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Why People Use Bed And Chair Raisers

Jun 13, 2008
There are some people in need of a little help from time to time, but there are also people who need that extra help on a daily basis. Certain people with disabilities may need help in simple tasks, such as getting in and out of bed, standing up or walking up and down the stairs. Fortunately, there is help available with one of the major products being chair and bed raisers.

However, before purchasing these for you or for someone else one will need to find out why a person would need bed and chair raisers. If, for example, they have a problem standing, but no problem getting out of bed; it could be that a rise and recline chair would be more suitable.

If the person does need bed and chair raisers, it is imperative that when using them, the safety of the client is foremost and all the conditions for using that particular raiser have been followed closely. Bear in mind that you are lifting the weight of the chair / bed / sofa and then adding the weight of the user/s - maximum user weight limits must be followed closely.

The other safety check with raisers is to ensure that the raiser chosen suits the product it will fit. For example - if you had a chair with castors - you need a raiser that either takes castors - or you need to remove the castor and use a riser that suits the fixing left. It would be extremely dangerous to have a castor able to roll on a block raiser.

Be aware that raisers cannot be used on all chairs and beds and you need to check with a knowledgeable retailer that the bed or chair raisers will fit your product. They can be very unstable and will be dangerous if not fitted correctly.

That being said, chair and bed raisers are a wonderful invention and often mean that the person using them does not have to consider spending vast amounts of money purchasing a new, higher chair or bed. The raiser is designed to lift the bed / chair or settee closer to you, which is essential for people who have trouble lowering themselves down into the furniture.
Some of the raisers are shaped like an elephant foot - giving a larger floor area than a small 2' square leg. This obviously adds stability in use.

Linked raisers (ones that are fixed together in the middle) are probably the safest type - ensuring that all four raisers under the chair would move together - giving the bed or chair even more stability.
Bed and chair raisers can be adjustable or fixed in height and can normally lift the person concerned between 3 to 5 inches higher. They are available for settees as well, which means that all furniture in the room or house can be raised to the same height.

Always remember to use bed and chair raisers carefully and with caution - but when using this, you will also enjoy the flexibility they give in the home.
About the Author
Anna Stenning is knowledgeable on bed and chair raisers and understands how this can help bring independence to people with disabilities.
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