep their hands free, giving them freedom of movement. They are also very appreciated by nursing staff in the context of aquatic therapy to provide their care.

Life jackets, a complement to swimming wheelchairs

Life jackets are arguably the most recognized flotation device. They are designed to keep the user afloat, even if they are unable to swim or lose consciousness.

For PRMs and people with disabilities, some life jackets offer additional straps to provide better support and a more secure fit or special foam panels for additional buoyancy. At Handicap Accès, our life jackets have been selected to support and secure users of swimming wheelchairs such as the TIRALO or the SOFAO.

It is important to note that life jackets do not serve the same purpose as flotation vests. They guarantee the safety of users during water activities but unlike flotation vests, they are not designed for swimming.