As we age, the greater the likelihood that we will get arthritis or some condition or disease that makes it more difficult for us to get up and down from a sitting position. For anyone with any type of mobility restriction, the once simple activity of getting our hips above our knees so we can stand up, now becomes a challenge on an everyday basis.
The ability to remain independent is an important aspect to quality of life. For those who suffer from diminished mobility, neuromuscular diseases, circulatory issues, arthritis, age-related weakness, or are recovering from an illness or surgery, getting up from a sitting position in a traditional chair can be difficult or even impossible without help. A lift chair can give you the help you need.
Lift chairs have a remote, and with the push of a button, you can recline the chair to comfortably read, watch TV, simply relax or even sleep. Then, when you press the incline button, the back of the chair raises to position your hips over your knees to an almost standing position. When you are almost standing, you just straighten your back and you’re ready to walk.
Lift Chair Benefits
Lift chairs can provide more personal freedom and self-sufficiency, allowing us to maintain our independence longer. In appearance, a lift chair looks just like a normal reclining chair, but they provide a stable way to help you get up and down by smoothly elevating you to a level that you can stand without straining your legs and back.
Studies have shown that lift chairs, while assisting in movement, can maintain muscle tone, due to the reduction of lower skeletal joint fatigue and degeneration. Research has also shown that they can reduce pain and increase comfort. But perhaps the most significant benefit of a lift chair is that it can reduce the risk of injury - to the user as they try to stand on their own, and to the caregiver as they attempt to pull the user into a standing position.
Here are some more advantages:
- Correct posture is enhanced through the multiple seating positions reducing aches and pain in the neck and back.
- You can elevate your legs to reduce swelling and promote circulation.
- Transfers to a standing position or to a wheelchair are easier and safer.
- Reclining positions reduce an excess build-up of fluid in the legs, and models with Trendelenburg positioning help improve circulation.
- You won’t need to be pulled by someone helping you to stand.
- You won’t have to rely on others, and wait until they can assist you.
- A lift chair reduces the risk of injury for you and the caregiver when transitioning into a standing position.
Lift Chair Styles, Features, And Options
- Petite, standard and bariatric models up to 600-pound weight capacity.
- Space-saving, wall-hugger which allows you to place the chair 3-1/2" from the wall and still recline without the worry of damaging the chair or wall.
- Full-sleeper style for those confined to the chair for long periods of time.
- Zero gravity holds the body in the perfect neutral body posture position to distribute weight evenly across all our pressure points, supporting the lumbar area and eliminating painful tension.
- Trendelenburg positioning may help correct venous edema and reduce the risk of deep venous thrombosis (DVT).
- Powered headrest and lumbar support for customized positioning.
- Heat and massage for comfort and pain reduction.
- Head and arm covers to protect your furniture from everyday wear and tear.