Kids at NEPC Benefit From New Pool Equipment

Being weightless in the water is a calming and healing experience for children with severe neurological impairment, says Laura Kirk, therapeutic recreation supervisor at New England Pediatric Care.

The right equipment helps the kids relax and have fun, she explained. A recent gift from H.A.L.O. enabled NEPC to update pool supplies and equipment used by all residents and day students at the 80-bed facility for young people with complex medical needs.

“Having different sized head floats, floatation devices and water shoes makes the kids so much more comfortable during therapy and family swim time,” Laura said.

The new towels and towel warmer have been especially appreciated, she added because so many of the young people are hypothermic and don’t tolerate cold well.