Handicapped Lift Chair - Electric Power Recliner Chairs

A lift chair or chair lift is an electric chair that raises and lowers under power to assist the user in standing up or sitting down.

The concept is simple yet brilliant. But with so many brands and models to choose from, how do you find the right one for you?

For an individual who needs some assistance getting up from or sitting down in a chair, a lift chair is an invaluable piece of furniture. It discreetly waits to assist you, ready when you need it.  As a matter of fact, visitors would not even know it was a medical lift chair because it looks like your typical living room chair or recliner. With the attractive selection of fabrics and designs, you may even forget that it is a chair lift.

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How do lift chairs work?s

It is the arc motion that makes the lift chair such an effective aid. The chair moves in an arc that mimics the motion of your body as you change from a standing to a seated position, and visa versa. This support, as you sit and stand, takes stress off legs, knees and backs.

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What to look for in a lift chair.

Look at the chair lift's size and capacity. Since people come in many different shapes and sizes, so do chair lifts. Make sure the chair has a comfortable width for you and be sure that it can accommodate your weight.

Sit in the lift chair. Comfort is very important. Find one with the padding, arms and width that are most comfortable to you. You will need to do some "test driving."  And as you sit in the chairs, try the reclining positions as well.

Look for a battery backup. Since chair lifts are electrically powered, you will need a battery backup in the event of a power failure.

Look at the design. Lift chairs are a piece of furniture so choose a style that suits you. You can choose from casual or formal, chair or recliner, fabric or leather. This functional piece of furniture should also be a design statement.

Consider the extras. Most chair lifts are also available with a range of extras like heat, massage, adjustable support for head and lumbar and footrests. Be sure to consider all of your options.

What are portable lift chairs?

A portable lift chair is ideal for when you are out of the house. These small, usually only 12 pound units, turn any chair or sofa into a lift chair. They look much like a cushion and have a handle for easy transport. The top part of the two part seat lifts in an arc motion to assist you in sitting or standing up.

No matter what type of chair lift you prefer, be sure to shop with a reputable dealer and read the warranty carefully. You may be able to find cheap chair lifts, or even used chair lifts, but don't sacrifice quality.

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