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The Difference Between a 2, 3, or Infinite Position Lift Chair

For those struggling with poor mobility, lift chairs can offer valuable support in everyday life. While they may look like everyday recliners, lift chairs contain powerful motors to gently guide users to a standing position. This can be an invaluable tool to those struggling with arthritis, recovering from surgery, or anyone needing an extra helping hand.

Once you’ve made the decision to purchase a lift chair, your next question may be “which chair best suits my needs?”. Not only do lift chairs come in a variety of materials, colors, and brands, but different position options as well. 

Today’s lift chairs come in a wide range of positions and motor functionality depending on your needs. Adjustable footrest positioning or a flexible recline mechanism can make all the difference in your daily comfort. 

In this blog post, we’ll explain the differences between 2-position, 3-position, and infinite-position lift chairs so that you can make an informed purchasing decision. 

2-Position

When most people think of a recliner, a 2-position chair comes to mind. A 2-position lift chair raises the footrest while offering a few inches of back recline, making it more comfortable to rest or watch TV. These chairs can be affordable, still offer the mobility support of a lift chair, and are ideal if you need only a small recline. 

Most 2-position lift chairs have a gap between the ottoman and seat, and a single motor that controls everything. All our lift chairs are electrically powered, meaning there’s no need to fumble with a manual lever to comfortably recline. 

2-position chairs are great for relaxing after a long day, watching TV, reading, or conversing with family and friends. 

3-Position

If you’re looking for more versatility, a 3-position recline chair leans back further than typical recliners. While it does not move into a fully horizontal position, the back of the chair moves into a deep incline comfortable for relaxation and sleeping. A hand control stops the recliner at any position along the way, making it easy to find your ideal position. 

3-position lift chairs typically come equipped with a single motor, meaning that the back and footrest cannot be adjusted independently. Most have no gap between the ottoman and the seat, making for a more comfortable seat. 

For the full versatility of 3-position lift chairs at an affordable price, we recommend our best-selling Heritage 358 Lift Recliner

Infinite-position

If you or a loved one spend a significant amount of time in a lift chair, it may be time to consider ugrading your comfort with an infinite-position chair. 

These highly-flexible lift chairs come equipped with a dual motor system that allows the back and footrest to operate independently. With the push of a button, users can lift their legs without reclining, or move the backrest only. These chairs are typically padded all the way down, with no gaps between the back and footrest.

Infinite position chairs come with a much greater range of positions than 2 or 3 position chairs. Bring the back rest completelly parallel to the floor for a comfortable sleep, raise the footrest above your body to promote circulation, or enjoy zero-gravity mode. Users can adjust the seat and footrest to their specific needs, then program those positions to the hand-held controller. 

If you’re looking for a single chair to accommodate all your needs now and in the future, look toward an infinite-position chair. While you or a loved one may only require a slight recline now, in the future they may wish to sleep in their chair or use different positioning to aid injury recovery. With additional add-ons like massage and heat, they may never want to leave the chair! 

If you’re considering an infinite position lift chair, take a look at the Cloud MaxiComfort Power Lift Recliner. This chair includes endless opportunities for comfortable positions, wrapped in a very forgiving flex foam. The patented scissor-box mechanism raises and tilts the entire seat to customize to your body precisely, alleviating back or knee pain. 

If you or a loved one needs a bit of extra assistance raising from or lowering to a deep seated position, a lift chair can make all the difference. Browse MedMart’s collection of lift chairs, or talk to a product specialist today to choose the perfect chair to accommodate your needs. 

 

Why the right hospital bed can save your life (and how to choose it)

Do you prioritize healthy sleep habits? You spend over one-third of your life in bed, and sleep habits can have incredible, long-lasting effects on overall health and quality of life. 

So why do we still sleep on old or uncomfortable furniture? Everyone has different preferences for what they require for an optimal night’s sleep. Your bed and mattress are two of the most important investments you can make toward your overall health. For loved ones who require extra bed functionality, multiple positions, or pressure point relief, this is exponentially more important. 

In this article, we’ll cover the importance of quality sleep as well as how to select an optimal bed frame and mattress for you or a loved one’s needs. 

Proper Sleep is critical for good health

A night of tossing and turning does more damage than needing an extra cup of coffee the following morning. Poor sleep has significant consequences to long-term health, including: 

High Blood Pressure

Getting fewer than six hours of sleep increases susceptibility of high blood pressure. Without sufficient rest, your body is unable to balance hormone levels, which increases cardiovascular risk. 

Memory issues

During sleep, the brain produces brain waves that preserve memory. As sleep quality deteriorates, so do neural connections and information storage. It can be more difficult to process and retain information while running on insufficient sleep. 

Depression & Mood

If you are part of the one-third of US adults who struggle with insomnia, you have a 10x higher risk of depression. Without the restorative properties of sleep, the body struggles to balance mood and stress systems. 

Accidents

Almost everyone, unfortunately, has experienced feeling a little drowsy at the wheel after a night of poor sleep. In the right circumstance, poor sleep can lead to fatal or life-altering consequences. One study found that individuals with poor sleep patterns were twice as likely to die in a workplace accident than their counterparts.

Disturbed sleep is also associated with an increased risk of falls in senior populations. Falls are one of the most common risk factors among seniors, with one in five leading to a serious injury like a broken bone or head trauma. 

And that’s just the start. Poor sleep patterns lead directly to weight gain, risk of diabetes, weakened immunity, and a long list of other risks. Insufficient sleep keeps your body from the restorative process that keeps it safe and functioning optimally. 

A good right’s sleep starts with the right bed. The right bed and mattress for your needs can make an incredible difference in health outcomes. 

Choosing the best bed to support you

With proper sleep being so critical to good health, it’s important to start with the right bed. If you are bed-bound or a fall risk, bed selection can make an enormous difference in the quality of day-to-day life. You need a bed that is safe, provides adequate customization, and can be comfortable enough for a great night’s sleep. 

Two highly-configurable beds we recommend are the EasyCare® SE Hi-Low Homecare Bed and the Carroll CS7 Hi-Low Bed. These best-sellers are Hi-Low, meaning they can raise or lower with a push of a button: accommodating easy transfers, reduced caregiver strain, and more. 

Both models include auto-contour functionality, which raises both knees and head at the same time, preventing abrasion from sliding down the bed. A hand pendant can change to any number of positions with the press of a button. 

Digging deeper: The mattress

Let’s be honest: not every mattress is built the same. Consider desired mattress material, coolness, firmness, foam density, and more based on your individual needs. 

Mattress Foam Density

If you choose to purchase a foam mattress, take into account the important role foam density plays in mattress support and durability

Low-Density Foam: Soft, and quickly regains shape because of more air inside the material. These mattresses are cooler to sleep on and often are available at a lower price point. On the other hand, low-density mattresses are less durable. 

High-Density Foam: Packed with more material per cubic foot, high-density foam is best for durability and pressure relief. These mattresses conform to your body’s unique shape and retain heat. 

For the “best of both worlds”, we recommend the best-selling Total Care VLX Tri-layered Foam Mattress. Cooling memory foam draws away excess heat from the body while sleeping, while still offering the pressure point relief of a foam mattress. 

Mattress material

Don’t be afraid to look beyond traditional foam mattresses, either. There are a wide range of mattress materials that provide specific benefits. 

Foam: Foam mattresses combine pressure relief with conforming, soft material. They may run warmer than other mattress types, but provide good support for sleepers. 

Air Pressure: Designed for those who require extra care around pressure sores and back pain relief, air mattresses support blood circulation and movement without causing damage to skin or back.

We recommend the bestselling Deluxe Air LAL 2-1 Alternation Mattress or Triple Air 3-1 LAL Alternation Mattress. These low-weight mattresses give extra stability and comfort while sleeping. 

Innerspring:  Classic innerspring mattresses have an inner steel coil support system covered by a thin topper. They offer firm support at a low price, and don’t trap heat in. However, they aren’t able to conform to relieve specific pressure points. 

Gel Mattress Toppers: For those needing additional comfort, a gel mattress topper helps regulate body temperature while providing extra support. 

Choosing a bed and mattress isn’t only about finding somewhere to rest your head at night. Your bed and mattress selection can play a major role in long-term health and well-being. 

Our team of product experts at MedMart can help you find the perfect bedframe and mattress set to support deep, restful sleep no matter your needs. 

What Is the Best Hospital Bed for Home Use?

Seniors or those with special needs may require something more specialized than a regular bed. That’s where a hospital bed comes in. If you’re taking care of a sick, disabled, or aging family member, a hospital bed can make them more comfortable and make it easier to give them the care they need.

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Let's Talk Bathroom Safety!

Did you know that almost 80 percent of falls occur in bathrooms? If you or a loved one is aging at home, it is incredibly important to take bathroom safety into consideration. We carry a wide range of products, from shower chairs to grab bars, that will help to prevent falls and maintain independence in the bathroom.

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Which Pool Lift Works Best for You?

Pools are a great place to cool off during the hot summer months. Unfortunately, many pools are not accessible to those unable to safely navigate a set of stairs or a ladder. One simple way to make sure your pool is accessible to everyone is to install a pool lift! This helpful type of lift was designed to safely transfer people from a wheelchair into the pool. There are a wide variety of lifts designed specifically for poolside access, so the team at Med Mart is here to help you understand your options.

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Choosing the Right Patient Sling

Patient slings are necessary when using most types of patient lifts. Slings will ensure safety and stability during transfers, but you need to make sure to use the correct sling for both the lift and the patient. Understanding the purpose of the sling, as well as the size and weight of the patient, is imperative in finding the right model.

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Patient Lift Round Up

Are you looking for a patient lift for your home or healthcare facility? We’ve got you covered! From classic sit-to-stand lifts to car transfer lifts, we offer a wide variety of equipment that will meet your unique needs. There are endless options when it comes to the features and functions of lifts and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with choices. We’re going to help you find the perfect lift by breaking down the various types and popular features. If you have any questions or would like to speak with a product specialist, you can always give us a call at 1-888-260-4430.

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Meet Med Mart Home Access!

We’re excited to announce the newest addition to the Med Mart Team: the Med Mart Home Access website! Check out our brand new website to schedule a free in-home consultation, watch helpful videos on maintaining your independence at home, and take a look at our selection of indoor and outdoor home access solutions. The Med Mart team is thrilled to be able to help more of our customers to safely and comfortably stay in the homes they love. 

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Not all Mattresses are the Same

Finding the right mattress is the best way to ensure lasting comfort and quality sleep. The right mattress can also make a huge difference when recovering from an injury. Poor quality mattresses do not properly support your body and can lead to the development of pressure ulcers and bedsores. While everyone can benefit from a supportive and comfortable mattress, it is imperative for the health of long term care patients. Innerspring, foam, and air system mattresses are all designed with different features and functions in mind. With such a vast selection to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start your search. We thought we would try to make things a little less overwhelming by breaking down the different types of mattresses we offer and sharing some of our most popular models.

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Sit Back and Relax!

There is no better feeling than putting your feet up after a long day. A power lift chair is a wonderful addition to any home and will provide you with a perfect place to relax. Move from one position to another with just the simple push of a button on your handheld remote. Stand up from the chair without assistance using the powerful lift function of your recliner. A power recliner will let you rest comfortably and maintain your independence. Read on to learn about all of the lift chairs we offer!

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