What is a Lift Chair and What Will it do for You? A lift chair is, simply put, the most practical piece of furniture in your home -- not that you would know it just by looking at one! If you struggle with going from a sitting to a standing position, or if you have other reasons to require extra support when sitting at home, you may have had a lift chair recommended to you by medical personnel or your friends. But what exactly is this chair, and how does it help you? What we are taking about is essentially a medical lift chair that is disguised to look just like a regular recliner. Choice of upholstery and a variety of styles allows you to ensure that your chair will look just like any other piece of furniture in your home. The goal is to camouflage your chair so that no one has to know what it really is, unless you tell them yourself. These chairs generally come in two different types: two position, and three position. Both types are designed to tip forward and lift, in order provide support as you go from a sitting to a standing position. Standing up from a chair is often very difficult for elderly people or people with disabilities, so lift chairs have been designed to mimic the body's natural movement in order to provide support during this transition. In fact, this is how the chair gets its name, as it "lifts" you up to a standing position. The main difference between two and three position chairs is that a two-position chair only reclines slightly, as would a regular household recliner. A three-position lift chair, on the other hand, also is able to recline to a horizontal position, and can therefore be used for sleeping. Additionally, a three-position chair can usually be positioned so that the sleeper's legs are over their heart, reducing nighttime swelling. A lift chair is able to do all of this because it has a motor inside of it, and a control pad attached to either the right or left armrest, depending on how you order it. The user simply controls the movement of the chair with the control pad, and the chair will either provide support while you stand up, recline slightly, or recline fully (if your chair has that option). The chair requires power in order to operate, so it must be plugged in, but many chairs also have the option of a backup battery so that they will operate normally even during a power outage. Finally, the wide variety of styles and manufacturers, such as Pride lift chairs, means that even if you are on a tight budget, most likely there is a chair for you. Be sure to consult your health insurance company first to see how much of your chair they will cover, and be sure to point out that without one you are at risk of falling and injuring yourself, or developing problems from the way you sit or sleep. If you have Medicare, keep in mind that only a small portion of your chair will be covered. Luckily, for those whose chairs aren't covered by either Medicare or insurance, many chair manufacturers and retailers offer finance plans to help you get the support you need, and spread the payment out over a longer period of time. If you are thinking about getting a lift chair, keep in mind that most are highly customizable. From the type of fabric and the design of the chair, to extras such as heat and massage, and practical necessities such as backup batteries, there is a wide variety of options for you to choose from when buying a chair. Just because you need the additional support when sitting, sleeping, or transitioning to a standing position, doesn't mean you need to sacrifice style and comfort in order to meet your more basic needs.