By Anna Hazard
Tis the season for holiday sales and so it's the best time to find a deal if you've been considering a medical lift chair for you or your loved ones.
Medical lift chairs (also known as lift chair recliners, power chairs, or riser recliners) can help those with mobility problems -- or whose legs simply need that added extra "oomph" -- to stand up or sit down by changing the positioning of the chair itself from vertical to sitting (or reclining if you choose that style).
These types of chairs can be broken down into five main categories (from most economical to priciest) as seat lifts, 2 position, 3 position, infinite position, and zero gravity.
The most economical alternative for a full lift chair, besides the vertical standing position, these types of chairs are also capable of a normal sitting position as well as a partly reclined (around 45 degrees for watching TV or reading) position. The foot/ottoman of the chair will automatically rise as the back begins reclining.
A medium price alternative, besides the vertical standing position, these types of chairs can recline nearly fully back (similar to a la-z-boy). While the foot/ottoman of the chair will automatically rise as the back reclines, the chair's position can be stopped anywhere in-between full recline and sitting up.
A higher priced alternative, besides the vertical standing position, these types of chairs can move to any angle of position from vertical/standing, to sitting, to fully horizontal/sleeping. The chair's back and foot/ottoman can be operated separately
The most expensive option, these chairs will levitate around the room to-- no, sorry, no magical flying chairs here. These chairs offer all the benefits of the infinite position chair (capability to stay in any angle between vertical, full sitting, and fully horizontal with the chair back & foot/ottoman being separately operable) it can also assume the zero gravity position used by astronauts in NASA that supposedly takes stress off the body, particularly the spine, and evenly distributes the sitter's weight.
Lift chairs can be widely found from local stores such as Walmart/Sam's Club, Walgreens, Sears, Valu-city as well as ordered from places that places that specialize in lift chairs such as Pride Mobility and Spin Life.
Also keep in mind that when using suppliers that meet Medicare's guidelines, while the chair's entire expense will not be covered, you may be eligible for up to $300 in reimbursement if your doctor signs a Certificate of Medical Necessity