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Welcome to the therapy pool at the Burnsville clinic! Like the therapy pools at other Gillette Children's clinics, this pool is designed with the needs of children with disabilities and complex conditions in mind. The water temperature in the therapy pool is kept at about 93°F, and the room temperature is kept at about 80°F.

If your child's provider has determined that aquatic pool therapy will be helpful, it's important that your child attends their scheduled therapy appointments regularly. If you ever need to cancel a scheduled pool therapy session, please call us at (952) 223-3400.


What to Bring to Your Pool Therapy Appointments

Bring the following items with you to every pool therapy appointment:

  • A swimsuit
  • A towel for your child to dry off with after their time in the pool
  • Swim diapers or absorbent swim briefs, if your child has difficulty controlling their bladder or bowel muscles
  • Soap—your child will need to take a shower to wash their hands, feet, legs, armpits, and private parts before they get into the pool for therapy.

Please do not bring any toys from home for use in the pool.


Preparing for the Appointment

  1.  Make sure you have all of your supplies with you! Gillette does not provide swimsuits, towels, or swim diapers/absorbent briefs, so please remember to bring them from home. Ask a member of our staff if you need to know where to buy swim briefs/diapers for use in the pool.
  2.  Arrive at the clinic 10-15 minutes early so you can change clothes and be ready when your appointment starts.
  3.  Check in at the front desk. Once you are checked in, staff will let you in to the locker room.
  4.  Make sure that your child showers with soap and water before putting on their swimsuit (and/or swim diaper, if applicable).
  5.  Wait in the locker room until your scheduled appointment time.

Pool Therapy Guidelines

  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes early. This gives your child plenty of time to get changed and ready for their appointment. If your child needs help getting dressed, one of their caregivers should go with them into the changing room to help them change.
  • A parent or caregiver must attend therapy sessions. An adult needs to be within sight of the pool at all times when the pool is in use.
  • Due to limited space, there is only room for two observers during a pool therapy appointment.
  • It might be appropriate for a family member or caregiver to be in the pool with the patient, if it will be helpful to your child's therapy plan. Your pool therapist will let you know if this is the case.
  • Cell phones can be used in the pool area at your own risk. Please ask permission before taking photos or videos.
  • If you, your child, or anyone coming with you to the therapy pool appointment has or was recently exposed to a contagious illness, please cancel your appointment. Please cancel your appointment if your child (or anyone coming with them into the therapy pool) has an open wound or skin lesion, is sick, or has had diarrhea in the last two weeks.

Please let your therapist know if your child (or anyone who might join them in the pool) is experiencing any of the following:

  • communicable diseases (like viral cold sores or genital herpes)
  • bacterial infections (such as MRSA or VRE)
  • a fungal infection (like athlete's foot)
  • menstruation
  • acute joint flare-ups (such as those with hemophilia or arthritis)
  • pinworm, ringworm, or plantar warts
  • a urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • a rash or skin condition with open or flaking areas (like impetigo or scabies)
  • uncontrolled seizures
  • deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)

We want your child's experience with the therapy pool to be as pleasant and useful to their treatment as possible. Please let your therapist know if your child has had any unpleasant past experiences or has a fear of the water that might affect their pool therapy sessions.

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your health care providers. If you have any questions, talk with your doctor or others on your health care team. If you are a Gillette patient with urgent questions or concerns, please contact Telehealth Nursing at 651-229-3890.