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Oceanside Supported Living is a locally owned and operated Supported Living Agency in Capitola Ca. We have been  serving the needs of the most vulnerable, treasured members of our society since 2002.

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Oceanside Supported Living is dedicated to providing  homes and services that allow adults with Developmental Disabilities to live a safe and healthy lifestyle in a manner of  their own choosing.

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We would like to thank Siltanen Family Park for opening their pool to us , we LOVE it.We had a great time at our pool party BBQ!

Adaptive Water Therapy Class

By Kara Guzman, Santa Cruz Sentinel

What: An all-ages warm water exercise class for anyone with disabilities.

When: 4:15-5:45 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 2. Classes are drop-in.

Where: Siltanen Family Swim Center, 127 Vine Hill School Rd., Scotts Valley.

Cost: $5 per class or $20 for 5 classes.

Details: Call 831-438-3251. Call ahead to use the sling lift.

SCOTTS VALLEY >> The Siltanen Family Swim Center has a lift for people who are quadriplegic, but on Friday, Cameron Cox was carried from his wheelchair by his caretakers and volunteers.

The 22-year-old was carefully lowered into the warm 90-degree pool, into a float, for an adaptive water therapy class hosted by Scotts Valley Parks and Recreation.

The Santa Cruz resident has severe cerebral palsy, which makes his muscles very stiff. He can’t walk or talk, nor see very well. He is almost always in pain.

But he can say yes or no. Yes is a smile with a grunt. No is a groan that starts with an “n” sound.

Is floating in the pool the best part of his week?

Yes, he says.

Is he in any pain right now?

No, he says.

Students, caretakers and parents splashed and hopped around the 4-foot deep pool on Friday, playing with toys. The $5 drop-in class will be held each Friday through Sept. 2, and is open to anyone with disabilities, of any age.

The class is led by Hope Coleman, who is also one of Cox’s caretakers. She holds a nubby ball to Cox’s curled hands.

“Can you feel it in both hands? Both hands?” Coleman asks him. “Can you feel the texture of it?”

Coleman said being in the water gives Cox a sense of weightlessness. Floating in the pool relaxes him after a week of sitting in a wheelchair.

“Since he’s been in the class, his arms are more open,” Coleman said. “I find that he’s reaching out more. He gets stuck in a T. rex position a lot,” referring to how his arms and hands coil.

Also in the class were Bernie Jestrabek and Dorothy Falk, both 70, from Scotts Valley’s Brookdale Senior Living. They played catch in the pool for an hour.

“It’s the only way I can exercise,” said Jestrabek, who said she usually travels in a power wheelchair.

Valerie Sky brought her 9-year-old son, Kai Mangrum. Kai is autistic and doesn’t really talk. He mostly babbles, said Sky.

When he goes to other pools, he gets sensory overload and screams, throwing his body around, Sky said. She likes the class because it has “like-minded” people.

“This is great,” said Sky, as Kai hugged her chest in the pool, holding his Spiderman toy. “Especially since it’s all fenced-in, ‘cause he’s a bolter.”

llen Buckingham, a developmental disabilities nurse, started the program in June 2015. By the end of the summer she had 20 students.

For years, the Siltanen Family Swim Center had a lift for disabled people, due to state regulations, but it was hardly used until Buckingham started the program, said Kristin Ard, Scotts Valley’s recreation division manager.

“It was like, why have this and there’s so many people with needs?” said Ard, watching the pool full of playing children and laughing adults. Even the Scotts Valley mayor, Donna Lind, joined, tossing a Frisbee with a woman with fetal alcohol syndrome.

“You know they’re going to sleep so good tonight,” said Ard.

Adaptive Water Therapy Class

What: An all-ages warm water exercise class for anyone with disabilities.

When: 4:15-5:45 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 2. Classes are drop-in.

Where: Siltanen Family Swim Center, 127 Vine Hill School Rd., Scotts Valley.

Cost: $5 per class or $20 for 5 classes.

Details: Call 831-438-3251. Call ahead to use the sling lift.