The Ultimate Guide to Rise and Recline Chairs

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Electric rise and recline chairs can be extremely beneficial to the elderly and people with limited mobility. Not only do they provide utmost comfort, but they can also help with particular physical and health conditions.

However, there are a wide range of mobility recliner chairs available, and deciding which is the best can be a tricky task. From the number of motors in the chair to its particular mechanism and the health benefits it provides, there are so many components to consider. The names of the different chairs available can also be quite confusing – a single motor wallhugger provides different features to a single motor 2 way tilt in space, for example.

Here at The Mobility Furniture Company, we appreciate that it can be a tricky task deciding which chair is best for you. Below we have outlined some of the most popular recliner chairs for the elderly, but if you are still unsure as to which chair best suits your requirements, why not arrange for a free home demonstration? One of our friendly furniture experts will visit your home and provide support and assistance in deciding which type of chair is best suited to your individual needs.

So, what are the different riser recliner armchairs and what benefits do they provide?

Single Motor 2 Way Tilt in Space Rise and Recline Chair

Ideal for people with poor circulation, or swelling in the ankles or legs, the single motor 2 way tilt in space allows the user to elevate their legs without changing the angle of their back. The seat to back angle remains constant, preventing friction or shear as the seat moves. The chair can also rise and tilt to a standing position, enabling users with reduced mobility to be able to independently get in and out of the chair.

As the whole chair tilts back, it ensures your weight is evenly distributed, supporting your lower back and reducing pressure points. The chair is controlled by an easy-to-use 2 button handset and is available in a range of different sizes.

Single Motor 3 Way (Non Wallhugger) Rise Recliner Chairs

The single motor 3 way (non wallhugger) mechanism follows a conventional recliner action, whereby the angle between the back and seat increases as the chair reclines. The back reclines once the footrest has been elevated, allowing the seat to take pressure from the hips. It is also able to rise and tilt to a standing position, helping people with mobility or flexibility problems to get in and out of the chair.

This mechanism is available in a variety of sizes and weight options, and is controlled by an uncomplicated 2 button handset.

Single Motor Wallhugger Riser Recline Chair

While most rise and recline chairs need a lot of room, wallhugger mechanisms allow for a rise and recline chair to move within it its own footprint. Rather than requiring space behind the chair for it to recline, these chairs slide forward whilst reclining backwards, allowing the chair to be placed as close as 6 inches in front of a wall and still recline perfectly. This makes it an ideal chair for flats, apartments and other small rooms. However, as the chair’s bottom half is pushed forward, the footrest will require increased space.

Wallhugger recliner chairs are controlled by a 2 button handset, and has the ability to tilt fully forward to assist with getting in and out of the chair.

Dual Motor Recliner Chairs

Depending on the weight limit, this type of chair comes with two or three motors. A dual motor riser recliner chair contains all of the features a single motor riser recliner chair has, but it instead has a separate motor to control the footrest. The back and footrest therefore have separate motors and controls, offering increased levels of flexibility and allowing the user more freedom to find their desired position with optimum comfort. It can also raise to an almost standing position, helping the user get in and out of the chair.

Dual motor rise and recline chairs are available in numerous weight options, and depending on its specific mechanism, the handset will either have 4 ,5 or 6 buttons.

Dual Motor Tilt in Space Recliners

This mechanism features two motors – one for the footrest and one for the backrest. The independent backrest allows more flexibility and lets the user find their desired position, but also allows high leg elevation without changing the angle of the back.

The chair is controlled with a simple-to-use 4 button handset, and has the ability to rise and tilt to a standing position, ideal for people who find difficulty in getting in and out of their chair.

Buying a Recliner Chair

When buying a rise and recline chair, it is crucial that you choose one that is going to be beneficial for your health. Although all recliners may appear the same, each mechanism operates differently and offers different benefits. If you would like some guidance and expert knowledge on deciding the most suitable electric recliner for your needs, please arrange a free home demonstration. From recliner chairs to adjustable beds, we are dedicated to ensuring all of our customers have access to furniture that provides comfort in everyday living. All of our products are made to the highest standards and come with a 5-year warranty.

Do you need help to buy your Rise and Recline chair?

Many of us find standing up and sitting down more challenging as we grow older. That may be because of general age-related aches and pains. Or it may be that a more serious medical condition or disability is impacting on your independence. Rise and Recline chairs offer great mobility support whenever you are struggling to get up or sit down. But what happens if you are also finding it difficult to find the funds to pay for the chair you need?

Have a chat with us

The Mobility Furniture Company really does care about you. We want to make sure that you purchase the Rise and Recline furniture that will help the most. That is why we have partnered with Duologi Finance Solutions and Ikano Bank to offer you finance on any purchase offered at a rate of 0% APR (Subject to status) so you never need to pay more than a fair price. Once your finance is approved, we also take the pressure off by giving you the option of spreading your repayments over a period of 10, 12, and 18 months. So, the first thing you need to do is have a chat with us. You might be surprised at what you can afford.

Talk to your GP

If all else fails and you still feel unable to pay for your Rise and Recline chair by yourself, you may be able to get funding help from your local authority (your County Council or Unitary Authority). It’s probably a good idea to start by making an appointment with your GP to discuss how your age, illness or disability is making it increasingly difficult to sit and stand. Tell them more about how your condition is affecting your daily life at home. Let your doctor know that you think a Rise and Recline chair is essential to enable you to live more independently at home. Ask if they are willing to evidence and support that if necessary. If they agree that you really can’t cope without a Rise and Recline chair, consider approaching your local authority and asking for a funding assessment. Your GP may be able to help with a referral, or you may have to refer yourself.

Speak to your local authority

If you need to refer yourself, get in touch with your local authority and ask to speak to someone who can arrange a visit to look at how you are coping at home. Each local authority has its own rules around arranging these types of assessments, but it is usually their social services department that gets involved. A finance officer or social worker will visit and look at how much money you have before deciding what might be paid for. At the end of the assessment process, your local authority may state that they cannot help fund a Rise and Recline chair due to your income. Alternatively, they might offer funding to buy the chair you need and some other support as well. For more about help with financing your care at home check out the Which? Later Life Care guide to financing care at home.

Consider claiming VAT exemption

A Rise and Recline chair may qualify for VAT exemption if you have a specific medical need or diagnosed disability and require specialised equipment to live independently. This applies whatever your age and income. If you want to explore this option further read VAT relief for disabled people on the HMRC website.

Asking for help

Asking for help can seem daunting but a good quality Rise and Recline chair could make a world of difference to your independence in your own home so don’t give up now! Speak up about the help that you need. Make sure family, friends or healthcare professionals know you need it.

Riser Recliner Chairs Reviews

At The Mobility Furniture Company, company satisfaction is our priority. We have provided numerous rise and recline chairs throughout the UK for our customers, and are glad to see that they are more than pleased with their products.

Mrs R Hardiman – “I can’t praise you enough for my chair – for weeks I have had terrible trouble getting out of the old one, straining my whole body. Now I can literally walk out of the chair with no effort”.

Barbara Potts – “I appreciated the service provided. My mother is house bound and so to have the salesman come to her with a large choice of colours for the recliners was fantastic”.

Mr & Mrs J Finney – “I  thought I must call to say how delighted we are with our new chairs. They give us so much comfort – we are delighted with them. Also, your delivery men are superb – nothing was too much trouble for them. All round an excellent service!”

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