Riser recliner chairs play an important role if a person’s health and aging conditions are making their daily chores or even sitting and getting up from a chair difficult. Sometimes it could be difficulty in standing up from a chair or could be due to feeling tired soon and need to recline in the chair itself to feel comfortable. It is also helpful when you have blood circulation issues and have been advised to keep your feet elevated whenever seated.
Types of riser recliner chairs
• Single motor chairs are regulated by one motor which makes the backrest and leg rest move simultaneously. These chairs also easy to operate due to minimum buttons on the hand control. It is ideal for small spaces and could be reclined even if it is placed near a wall.
• Wall dual motor chairs are regulated by two motors which make the backrest and leg rest work separately. Since dual motor chairs have more buttons on the hand control, the operating part might be more difficult to some users.
Upholstery could be chosen to suit your size, skin condition and color, and style to match your home décor. Using a fabric or vinyl should be considered according to what is best for you. Although fabric makes the seat comfortable, a vinyl cover is the best option if you have continence issues or perspire too much. Vinyl is also more durable and very easy when it comes to keeping it clean.
How to choose the right size
• Riser recliner chairs are available in various sizes and it is very important to select a chair that fits you best with maximum support and comfort.
• Your bottom should fit the back of the seat and feet flat on the floor when you sit on the chair
• Check whether you could get two fingers between the back of your knees and the side front edge.
• Ensure the seat is wide enough to sit comfortably but not too wide to lose the support of the chair and not being able to use the armrest.
Maneuvering of a riser recliner chair
Operating a riser recliner chair will differ according to the chair chosen by the user. But nevertheless, all riser recliner chairs operate on a similar standard.
Rising from the chair
• Place your feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart and put your arms on the armrest.
• The chair will begin to rise and tilt forward when you press UP/riser button the hand control.
• When this happens take the weight on your feet and straighten your legs to come to a standing position.
• To get further back to the chair, place yourself in a way the back of your knees touches the front frame of the raised chair.
• Keep your hands on the armrest.
• Press the DOWN or lowering button on the hand control.
• When the chair begins to lower, bend your knees and get to a sitting position making sure your bottom is comfortable at the back of the seat.
Tips on lowering and raising a reclining chair
• Leaving the chair in an upright position when not in use is recommended as it is easier to sit down.
• Ensure to feel the chair at the back of your thighs before lowering yourself down to a sitting position.
• Contact your healthcare professional and get advice on how to use your riser recliner safely.