Our very special hydrotherapy pool

A group of people are in an indoor pool, they are smiling at the camera.

When a child stays at the Sister Margaret Noone Hospice at Very Special Kids House they can have access to a selection of fun, engaging and therapeutic activities.

One of the most exciting additions  is our very special hydrotherapy pool!

While sessions in the water bring many benefits for symptom management, ultimately, time spent in the pool is all about making memories and having fun.

Aquatic physiotherapy can foster a sense of freedom; increase independence; reduce stiffness and tension; offer pain relief; strengthen muscles; improve fitness and social interaction. It can also have a calming effect for children with sensory processing disorders and reduce stress from overstimulation.

Throughout respite stays, children can use the new hydrotherapy pool in individualised aquatic physiotherapy sessions. The pool is 34 degrees and just over one metre deep and can be accessed via a hoist or water wheelchair friendly ramp.

Prior to use children will undergo a comprehensive assessment with our physiotherapist, Belinda, to determine their individual needs and goals for aquatic physiotherapy.

Our hospice team have received training from Life Saving Victoria to ensure they can provide the best quality of care to children and young people during their aquatic physiotherapy sessions.

We cannot wait for countless memories, milestones and heartwarming moments to be made in our very own hydrotherapy pool.