By Paul Graham
For some people, getting up from a sitting position can be
quite a chore. Lift chairs help in this regard. In today’s
modern world, lift chairs offer those who have difficulty
sitting down and getting up from sitting the opportunity to
live normal lives even with their disability.
There are many reasons why people have difficulty getting into
and out of a sitting position. Some suffer from arthritis, and
getting up from a sitting position is all but impossible for
them. Many of those who are advanced in age show signs of
muscle weakening and difficulty in moving about. This is to be
expected as people age. However, without assistance, life for
these people becomes extremely inconvenient and, at time,
To help make their lives easier, lift chairs were invented.
Lift chairs are furnitures that make getting into and out of a
sitting position easier. They are made of usual couch material
and may look like a normal couch. They, however, have built in
motors that change the position of the seat that helps the
as he moves to stand up. The contraption is activated by
on the seat or on a remote control. When the user wants to sit
down, all he or she has to do is lean weight on the seat. This
triggers a mechanism that lowers the user into sitting
position. The mechanism of these chairs prevents users from
flopping down unceremoniously on the couch. It provides
stability and support for the sitting and standing movement.
There are many reasons why one would want to use a lift chair.
As mentioned earlier, one of the reasons one would want to use
lift chairs is arthritis. Other diseases include Parkinson’s,
Lou Gehrig’s and other mobility limiting conditions.
People who suffer from other conditions such as knee and hip
problems also need lift chairs – as do people who have had
accidents, muscular weakness, or even advanced age. For these
people lift chairs present the best way to continue living a
functional life. They will also be less dependent on other
people to get around their homes.
Lift chairs also help caregivers. Instead of having to carry
their patients in and out of their chairs, their patients can
now be assisted by automatic lift chairs. This helps them
getting fatigued and sore from carrying their patients.
Lift chairs come in different styles, colors and
functionalities - and yes prices. At first sight, lift chairs
will resemble normal upholstered chairs. They look like your
typical sofa, recliner, or chair. Some even double as beds. If
you are to buy such furnitures, make sure you choose one that
fits the needs of its user. If he or she is more comfortable
with a recliner or chair, then by all means consider that
for him or her.
You should also consider the fabric for the lift chair you
to purchase. Some patients have sensitive skin conditions. You
should take this into consideration when choosing a lift
Leather might irritate some, while some might be irritated by
fur. A good knowledge of your patient will assist your
You should also consider the size and height of the chair. Its
dimensions should match the needs of its user. When shopping
for a lift chair, it is important to consider the size and
height of the individual who will be using the chair. If it is
too small the chair will be uncomfortable for the user. If it
is too large, the user might feel the same way.
Consider also the weight of the user. Lift chairs can carry
large loads but you must make sure the brand you choose can
handle the weight of its user.
Lift chairs are usually plugged into your typical electric
outlet. There are versions, however, that can operate on
battery packs. This makes them convenient even in the event of
a power black out.
There are also brands that have massage units and heating
implements. If your patient needs these features, you can have
them installed too.
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