I love the pool and wish I could live in the warm water because I feel so free. --8 year-old Desiree Sullivan has cerebral palsy
The California Aquatic Therapy & Wellness Center, Inc. DBA Pools of Hope is known as the premier provider of aquatic exercise and physical therapy programs for children with disabilities, adults with developmentally disabilities, individuals with frail health, and the elderly. Since our inception over 50 years ago, the Pools of Hope has provided in excess of one million therapy sessions to improve the lives of residents throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
Our rehabilitation and wellness programs cater to populations with special health needs as a means for these individuals to improve their mobility and quality of life. For many individuals with health challenges, physical activities on land are too difficult, create discomfort, or pose substantial risk of injury.
The Pools of Hope programs use the properties of the warm-water pools - buoyancy and viscosity - to provide resistance without the use of weights to assist with patient healing and strengthening. The pools are equipped with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approved ramps, pool access lifts and water wheel chairs, which offer easy access to the healing waters for those with limited mobility. The 91-94 degree pools offer shallow areas for water aerobics, exercising, walking, jogging and swimming, and deeper areas in the pool for lap swimming and therapeutic exercises.
Annual Membership is required for most programs.
We offer Individual, Family and Group Memberships.
Please call us at (310) 537-2224 to discuss the best Plan Option for you or visit us at Pools of Hope 6801 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90805 to sign up.
Reminder: Exercising in warm water may pose some health risk. Please consult with your doctor prior to starting the program.
One in every five Americans is affected by a disability. The leading cause of disability in the United States is arthritis, a disease, which often appears with age, however, disabilities due to birth defects or chronic disease; and accidents resulting in brain or spinal cord injury are extremely prevalent and life altering. With the population aged 65 and older expected to double in the next three decades, our communities will see more elderly living longer with their disabilities.
Normal exercise venues or activities are often not welcoming options for the physically or mentally, disabled. The Aquatic Center facility is equipped with accessible ramps and lifts for those who are wheelchair bound or have limited mobility. We also provide water wheelchairs for easy access to therapy.
Water exercise, in particular, encompasses all the components of fitness: cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance and flexibility. When done regularly, water exercise can help reduce body fat and is extremely beneficial in the prevention and treatment of heart disease, strokes and orthopedic conditions. It improves circulation, strengthens muscles, reduce pain and enables participants to gain maximum benefits from exercise while substantially reducing risk of injury.