A riser recliner chair is a mobility chair that helps elderly and disabled users to stand up from a seated position. These chairs are also known as rise and recliner chairs, rise recliners, chairs for the elderly, riser chairs and electric mobility chairs.
An overview of riser recliner chairs
A rise recliner chair is an electrically operated armchair that both reclines and rises. The backrest reclines to provide a resting position for the user and an adjustable footrest enables the user to lift their feet. The whole chair is on a riser mechanism that lifts the whole chair upwards and then tilts forward to enable the user to get in and out of the chair easily.
These functions make rise and recline chairs an ideal choice for elderly and disabled users. The reclined positions enable them to rest comfortably and the riser function provides mobility assistance. These electric armchairs are available in a range of designs, upholsteries and colours.
Rise recliners are not only used as mobility aids but also for comfort and relaxation in the home. Care homes and hospices also use riser recliner chairs but they are usually more specialist versions that provide advanced postural support and pressure relief for residents.
The different types of chair
Comfort and Mobility
This is the most popular and common type of riser recliner chair. They are designed to provide comfort and mobility assistance for elderly and disabled people in their own homes. They are usually upholstered in a cloth/fabric or leather and are constructed to withstand light, domestic use.
The foam padding and upholstery on these chairs are primarily for comfort and usually do not have any pressure relieving or skin sensitive properties. Some comfort and mobility riser recliners have features such as wall hugging to save space, making them an ideal choice for smaller rooms in the home.
You can find chairs like these in mobility shops, home furniture showrooms and also online. Prices range from £250 right up to £5,000+. The quality of construction and the chairs’ functionality are the main price determiners. Most suppliers will offer a service where they come and fit the chair in your home and also demonstrate how to use it.
Specialist care rise and recline chairs are designed to accommodate users with specialist and complex care needs. They offer posture control and advanced pressure relief for users with severely restricted mobility. The chairs are often portable chairs to ease patient transfer and functions are usually operated by the carer/assistant.
Specialist care chairs are designed and constructed for heavy use environments such as care homes, hospitals and disability units. Upholstery is waterproof to facilitate users with incontinence and the chairs are also easy to clean and maintain. They are priced from £1,000 to £12,000+ depending on their build quality, upholstery and ability to facilitate complex needs.
Bariatric and Extra Wide
Bariatric and extra wide riser recliner chairs are designed for large users who have special weight or sizing requirements. These chairs are robustly constructed and are designed to withstand excessive user weight. Electric motors are powerful and enduring to ensure they can recline and raise the user effectively.
Upholstery varies but padding is usually pressure relieving as users tend to spend long periods of time in the chair without movement. Prices range from £3,000 to £12,000+ and are usually distinguished by their safe working load and maximum user weight capacity.
Riser recliner chair options
If you’ve been looking around at different rise and recline chairs, you will notice most designs have a single motor or dual motor option. A single motor chair is where all the functions are operated through one motor and one set of buttons. One button reclines the backrest and raises the footrest, the other raises the backrest, drops the footrest and raises the whole chair.
A dual motor chair is where two motors operate the functions. the backrest is operated independently of the footrest and riser mechanism and as a result, there are two sets of buttons. There are also triple motor chairs available.
There are two control options for riser recliner chairs. One is a wired handset which is on an extendable cord and clips on to the side of the chair or is placed in the pocket. The other control option is a set of buttons that are integrated into the side of the chair near the arm.
There are no limits on upholstery options for rise recline chairs. Options include fabrics/cloths, leathers, leatherette/faux leathers, vinyls and more. The key considerations to bear in mind are friction, comfort, cleaning and water resistance.