Mobility issues can be a real problem for many of us as we approach older age. As our capacity for movement increases, so do our ailments and health issues – as there are multiple benefits connected with staying physically active, fit and healthy.
Fortunately there are now plenty of products on the market that look to combat this – easing pain, providing support and helping people to maintain independence for longer.
Electric reclining chairs for the elderly are a fantastic addition to the home for anyone with mobility issues, pain or discomfort. Versatile, stylish and incredibly comfortable, these practical furniture pieces are incredibly popular.
At UK Care Guide we specialise in supporting and advising individuals with care needs and their families. In this informative guide we explain why electric recliner chairs can be beneficial, what to look out for when buying one, and how you can best choose a model well-suited to you.
An electric riser recliner chair can be beneficial for anyone needing a little extra assistance or comfort in the home. Many people without disabilities or health complaints buy electric recliner chairs – purely for comfort and relaxation.
Specifically they enable individuals who are less mobile or who have specific health complaints to improve their overall wellbeing, allowing them to enjoy enhanced comfort when relaxing, but also the opportunity to move around more freely whenever they wish.
An electric riser recliner chair is specifically designed to help you as you get up or sit down without manual effort. They are also commonly known as ‘rise and recline chairs’ or ‘lift chairs.’ Electric recliner chairs are easy to use as they are operated via a handset, which is attached to the chair (usually within a holster) ensuring it’ll never go astray.
An electric riser recliner chair can offer multiple benefits for individuals with a range of health concerns and mobility issues. These include:
– Ease of operation – Compared with manual models electric riser recliner chairs are much more efficient and easier to use.
– Increased wellbeing – Being able to get up and out of the chair offers greater opportunity to socialisation, movement and interaction.
– Risk of shoulder injury or fatigue reduced – Compared with manual models, an electric riser recliner chair can be operated with the touch of a button.
– Posture correction – This can have huge benefits for anyone with specific spinal conditions or spondylosis, and relieves aches and pains.
– Leg elevation relieves fluid retention – This can also boost circulation.
– More opportunity for physical activity – Owners of an electric recliner chair with mobility issues will be more active compared to those without. Because getting out of the chair is easier, they are more likely to get up and do things for themselves or take a walk around the house to stretch their legs.
If you’re unsure whether an electric riser chair will be suitable for your needs, it may be best to consult your doctor, specialist or social worker and ask for their professional opinion.
There are two types of reclining chairs available – manual and electric. There are also two types of electric riser chairs to choose between – single motor, and dual motor. If you’re considering purchasing a dual motor riser recliner chair you’ll naturally want to understand the various benefits attached for health and wellbeing.
Dual motor riser recliner chair models are normally more expensive than single motor electric riser chairs.
In a standard electric riser chair a single motor controls all electrical functions. This means that the main components – the backrest, foot rest and riser function – are all operated via a singular set of buttons. This limits the flexibility and functionality of the chair – so you’ll only be able to achieve certain movement patterns. For instance, you can move to a fully reclined position, upright position or raise the footrest all with a single button.
But you may not be able to make each one function separately in a unique sequence. When you press the ‘rise’ button, the backrest will rise, the footrest will drop and the chair itself will ascend to allow you to achieve a standing up position. A single motor is responsible for this.
In a dual motor riser recliner chair two motors control the movements. One takes care of the backrest, whereas the other motor operates the footrest and riser functions. Both motors have individual sets of buttons, all on the same handset.
So what’s the benefit of a dual motor riser recliner chair compared with standard electric riser recliner chairs? The first is flexibility. You can get comfortable in a position that suits you, by independently operating both motors in conjunction with one another.
You can create multiple different seated positions to suit your personal preference at any particular time, so you won’t be restricted to just sitting down or standing up. Dual motor riser recliner chairs are most popular with elderly and disabled people for this reason.
Here is a good video on some of the best leather electric riser recliners.
A dual motor riser recliner chair may have one or more of the following functions – all of which have individual benefits:
All riser recliners (including single motor models) allow you to easily get up from a seated position thanks the their rise functionality. With the push of a button the seat itself moves upwards, slowly raising and tipping forward, allowing you to stand.
Sitting works in exactly the same way as the rise function – only in reverse. You can position yourself on the seat in the raised position, with both hands on the arm rests. The chair will then slowly lower and tilt backwards until you are in a seated position.
Reclining chairs are a great option for anyone looking for an easy way to relax and get comfortable. They allow you to lie back with your feet up and rest during the day. This is especially useful for individuals who tend to spend much of their day sitting down, as the reclining function (especially with a flexible dual motor) allows you to keep switching your position, alleviating discomfort and soreness. Drainage, circulation and clotting issues can also be alleviated through constant leg elevation.
Some recliners allow you to lie back completely, or to varying degrees, with your legs up. It isn’t necessarily healthy to sleep in a chair for long periods of time however – so if this is something you are looking for a specialist chair bed may be a better option.
The tilt function isn’t always a feature in rise and recliner chairs, as this helps to relieve soreness and pressure that can often come with sitting down for long periods of time. The chair fully supports your head, back, arms and legs, distributing weight evenly.
Here’s a useful video that shows you the positions a dual motor riser recliner chair can get in to.
It’s important to carefully choose electric rise and recline chairs, taking into account a number of key factors. Firstly decide how much you’re willing to spend. Budget accordingly, determining the average cost for the type of chair you are looking for before browsing in person.
If selecting electric recliner chairs for the elderly, consider any specific needs they may have and where necessary consult medical professionals to determine what type of model might be best for them. As electric recliner chairs tend to be costly, it’s worth purchasing a more advanced model if it’s likely that the person’s mobility issues or care needs may develop over years to come.
Certain mobility retailers specialise in electric recliner chairs for the elderly, or have staff members specifically designated to advise and support in this area. This could be useful if you are unsure which model will best suit you both in the short and long term.
Look online at what’s on offer before you head in-store to buy. It’s best to try out these types of chairs in person, as then you’ll know whether it’s really comfortable and provides the best fit for you. Don’t feel pressured into a decision by salespeople present – instead, shortlist a few models before picking one that suits your needs and budget.
If cleanliness and hygiene is a concern, especially for anyone who will spend large portions of the day in the chair, leather electric riser recliner chairs may be a better option. They will easily wipe clean and can be covered with warm blankets to avoid coldness or sticking on skin. Leather electric riser recliner chairs tend to be more expensive, so bear that in mind before you buy.
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