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Do You Need a Lift Chair?

Perhaps you’ve already seen or heard about a lift chair and are now wondering if you really need one. In case you don’t know much about it, a lift chair is a separate seat with back, and perhaps arm support designed to serve one person. Some people refer it to as a power lift recliner, infinite position recliners, pop-up chairs or even 3-position recliners. All these names refer to the same thing. Basically, a lift chair looks almost like a standard reclining chair, only that it has additional features for extra benefits as you are going to see here later on.  

Unlike a reclining chair which requires you to engage its lever for siting posture adjustment, adjusting a lift chair is just a matter of a remote button push. However, just like a reclining chair, you can use a lift chair in an upright position or a reclined position to extend your feet using its footrest. Another plus for a lift chair over a regular recliner is that you can get out of it faster and easier because of its ability to lift from the seating position to vertical position within a button push.

Types of Lift Chairs

Lift chairs come in three major different types, namely two-position, three-position and infinite. A two-position lift chair has a 45-degree reclining range while a three-position can recline nearly flat although it can stop at any angle between a straight sitting position and nearly flat position. On the other hand, an infinite (Zero Gravity) lift chair can recline totally flat and anywhere between an upright sitting position and the completely flat position.

Benefits of a lift chair

  • Comfort

A lift chair is normally very comfortable. Don’t be surprised to buy one and find that everyone in your house wants to sit on it when the designated occupants is not using it. The chair’s seat features soft but supportive padding, making the chair very comfortable to sit on.

  • Improves mobility for people with compromised motor capacity

As earlier mentioned, a lift chair features a mechanism which makes it adjust from a sitting position to a vertical position. As such, a person sitting on the chair is able to get out of it easily and quickly. This feature is of great help for people who are unable to get up from a sitting position due to issues like old age, leg injuries and diseases/ disorders that affect a person’s mobility such as back disorders, leg disorders/disability, stroke, bone density loss muscular sclerosis and musculoskeletal disorders. The chair is also helpful for a person who is recuperating from surgeries, enabling them to rise up from sitting position without much hassle.

 If you have a person with any of the aforementioned problems, a lift chair might be one of the best gifts you can give them. The chair will provide them with the independence they need to feel to stop seeing themselves as a burden to the people who are taking care of them and retain their dignity.  With the chair, they don’t have to request for assistance whenever they want to stand or sit.  

If you are the one with the problem, the specialized chair can improve mobility in a safe way too as long as it is used properly. Therefore, if you or your family member has a mobility issue and you have the money funds and the space for a lift chair, you should get it like yesterday. However, the usage of the chair has some limitations as you are going to see here later on. So, keep on reading to the instances in which the chair is not suitable.

  • Remote control

For a reclining chair, you need to use its lever to adjust it from one position to another. This functionality isn’t convenient for some patients as they may struggle to reach the lever. On the contrary, you don’t have even to touch a lift chair for it to change to a different position.   The specialized chair comes with a remote control which you can use to adjust it from a distance to help your unwell loved one to seat in a comfortable position or stand. Even the patient can change the positions of the chair effortlessly.  

Limitations

  • Not fit for healthy people without full control of their motor skills

Unless you are in full control of your motor skills, it’s not advisable to use a lift chair.  This is because the chair will reduce the activity of your leg muscles, making them  weaker.  Besides, infinite lift chairs aren’t recommended for seniors and mentally challenged people because the chances of them falling off the chairs are high.  Therefore, even if you feel that you need one due to an immobilizing condition, it is important to talk to your physician to establish its suitability for you. The health expert will consider various medical assessments before arriving at the appropriate verdict.  

  • Price

Due to its additional functionalities, a lift chair is normally more expensive than many ordinary chairs, including reclining chairs. Some people can’t afford it, thanks to their extremely constrained budgets. However, considering the value that the chair offers, it deserves every coin in its price which on average ranges from $100 to $500, depending on quality.  Fortunately, if you have enrolled for Medicare, the insurance cover may reimburse you the full or partial amount of the money you spend on the chair as long as it meets the cover’s requirements. Medicare reimbursement for a lift chair mostly ranges between $280 and $300.

  • Not any human weight

Although most lift chairs are sturdy, their motors can’t handle human weight exceeding 375 pounds. Therefore, if you or your patient weighs more than this, a lift chair won’t be helpful.

Conclusion

If you or your loved one constantly needs help to get up from a chair, a lift chair could help them big time to regain independence. However, you need to consult your doctor to confirm if the chair is indeed suitable for the particular condition you or the other person is suffering from.

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When I Look at Old Photos

Recently, I discovered that I have a flash drive that contains most of my old photographs – most of which I thought they got lost. But there they were. When I took a look at the pictures, I was a little embarrassed. I had to make some selection since the flash disk had thousands of images from ages and ages, most of them unsorted.

But I was also a little anxious since I knew that a lot of hidden information about me was in those photos. There were photos that I did not even know existed. Pictures from my childhood photoshoots were also there, and most of them made me smile while others made me cringe.

Other photos brought about a sense of nostalgia and others made me feel glad that time of my life had passed. Others even made me a little sad over an experience I had once. Some made me proud of the person I was then and the person I am today.

It is a weird thing to go through old pictures of my past. The feeling is similar to that of looking through the window into memory from your past. Back at the time, seeing my wardrobe selection, who my friends were, the individuals I desired, how I expressed my feelings, and what I saw essential to me during that time.

I have been avoiding looking back at my past for some time because when I look at an old photo, I get a weird mood that sometimes makes me feel sad of what was over or what I lost. However, seeing them this time was quite lovely. I was somehow emotional, but I don’t think anything else could be anticipated. I kept smiling through the whole period.

The amount of emotions and memories an old photo can bring about is unbelievable. But as they say, a photo carries thousands of words and feelings. Going through the pictures, particularly those from my teenage years, crowded me with mixed sadness and joy because I was and what I was going through.

My adolescent years were not that easy, so I understood that what was coming in the future was not honey and butter. Most of the things I did during my teen years were mainly to please other people. However, I understand that I am a strong person and would eventually turn out to be stronger.

Let us keep the emotional stuff aside. I also realized other aspects when I was looking at my old photos – I was more skinny. I was nearly underweight at a particular time, and now I am not. And I am okay with that. I remember crying because my parents refused to buy me the clothes I thought would make me look great at the time. By seeing my old pictures, I realized that something was weirdly not okay with the way I saw myself. I was not looking bad as I thought, and even if I did, I still looked good and valuable.

I have also come across some friends and family members telling me I have added weight and proposing various ways to lose it again. However, when I look at an old photo, I learn a lot about how to accept my body and look. And I now love myself the way I am. At first, it was horrible to see the skinny person I was, but now I am completely fine with it since I love how I look. Hurray, for improvement!

Even if I was a shy person who did not enjoy attention in any way, I was never cool sufficiently for the “cool peers”, I was still strong to remain myself. I barely knew anything about fashion, and I can even remember myself laughing after seeing a girl and a boy wearing a similar t-shirt in class before learning that it was among the “cool” brands. I had to choose between not giving in and being me or falling for the pressure. I decided to remain myself. That is one of the moments in my life that make me proud of who I have been. Avoiding peer pressure have shaped who I was and who I have become today, and the old photos reminded me of that.

The pictures reminded me of the years when I was building my current identity. They tell me of the of my bravery since I dared to be different from others and I did not like attention. It was more important for me to be myself than the attention it would create. My teenage photos always inspire my current-self. The pictures made me even ask myself what the teen version of me would do during various situations.

Now I am a grown-up, but I am still a teen.

To conclude, I would like to motivate you to look at your old photos. They will bring out some fascinating reflections, feelings, wonders, and memories

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