Ask Sarah: How Can I Convince My Aging Parent They Need a Lift Chair?

Dear Sarah,

My mother has recently been admitted into the nursing home due to her hip surgery, and my father has quickly been losing his strength, especially now that my mom isn’t around to help him do things around the house. I have noticed recently that he has a hard time getting in and out of his recliner. When I suggested he look into getting a lift chair, he completely shut down and stopped listening to me. I think he is afraid that purchasing a lift chair would mean he is losing his independence. Can you help me convince him to see the benefits of purchasing a lift chair? I don’t think he realizes how much it could help him.

Thanks for your advice!

Tammy -Ohio City

Hi Tammy,

Making the transition and admitting that you need more assistance is never an easy feat, especially for our senior loved ones as they age and are unable to do things as easily as they once could. However, it doesn’t have to be. Is your father aware of the many benefits of a lift chair, or were you unable to talk to him at all when you mentioned a lift chair?

Now that your father should have had some time to cool off, I suggest approaching the situation again, but in a more casual tone. Don’t make him feel like he has to purchase a lift chair, but instead list the many benefits (see below) a lift chair could bring him. Maybe try to make a fun afternoon out of going to your local medical equipment store and testing out lift chairs.

Try sitting in a lift chair along with him (bring your kids, too!) so that he doesn’t feel as if he is being pressured. I strongly believe that once your father sits in a chair and realizes how it can help him regain his independence–not hinder it–you will have no problem convincing him (heck, you may not even have to convince him!) to purchase a lift chair.

Here are a few of the many benefits a lift chair can bring:

  • Independence
  • Opportunity to remain in home
  • Ease of mobility
  • More spacious than normal chairs
  • Reduced risk of injury (this one is particularly important, especially now that your mom is no longer living at home!)

I hope you find my advice helpful and that your father sees the importance and advantages of purchasing a lift chair. If you have any further questions, or would like to try out a lift chair in person, please feel free to stop in or give us a call at 419.678.4979.

Sarah at New Visions

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5 Ways a Lift Chair Benefits Aging Parents

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:

  • Independence
  • 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.

Are you looking for a new lift chair for your senior loved one? Visit our products page or call us at 419.678.4979 and then let us help you find the right fit for your parent!

We are offering $50.00 off a new lift chair in the month of April and visit us to see our new lower prices today!

Resources:

http://www.boomers-with-elderly-parents.com/medicare-lift-chair.html

http://www.usmedicalsupplies.com/lift-chairs-for-elderly-benefit-caregivers.htm

3 Considerations to Think About Before Buying a Lift Chair

Chair New VisionsWhen you realize it is time to help mom and dad move up and down from a chair, then you need to get serious about what to look for in your investment of a lift chair in order to make their life easier to move around. How big should it be, and where are you going to put it? What does a good lift chair do? These are all frequently asked questions when trying to find that perfect chair for mom or dad.

3 Features to a Good Lift Chair

The right size. First and foremost, you need to know where this chair will live to help determine the size of the chair. You need a chair that will fit in the space of the room, and still give your loved one room to get around. Carefully consider which room this chair will live, and what size makes sense for the space. Also the style of the chair is important to many consumers.  Based on where you are putting it in your home could help determine what style of lift chair you may want or need.  For example, the size and style of a chair in your bedroom could be very different than a chair you would put in your family room.

You not only have to consider how the chair fits in the room, but also the size of the adult using the chair. Not every chair fits every person. Make sure the chair is the best for your weight, height, and needs before purchasing.

Number of Positions of the Chair. Multiple positions for a chair are important in selecting a lift chair. This is critical for seniors who will be left alone and may need the chair for not only sitting but also lying down, so they can rest without having to get up. It is also important to have a chair that can easily move from one position to the next, so the senior, whether alone or not, can maintain independence while moving about their home. For example, mom can easily get up, go to the kitchen and then sit down again without help from you. If you are investing in a chair for your parent’s comfort, you need to make sure it fits the bill for their living style and what they need to ease their daily living tasks.

Have Heat or Massage Feature. Having extra features to the chair is great in helping ease uncomfortable pain while sitting that some aging adults experience. Many chairs have heat or massage features that can be an added comfort while parents are using the chair.Heat can soothe back muscles and help the elder relax and move more freely when they get up and about. Also, the massage  feature comes in several settings that can help their shoulders, lower back, and seat. The massage feature can be adjusted to different time settings and types of massage.

 

When trying to purchase a lift chair for mom or dad consider the features that will make their life easier. We had an adult daughter in the store the other day looking for a lift chair for her dad. After she bought one, she came back and got one for her mom too. Her mom loved the chair and was always using dad’s chair. She decided if they each had their own, they would both be happy and able to get up and down as needed and relax in a chair that soothed their back and shoulder needs.

Stop by New Visions in Coldwater to see our newest models of lift chairs! They are truly packed with many features that make life for mom and dad comfortable and easy. They arrived just in time for the holidays! We are offering 50.00 off for a limited time with a free BONUS gift! Stop by today!

Caregivers Delight in a Lift Chair

30-lift-chair-e1406208618292-225x300No matter what your status is as a caregiver, you want to make your aging loved one feel mobile and free. Many times aging adults don’t want to be a bother and don’t know how to ask for the assistance they actually need and want.
When is comes to mobility in the home, a lift chair is a great save. Not only do you and your aging parents want to have mobility and freedom, but also they want to do if safely.  A lift chair can take the burden off the caregiver and give the aging adult the freedom to move about without assistance for every move to and from the kitchen, bathroom, or living area.

3 things a lift chair can do for caregivers:

  1. Provide Safety. Too many accidents result from a patient falling when trying to sit or stand up. Very slight missteps can have devastating effects on the physical and mental health of the patient.  A recent national study shows 54% of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), reported having injuries by simply helping their patients rise or sit in a chair. Trying to help a patient from a sitting or laying position to stand up can be challenging for both the patient and the caregiver. It is not easy moving someone who is mobility-impaired.
  2. Save Time. When you are not constantly trying to move your loved one from sitting to standing and visa versa, you can spend more time visiting or doing other daily chores that can be helpful. It frees up time to actually do more things that will make their life more rewarding and not a constant battle of, “Help me, I need to go here or there.” It really helps create more time to actually communicate on something besides sitting and standing.
  3. Independence. Nothing like having your independence yanked away as you age! When you invest in a lift chair your loved one can do some of the daily tasks that they really want to do by themselves and not burden their adult children or spouses. They want to keep some sense of being able to get up and move by themselves.

So when you are trying to help your aging parents keep independence and have some mobility at home, maybe it is time to look at a lift chair to ease the burden of the caregiver and the aging adult.

Just recently we had an adult daughter trying to find a way to help her mother get up and about around the house. Her mother just wanted some privacy and the ability to move around on her own without help. However, she was troubled with getting in and out of chairs. We recommended one of our new lift chairs and she loved it. Not only did her mother like it, but also she came back and got another one for her dad. Lift chairs are safe and easy to use to allow your aging parents to keep some independence and move around on their own. Stop by and see our new and latest models.

Want to check out our newest lift chairs? Stop by New Visions and try one out today…