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Helping Seniors with Standing, Sitting and Reclining

Helping Seniors with Standing, Sitting and Reclining

Many seniors find that they begin to have trouble changing positions (from standing to sitting to reclining) as they age. Difficulties with rising up to a standing position or lowering into a seated or reclined position are quite common, but it doesn’t have to be a strain.

Some seniors with these challenges opt to use a specially designed chair, a “lift chair”.

These electrically powered chairs help people sit and stand, safely and independently. The lift chair can take you from sitting to standing, or standing to sitting, with one push of a button. This improves mobility, prevents injuries, and reduces strain on the legs and joints. These chairs are usually recliners, meaning you can choose to sit with your legs elevated, which is both comfortable and beneficial to your health.

Lift chairs come in many different styles, sizes, colours and price ranges. Home healthcare supply stores may have lift chairs on display to try them out. They are also available for delivery from many different online retailers specializing in home care supplies.

If there is already a favourite chair at home, placing lifts under the legs of it can make it much easier to get in and out of. These “elevator blocks” raise the chair higher, which makes standing from a seated position much less difficult.

Placing elevator blocks under the legs of the bed can also help make getting in and out of bed easier. Or, they can be used to elevate only the head of the bed. Elevating the head of the bed can help relieve the symptoms of acid reflux, heartburn, hiatal hernia and respiratory discomfort when resting.

When bending or rising from a low position becomes difficult, elevator blocks can be used to adjust the height of furniture to levels that meet a person’s individual needs and comfort.

Qualicare Ottawa can help seniors in the Ottawa area make their homes more comfortable and safe, please contact us for more information.