So, what exactly is a lift chair? A lift chair looks like a standard recliner and has all of the functions of a standard recliner, but can also do so much more. A lift chair can essentially be classified as a piece of medical equipment. It is operated with ease simply by pushing buttons on a remote rather than having to manually pull a lever or switch.
The main difference between a lift chair and a recliner is that a lift chair is built with a powerful lifting system. When the correct button is pressed, the lifting mechanism will tilt the full base and back of the chair forward. The purpose of this is to assist the seated individual back into a standing position. Alternately, this chair can also be fully reclined and used as a sleeping chair, also by the press of a button.
These chairs can be customized to your specific needs. They come in various sizes, widths, and styles to suit just about anyone. Some also come with optional additional features for comfort such as heat, and massage.
So who is a lift chair for, and why are they useful? Generally speaking, any individual with impaired mobility will benefit from this chair the most. Many people might assume that this applies mainly to the elderly. While this is partly true, the elderly are not the only ones who suffer from impaired mobility.
According to the CDC, 1 in 4 U.S. adults (which is roughly 61 million Americans) have a disability that impacts major life activities. Among those disabilities, the most common disability type is mobility, which affects 1 in 7 adults. With age this does become more common, affecting about 2 in 5 adults age 65 and older.
Lower extremity mobility difficulties often result from common medical conditions and can disrupt both physical and emotional well-being. While most people don’t even have to think twice about something as simple as getting up out of a chair or walking, those tasks are difficult for those that suffer from impaired mobility. Not being able to complete such everyday functions as these unassisted can be frustrating, isolating, and depressing.
Anyone can develop impaired mobility. However, those with acute or chronic diseases, traumatic injury, or chronic pain have a greater risk of experiencing the complications of altered mobility. Some of these at-risk conditions that can impair mobility might include:
For all those who suffer from impaired mobility due to any of these conditions or others, immense relief, comfort, and a sense of confidence can be restored by the addition of a lift chair in the home.
Lift chairs can be used in various ways depending on what specific ailment is needing to be relieved. In general, they are used to assist a person with standing up. However, there are also some benefits to a lift chair’s ability to fully recline into a sleeping position. There are some common conditions and situations lift chairs can be used to help.
For whatever ailment is causing impaired mobility, the most common use of a lift chair is to give a boost to those who have difficulty standing up from a seated position. The remote on the chair allows the individual to simply press a button to get to a desired lifted position, allowing them to stand up with much less effort.
For people who are recovering from a lower body injury, such as a broken leg or torn muscles, it can be difficult and even cause further injury to try to stand up unassisted. In fact, leg injury recovery is one of the most common reasons people seek out lift chairs.
Circulation can also be an issue when recovering from a leg injury. Some lift chairs can even angle down into a steep recline. This allows the legs to be at a level above the heart, which promotes better circulation.
Also, a fully reclining lift chair gives one the ability to avoid a potentially dangerous situation of navigating stairs up to a bedroom by staying put and opting to nap and sleep in the chair while healing from a leg injury.
You might not associate an upper body injury with difficulty standing. But you actually use your arms as extra leverage and stabilization to get up from a seated position more than you realize. Using the forward tilt and lift of a lift chair allows you to stand up without putting any arm weight down on an armrest or using any arm strength to help press yourself up when recovering from an upper body injury.
After undergoing any kind of cardiovascular surgery, resting is critically important. A lift chair lets you get up from reclining comfortably with as little effort as possible. This allows your heart even more rest. Also, as mentioned before, it is helpful to sleep in the chair when you need to avoid going up and downstairs to a bedroom after surgery. We’ve also mentioned how a lift chair might help promote circulation by elevating the legs above the heart. So if elevation is suggested after surgery the chair will help with that as well.
Those listed above are just some uses for lift chairs. But there are plenty of other uses for them, as they assist with virtually any difficulty associated with standing up from a seated position.
Are you looking into buying a lift chair that’s right for you? Come visit our showroom at Quality Sleep Shops and get comfortable with a Franklin lift chair. Franklin manufactures the highest quality lift chairs on the market. They are durable, dependable, and built to last. Give us a call and see how we can help find a lift chair that’s perfect for you!
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