A recliner lift chair is an excellent solution for elderly who have difficulty getting up from their living room chair and/or flop into their chair when trying to sit down.
Maybe their current chair or couch is too low for them to safely get in/out.
They're considering buying different furniture and you wondered what about one (or two) lift chairs?
A lift chair is operated electronically with the help of a remote control - powering an electric motor (or two) that control the lift and recline features.
They are a great option as they can make getting in/out easier as well as reclining - all with the push of a button.
Simple to use and some have great features such as massage, heat and built in tables/trays.
Read more to determine if they would be useful for the elderly in your life.
A recliner lift chair is a recliner with a motor (or two) that moves the chair into a lifted position and a recliner position.
Lifts up: It has an electric motor that stands the chair up so it is easier to stand up from.
Reclines: It also stays in this position so that when the user is ready to sit down, it slowly lowers them into the seated position.
When seated, the motor moves the chair into a reclined or even laying down position (in some chairs).
Anyone with difficulty getting up and/or sitting down in their chair.
This could be due to pain, decreased strength, decreased balance and/or decreased endurance.
The nice thing about them is that they can be used by anyone - visiting family and friends probably won't even notice that it is a lift chair.
They also come in a wide variety of styles to match the existing furniture and design.
Seniors who do not need the extra assistance a recliner lift chair provides would be better off maintaining their strength by sitting in a regular recliner chair.
The saying goes - if you don't use it you lose it. It's always a good idea to keep the strength and endurance you have now and post-pone purchasing products that make it easier until you need them.
Some seniors have difficulty with their transfers into bed so they purchase a recliner lift chair thinking it's something they can sit and sleep in.
The problem with this is the senior can lose more mobility and because they are not alternating different positions, they are at risk of skin issues (bed sores, etc).
I recommend trialling different ways to set-up their bed so it's easier to get in/out of. For example, transfer poles, bed ladders or a hospital bed.
There are several different types of recliner lift chairs:
There are a few options available, including:
There are three measurements that you will want to consider when purchasing a recliner lift chair.
How to measure:
You can use a sewing measuring tape (soft) or use a string and measure against a yard stick or carpenter's measuring tape.
The best way to set-up the recliner lift chair is to have the control fastened to the armrest as it can easily slide off and be out of reach for seniors.
An easy way to do this is to use velcro but there are other ways as well.
Some of the controls are difficult to read so I have labelled controls with simple up/down arrows.
The safest way to get in the recliner lift chair: Back up to the chair until the seat touches the back of the seniors knee and then reach back for arm rests and sit down. The seat should be high enough so that they are not falling down into it.
The best way to get out is to raise the chair up to where you can get out of it. Not too high or you may lose strength but also not too low that you struggle to get up.
A good recliner lift chair can cost between $700-1500+ depending on fabric and features.
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