How to Choose the Right Lift Chair Recliner

Is it time to consider bringing a lift chair into your home?

Age, chronic medical conditions, and joint replacement or other surgeries can cause mobility and balance issues that make it difficult to get out of your seat.

A lift chair uses an electric motor to recline and to slowly raise the sitter to a standing position. The chair is controlled by a handheld remote which makes it easy to change positions.

Buying a lift chair can seem like a daunting process, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some key considerations that may help as you get started.

Who should consider getting a lift chair?

If you’re consistently struggling to get out of your chair, whether it’s due to arthritis or an injury or simply getting older, it may be time to think about a lift chair. Talk to your doctor or to a Hawthorne staff member if you’re unsure.

If you have swelling in your legs, you might benefit from a lift chair that allows you to elevate your feet above your heart.

For those who have trouble sleeping in or getting up from a bed, a lift chair can be a good alternative for sleep.

What features should I consider when choosing a lift chair?

First, think about the range of positions you need.

A two position chair is the most basic (and cost effective) type of lift chair, which allows you to recline slightly. An infinite position chair, on the other hand, will recline completely flat and gives you more flexibility to adjust the chair’s position.

You should not only consider how many positions you need from your lift chair, but the level of simplicity you need. For some, too many options or buttons is a hindrance, and a two position chair works best.

Will your chair be used for sleeping as well as sitting? If so, you probably want a chair that reclines to a completely flat position. You can even put a gel overlay over a chair to use it as a bed.

Think about how soft vs. firm you want your chair to be, and whether fabric or leather upholstery is more comfortable for you. We’ll help you determine if the chair’s size and weight capacity will meet your needs.

And of course, price is a factor as well. Our lift chairs generally cost between $1000 and $2400 out of pocket. Medicare may cover around $250 for the lift mechanism—we can help you determine if you qualify.

The most important consideration when choosing a lift chair is to find something that will not only meet your needs now, but will also benefit you a few years from now. Hawthorne’s knowledgeable staff can help you figure out exactly what kind of chair will work best for you.

Why should I shop for a lift chair at Hawthorne?

Visiting Hawthorne for your lift chair purchase will give you access to neighborly and knowledgeable service. It can also save you time down the road, because in addition to selling chairs, Hawthorne can help with troubleshooting and maintenance.

The cost of a lift chair at Hawthorne includes delivery and set-up (including instruction on how to use the chair). After that, we’ll keep your chair’s serial number in our system. You can call us if you ever have a problem with your chair, and we’ll spring into action to help resolve the issue.

We can help

A great lift chair can help you maintain independence at home. Hawthorne Pharmacy currently offers lift chairs from Pride Mobility and Golden Technologies.

Our Lugoff, West Columbia, and Columbia - Taylor Street pharmacy locations have seat lift chairs inside the store for you try, and we deliver to any area where we have a store.

We can also rent seat lift chairs to patients who are recovering from surgery or who simply want to try one out. Get in touch with us today.

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