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March 13, 2019

Lift Chairs for the Elderly? Should You Buy One? Consider This First

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While lift chairs for the elderly can be a blessing, there are some potential negative aspects to consider before you commit to buying a chair.

I’m talking things that can negatively impact your health and quality of life. That is if you decide to forgo the daily sit-stand movement and let the mechanical chair do the work for you. 

As an Occupational Therapist who’s worked with 1,000’s of patients to help them live independently at home, it comes down to a couple of questions.

  1. How safely can we transfer from sitting down and standing up from a chair.
  2. And how that effects our quality of life.

In today’s article, we’ll cover these topics and show you the proper body mechanics when getting in and out of a recliner chair (see video below).

Let’s begin.

Lift Chairs for the Elderly: Yes or No?

It’s a good question. If you or a loved one has sore knees or an aching back, and the pain is increased by getting in and out of your favorite chair, then a power lift chair is perfect.

On the other hand, if you don’t put in the effort to get around from place to place, you’re at risk for further physical decline. 

When to Consider a Power Lift Chair:

If you or your loved one has extensive disability involving decreased mobility or planning of movement as seen with…

  • Advanced Dementia, Severe Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure or Coronary Vascular Disease
  • Severe Arthritis in your arms or legs

Then you may want to look at a power recliner chair to ease the burden of care for yourself and your loved one.

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When to Maybe NOT Consider a Power Lift Chair:

If you or your loved one have…

  • Arthritis that is manageable
  • Dementia where planning of movement is still intact or just starting to decrease
  • Or you are 3 months past any cardiovascular surgery

Then you want to keep using your own body (and mind) to get you from a sit to stand position so that your body continues to work properly.

Let’s look at the pros and cons to using lift chairs in the next sections.

Power Lift Chairs Pros:

The Pros of using a lift chair to get up and down can be wonderful.

With worn out knees that go snap, crackle, pop, a lift chair can help avoid overuse of arthritic and painful joints.

Other pros to using a chair are:

1. Conserve Energy:

We only have so much energy in any given day. As we get older that level goes down. If you or your loved one has congestive heart failure or experienced a past stroke, conserving one’s energy becomes even more important.

Simple getting out of bed and getting dressed can require more time, rest breaks and so forth.

So in this case, having a power chair might be perfect so that we don’t have to spend our energy getting up and down, we can do things that are more important like preparing the next meal or activity. 

2. Ease the Burden of Care on Caregivers:

If you’ve lost the ability to perform a transfer in and out of your recliner chair then you’ll need help. As any caregiver can attest, transferring someone that needs max to total assistance can be a heavy task to say the least. Even with proper transfer training, it can be a challenge.

So by having a power lift chair that can help with the transfer, this can make a big difference in the amount of care needed as well as the safety and health of the caregiver’s body.

Especially their lower back health.

Speaking of low back health, if you need help with your’s, check out our post on lower back pain relief exercises

3. Increased Safety with Self Transfers:

Falls that occur when getting in and out of bed can be devastating. Instead, some people opt for sleeping in their favorite power recliner and avoid the risk of a traditional bed.

Recliner lift chairs that have the Zero Gravity Position are easy to fall asleep in and they make getting up and down much easier.

They also do a great job of controlling swelling in the lower legs after surgery or in chronic disorders like peripheral vascular disease or coronary artery disease. This is done by elevating your legs and feet above your heart.

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Fully Reclined Lift Chair Can Be a Nice Alternative To a Bed

You can also sleep comfortably in recliner chairs that have the Infinite Position (fully reclined horizontal position).

This can help if you have a hard time sleeping in a regular bed or if you have trouble getting in and out of bed.

So those are all positive aspects worth considering.

But there is a flip side we mentioned earlier, it’s about using power recliner chairs versus your own body to perform daily self transfers.

The Cons of Lift Chairs:

Lift Chairs, Reclining Lift Chairs, Scooters and almost anything automatic can hinder our opportunity for physical exercise and normal movement that occurs throughout our daily tasks.

It’s like the old saying, if we don’t use it, WE LOSE IT!

If we don’t get our bodies moving, if we don’t keep pushing ourselves to get up and out of bed each day, we can enter a downward spiral both physically and emotionally.

As this occurs, we can actually increase symptoms of our disability.

With Less Movement, We Get Decreased…

  • Strength
  • Tolerance to Activities
  • Balance – both static and dynamic Sitting and Standing Balance
  • Ability to plan movements (motor planning)

And we INCREASE our risk for falls!  

Sometimes it Just Takes Practice:

In the video below, I break down good body mechanics for getting out of a traditional recliner lift chair.

It’s quite simple I know, but still take a look at it in case you need to teach it to a loved one or practice it yourself.

Hopefully you can see the importance of keeping your body intact using good body mechanics versus relying on mechanical lifts to do the job.

When your mobility is declining, if you practice these simple movements you can perform self transfers with more independence and safety.

You can actually take a Sit to Stand Activity and practice it to increase your strength, safety and performance. Do it anywhere from 2 – 10 times and build up to them.

If your loved one or yourself needs help, ask someone to stand by you for safety. You’ll keep your body more active and physically fit if you use it.

What’s the Solution?

If you can safely get in and out of a recliner chair, walk stairs, and walk with as little restriction as possible, then do it.

However, if you are having trouble getting safely in and out of your recliner chair, take a look at my video and review the basic sit to stand body mechanics.

If you take a little time to practice good mechanics with these transfers each day (give yourself 10-15 minutes of continual practice), you might be surprised at how easy it is to get around again.

On the Other Hand…

If getting in and out of a recliner chair causes increased pain..


You are unable to complete daily tasks because you don’t have the energy, then a recliner lift chair would be perfectly appropriate.

That’s when these devises can greatly benefit the quality of our lives. It all depends on what stage your at physically in life.

Power Recliner Chairs and Therapy:

If you or your loved one has a cold and your strength is down on a particular day, then this would be a perfect time to use your lift recliner chair.

Then on the days that your feeling better, go back to my training video, get the muscles and mechanics working, and return to more independent living.

You can always grade the transfer and make it easier by having the chair lift up 75% of the way on one day, then on the next day the chair assists 50% of the transfer. Then 25% on to zero assistance. 

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If you are helping a spouse with dementia, simple and calm repetition are the key.

Follow my video above and nail down the steps in the sit to stand transfer.

Then practice it yourself or with your loved one. People with dementia will normally follow tactile (touch) cues better than verbal instructions.

Try a simple gentle cue to the hips with your hands when scooting forward, or at the back to have them lean forward.

Sometimes you need to help with hand placement, but with repetition, these movements can be regained.

Another great suggestion when performing the transfer is to use a gait belt to ensure safety and control.

Where to Buy a Power Recliner Lift Chair?

After investigating on Amazon I found and made a list of the Top Ranked Power Recliners and I created this list based on a couple of things..

  1. Overall customer experience and satisfaction of using the lift chair.
  2. Comfort of sleeping in the chair.
  3. Safety of the chair.

Special Note: For delivery, make sure you inquire if the Free Delivery means just to the front door, or inside with install included.

Most of the companies deliver to your front door, and they may charge extra for delivery inside as well as putting the chair together.

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Have Experience with Lift Chairs? Let Us Know

The key to decide if it’s time to invest in a lift chair depends on one’s level of disability.

A disability doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to be as independent as you safely can be.

Our bodies need movement, and mechanical lifts impede this. So consider this when deciding if it’s time to buy yourself or a loved one a power recliner lift chair.

Take care and thanks for reading. If you enjoyed this post, please share it using the social share buttons or by email.

And if you have any experience with lift chairs for the elderly, please share it below.

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  1. You made a good point when you shared that it is great to have a power chair so you won’t spend your energy getting up and down. My friend just mentioned the other day that she is thinking of buying a lift chair for her father who is unable to walk anymore due to his old age. I will suggest to her looking for a reliable service that can provide the right one for her.

  2. As you mentioned, if your loved one has extreme arthritis in the arms or legs, it may be a good idea to get them a lift chair recliner. My grandmother has started to complain more about her arthritis, and would like a chair that she can just relax in. Maybe this would be a good option for her to try out and see if it does the trick.

  3. My sister wants to have a recliner at home because my grandmother will be moving in. It was explained here that when elderly moves in it will be best to have a power motion recliner. Having said that, it’s recommended to go to a trusted furniture shop when planning to buy power motion recliner.

    1. Thanks for your feedback Gillian. That’s pretty true for any product you buy online, but yeah, you want to do your research before buying an expensive lift chair.


  4. Todd–

    This is a great article! Thanks for the detail. We’re considering a lift chair for my mom. She is fully in control of her faculties, has relatively new knees, less-than-average balance, but the issue making it difficult to get out of her chair is obesity. I didn’t see that discussed above specifically. I would think that a lift chair would be a mistake at this point, given the Use-It-Or-Lose-It theory.

    Your thoughts?

    1. Hi Carolyn,

      Thanks for your kind feedback and you are right. Especially in your mom’s case with obesity. It’s even more important to get moving and try to increase her activity and decrease the weight. It’s tough, but the less weight, the easier it is to move.

      In this situation I’m afraid that if she doesn’t move and improve, you might be forced to buy a lift chair and a hoyer lift, pay for home care and so on.

      The less you can do for yourself, the more it costs, the worse it feels on our self esteem and it really becomes a downward spiral of life.

      I don’t want to sound too negative, but that’s just the truth. As soon as mobility is compromised, every aspect of life is affected from going to the bathroom to dressing yourself, etc.

      Also, it’s so important to get moving with new knees. I’m assuming total knee replacements. So you need to really encourage her to be strong and work towards getting that independence back in her life.

      If it becomes unsafe to perform the transfer, then she could use a lift chair, but make sure she knows to use if only to assist her complete the motion of Sit to Stand safely.

      So maybe she uses it to get her up that first several inches, just enough where she has to put in the effort to complete the movement and push to herself to stand up. Then as she gets stronger, the starting position of the chair lessons or goes down so she has to do more work to complete the movement.

      This is a form of grading the task to allow her to have success while improving her strength and function. The end goal is she can do the entire transfer safely and independently.

      Hope that helps,

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  6. My mom has a lift chair. She has some dementia and has a difficult time with remembering which button to push. When she pushes the wrong one, she can’t stop. She will wish to recline but will hold down the button to stand until she slides out of the chair. She has also had the chair extended to sleep and then said it turned over when she tried to get something off the floor. She is now to afraid to use her chair. Is there any way I can stabilize it so that it won’t turn over?

    1. Hi Glennda,
      Sorry for the late reply. With falls it’s always about the concept of Base of Support.

      The wider the base of support, the more stable the object. Same goes for weight distribution. So if you can weigh the chair down with something at the base, the chance for the chair to topple over will go down.

      Here’s a better idea, see if she can get the concept to use a Grabber Reacher (Here’s the one I like best to give to my patients) when she’s grabbing something from the ground.

      Or… See if she can learn to slide to the edge of the chair (to move her body closer to the object) before she reaches to pick something up. You might be surprised at what people with dementia can do. Sometimes they can tap into old skills.

      If it doesn’t work, then modify the environment. Either with a weight base on the chair, a heavier chair, or put a table snug close to the chair so she doesn’t drop things in the first place. For tables, I like an adjustable bedside table. This isn’t too expensive but easy to adapt to one’s environment. Otherwise, it’s supervision that’s required.

      Hope that helps.

  7. This is a very helpful article. My husband suffered a spinal cord injury eight months ago. Standing and transferring is difficult for him, but he is working hard in therapy to get stronger. Yesterday we were able to get him into his old favorite rocker/recliner, but getting him back out of it was very difficult. I was considering buying a power lift chair, but your article makes me think it may be better for him to fave to rely on his own strength instead of being lifted. If we do decide to purchase a lift chair, I am wondering if you know if it’s possible to find a lift chair that also rocks. Thanks for a very informative website!

    1. Hi Cecilia,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your husbands injury. Thanks for your kind feedback on the post.

      The same perspective about “use it or lose it” apply here. I would always encourage your husband to do as much as he can on his own.

      As a therapist, I’d try to give him every opportunity to succeed, adapt the environment so that he can achieve independence with his mobility and then let him work at it.

      I’d let him struggle with it too. You’ll find with stroke rehab and spinal cord injuries that the patients that struggle the most and has to fight the hardest get back the most function.

      It’s hard to see someone struggle after they’ve gone through so much already, but it’s important to let them fight to get back as much independence as they can in their life.

      If it becomes unsafe or he fails a task, that’s when we modify it so that the patient can achieve a modified level of success.

      So, work together and give it a good effort. If it becomes unsafe or a burden to HIS quality of life, then a power chair should be looked at.

      I did find one power chair that rocks on Amazon, Here’s the power rocker recliner chair if you want to take a look.

      Hang in there and encourage him to think of 5 things he’s thankful for everyday. Write them down, look at them 5 times per day. If he can’t come up with a “5 things I’m thankful list” – help him compose the list. Make new ones daily. This is vitally important to keep a positive mental attitude.

      You can do it!

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  9. My partner’s mom is in a home for older people and we visit often. It is very noticeable that older folk find it difficult to sit in a normal chair (and I say that respectfully) as their legs weaken. They tend to slide down them.
    The range of chairs that you are promoting on your webpage look very comfortable but an older person would need help getting in and out of them, or is that not the case ? Comfort is essential and your chairs certainly look it. I think that if I found myself in one of them (any one), I wouldn’t want to get out.
    Great to see you doing something for the elderly.
    Thank you for a page full of useful information.

    1. Awesome Roy, my main point is to get people thinking about whether they should use a lift chair or not.

      The reality is that you might be surprised at what an older person can do if they practice proper sit to stand transfers.

      You’ll see that people can really improve function with a bit of functional transfer training.

      And although you might think it best to get help with this simple transfer, you’ll find that if you can get them to do it, you’ll restore confidence, pride, and independence.

      If they’re at a point where the transfer causes them more pain and anguish, then working with a power recliner chair might be the bet way to go but have them do this transfer with support and supervision.

      It’s a tough debate, but in my experience, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at what people can do if you give them the chance.



  10. Hello, it is so awesome that you decided to write a post on these types of chairs for the elderly and for those that are disabled.

    I believe that life should be made more easier for people that is in this types of conditions, so many times, our elderly family members are forgotten.

    So, much hanks to you and your site and what your post is offering to those that need a hand getting in our of their recliner chairs.

    All the best to you.

    1. Thanks Norman,

      I agree, there comes a time when we need to make sure we have the right equipment to support that best function and independence that a person can have regardless of their disabilty or condition.

      Thanks for your kind feedback,


  11. Todd, my mom has a form of Parkinsons (PSP). She is completely immobile and living in assisted care. Her power lift chair helps the care givers get her in and out of the chair. Unfortunately, she has recently dumped herself out of the chair. Is there a way to limit the amount of lift? It has become a safety issue.
    Thank you,

    1. Hi Michele,

      There’s not a way to limit these switches unless you get someone with some advanced skills to make changes on the electrical component. I also don’t think you’d like to do this for the staffs safety as well.

      I think the appropriate intervention would be to have supervised use of the remote control. That way you assure your mom and the staff’s safety during functional transfers.

      It takes away independence for safety, but if your Mom can’t demonstrate safe use or already has had some falls because it, you’ve got to ask yourself if she’d rather have safety or risk a broken hip, shoulder, etc. Most people would opt for safety over a broken hip, especially in our later years.

      The probability of survival and/or life expectancy significantly goes down.

      If you really feel like having the lift limited to prevent falls would allow for improved quality of life, you could look into having an electrical specialist or someone who knows switch systems well take a look at it. And of course you could call the lift chair brand company and see if they have any ideas.


  12. I personally was recently taking care of a dementia patient and so I know from the experience how hard it is for them to get around. I also have a great aunt and uncle that use the lift chair for help due to energy levels. I think this is a wonderful invention for those who truly need it, and agree completely, if you don’t use it, you will lose it. I’m sure this site will help many people, wish I had this information a while back.

  13. This is a wonderful post on lift charis for the elderly! My mom is always having trouble getting in and out of her recliner! I’m going to look into this for her!

    Thanks for showing everyone and pointing out the cons and reminding the elderly that if you don’t use it you will loose your Movement and that is the key as you age!

    Thanks for a great site

    1. You bet Allen and thanks for your feedback. Yeah, the key as we age is keeping moving but also looking at our safety. The last thing any elderly person needs is a fall or worse a broken something. If you think safety is an issue with your mom, consider using a recliner chair at least on days that she’s not moving so well. But on the days she’s doing well, encourage her to use good body mechanics and move that body.



  14. This was a fantastic article! My grandpa is always complaining about his recliner! I’m going to look into this for him!
    Thanks for pointing out the cons and reminding the seniors that if you don’t use it you lose it! Movement is key as you age!
    Thanks for such a great post!

    1. You bet Mike, thanks for your feedback. Lift chairs can really be helpful at some point in anyone’s life, elderly or not. You just need to assess the situation and weigh the pros and cons.

      Take care,


  15. Man, I’m not sure how I feel about lift chairs. I’m 63 now, and i can feel my knees especially getting creakier. But I had a very, very comfortable recliner for years, and truth be told, I always felt a little guilty if I sat in it for long periods of time (with was way too often). But then I would think of my friend and co-worker Laurie used to say when we were working as bartenders together. “You have plenty of time to rest when you’re dead” So I’d get up and take the dogs for an extra long walk!

    I had knee surgery when I was younger, and it swells every now and then, so I find the recliner with the built-in automatic ottoman very useful. Personally, i don’t want to get to the point to where I need a full lift chair in order to get up. But it’s nice to know they exist. Thank you for the information you provided on this page. I like the video, too – but that guy looks WAY too comfortable LOL

    1. Hey Hal, that guy is me. Good to hear from you and thanks for your feedback on using lift chairs or not. I think if you can get up and down without too much pain, the benefits of using your own body outweigh using a lift chair.

      But as we get older and safety or energy is compromissed, using a lift chair can really be beneificial to improve the quality of your life.

      Thanks again and take care,


  16. Hi Todd,

    My aunt who’s in her 60’s just had knee replacement surgery the other day. Fortunately she lives in a one story house, but I’m still concerned about her mobility.

    Your advice sounds great, and I definitely agree about staying active. One of these chairs could be a good option.

    1. Absolutely Chris, this is a perfect example where having a power lift recliner chair would really ease her burden as she recovers. One thing you want to tell your aunt is to sleep in a regular bed without any pillows under her know.

      The reason why is because the knee needs gravity to help bring it into full extension, otherwise it will mess up here walking pattern if she doesn’t get full extension.

      The lift chair would be great for the daytime and it might be tempting to sleep in it, but not the right move. Let gravity do it’s things.



  17. Hi there Todd and thanks for the very informative article on lift chairs. My dear mum could have done with one of these, especially as she found difficulty getting in and out of bed on her own. She did insist on living alone, despite the fact she was always unsteady on her feet and it was a fall that was the beginning of the end for her.
    These chairs could be a real boon for those caring for their elderly parents and loved ones. When dad died, mum only wanted to use his old battered chair, she refused to sit in anything else. If we had been able to buy a new one then, it would have made life much more tolerable for her.
    You are right about using it or losing it. Unfortunately the elderly often don’t have the capacity to move well. As we age, we don’t absorb the nutrients like we used to as youngsters. Also, the elderly always seem to be dehydrated and these failings can cause a substantial lack of energy production within their cells which compromises overall movement and things just go from bad to worse. Helpful post, covering all issues. Ches

    1. Hi Ches,

      You are so right, it’s a tough process to get older in life and we get so stubborn sometimes. That’s a very sweet story and thanks for sharing your perspective and experience with your folks. I think a nice power lift chair would have been perfect for your parents.

      Some people are unsteady on their feet, but the tough part is just getting up out of the chair, and for this reason lift chairs can really be a blessing.

      Thanks again for sharing as well as your feedback on this post, much appreciated.


  18. You are right – lift chairs can make life so much easier for the elderly as it helps them to get up without straining their muscles and making life harder for them in terms of relaxation. I also agree that there should be a balance – there is nothing wrong to use lift chairs but with exercse

    1. Excelent point Jazzy, thanks so much for your perspective and I think that’s some great advice. Use the lift chair to ensure safety and decrease the risk for falls while maintaining a daily exercise program to really do the same thing.

      Thanks for sharing,


  19. Great article on Lift Chairs Todd! I work in Physical Therapy and we have many patients that are dealing with the lack of mobilizations.

    Sit and Stand transfers can be very tricky for a patient – especially if they are dealing with pain or if they are unable to get to their feet properly.

    I found this article well written and the video very informative/easy to help patients get to their feet.

    One other thing that we do is once the patient is at the edge of their seat they can rock themselves back and fourth to help build momentum to get them to their feet.

    If a patient isn’t able to get out of the chair by themselves, how would you recommend a family member to help them with Sit and Stand transfers?

    Great website and keep up the awesome work!

    1. Hi Erich,

      Thanks for the feedback on our lift chairs for the elderly article. Glad to get your take as well. I can see how momentum is helpful, but my only concern is maybe a loss of balance if the person doesn’t have the strength to push up on their own. Imagine the patient putting a lot of force to build the momentum, but once up, could they control themselves from falling forward. I would rather build up the core strength, hip flexer.s, and arms first. Then approach the task by having them go through the proper mechanics while I would assist them with some of the weight. Think of it like lifting weights

      If they start to build compensatory strategies that enforce unsafe mechanics, this would worry me. My recommendation to a family member would be to invest $10 in a gait belt. Place the belt around their waste and make it snug. Then grab the back of the belt as the elderly person starts the transfer and then use a little pressure by lifting up on the gait belt to help the person come up and forward.

      To make them feel more safe, I would place my opposite hand on their sternum and allow them to come forward and up at the same time.



  20. Hello Todd!

    Great article here on whether to use a lift chair or not. This post is especially helpful for people who are taking care of the elderly, as they do tend to lose their physical strength as they age. However, I think I myself, I will enjoy having a power lift chair around!

    I wonder how much they would cost on average in the market. Is it a good long term investment? Seeing that it has some moving parts, I am beginning to question their durability in general.

    Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi Farhan,

      Thanks for your feedback on lift chairs for the elderly. I think if you buy quality, you’ll find these chairs can last for at least a decade. So the average price is between $500 to $1,400. That would be between $50 to $140 per year.

      Any product like this pays for itself if it provides a better quality life to the user. The price over the long term use is not that much.

      It reminds me of my road bike. It cost me $2,800 usd in 2003. I’m still riding it and have put 1,000’s of miles on it. To me, this purchase really enhanced my life because I got a lot of great exercise and the pleasure of seeing so many parts of the country.

      Hope that helps,


  21. Hi Todd,

    I am glad to come across this article. Mom has very bad knees and we have been thinking of getting a reclining chair. She spends most of her time sitting because walking makes her tired and as a result of that, she has lost a fair bit of core muscle. Mom has a very small frame and as I watch how you apply body mechanics to pull yourself out of the chair, I think she could easily fall over. That really got me thinking.

    Are there any other methods to help her get in and out of a sitting position without all the bouncy movements?

    Thanks for your advice, Todd.

    1. Hi Cathy,

      Thanks for your feedback on using lift chairs for the elderly. Don’t let my video scare you too much, you can always to the second movement of sliding one leg forward at a time to gently move to the edge of the chair. I’m a big healthy guy, so it comes off as a bit too bouncy, but can be done quite smoothly.

      The other way to get forward is what we call the “lazy man’s way”, which is simple slumping forward so your hips move forward, then use your upper body to pull yourself upright. This technique will put your mom at the front of the chair where she will then need to focus on leaning forward in order to complete the sit to stand transfer.

      Sometimes placing a walker in front helps with confidence, but then people with compromised mobility want to grab and pull from it, which is not reinforcing good body mechanics. Sometimes it just takes a few sessions daily to practice this stand and your mother’s performance will improve.

      If not, and the pain is too much, get a power relining chair and safe your mother the aches and pains while maintaining maximum mobility.


  22. Hi Todd,
    You give what I feel is some very good advice in your article. I think it is much better to do anything we can to keep our muscles active. Your video is excellent and doing a simple exercise like this could certainly help many people. For me turning to lift chairs should be a last resort, when getting in and out of a normal chair is impossible or too painful.

    We should keep as active as possible as long as we can.

    I just wondered are lift chairs simple to use? Could people with Alzheimer or Dementia get confused with the buttons or even perhaps forget to extend their legs?
    Have a good week,

    1. Hi Peter,

      You make some awesome points, especially about keeping active as long as you can. And recliner lift chairs come in hand when someone get injured.

      As for your question. It can be a bit confusing to someone with dementia, but many of the controls are as simple as one button with two directions so that they function to recline you all the way down and then pull up the leg rest.

      I think another important consideration is having a leg rest that supports your feet. If you have advanced cardiovascular issues, this would help with your circulation and decrease the chances for what’s called pitting edema.

      On the flip side, I like having my feet dangle over my leg rest so that I can get some nice ankle range of motion, it feels good, helps with your joint mobility and decreases swelling. But you would have to be a person that is cognitively aware of this, if not, than you want a leg rest that supports the feet.

      Thanks for your feedback on using lift chairs for the elderly or disabled.

  23. Hey, Todd!

    I’m only 34 but I could actually do with using one of these chairs right now because I twisted my right knee 2 weeks back and I’ve injured my ankle too, so it’s a struggle for me to get on and off my sofa at the minute 🙁 lol. But they will heal eventually.

    I can actually see how these lift chairs for the elderly or disabled do actually benefit them, and I also see the cons too, with people’s bodies getting weaker which isn’t good! I reckon if people can learn to balance things out by not spending too much time in their power lift chairs to begin with, they could live potentially improved lives.

    After all, too much of something is bad, so it’s important to get the balance right from the start.

    Great article!


    1. Hi Neil,

      You got it down perfect. Using lift chairs when your insured or when the body is at the point of pain from doing a simple sit to stand transfer is no laughing matter. It can change one’s quality of life which is what is most important to me and for those that are aging.

      But we do need to find that balance of doing a bit of daily exercise and we don’t want to use power recliner lift chairs just because we lazy, but that’s for each individual to make that judgement call.

      Thanks for you feedback on my post Neil and have a great day,

  24. Alot of useful info here to consider when buying a lift chair for a loved one.

    My grandfather has Alzheimer’s Disease and we have been looking for a way to make my grandmother’s life a little easier, slowly his Alzheimer’s has been accelerating, and it has gotten to the point where his motor skills has severely decreased.

    A lift chair seems like it would do the world of good for my grandfather and grandmother for that fact, do you know where i can get a lift chair for a good price??

    1. Hi Gino,

      I’ve seen this situation all too well. I know it can be tough and it depends on his level of dementia, but many times you can help the elderly improve their mobility by practicing the basic mechanics that I demonstrated in the video.

      They seem quite simple to most of us, and they are, but if you practice them with your Grandfather several times, he might be able to tap into his old mechanics and get his muscle memory back to get out of the chair on his own.

      However, if that doesn’t work due to advanced Alzheimer’s, than a lift chair can be perfect.

      Check out my recommendations on the top power recliner chairs and you can find a quality chair that will help you and your family out.


  25. I perfectly understand how an elderly person can consider using lift chairs, even for me ( I am still quite young… 🙂 ) getting up from some cozy and fluffy chair can be difficult. Or at least it used to be, before I saw that short yet very practical video of yours. It’s interesting how little changes in body mechanics can make so big of a difference, thank you for putting it together.

    I have seen lift chair advertisement on television and thought that they look very helpful but didn’t think of the negative aspects they have, like you said ” if we don’t use it, WE LOSE IT!”.

    What do you think about using lift chairs for all aged persons with injury, during the most difficult period, or are these types of chairs too expensive for short time use?


    1. Hi Maria,

      Thanks for your feedback on using lift chairs for the elderly. I think that each person needs to make the judgement call if lift chairs are right for them or not. It’s very subjective because everyone ages and has different aches and pains.

      I also think that injuries will dictate the use of lift chairs, and yes they are more expensive than regular recliner chairs. But it comes down to quality of life (being able to get up and out of your chair without excessive pain or risk for falls) and quality of the reclining lift chairs you’re looking at.

      If you get a solid build lift recliner chair, it can last for years. Most cost between $500 to $2,000 dollars so if it lasts for 5 years, then it costs you anywhere between $8 to $33 dollars per month. When you consider this, it doesn’t seem too expensive for being comfortable and safe.


  26. Great post on lift chairs for the elderly.
    My Grandmother is 93 and lives in a nursing home and I have often thought that one of these devices would be of help to her.However fortunately at 93, she doesn’t have any of the chronic conditions that you mention, so while she can still move about a little bit the better for her.
    One of these lift chairs may be an option eventually though.
    Great post!

    1. Thanks John for your feedback. It sounds like you’ve got a good sense on helping your Grandma. Use it or loose it. But if it does get to the point of pain and safety issues, using lift chairs do a great job.

      Just remember that before going to a lift chair or power recliner chair, try having your Grandmother try just practicing the transfer like I show in the video 3 sets x 10 reps per day to see if she can improve the function of her sit to stand transfer.

      Have a great day 🙂

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