Lift Chairs and Seating: Products for Seniors and Disabled
Disabled World: Revised/Updated: 2018/11/25
Synopsis: Information and reviews on a variety of lift chairs and power recliners for seniors and people with a disability.
Information and reviews on a variety of lift chairs and power recliners for seniors and people with a disability.
What is a Lift Chair?
A lift chair is a device that gradually lifts the person to a standing position or gradually descends the person into a sitting position without causing any injuries. It has the look and feel of a normal recliner which makes it very comfortable for the individual.
Also known as rise or recliner chairs, are chairs that feature a powered lifting mechanism that pushes the entire chair up from its base, and so assists the user to move more easily to a standing position. Lift chairs can be useful to the elderly, infirm, or disabled. They can aid comfort and mobility and also promote independence. Most lift chairs will work with weights up to 450 pounds (204 kg) although some can handle up to 700 pounds (318 kg).
Most lift chairs plug directly into the wall, but feature a backup power supply that is activated when the power goes out. Many people who are mobility challenged depend on their lift chair to stand and could not do so otherwise without assistance. The battery backup ensures that they will never be left without this precious resource.
The look and design of the chair also allows it to fit in with the rest of the furniture easily without looking out of place. The chairs are available in many different sizes and you can have custom designs by picking out fabrics and colors. Many elderly and those who suffer from arthritis or limited mobility find lift chairs to be the answer.
Power lift chairs have a built in motor that changes the position of a seat from sitting down to a complete upright position.
These electric lift chairs are specially designed to prevent them from folding down on the individual or tipping over. Most lift chairs have two positions, upright and sitting down. Electric lift chairs can generally hold weight up to 375 pounds. Special chair lifts can be made for heavier individuals. A newer design on the market is the multi position lift chair. They are deeper and wider than the two position lift chairs. The additional position is called the napping position, which is a fully reclined position. The weight limit is the same as that of the two position lift chair.
Wall huggers are designed so that they can be placed very close to the wall, while still completely reclining. These are great for areas with limited space and some can be placed as close as six inches to the wall, without affecting how far back the chair can recline. This is about a third of the distance a traditional lift chair requires.
Many lift chairs are designed to look just like regular chairs and recliners. They blend in well with other furniture and come in a wide array of colors. They are made of many types of fabrics as well including vinyl and leather. Some chairs offer heat and massaging options as well. Prices of lift chairs vary based on the brand, the size, the fabric, options, and how many positions they have. They start as low as $400 and are as much as several thousand dollars.
Recliner Lift Chairs
Electric riser lift chairs for the elderly and people with disabilities come in all makes and models, shapes, sizes, and colors.
Recliner lift chairs are very useful for individuals who have a difficult time getting from a sitting to standing position, as well as for those who have a hard time going from a standing position to a comfortable sitting position. Lift chairs are available with a variety of features, designed to provide the best types of services to those who need it.
The chairs also feature a fully reclined position that allows for comfortable sitting and sleeping in the chair. This type of reclining chair is used by individuals who have arthritis, aches and pains, and who find moving from one position to another painful. They also have a backrest that offers the user added support. Many models come with a footrest that raises slightly higher to provide comfort and improve leg circulation. Some recliner chair lifts have a memory button. Once you find a position you like, easily program it into the remote control. Whenever you want to return to that position, push that button on the controller.
Most reclining lift chairs have a motor. With the touch of a button, you can move the chair from a sitting position to a full upright position. This process takes place at a speed that is comfortable for any individual. Once you are in a full upright position, you can walk away from the chair, or even use your walker. When you are ready to sit down, simply stand against the chair. Using the control buttons, it will slowly take you from a standing to sitting position. Most reclining lift chairs have a wider seat than most recliners, to allow for easier use.
Zero Gravity Chairs
The zero-gravity sitting position, developed and heavily researched by NASA, is one of the best ways to relieve back and neck pain. In the zero-gravity reclining position, the legs are raised above the heart. This in turn puts your back and spine into the correct resting position.
One of the most important parts of the zero-gravity reclining position is that your spine is put into the correct neutral position, but there are many other advantages as well. The zero-gravity position relieves stress on the lower back and reduces or eliminates disc compression. It also helps improve lung capacity and circulation due to the way the torso is positioned relative to the legs. The neutral back position maintains the natural curves of the spine and reduces strain on the ligaments and muscles. These features are incredibly important if you suffer from back problems, but also if you want to keep your body healthy.
Sizes and Styles
Lift chairs come in many styles and sizes. Being properly fitted is very important for safety.
- One size does not fit all. Each chair is made for certain height and weight capacities. A Medicare Approved Provider is trained in fitting each client accurately.
- Find a local lift chair showroom and try the chairs out. No one would purchase a regular recliner without trying it out first.
- Chairs that are well made usually have a good warranty. Ask about the warranty on each chair and how the chairs are serviced. A big furniture or discount store may not even know the answer to this very important question.
- Determine the best chair for the particular need. Many chairs lay down in a full sleeper position. Zero gravity positions offer many benefits such as back relief, improved circulation, and expanded lung capacity. Also, many chairs are the standard 2 and 3 way positions
- Feet should be on the floor when the chair is in a seated position. When the chair is rising, feet should not be dangling!
- Consider the space that the chair will fill. Is it small? How far from the wall does it need to be? Is there room to walk past the chair if it is reclined
- Make sure there are many fabric options available. Look for regular upholstery, vinyl, leather, microfiber,or new cleanable fabrics. Many lift chairs are more stylish than ever before. Look for plush Big Man chairs or sleek wing backs.
There is virtually no limit in style and comfort in today's lift chairs. Whether you are 4' 9" and weigh 85 pounds or 6' 5" and weigh 500 pounds, there is a lift chair to fit you.
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