What is a lift chair?
A lift chair is a chair that uses an electric motor and remote control to lift it from its base and help the user into a standing position. It aids people with certain disabilities, as well as those who are having trouble standing up because of surgery, general weakness or poor balance. The first thing you need to assess is if your father in law needs some assistance or a lot of assistance. A lift chair will help him if he has poor upper body strength or is too weak all around. It will literally help him to his feet, lifting him up into a standing position, so the effort is minimal. It’s safe, comfortable and it comes in many different styles and colors. However, lift chairs can be on the pricey side. So, if he’s strong and doesn’t need as much support, I think a couch cane would be a better way to go. It’s a support handle that attaches to your couch, providing extra support for balance as you get up. And you’ll save money. Here’s an image of a lift chair I found on Amazon:
Imagine a lift chair as a real comfortable helping hand. It props you up with just the push of a button. It’s true that they’re quite expensive, they can range from $500-$1000 or more, but if you have trouble standing because of any given condition, I think it’s worth the cost.