Electric lift chairs can be a big help for those with limited mobility, but always keep safety in mind…

October 25th, 2012 No Comments

Electric lift chairs are made especially for those who have limited mobility, which can be a great help in helping seniors retain their independence. They can help people slowly and gently rise from a sitting position to a standing position; this is also helpful to NJ elder care caregivers when assisting. Most look like a normal recliner and fit well with any decor. There are two common types: a two-position and a three-position. A two-position chair will help the person stand from the sitting position and partially reclines; the three-position reclines completely so a person can sleep in it with feet raised above heart level, if desired. For those wanting to add features, they can choose warming and massage units built-in.

While these chairs can be terrific, as with any equipment, there are safety issues to consider:

  • If the person has dementia, they may not know how to work the chair’s controls. It’s necessary for someone to be with them to assist.
  • Some with dementia may be frightened by the movement of the chair, so it’s important to let them know what will happen before the movement begins.
  • A person’s height must be taken into consideration when choosing the size of the chair. For example, a shorter person with a larger chair would be lifted too high. Conversely, a smaller chair and larger person wouldn’t be lifted high enough.
  • If the chair has a warming feature, make sure it’s not set too high.
  • Before operating, make sure the chair is the correct distance from the wall.


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