Assistive furniture can provide users with the comfort, mobility, and independence they need daily. From hospital beds to commodes, many different kinds of assistive furniture are available for any specific need. Lift chairs, for example, are common and useful aids users can keep in their homes.

What is a Lift Chair?

A lift chair is a type of cushioned armchair that has a raisable seat. Like recliners, lift chairs are controlled by a built-in mechanism that allows users who have difficulty sitting and standing independently to raise their seats. This can help people sit down and stand up with less difficulty and less risk of falling.

Who Might Need a Lift Chair?

Lift chairs are great for people who have difficulty sitting down and standing up due to back problems, arthritis, weakened knee or hip joints, and other mobility issues. However, these chairs do require some degree of cognition and safety awareness for users to operate them. In short, lift chairs are best for people who may need help sitting and standing but are also aware enough to operate them safely without injury.

The 3 Types of Lift Chair

Lift chairs come in three types, all of which are defined by how many positions each chair can reach. Two-position chairs can recline to a 45-degree angle, allowing users to lean back but not lay down completely while in the chair. Three-position chairs can lean further back, allowing users the choice between the 45-degree reclining position and a horizontal position. Three-position chairs are best for people who like to nap in their chairs. Infinite position chairs can recline in many different angles, and users can adjust their chair’s back and footrests to be parallel to the floor if desired.

Where to Install Your Lift Chair

Since lift chairs are designed to be your primary chair, it is best to install them somewhere you’d like to spend lots of time. To help find the perfect place to put your chair, consider placing it around a focal point in your home: near a window, in view of the television, or near some bookshelves. Second, consider how much space you have. Depending on the size of your chair, you may not be able to fit it in certain areas. Make sure your chair has plenty of space to recline. When installing the chair, always make sure it is easily accessible, with few obstacles in the way of reaching the chair. In some cases, you may need to measure out the width of a walker, rollator, or wheelchair to provide enough space for movement.

To browse lift chairs, recliners, and other types of assistive furniture, visit Medical Supply Depot.

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