Accessibility Pool Steps with Reduced Riser Height
Disability
 
Disabilities that we address on this site, including the inability to sit, the inability to bend, and the need to keyboard in bed

Automobile safety for the horizontal passenger

Computer setups for the horizontal:

The Adjustment
Remapping Keybd
The Keyboards
Stilt Keyboards
Leg & Back Rests
Building Arm Slings
Tch Typist Armrest H&P Typist Armrest
Building Stilt Keybd
Building Kbd Holder
Build Laptop Holder
Build Laptop Cover
Build Paper Holder
File Holder
Word Macros
Make Back Support
Pillow Modification
Computing on Back
Recliner Chairs
Building Foam Desk
Build a Book Holder
Recliner with Desk

Computer setups for the back-lying

Computer setups for the reclining


Sleeping and reading
accessories for the
side-lying


Reading and writing
stand for the standing


Music keyboard raiser

Food holder

Tray holder and standing assistance acces- sory

Raised work trays for kitchen or workroom

Raised workbench for garage

Raised massage table

Raised sinks, faucets, and towel racks

Mattresses for TV watching and eating

Using a reacher device for dressing, picking things up, and grabbing things that are too high or low to reach without bending or straining

Toilet seat riser

Living Room Floor-Level Back-Lying Remote Holder

Living Room Back-Lying Remote Holder

Two High-Leverage Shower Knobs

Raised Shower Head

Remodeled Counter and Sink Faucet and Faucet Knobs in Bathroom and Kitchen

Left-Click Microswitch and Switch-Adapted Mouse

Xkeys for Easier Drag and Copy and Paste Functions

Bathtub Saddle Remodel for Safety

Do-It-Yourself Accessibility Wrench for Pool Filters and Valves

Accessibility Pool Steps with Reduced Riser Height

Hot Tub with Safety Rail and Safety Pole

Links

After a bad back got much worse (partial disc collapse collapsed the rest of the way), we discovered that walking into the pool was too dangerous, unstable, and painful for me. The pool was essential hydrotherapy, and it is the zero gravity characteristic of this type of exercise that made it crucial. I cannot use any exercise equipment because I cannot sit at all and cannot exercise under full gravity conditions. So it was the pool or nothing, and my doctors and physical therapists warned me not to ever get less than 30 minutes a day of an aerobic workout. Of course, collapsed and herniated discs are only one of a number of maladies whose sufferers might profit from steps like the ones you see below. People that use walkers and cannot get into their pool anymoreŚnow they can. People with leg, butt or back injuries that make normal steps (house: 7.25", pool: 11") painful. Or how about kids? How about just plain elderly with limited stepping? How about little people (a.k.a. midgets)?

bad back
bad back


So we tried having someone hold a 15 foot long aluminum pole that went from 5 feet above the pool deck to the bottom of the pool. I'd steady myself getting in. This was much safer than nothing, but still stressful and painful. Once I couldn't stand the stress, I used Ez-Architect to design pool steps that would allow me to enjoy a safe, nonstressful entrance and exit to our pool. You can see it below. The smart, talented, super-capable genius who built it is at bruiserbuilt.com (site is kaputsky). His prices are very reasonable, and he is very quick. It's 100% aluminum and it boasts a 4" rise per step. Compare that to the standard 11" rise for normal pool steps, all the while pondering the ouch factor. My steps are one third the step up and step down, and my back sings James Brown's
I feel Good all the way up or down these steps! I use the 2-feet-on-each-step method, since there's a bit of stress using the one-foot-per-step method.

Why didn't I just go find a low-rise stairs online? I tried. I couldn't find a category, phrase, or expression that was useful for Googling to find low-rise aluminum steps much less low-rise aluminum pool steps, even though I tried low-rise steps, low-rise stairs, walking challenged, accessibility steps, step disabled, step restricted, difficulty with steps, step problems, walking challenged, accessibility stairs, stairs disabled, stairs restricted, difficulty with stairs, and stair problems. It became apparent that no one had such a stairs product, and if I wanted it, I'd have to design it and get it built. So I did.

Accessibility Pool Steps with Reduced Riser Height
Accessibility Pool Steps with Reduced Riser Height


Uncovered Accessibility Pool Steps with Reduced Riser Height
Uncovered Accessibility Pool Steps with Reduced Riser Height


Top View of Accessibility Pool Steps with Reduced Riser Height
Top View of Accessibility Pool Steps with Reduced Riser Height


Accessibility Pool Steps Under Water
Accessibility Pool Steps Under Water


Plans for Accessibility Pool Steps with Reduced Riser Height
Plans for Accessibility Pool Steps with Reduced Riser Height