Recovering from an easy surgery is no simple task. Your body is low on energy as it repairs whatever part you just got fixed. You have strict orders from the doctor to take it easy. Your diet is limited and your appetite is down.
On top of all this, you can’t even use one of your arms, legs, knees, hips, etc.! Many products exist to make life easier after major surgery, but nothing does as much as a lift chair.
What Does A Lift Chair Help With?
A chair that lifts a person up sounds like it only helps with leg problems, but this is far from the truth. Lift chairs have many uses most people don’t even think about:
- Shoulder or rotator cuff surgery. Getting out of a chair without the use of an arm can be very difficult after surgery.
- Open heart surgery. Stress is the last thing you need after open heart surgery. Using a lift chair to stand up is one thing. Using a lift chair to sleep in so you avoid having to walk up a flight of stairs is another.
- Eye surgery/cataract removal. Having a chair that acts as a bed allows eye surgery patients to stay in one room. Put a lift chair in a room close to the bathroom to avoid unnecessary navigation. Tripping during recovery can lead to bad situations!
- Joint Replacement. Knees, hips, ankles, and other joint replacements require rest during recovery. Lift chairs let your body take it easy as they put less strain on joints when you get up.
- Broken Bone Recovery. Breaking a major bone can take a long time to recover from. Using a lift chair can eliminate strain on broken bones, allowing you to comfortably recover.
What Kind of Lift Chair Do I Need?
This question can only be answered by you! There are some key differences between lift chair models that you should take note of. Make your decision based on the features each type of lift chair offers:
- Two-position lift chair. A lift chair with the ‘two-position’ tag is the most basic model. Two-position refers to the main positions the chair uses—seated and reclined. There is no customization on a two-position chair.
- Three-position lift chair. Chairs with the ‘three-position’ tag can recline into a ‘sleep’ position alongside seated and reclined. Three position lift chairs are great for napping and can be used for sleeping short-term.
- Infinite-position lift chair. The cream of the crop, infinite position lift chairs have two motors, allowing you to independently control the back and footrest. Infinite-position chairs can be set to any position you like. Sleeping in an infinite-position chair is a dream—they can lay out like a bed!
Should I Rent or Buy a Lift Chair?
This really depends on your situation. If are expecting a short recovery period, renting a lift chair is clearly the best option. If you’re expecting a short recovery period but you have multiple surgeries, you might look into buying a chair.
It comes down to how long or often do you expect to use a lift chair for. If the period of time will exceed 2 months, it’s a good idea to check out purchasing options.
Lift chairs from premium manufacturers like Golden Technologies and Pride Mobility are very nice pieces of furniture. Getting a lift chair that matches your carpet, wallpaper, paint or décor is not an issue in today’s world.
Lift Chairs at Oswald’s Pharmacy
If you have more specific questions about lift chairs, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email! We always have over 2 dozen chairs on the floor, plugged in and ready to test. Our Medical Equipment Showroom Team is always available to help you find the chair you need. Stop by anytime—no appointments required!
Wil has been working for Oswald’s since 1994. A 6th generation member of the Wickel-Oswald-Kester-Anderson family, Wil focuses on web development, inventory, and sales.
With over 10 years of experience selling durable and home medical equipment, Wil is an expert on helping people find what they need to use after major surgery or an accident.
Wil graduated with a BA in English Literature from Knox College in 2008, minoring in History.
A graduate of Naperville North High School in 2004, Wil is a lifelong Naperville resident and is currently a columnist for Positively Naperville.