If getting up and down from a sofa or chair is not as simple as it used to be for your loved one, buying a power lift chair may be the right move as they are relatively inexpensive for the benefits they provide. There are so many options, both in stores and online, when it comes to buying mobility equipment that it can become overwhelming. Visiting a local retailer is ALWAYS advised compared to selecting a chair online and hoping you’ve selected the proper chair.
Below are five points to consider when selecting your lift chair.
- Number of Positions: The most important feature to consider. When looking at chairs, you’ll see some are “2 Position”, some “3 Position” and some “Infinite Positions”, commonly called The Ultimate Sleep Chair. Infinite position models have two motors to let the footrest move independent of the back portion. Those who want to sit upright, but also have the footrest up, will need this type of chair. Both “2 Position” and “3 Position” chairs require the backrest to recline to have the footrest slide out because they only have a single motor. “3 Position” chairs differ from “2 Position” types in that they allow full recline as well as the Trendelenburg position, which raises the feet above the heart ; 2 positions only recline to 45 degrees.
- Fit: Just like any recliner, you want the chair to fit your body size. This is very important because the larger the chair, the deeper the seat cushion. Choose a chair that’s too big and your legs may not touch the floor when sitting straight up and while lifting. Choose a model that’s too small and your lower back area might not respond well. When selecting a style of lift chair, make sure the style you select has the proper size for your need. User’s height is very important when selecting a size. The best way to get the proper size is to visit a local retailer and try different sizes.
- Type of Covering: Do you sweat a lot? Leather may not be the best choice. Is incontinence a problem? Perhaps material made of cloth does not make sense in this case. In most cases, leather will cost more, but do not discount its benefits. You can also purchase incontinent chair covers to protect your purchase.
- Living Area: Do you have a fairly tight area in your living room to place the chair? Does it need to be against a wall? Models are available that can start against a wall and slide open forward without banging into the wall behind it. Standard models both slide out and backwards, which may be a problem in tight areas.
- Advanced Features: Higher end models provide features such as heat and massage, Shiatsu massage, armrest storage with fold out tables and cup holders. While these may seem unnecessary, people with aches and pains could find them very soothing and worth the higher price tag.
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All Star Medical in Franklin and Hermitage carry a full line of Lift chairs in stock for you to come by and try out. Please call us directly at 615-567-6116 with any questions!