Making pools accessible for everyone: Making a difference as an NDIS-authorised provider

Written By Timothy Te

23rd July 2022

Let’s face it, getting NDIS funding for home improvements, especially for swimming pool and spa improvements can be tricky, especially where NDIS has specifically stated that it won’t fund the Installation of swimming pools including hydrotherapy and spas.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. NDIS will fund the safety upgrade of existing swimming pools and spas for NDIS participants. This is where Mr Pool Man can help make a difference as an NDIS authorised equipment provider.

Mr Pool Man offers NDIS-approved pool accessibility and safety equipment to NDIS participants, making it easier and safer for them to use their pools.

If you’re an NDIS participant or an occupational therapist and you’re looking for ways to make swimming pools more accessible and safe, get in touch with Mr Pool Man today.

Why use NDIS-accredited equipment for your pool?

There’s a lot of reasons why getting NDIS-accredited equipment for

  • NDIS-accredited equipment is designed to meet the specific needs of people with disabilities, so you can be sure that it will be safe and easy to use.
  • NDIS-accredited equipment is also more likely to be approved for funding by NDIS, so you may be able to get financial assistance to purchase it.
  • NDIS-accredited equipment is usually of high quality, so you can be confident that it will last.
  • You may opt for manual repairs and upgrades to your pool and spa, but getting NDIS funding may take some time and the actual renovation work will also take some time.
  • Installation of NDIS-accredited equipment is quick and easy, granting access to the pool and spa in no time at all.
  • Mr Pool Man can help recommend the best pool equipment tailored to the exact accessibility need and plan that will fit with NDIS requirements for funding.

NDIS-Accredited assistive technology explained

If you’re an NDIS participant, you may be wondering what NDIS-accredited assistive technology is and why it’s so important. NDIS-accredited assistive technology is designed to meet the specific needs of people with disabilities. This means that it is safe and easy to use, and it can help people with disabilities to live more independently.

NDIS Support Budgets and what they mean

  • Core supports – these are essential supports that NDIS participants need to live an ordinary life. NDIS will fund core supports even if the participant does not have any goals or plans in place.
  • Capacity building supports – these are supports that NDIS participants need to help them develop skills and confidence so that they can live more independently. NDIS will fund capacity building supports if the participant has goals or plans in place.
  • Capital supports – these are one-off costs that NDIS participants need to help them live more independently. NDIS will fund capital supports if the participant has goals or plans in place.

Where does NDIS-accredited assistive technology for your pool fall under?

Assistive technology falls under the Capital Supports budget. These are one-time costs that are shouldered by the NDIS to improve mobility and accessibility. Be sure to check and confirm your requirements with your occupational therapist or NDIS representative before making any purchases for NDIS reimbursements.

NDIS-Approved equipment on Mr Pool Man

Mr Pool Man carries a wide range of NDIS-approved equipment from S.R. Smith from platform lifts, multi lifts, aquatic chairs, and aquatic pool lifts. Being an authorised NDIS provider, Mr Pool Man can also source other types of accessibility equipment if the required one is not available online.

S.R. Smith Platform Lift LM-10

This is a hydraulic Mobile Platform Lift that helps people who need to get into the pool from a chair or from standing. This is designed to be mounted on the deck of the pool and it is made with high-density polyethylene and electro-polished 316L stainless steel. It uses dual pressure control panels so people can descend into the pool with ease and without assistance.

S.R. Smith Multi-Lift With Folding Seat

The S.R. Smith MultiLift is a pool lift that is easy to install! The Wheel-A-Way™ option means you can remove the lift for seasonal storage.MultiLift is a space-saving pool lift that is perfect for hydrotherapy pools and smaller learn to swim pools. The fact that it can be mounted on the right or left side means that you don't have to worry about where to place it on your deck. The MultiLift comes with the LiftOperator Intelligent Control System. This system lets you control the lift with a single push button.

S.R. Smith PAL2 Portable Aquatic Pool Lift

The Pal2 is an NDIS-accredited, fixed portable pool lift that is easy to move and install. It features a lifting capacity of 136 kg, full mechanised left and right motion, and up and down motion. The design and durability of the system ensure consistent operation and minimise service problems. The Pal2 is virtually maintenance-free and features a corrosion-resistant design. The included seat was specifically designed to provide the user with the greatest possible safety, comfort, and ease of transfer. The armrests can be used for support when transferring onto the seat, and the footrest is removable and will float upwards to prevent damage if the user lowers the chair too low over the deck. An optional sling is also available for purchase.

S.R. Smith Mobile Aquatic Chair

The MAC aquatic chair features a powder-coated stainless steel frame to resist corrosion, swing away arm for easy transfer, and a padded seat and backrest for comfort. The chair is also lightweight and portable, making it easy to move around the pool deck. The mobile aquatic chair is also friendly to your pool surfaces, preventing scratches or any damage.

Purchasing NDIS-Approved Equipment from Mr Pool Man

While we would love to be able to have the equipment purchased directly online and shipped to your door just like our other pool equipment, but to be eligible for NDIS funding, certain steps must be followed. If you’re an NDIS participant or occupational therapist in need of approved pool accessibility and mobility equipment, get in touch with Mr Pool Man today or call us at 1300 511 901 for a free no-obligation quote.

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Written By

Timothy Te

Pool Guru at Mr Pool Man

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