Lift chairs are chairs that feature a powered lifting mechanism that pushes the entire chair up from its base and so assists the user to a standing position. In the United States, lift chairs qualify as Durable Medical Equipment, but may or may not be covered by your specific insurance.
Lift chairs usually come in three types, the three position, the Infinite position, and the zero gravity. The three position lift chair can recline to a nearly flat position as well as every position in-between. The ottoman and the back operate together – as the back reclines, the footrest raises. Of course, the chair also lifts up to provide a standing position for the user. Infinite position is similar to the three position, except that it has motors that are separate and the leg support and back support do not move in sync with the others. This allows a larger variety of positions that can be used on the chair. Zero gravity chairs can provide a patient a feeling as though they are not restricted by the pull of gravity, this allows the relief of pressure from many body parts.
Recliner chairs are beneficial to patients recovering from knee, hip and shoulder surgeries. Also heart surgery and abdominal surgery patients will benefit as well from the use of lift chairs post surgery. Lift chairs help by relieving pressure on the surgery site as patients attempt to sit, stand, or lay down. It can also be beneficial in the case of chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis muscle atrophy, and other similar chronic ailments.