A guide to understanding powered lift and recline
Electrically operated lift recliner chairs are a type of
recliner chair that allows a person to control the entire chair
electronically, including the backrest and footrest as well as the lift function. An electric powered lift and recliner chair (also known as a rise and recline chair) will provide increased safety, ease of use, and superior
comfort compared to a standard recliner chair.
Many seniors, including arthritis sufferers, find getting up from a couch or chair to be a difficult task.
'Normal' type recliner chairs are often close to the ground and
provide very little leverage or support for standing. Sitting for an extended period of time can make getting up a
taxing experience for many people.
An electric lift and recline chair has a motor driven lifting
mechanism in the chair base which slowly and gently raises the lift
recliner up to a semi standing position. With the chair in the fully raised position the
occupant is standing and can safely walk from the chair. To sit down the user can raise the chair to its highest
point and reverse themselves into it, using the hand controller to lower themselves to a seated position. The
lift chair reclines effortlessly, as the back rest and foot rest are
also fully motorised and adjustable. All of this is usually accomplished from the reclining lift chair's simple two button controller. And modern
lift and recline chairs have a battery backup system to ensure
you can still exit from them if a power failure occurs.
Seniors, the infirm, persons with a disability, recovering patients and others are all seeing the benefits of
these lift recline chairs (sometimes referred to as a
'riser recliner chair', 'recliner
lifter chair' or 'electric riser chair'). They
are powerfully attracted by the effortless entry and exit with the ability to control the back rest and
foot rest - all at the touch of a button.
There are three main types of lift & recliner chairs:
Two (2) Position Lift Recline Chair:
These lift chairs are only able to recline to approximately 45°. They
are ideal for watching TV or relaxing, but are not really suitable for frequent sleeping. This type of chair is
usually less expensive than the full lift recliners.
Three (3) Position Lift Recliner Chairs:
This, the most common type of lift chair, is similar in action to
normal reclining chairs (with the added effortless electronic control
and lifting capability, of course!). The 3 position recliner lift
chair will recline to an almost horizontal position, and the footrest moves 'in synch' with the
backrest. These chairs are superbly comfortable to sleep in.
Infinite Position Lift Recline Chair:
The infinite position lifter recliner has fully independent backrest
and footrest positions, which means it is even more flexible than the normal 3
position lift recline chair. Unlike the 3 position lifter recliner
chair, you can fully extend or raise the footrest without reclining the backrest, and vice
It is worth noting that the terms two position
recliner lift chair and three position recliner lift
chair do not mean that the chair can only be set to a few positions. Every
lift recline chair is capable of a range of adjustment, but
within its reclining range.
And as these are motorised lift recline chairs, the quiet but
powerful electric motor action is controlled electronically with the lightest of touches on a very simple hand
controller. So finding the perfect position is both easy and effortless.
Owners and users of lift recline chairs need to be aware of a
'hidden hazard' that exists with these recliner lift chairs. It is
vitally important that you ensure that children and pets are not allowed to play near or under the
lift chair whilst it is being operated, as there is a very real
danger that they could be trapped in the lift chair's
There are some special purpose lifting and reclining chairs
Bariatric Lift Recline Chairs
Bariatric chairs are specially
designed for the larger user, both in size and weight, up to 500kg.
'Wall Hugger' Lift Recline Chairs
Also known as
space saver lift recliner chairs, these lifter recliners may be positioned as close as 15cm (6") from a
Closed base lift recline chairs
This model has a
completely enclosed base, with the lifting frame independent of the base, providing absolute safety to
children and pets who may otherwise become trapped in the mechanism of a standard type recliner chair or lift
Whether you intend to rent or buy a lift recline chair talk to
your health care professional to discuss your needs and find out what type of chair is best for you.
A wide range of fabric styles and colours, along with various popular leather and vinyl finishes, are
available to suit all lift recliner chair types.
Lift chairs are made in sizes to suit different people's
heights and weights. It is important to get the right size lift recline
chair - for example a lift chair designed for shorter
people may not rise high enough to suit a taller occupant. The lift and recline
chair seat width and depth will also vary.
Some lift recline chairs are designed with compartments for remote
controls, books & magazines. Optional heating and/or massage systems are available for the ultimate in comfort
and therapeutic use.
Some lift recline chairs (usually infinite position lift recliner chairs) have an optional bed pad 'mattress' that
gives maximum possible comfort while in the fully reclined position, and may also offer the 'Trendelenburg'
position (feet above the heart).
A reclining lift chair can literally change your life for the
better. Apart from the freedom such a chair gives, they are therapeutic in many ways, and can also
dramatically reduce the chance of a fall; a lift recline chair
is a long-lasting and attactive piece of furniture, and a great investment.
This article was researched and written by Mark
Thomas of MobilityRentals & Sales. MobilityRentals & Sales was founded to provide rental of high quality medical equipment to Nursing Homes and Aged Care facilities in SE