April 15, 2015 in Mobility
If your mom needs to move in with you or you have noticed her struggling with simple everyday tasks lately, maybe one option to help her keep her freedom is considering a lift chair. But how do you know what type of chair she needs or if her insurance/Medicare will cover the costs? These are some common questions adult daughters like yourself are faced with.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for a Lift Chair?
An ideal candidate for a lift chair is someone who may need help getting in and out of their chair on a daily basis whether due to aging, arthritis or a recent surgery that limits their mobility. And because lift chairs look and feel like regular chairs–but possess a safety mechanism that can allow them to raise or lower the chair in order to easily stand up or sit down–they provide your senior with a friendly way of regaining their independence. Typically, those in need of a standard lift chair are not able to get in and out of a chair by themselves, yet are able to move around on their own, whether it be with or without a walker.
5 Advantages of Using a Lift Chair
Lift chairs present a myriad of advantages for seniors, such as:
- Opportunity to remain in home
- Ease of mobility
- More spacious than normal chairs
- Reduced risk of injury
Okay, now you know that lift chairs have a multitude of benefits for seniors, but did you know that they are also highly beneficial for the caregiver? Lift chairs allow caregivers two important freedoms:
- Save time. If your mom is able to use a lift chair to function more independently, that will free up some of your time, allowing you to complete chores that otherwise may not have gotten done. Likewise, instead of having to spend the majority of your time monitoring or supervising your senior loved one to make sure they don’t have an accidental fall or injury, you will now be able to pay attention to other pressing issues, or maybe just enjoy a little “me time.”
- Increase safety and avoid injury. A recent study showed that roughly 54% of caregivers experienced injuries simply from helping assist their senior. Helping older adults transition from a sitting (or even lying) position imposes a physical strain on the caregiver, potentially resulting in a challenging and dangerous situation for both the caregiver and their senior loved one. It’s important not to neglect your own health, especially at a time when you are being relied upon more than ever.
Aside from these advantages, lift chairs allow for reduced stress between the caregiver and their senior loved one (What a blessing that would be!). However, if you are concerned about the cost of purchasing a lift chair, be sure to read this article on whether Medicare will cover the cost.
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