How to Choose the Right Lift Chair
Lift chairs greatly improve the quality of life for people suffering
from mobility-impairing diseases such as arthritis, Lou Gehrig s
disease, and obesity. Lift chairs look and feel like a typical reclining
chair; however, a lift chair makes it easier for a mobility-limited
individual to get in and out of the chair by gently rising into
a more comfortable position. Lift chairs come in a variety of colors
and are made with a variety of fabrics. They also come with a variety
of features such as heat and massage. So with all the different
types of lift chairs out there, which one is right for you? To find
the right lift chair, you should research the following common lift
chair features before making a purchase:
Weight Capacity - Most lift chairs are designed
for people who are 5 4 to 6 tall and weigh less than 375 pounds.
However, there are larger lift chairs that are made for people who
are taller than 6 or weight more than 375 pounds. These larger lift
chairs usually have a maximum weight limit of 600 to 700 pounds.
Fabric Type - Lift chairs are made with a variety
of fabrics. Most are made using a cloth-like fabric that is padded
to provide cushioning. More expensive lift chairs are made with
leather or suede.
Battery Backup Feature - For someone who is entirely
dependent on the lifting feature of his or her lift chair, in the
event of a power outage he or she would be stuck in the chair. That
is, unless the chair has a battery backup feature. If the lift chair
features a battery backup, the chair would function normally in
a power outage.
Number of Reclining Positions - Lift chairs are
available with either 2 or 3 reclining positions. Some lift chairs
have infinite reclining positions so the person using the chair
can find the reclined spot that s right for them. If the person
using the lift chair plans to sleep in it, look for a lift chair
that reclines to a laying-down position.
Warranty - Check to see what kind of warranty
is offered on the lift chair. Look for lift chairs that offer a
free in-home repair and parts warranty. Also make sure that the
warranty last for a good amount of time. Even though lift chairs
are reliable, consider purchasing an extended warranty if available.
Price - Lift chairs vary in price. The least expensive
lift chairs cost about $400 to $500.00. But they don t offer as
many features as the more expensive ones. Luxury lift chairs cost
about $600 to $800. Larger lift chairs that have a higher weight
capacity can cost $1000 or more.
Luxuries - The more expensive lift chairs offer
such luxuries as heat and massage features. Some also even come
with built in refrigerators!
Although there are many different types of lift chairs available
today, choosing the right one will make a world of a difference
to the person who needs it.
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