An aquatic therapy center for children with rehabilitation needs and developmental disorders must be designed with a balance of inspiration, innovation, and accommodation, where aesthetics and function merge. Athletic Business’s November issue features an article describing keys to success on designing an aquatic therapy center for children.
The size of the pool should be about 50 square feet per child/therapist. Movable floors provide for deep-water exercise and transition to zero depth for easy access and use. Adjustable parallel bars will attain user balance for assorted exercise movements. Eight-foot pool decks accessible on all sides of the pool in a non-slip finish allow enough space for families, wheelchairs and walkers. Filtration systems should be designed based on a two-hour turnover rate, providing the inclusion of an automated chemistry controller to govern the addition of the pool sanitizer and buffer. A dual sanitization system with UV will greatly aid in keeping water chemistry in balance.
Natural light with a view of outdoor foliage will offer a secluded experience to be shared with Mommy Nature. Adding illumination to steps and water features enhances aesthetic appeal and safety. Tiled walls surrounding the pool can create a touch of whimsy through the use of color themes such as mosaics of tropical fish. Ambient music from a built-in sound system can be incorporated into the pool structure where sound vibrations pass through the water, enabling children to hear as well as feel the music. Built-in aromatherapy (a proven psychological enhancement) can dispense scents that will not adversely affect water chemistry.