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Features To Consider When Choosing A Lift Chair – by Nye Morgan

No Comments 23 December 2009

Lift chairs can be a boon to the elderly, infirm or disabled. Along with stair lifts and scooters they can do wonders for comfort, mobility and increased independence. Lift chairs can be relatively inexpensive but as with everything, the price you are prepared to pay will effect the number and the sophistication level of the features available.

It is well worthwhile to research the market and to be clear

a) what you need and
b) what you want your lift chair to do for you

as the answers to these questions will help you decide on the features that are most important to you.

You might wish to consider some or all of the following.

* Take into account your size. Height, weight, width.
* Seat depth & width required.
* Right hand or left hand controls.
* Specific accessories like heat or massage.
* Will you sleep in your lift chair?
* Do you want 2, 3 or infinite positions?
* How much time are you likely to spend in your chair?
* What size is your room?
* Do you want your chair bespoke or off the shelf?
* Do you want your chair to be static or mobile?
* Covered in fabric, vinyl or leather?
* How much can you afford and are grants or loans available?

Armed with this information you can make a sensible informed choice from the many available Lift Chair models.

Most lift chairs will work with weights up to 375-450lbs. A two position lift chair has a lift position and a slight recline position. As you recline in a two position lift chair your back & thighs will stay at about 90 degrees. They do not recline fully for sleeping.

A three position lift chair will recline fully. It gives a wider range of positions and many allow the user to position their feet above the heart.

Using the above check list should help you get what you want and aid your internet search for suitable lift chair companies.

Adam Bryant writes for Lift Chair Information, a lift chair information website.

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Buying a Lift Chair on a Budget – by Richard Stark

No Comments 24 November 2009

Buying a Lift Chair on a Budget

Many people today find themselves having trouble getting up from a sitting position. A quality lift chair can increase mobility, comfort, and independence without having to break the bank. The best way to save money when buying a lift chair is to know exactly what you or your loved one need.

Buying Used

You should only consider lift chairs made by an established company and only purchase from authorized distributors. Pride Mobility Products and Golden Technologies are two of the most established companies in the lift chair business.

When you purchase any used product you may just be inheriting someone else’s problem. You may save a few dollars upfront, but often you end up spending that saved money, and then some, on repair bills. When buying used, you also have the added responsibility of arranging delivery or pick-up from the seller. This can be a chore since lift chairs weigh twice what a standard recliner weighs and will require two people to move.

Most lift chair distributors offer free curbside delivery and provide the un-boxing and setup for a nominal fee. Dealing with reputable distributors will help to guarantee that you will have years of trouble free service from your chair.

Correct Weight Capacity and Dimensions

It is very important to have the correct dimensions in mind when shopping for a lift chair. This can be accomplished by measuring your current standard recliner or any cushioned chair that you find comfortable.

A close approximation of the Back Width, Seat to Floor Height, Seat Depth, and Seat Width are necessary to accurately fit a lift chair to the individual.

Lift Chairs typically have a single motor with a capacity of 325-375 lbs or two motors which can lift up to 600lbs. If you get a chair that is too small then there will be unnecessary wear and tear to the motor and lifting mechanism. If the chair is too large, then the user will not be lifted to the recommended flat footed position.
Lift chairs are available in four different reclining positions. Positions can be changed with the push of a button via a remote that can be mounted on either side of the chair. This makes it makes it much easier for the user to adjust positions than the traditional lever style recliners.

Positioning Levels

Lifting Chairs do not recline and are smaller than reclining models. This makes them more portable and ideal for situations where space is at a premium.
2-Position Chairs offer Straight Back and TV recline. TV Recline is at the right level to watch TV or read.
3-Position Chairs have Straight Back, TV recline, and Full Recline. This provides for a near horizontal recline.
Infinite Position Chairs offer independently operated back and leg movement that allows the user to adjust to any position from straight to sleep recline. With infinite positions you can fine tune the lift chair to find the position that is best for you.

Richard is a free lance writer and reviewer for a variety of disability related organizations.

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