If sitting down and getting up are increasingly problematic for you or a loved one, a lift chair can make life much easier and safer. A lift chair can ease you out of a sitting position — helping you avoid strain on your arms, shoulders and legs — and keep you comfortable while you’re sitting. But it’s a wise idea to take care when you’re choosing your lift chair and to follow safety precautions when you’re using it.
When you’re selecting a lift chair:
- Look for a chair that offers sufficient range of motion to enable you to easily sit and stand.
- Look for a model with a hand-held device to control all chair functions.
- Consider certain features that you might want or need, such as full or adjustable recline and massage and heat options.
Safely maintaining your lift chair:
- Do not use an extension cord; plug the power cord directly into a wall outlet.
- Do not place the hand control on any heated surface.
- Do not stand or sit on the footrest.
- Do not leave the power cord plugged in while you are cleaning any electrical components.
- Do not place any objects beneath your lift chair.
Operating your lift chair
When you sit in your lift chair:
- Engage and hold the up/down switch in the “up” position. Continue holding this switch until your chair rises to the standing position.
- Back into the chair and sit in the center of the seat. Use the armrests for additional support.
- Engage and hold the up/down switch in the “down” position. Continue holding this switch until the chair is lowered into a comfortable seated position.
When you stand up from your chair:
- Engage and hold the up/down switch in the “up” position.
- Continue holding the switch until your chair rises to a position where you can stand easily and comfortably.
Many other factors are important in selecting, operating and maintaining a lift chair. It is important to take into consideration your physical needs. The experts at Power Mobility and Lifts are ready to answer all of your questions concerning lift chairs. We have provided outstanding service to residents throughout Arizona for more than 35 years.
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