As people age it becomes more difficult to do things most take for granted, for instance, standing up from a chair. Seniors who value their independence and freedom still want to do as much on their own as possible. This is when a power lift chair can be an excellent option. We know choosing the right lift chair can feel overwhelming, so we broke down what features lift chairs can provide and what to consider before making the investment.
What is a Lift Chair?
A lift chair is a recliner that uses a motor to aid an individual in safely getting up from a seated position. The lifting function inside raises the entire chair up from the base to assist the user in standing up. The reality is, this is a necessity for many people.
Lift chairs not only lift up from a seated position, but they also assist the user in sitting from a standing position in safe manner avoiding injury. For a senior who struggles with sitting or standing, a lift chair will decrease some of the discomfort and strain that comes with these motions. Without the help of a lift chair a senior could put undue stress on their body attempting to sit and stand, which could cause injury.
The many reclining positions provide numerous benefits for seniors. Seniors often need to use a lift chair because the lift and recline positions of the chair help elevate the legs, which reduces excess fluid build-up and improves circulation. This can help with overall comfort levels and also aid in getting a better nights rest.
Three main types of lift chairs:
- Two-position. This is the most basic and affordable option. This lift chair will recline to a 45-degree angle and allows the person to slightly lean back. These only contain one motor which controls the lifting, reclining, and footrest functions. Since it only has one motor these functions cannot be performed independently of each other. Seniors use these chairs for watching television and reading. Two-position chairs are smaller in size and won't take up too much space in your home.
- Three-position. This lift chair will recline further than the two-position to an almost flat position. Like the two-position it is powered by one motor, which means the backrest and footrest cannot be operated independently. These recline further so this chair is perfect for napping and helpful seniors who cannot lay flat on a bed.
- Infinite-position. This is the most customizable and expensive lift chair option. An infinite-position lift chair offers an all out recline. This means that both the foot and backrest are parallel to the floor. Since it features multiple motors you are able operate the different functions independently. These chairs are commonly referred to as a zero-gravity lift chairs.
Features to Consider
There are many features to consider when researching your perfect lift chair. You may want to consult your doctor as well.
- Positions. It is important to know how many positions the chair has and to identify which positions are critical for you. If you plan to nap in your lift chair you should consider three-position or infinite-position chairs.
- Materials. It is important to research what the chair consists of. All seniors have a different idea of comfort. Please note most lift chairs come overstuffed and break in over time.
- Sizes. Some lift chairs are larger than others. We ask you to measure the space you plan to put the chair in to be sure it fits. Be sure to always keep an open path to the chair to prevent falls.
- Weight capacity. This is a very important thing to consider. You don't want to add additional stress to the lift chair as it may cause damage. A 300 lb. weight capacity is most common but you can get them with higher capacities.
- Other features. Some lift chairs offer features that are not needed but can make for a fun upgrade. These include heat, massage, USB charging ports, upgraded fabrics, and upgraded delivery.
Lift Chair: Pros and Cons
Lift chairs are not only super comfortable pieces of medical equipment, but they also have copious amounts of physical and emotional advantages.
- They aid seniors in maintaining their freedom.
- They assist with overall senior mobility.
- Lift chairs are proven to assist seniors in sitting and standing faster.
- They reduce the frequency of falls.
- Certain models can relieve pressure in the legs while also improving circulation.
- Since seniors won't have to ask for assistance with sitting or standing lift chairs may decrease anxiety and increase independence.
However, there are a few downsides to lift chairs as well.
- Lift chairs can be very expensive depending on the model.
- They aren't always the answer if the user has balance issues.
- If a senior is dependent on a lift chair you may see a decrease overall muscle strength.
How Much Are Lift Chairs?
Lift chairs range in price from $950 to more than $3,000 depending on the features and delivery options. A two-position lift chair will be much less expensive than an infinite position zero-gravity lift chair. This is why consulting one of our mobility experts will be helpful in picking something that stays within your budget.
Golden Technologies Twilight Tilt: Ultimate Comfort
Golden Technologies' patented Twilight Technology provides a tilting motion that cradles your body allowing you to achieve extreme zero-gravity. This allows the senior to rejuvenate in various positions including all TV-watching, reading, and relaxing positions. This technology provides the world’s finest power reclining experience. The Twilight tilt lift chairs come complete with an adjustable headrest and lumbar support taking the user's comfort to the next level. The Cloud 515 is the most popular lift chair featuring this function. The video below will explain exactly what Twilight Tilt is and how it may benefit you.