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Wasie Therapeutic Swimming Pool
Wasie Therapeutic Swimming Pool
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The Wasie Therapeutic Swimming Pool is an aquatic facility that complements the total care and treatment of patients at Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute - Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
The pool's water temperature is a comfortable 92 degrees, and the ramp and staircase make for easy access into this multilevel pool.
In addition, a stainless-steel wheelchair, handrails and an adaptive ladder make the pool accessible for persons with disabilities.
A certified lifeguard or instructor is on duty for exercise instructions and supervision.
Individuals requiring assistance in the locker room or in the pool need to provide their own attendant.
A separate family locker room is available for clients and their attendants. Participants must provide their own padlock, swimsuit and towel.
About the aquatic therapy program at the Wasie Therapeutic Pool
The aquatic therapy program includes aquatic physical therapy and independent aquatic exercise. These programs offer a comprehensive selection of services to evaluate, treat and maintain an aquatic exercise plan.
Aquatic therapy may be beneficial if you are currently under a doctor's care for an acute or chronic injury or condition, including arthritis, back or neck injury, chronic pain, stroke, spinal cord injury, head injuries, joint replacement, orthopaedic injuries, pediatric conditions and neurologic disorders.
Inpatient/outpatient aquatic physical therapy
Inpatient and outpatient physical therapy services provide participants with an aquatic program that is designed to meet their individual needs.
After a thorough evaluation by a physical therapist, participants are set up on an individualized exercise program. Therapists instruct and supervise participants until they have demonstrated understanding of their exercises.
After about six to eight sessions, participants then assume responsibility to carry out the rest of their exercise program at a pool of their choice-either at the Wasie Pool during one of the many independent aquatic exercise classes or at a local health club.
Independent aquatic exercise programs
Wasie Pool offers independent aquatic exercise programs to develop or continue individualized aquatic therapy and conditioning exercise programs on an ongoing basis.
An order from the participant's health care provider is required for any of the programs.
Arthritis Aquatic Exercise
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 2 to 3 p.m.
This program is endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation and is for individuals with any form of arthritis.
Community Swim Program
Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m.
Individuals with a disability may use the pool for independent swimming and exercise. Participants may bring one paying guest during these time periods.
Low-impact Water Aerobic Exercise Program
Tuesday, Thursday, 5 to 6 p.m.
This class provides a combination of gentle range-of-motion and low-impact cardiovascular programming for individuals.
Follow-up Aquatic Exercise Program
Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to noon
A one-hour exercise session may be scheduled during this time period. This program gives individuals with a disability independent aquatic exercise and swim conditioning time.
Aquatic Exercise and Swimming Program
Monday to Friday, noon to 1 p.m.
This class is designed to help people with low-back problems. The program includes exercises to increase flexibility.
Senior Aquatic Exercise and Swim
Tuesday, Thursday, 2 to 3 p.m.
This program is for individuals, age 55 and older, to work independently on lap swimming, aquatic exercise and relaxation.
Adaptive Swim Lessons
Various times during the week
Individualized, adaptive swimming instruction can address the fear of water, improve swim skills and develop a personalized conditioning program based on each person's abilities.
Employee Lap Swim and Aquatic Exercise
Monday and Wednesday, 5 to 6 p.m.
The Wasie Therapeutic Swimming Pool is located on the first floor between the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute lobby and the Wasie Building on the Abbott Northwestern Hospital campus (see map). On-street parking and ramp parking are available.
Abbott Northwestern Hospital Wasie Building