Do you or a loved one struggle with poor mobility? You’re not alone.
41% of adults aged 65-79 experience some form of mobility constraint in their everyday life and a full 1 in 4 US adults have been diagnosed with arthritis. Even in younger populations, any number of diagnoses or surgeries can affect one’s ability to perform daily actions. To those with mobility impairments, transitionary movements are a significant safety risk.
But poor mobility shouldn’t mean a loss of independence or reduced quality of life. Lift chairs can provide individuals with the support they need in sitting-to-standing transitionary movements.
What is a lift chair?
At a first glance, lift chairs look like ordinary reclining chairs. But don’t let looks deceive you– these chairs have powerful motorized systems to gently lift the user from a sitting to standing position. No need to risk injury, require assistance from others, or place undue pressure on joints.
At the simple press of a button, the motorized chair safely lifts the user to an upright position or reclines back into a seated position. It can be an invaluable tool to those struggling with arthritis, recovering from surgery, or anyone needing an extra helping hand.
Benefits of a Lift Chair
Supports Mobility & Prevents Injury
Transitioning between seated and standing positions can be a complicated movement for those who are mobility-impaired. Poor transitions can lead to serious injury or slow a healing process post-surgery. Even worse, loved ones may avoid asking for help out of embarrassment or fear of burdening others.
Lift chairs provide consistent, solid mobility support whenever the user needs it.
Improves Mental Health
Mobility limitations affect mental health just as much as physical health. It can feel frustrating to struggle with simple movements or to rely on the help of others.
A lift chair gives loved ones back their independence. With mobility support at the touch of a button, users can quickly transfer themselves in and out of a seated position.
Promotes good health
Lift chairs not only prevent injury but actively contribute to positive health outcomes.
The motorized system emphasizes correct posture when in motion, and customizable chair positions can ease muscle tension and joint pain. For example, Zero Gravity chairs have a seat area that can tilt and raise, lifting tension off of the spine.
Some lift chairs are specifically designed for sleep: promoting circulation and allowing for deeper and more relaxed breathing.
Which Lift chair is right for you?
Lift chairs come with many options of sizes, features, and movement. Here are some features to consider when choosing a lift chair.
Number of Positions
Lift chairs can be categorized by the number of different positions they can accommodate. For example, a 2-position lift chair reclines to a 45-degree angle only. An Infinite Position chair, in contrast, has dual motors which allow the back and footrest areas operate independently and adjust to any number of different positions.
Some additional features that you may want to consider are:
- Heating and massage systems
- Charging ports for electronics
- Heavy duty lift chairs for users desiring additional space and weight capacity
- Trendelenburg position functionality (to elevate the legs and improve circulation)
For patients or loved ones needing extra mobility support, a lift chair can make all the difference. There are many options available and customizations to choose from: MedMart can help you find the best lift chair to fit your needs.