Aquatic Services

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Warm Water Therapy Can Work Wonders

For people who have physical disabilities, are recovering from surgeries, or have musculoskeletal conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis and lower back pain, warm water therapy can bring relief from pain, spur recovery and improve range of motion, balance, strength and coordination. At North Central Health Care we have a warm water pool specifically designed for aquatic therapy. Here we offer aquatic physical therapy, water exercise programs and community and family swim programs that help individuals manage pain and maintain or reclaim their independence.

Water is heated to an average of 90 degrees year round. The depth varies from three feet to five-and a-half feet. You do not need to know how to swim to take advantage of warm water therapy and a life guard is always on duty whenever the pool is providing services.

For the latest information about the pool schedule, fees and rules visit here: Aquatic Schedule, Fees & Rules

All programs do require the referral of a physician. The warm water therapeutic pool is located at 1100 Lake View Drive in Wausau and is available to any patients, regardless of their county of residence or age.

North Central Health Care’s Warm Water Aquatic Services:

  • Include handicapped-accessible locker rooms and a pool with a wheelchair ramp, stairwells and deck handrails.
  • Offer convenient parking easily accessible for people with special needs.
  • Have separate male and female locker rooms. Rooms have mat tables and grab bars for safety. Toilets are higher and handicap accessible. The showers are hand held with shower chairs.
  • Have unisex dressing rooms and shower areas, allowing caregivers to aid with dressing and showering. Rooms have mat tables and grab bars for safety. Toilets are higher and handicap accessible. The showers are hand held with shower chairs.
  • Offers lockers that are accessible for 10 cents.
  • Have wheelchairs for patients that can be used to enter the pool or for showering.
  • Provide poolside seating for caregivers.
  • Provide patients access to both doctor-referred aquatic physical therapy programs with licensed physical therapists, as well as community swim.
  • Are available to those who cannot swim.
  • Offer a pool with a depth that ranges from three feet to five-and a-half feet, and a water temperature of 90 degrees.
  • Provide patients with self-directed exercise programs for pool and home (land) use.
  • Allow patients who leave the aquatic therapy program to continue using the pool by enrolling in water exercise programs or joining the community and family swim.
  • Are overseen by a credentialed Licensed Pool Operator.
  • Provide a Certified Life Guard at all times.
  • Are directed by a Licensed Physical Therapist and a Physical Therapy Assistant who oversee all aquatic physical therapy clients and transitional program clients.
  • Meets all State and County regulations.

For comprehensive overview of all the North Central Health Care Aquatic Services, please watch this video.