- Diseases, Disorders & Conditions
Lift Chairs and Arthritis
There are a number of diseases that often affect older individuals, but the most common and well known disease is likely arthritis. There are more than 100 different kinds of arthritis and the disease can actually affect people of all ages, even children as young as one year old, however there are several common types of arthritis that are more commonly found in seniors and elderly citizens.
One of the key characteristics of most types of arthritis is joint pain, this joint pain is often accompanied by swelling and inflammation. The pains and symptoms of arthritis can greatly limit an individuals mobility and make many common daily tasks much more difficult. For many seniors, arthritis pain will be worse in the morning and evenings, but this can vary depending on what type of arthritis is present.
One of other common symptoms of arthritis is pain and discomfort that becomes worse after the individual has been seated or otherwise immobile for an extended period of time. As a result, it is often very difficult and painful for a person to stand up after they have been watching television for an hour or two. This pain will usually go away after a relatively short period of time, but the first thirty minutes to an hour can be very painful.
As a result, there is an increased risk of an individual falling down or being unable to stand up without having someone there to lend an arm.
How Lift Chairs Help Arthritis Sufferers
One way this issue is addressed is by using a special kind of lifting aid called a lift chair. Lift chairs are important tools for seniors and can make standing not only much safer and easier, but also something that can be done independently.
Most lift chairs look a great deal like a regular recliner, so it is possible that many people might have actually seen a lift chair, but not known it, unless of course they saw it in action. Lift recliners are electrically powered and are designed to raise the person using the chair safely to their feet. The entire chair is raised, by the use of a powerful electric lifting motor located in the base of the lift recliner. This motor is activated by the person sitting in the chair and also controls the way the backrest and footrest are operated.
This means instead of using a lever, like most recliners do, to recline the chair, lift chairs can be reclined by simply pushing a button on the chairs hand control. Also, since the lift recliner does not rely upon back pressure to recline the chair, it can be used much easier by most people and puts much less strain on the back.
In addition to offering a safe way to allow a senior or other person who is affected by arthritis to stand, these medical lifting devices are also used by people who have suffered an injury or are obese, which can often make it very difficult to stand up without someone there to help.