People with reduced mobility often struggle to get in and out of traditional sofas and chairs. Regular sofas and chairs fail to meet their unique needs. If you have a mobility impairment, relax in a lift chair instead of a regular chair or sofa.
Lift chairs are designed keeping in mind the unique needs of people with mobility impairments. A lift chair features a powered lifting mechanism that pushes it up from its base, helping the user get into a standing position from a sitting position safely. With a lift chair, you don’t need to worry about falling down and getting injured while moving into your favorite position.
With so many different types of lift chairs available, choosing the one that fits your needs can feel overwhelming. Ask yourself these questions to determine if the lift chair you are considering is right for you.
Can It Support My Body Weight?
First and foremost, make sure that the lift chair you are considering can support your body. If you are taller or weigh more than the average user, you may struggle to fit into a regular lift chair. A lift chair that is too small for you can cause debilitating back pain if it isn’t the correct fit.
Conversely, if you opt for a larger lift chair, your legs may not reach the floor and you may feel uncomfortable. Make sure the seat of your lift chair is wide enough to accommodate your hips. Follow these steps to calculate the size of the lift chair you need:
➢Using a measuring tape, measure the length of your leg from the bottom of your foot to the back of your knee. The result is how high your chair should be from floor to seat.
➢While seated, measure from side to side underneath your bottom. The result is how wide the seat of your chair should be.
➢While seated, measure the distance between the bottom of your back to the top of your head. The result is how high the chair’s backrest should be.
➢While seated, measure from the bottom of your back to the midpoint between the back of your knees. The result is how deep the seat of the lift chair should be.
➢Weigh yourself before ordering. Make sure the weight capacity of the lift chair you are considering is at least 10-15% more than your weight.
How Many Positions Does It Have?
Lift chairs can have 2 positions, 3 positions, or infinite positions. If you want to relax and watch television or read a book in your lift chair, opt for a 2-position lift chair. 3-position lift chairs can recline into a sleeping position. Infinite-position lift chairs allow their users to sit upright.
Does It Have Advanced Features?
Look for a lift chair with cup holders and heated seats. Many lift chairs have pads underneath the surfaces. These pads provide a gentle yet firm massage action.
Mobility Masters offers lift chairs by leading manufacturers including Pride Mobility and Golden Technologies. Our lift chairs tick all the right boxes for users from ease-of-use to extreme comfort. To learn more, call (800) 936-7006.