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The Best Chairs For The Elderly in 2019

Many elderly people spend a lot of time sat in their chairs so it is vital that they are sat comfortably and with proper support.  

When it comes to chairs for elderly people there are many available on the market, each with different features so it can be difficult to make the right choice, especially when you compare electric riser recliners with things as broad as recliner garden chairs.

However, choosing the correct chair can have huge health benefits for an elderly person. In this article we set out the best specialist chairs for the elderly on the market today.

In this article we will highlight:

  1. Chairs for the elderly
  2. Orthopaedic chairs for the elderly
  3. Armchairs for the elderly
  4. The best high back chair for elderly
  5. Comfortable chairs for the elderly
  6. Waterproof chairs for the elderly
  7. Chairs for elderly disabled
  8. Fireside chairs for the elderly – Alternatively you can read our detailed guide on fireside chairs.

Here is a short video that provides some guidance on buying a chair.

The Best Rated Chairs For The Elderly

Deepdale High Seat Chair

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  • Features clean visual lines and is strong and stable, making it a great choice for the elderly or those who require more back and hip support.
  • Soft removable seat cushion and features wooden arms with an arm extension to provide extra support when getting up from the chair.
  • The chair has been upholstered to Crib 5 in antimicrobial, waterproof AMBLA Vinyls and Panaz waterproof fabrics.

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Eaton Manual Recliner Chair

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  • Comes in a stunning design offering the highest standards of comfort and support
  • The manual recline feature is activated by using the bodyweight to lean back on the chair whilst pushing forward on the armrests.  The footrest will rise in unison with the back reclining.
  •  It is upholstered in a fully fire retardant high quality checkered fabric which meets UK safety regulations.

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  • It comes equipped with a heat and massage function as standard for the ultimate in comfort and relaxation
  • An outstanding feature is the 8 point vibration massage which offers a relaxing experience to massage away aches & pains.  There are 2 points on the upper back/shoulder area, 2 on the lumbar, 2 on the seat, and 2 on the leg.
  • The chair is available in a choice of 3 classic colours – fabric cream or brown, or a black bonded leather.

Best High Back Chairs for the Elderly

  • Queen Anne Fireside High Back Leather Chair

  • The Comfortable High Seat Back Chair

  • Chesterfield Style Queen Anne Fireside High Back Chair

Queen Anne Fireside High Back Leather Chair

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  • Hardwood framed PU leather high back armchair.
  • An absolute stunning piece for any reception, lounge or office.
  • Available in cream, black, brown and ox blood.

Comfortable Chair For Elderly

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  • Medium to firm support, soft hard wearing material
  • 4 colours available PLUM, BROWN, BEIGE AND GREEN
  • 2 seat settee available to match

Chesterfield Style Queen Anne Fireside High Back Chair

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  • Contemporary fireside chair designed with style and comfort in mind.
  • Also available in black, brown, ox-blood, cream and antique green. 
  • Offers excellent support for head and neck.

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Orthopaedic Chairs For The Elderly

Below are the best orthopedic chairs that are suitable for the elderly.

Rome High Back Orthopedic Chair

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  • The Rome high back orthopedic chair is crafted in a stunning high back Queen Anne style and will add a touch of elegance to your room.
  • It has a classic button style back design with traditional wooden armrests and legs.
  • The wooden armrests can also be used to provide additional support when getting out of the chair.
  • The high back design provides both comfort and support for the head and neck.
  • It features a soft foam cushion to provide a comfortable and supportive sitting experience.

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Chiltern Orthopaedic High Back Chair For Elderly

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  • The Chiltern high back chair is a beautifully elegant chair offering superb orthopaedic support.
  • It is available in a choice of 3 stunning colours – terracotta, beige and green. The chair is upholstered in a soft, traditional style fabric with a subtle pattern detail, allowing it to match all room decors.
  • It has a classic winged design making it in elegant choice for any room.
  • Its high back offers both firm support and comfort especially to those who suffer with back problems. It has a firm but comfortable seat cushion.  All in all, the Chiltern is a solid, sturdy chair that is also incredibly comfortable.

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Deepdale Orthopaedic High Chair

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  • The high seat hardwood chair is often spotted in homes and residential locations where care for elderly needs carefully chosen living room furniture. Deepdale wooden armchair is suited for all types of clinical settings
  • The high seat chair is coated with anti-microbial Medicoate Laquer. Cushions are made from waterproof fabrics. This specially profiled high back chair provides more support to the sick and elderly. Hardwood chair meets the highest fire-retardant benchmarks of UK [Crib 5]
  • The use of anti-microbial fabrics means this high chair prevents microbial growth. Medically recommended chair comes with supportive, shaped arms, and high back.

Chairs for Elderly Disabled

Below are the best chairs we have found for elderly disabled people.

Wilmslow Leather Fireside Chair

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  • Specially designed to help ease aches and pains
  • Very stylish and compact enough to fit into virtually any room.
  •  The leather upholstery is designed to be very easy to maintain.

NRS Healthcare High Back Chair


  • Both the extra high back and armrests are padded for extra comfort.
  • Designed to help promote good posture while fully supporting the base of the back.
  • Both the seat and back are fully adjustable for people of various different heights.

Armchairs For The Elderly 

The Oldbury Armchair


  • Boasts a single motor for smooth rise and fall action.
  • With just two buttons on the remote control, this model is very easy to use.
  • Fully padded for enhanced comfort and relaxation even when used all day long.

Salisbury Dual Motor Riser Recliner Chair


  • Both the backrest and footrest can be fully adjusted for the perfect comfort for any user.
  • The soft textured fabric finish is very comfortable and easy to clean.
  • Designed to be very durable and comfortable even throughout many hours of use.

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The Oxford – Riser Recliner Chair

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  • The single motor function enables the user to rise or recline the chair effortlessly.
  • The two button handset is designed to be very easy for even novice users to get to grips with.
  • Users who suffer from a disabling condition or chronic illness qualify for a VAT-free transaction.

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How can a chair make a difference to a person’s health?

A good chair can be the difference between a comfortable and uncomfortable day for an older person.

Posture is important as we get older because our muscles weaken and get tired more easily, causing us to lean on one side or slouch down.  Poor posture also causes other health issues such as urinary tract infections and the development of lung and chest infections and pressure sores.
The correct chair and positioning can help improve posture which then has the added bonus of reducing other negative health issues.

8 tips when buying a chair for old person

1. Comfort.

This may seem like a really obvious thing to say but if your chair for old age isn’t comfortable then everything else doesn’t really matter.   You have to make sure that you are able to sit in the chair comfortably and perhaps for long periods of time.

Read reviews of how others that have bought your chair have found its comfort levels.

2.  Adjustable Chairs For Elderly Features

As your care needs change it could also be useful to have a chair that can change with you.  This reduces the expense of having to buy a new chair every time there is a change in the person’s health needs.

Examples of things that you might look for when buying a chair include getting one with an adjustable seat width.  This is useful if the elderly person using the chair experiences weight loss or gain.

3.  Wheels

This might not be an obvious thing to think about, but it would be useful to have a riser recliner chair with wheels.   This is that family members or carers can easily move the elderly person around the house.  This is particularly useful if the person who the chair is for has mobility issues.

4. Pressure Management as Standard

Pressure management is designed to help those that are likely to sit in a chair for a long period of time.    Having a system like this will reduce the possibility fo somebody developing bed sores.  Not managing pressure properly can lead to serious health consequences for the person using the chair. This is important if you have been in hospital and are looking for a hospital chair that gives you that comfort.

5. Head Support

Where an elderly person has poor head stability and control then providing additional support is vital.  This can often be provided one of two ways.  Firstly through a head pillow or secondly, it can be built in to the chair.

This helps provide comfort to the head as well as supporting the neck and spine.  By not having good head control the person using the chair could find that they have trouble breathing.

6. Lateral Support

This type of support helps the person maintain a mid-line posture.   In particular this will help elderly people who have weakening muscles and who may find it difficult to help push their bodies forward.   In addition, it can also help with breathing and swallowing.

7. Foot Rest

Did you know that almost 20% of our body weight goes through our foot.  Therefore, if the person using the chair has some mobility issues then a foot rest may be useful to have on the chair.   This is because it will help them maintain stability and manage pressure throughout their body.

8. Easily Cleaned

This may seem a really obvious thing to say, but the chair should be easy to clean.  Apart from just making the chair more comfortable it will help with ensuring you are able to guard against infections.

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