Selecting a Lift Recliner
Stand up chair for elderly are frequently used. They help individuals that lack balance or core strength as well as those with more severe mobility issues. The chairs are designed to assist people from a sitting to standing position and visa-versa. This can be a blessing to the user and the caregiver.
To receive optimum benefits from a lift chair it is important to research your options. There are several categories of lift chairs for the elderly. Determine which chair best suits your needs before investing.
The price range for power lift recliners varies. The price depends on the type of features included in the chair. Prices range from $500 to over $3000. Most people will spend an average of $1000 on a lift chair regardless of the style they choose.
Does the user have a long-term need for the chair or is it a temporary disability? Check with your local medical supply agency for rental options for short-term injuries.
Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementia-related conditions warrant careful consideration. They may be confused by the remote control causing frustration and increased agitation. Attempting to get out of the chair while in a reclined position could be a safety hazard.
Will the individual use the chair for sleeping? The chair should offer a wide range of positions for optimal comfort. This is especially important for individuals who spend extended amounts of time in power lift recliners.
Does the user experience edema or suffer from circulatory problems? Some chairs are better designed to address this type of issue.
The standard lift chair is the most basic. It does not offer any fancy options but it does get the job done. Its lift function operates in the same manner as other lift chairs but the backrest does not recline. This may be a safer option for a cognitively impaired person. The controls should only be operated by a caregiver.
The two-position lift chair operates with one motor. This controls the back and the leg rest at the same time. The average two-position chair offers some versatility. It may be a good choice for individuals looking for a comfortable chair for reading, watching television and general comfort.
The three-position lift chair utilizes two motors to operate the back and leg rests independently of each other. The chair is also known as an infinite-position lift chair due to its extreme versatility. A three-position chair is a good option for individuals who spend long periods of time in their chair.
A person with limited mobility should change positions frequently to avoid pressure sores. This chair offers a simple solution. The chair can recline flat or adjusted to a comfortable sleeping position. The leg rest can be elevated over the user’s heart. This position, known as the Trendelenburg Position, is frequently used to reduce edema and increase circulation in the legs and feet.
This chair provides all of the features available in a three-position chair with the bonus of an adjustable seat. The seat box can be raised and tilted. The operation is similar to an adjustable car seat. Raising the lower back reduces the pressure on the spine. The zero gravity feature promotes proper spine alignment, relaxes back muscles, improves circulation and expands lung capacity.
Users of zero gravity lift chairs tout the extreme comfort provided by this feature. Give it a test run at your local dealer’s showroom before rejecting it because of the expense.
No one would willingly choose to wear an ill-fitting pair of shoes. It would be silly to purposely decide to be uncomfortable. Lift chairs for elderly users range in size from petite to heavy duty. Choosing the correct size will ensure maximum comfort.
There are several ways to determine the proper sized chair. Ideally, the user’s feet should rest flat on the floor while sitting upright with their back against the backrest. The seat box should be wide enough to accommodate the user’s hips at their widest point.
It is not always possible to test the chairs in person. This is a general guideline of sizes available. Specifics may vary between manufacturers.
- Petite/Small. These are the smallest stock lift chairs available. The chair has an elevating leg rest and a limited reclining backrest. It is designed for comfort while reading or watching television. It may not be well suited for sleeping.
- Medium. Accommodates an individual 5’4″ to 5’10” with a 375-pound capacity.
- Large. Accommodates an individual 5’11” to 6’2” with a 375-pound capacity.
- Tall. Accommodates an individual 6’2″ to 6’8″ with a 375-pound capacity. Some manufacturers offer leg extensions as an alternative.
- Wide/XL. Offers a two to four inch wider seat with a 500-pound capacity.
- Heavy Duty/XXL. Offers a four inch wider seat with a 600 to 700-pound capacity.
Most chairs are available in a variety of upholstery options. Lift chairs are designed to blend with most decor. Look beyond aesthetics when choosing upholstery. Consider the user’s comfort. Leather is an appealing choice but some people find it cold or too hot and sticky. Is incontinence an issue? There are many easy to clean and stain resistant options.
Many manufacturers offer a variety of options for lift chairs.
- Determine which type of cushion best suits the user’s needs. For instance, a tufted backrest will be firmer than a pillow style.
- Some manufacturers offer a left-handed remote. This simple adjustment may make a world of difference for ease of operation.
- There is a huge selection of options for your chair. These chairs may have optional heated seats and massage features. These items may seem like a luxury expense but could provide a great deal of comfort to an individual who spends extended periods of time in the chair.
- Inquire about a battery backup in case of electrical outage.
- Extra options such as cup holders and magazine pockets are available on some models.
Lift chairs offer many therapeutic benefits. They can provide hours of comfort and increased independence for your loved one. Take time to research the best fit for your individual needs.