A lift chair shares some similarities with a recliner. It is possible to use both types of chairs to recline your position or extend your feet with a footrest. However, there are some differences between a regular recliner and lift chair. For instance, operation if most recliners is manual but a lift chair is controlled by the push of a button. There is a mechanism in a lift chair that lifts up from the seated position to a vertical position so that it is easier to get out of your chair.
Pros and Cons
To start with, a lift chair is very helpful for people who have difficulties getting out from a chair. The mechanism of the lift chair takes a lot of stress away from you because it does the work so that you do not have to break a sweat when you want to transition from sitting to standing. There is however a debate over how good this is for everybody. Doctors and physical therapists have alluded to the fact the use of a lift chair varies on a patient-by-patient basis.
Ensuring a lift chair is right for you
If you think you need a lift chair, talk to your doctor or physician about it. If your doctor gives the nod for you to get a lift chair, check with your insurance to confirm that it is covered or not. Typically, Medicare covers the lift mechanism but you still have to confirm because things can change and it is not safe to assume.
Think about the benefits a lift chair will give you before you spend on one. Will it make you comfortable and provide relief from pain? Will it make it less difficult to rise from a seated position? How important is it to put your feet up or recline?
You should also chat with a physical therapist about the possibility of coming up with an exercise routine since the lift chair will be reducing the stress your leg muscle will be subjected to. The exercise routine may include strength training and a range of motion exercises.