Our mobility is something we take for granted until we get old and find it hard to move around and complete many of our daily tasks. Even something as simple as sitting down and standing up can become difficult to do. Luckily, there are many mobility aids designed to make life easier for people with reduced mobility. And one such aid is the riser chair.
People that find it hard to use a normal chair or sofa or have medical conditions such as arthritis or circulatory problems, can benefit greatly from a riser chair. Riser chairs have an integrated lifting mechanism that allows users to transition from a seated position to a standing one and vice versa with the push of a button. However, these chairs can also offer other benefits as well, such as heat and massage therapy for people with sore joints, back pain, and other conditions. If you’re considering getting such a chair for yourself or a loved one, here are some suggestions on what to consider.
Single or Dual Motor?
Depending on its motor, riser chairs can offer either 2 positions, 3 positions, or infinite positions. A single motor chair lowers the backrest and raises the footrest (and vice versa) at the same time, thus offering 2 positions – an upright one, and a reclined one to a maximum of 45 degrees. However, there are single motor lift chairs that can offer 3 positions – an upright one, a reclined one, and a horizontal one for lying or sleeping. On the other hand, dual motor riser recliners have separate motors controlling the backrest and footrest, which allows the user to assume an infinite number of comfortable positions.
When it comes to choosing a riser recliner, it’s especially important to pick one that exactly matches the user’s height. If the chair is too big, the user’s legs won’t reach the floor when transitioning into a sitting up position. On the other hand, if it’s too small, using it will be an uncomfortable experience. With that being said, it’s important to check the chair’s measurements prior to buying it.
The material of the chair affects much more than its appearance. It also determines the overall user experience. Fabric upholstery usually feels cozier, but it may be tough to maintain. If the chair will be used for eating and drinking as well, vinyl and leather upholstery are usually much easier to clean. The same goes if the user has incontinence problems. However, leather may not be the best choice for warm weather. But ultimately whatever material you choose, you can always cover the chair depending on your needs.