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Bob Spelled Backwards:
What advice I used and will share with anyone else looking to buy a new recliner.  If you want the chair to last 10 or more years, look for this:

- Better chairs have foam filling,  choose a chair with a Foam Density Rating of 1.9 or higher, up to 2.5.

- Flip the chair over in the store and look at the construction.  Hardwood  like Oak, Ash, Birch, Poplar is the Best but a lot more $$ , Plywood is a good second choice, avoid the cheap press board .  Warning, the term " All wood construction " might be code for low quality pressboard.

-  Take a good look at the Hardware.  Are there heavy duty screws and heavier steel in the assembly?  If you see any plastic or wimpy screws holding it together, keep looking.

-  Sit in the Chair you want for 5 minutes in the store and pay attention to your head position and lumbar area.  If it's a recliner, does the footrest put up easily or do you have to force it up or down?

- And lastly,  even if you're not a haggling type, ( which I'm really not ), you owe it to yourself to try to talk them down on the price, furniture is one of the most marked up things you can buy and they will pretty much always come down on the price, sometimes very significantly.

Good luck

Oh yeah, I ended up getting a Simmons because it met my criteria and so far so good.

.Find a chair that is sized to fit you, not the typical "one size fits none". Look for a newer type of chair that supports your entire leg when the footrest is up. Most models have a support gap between the thigh and the calf. That puts the weight of the leg on the calf and impedes blood flow and the risk of blood clots. A recliner that will recline flat is much better when you need to get the swelling down in your feet. A headrest that can be positioned to your height is essential for comfort! A lift recliner seems like an obvious way to go while you can still stand or be assisted to stand but they have limitations for PALS. Recliners do not come with seat cushions that provide enough pressure relief to prevent pressure sores. The seat cushion is not removable in order to add a good pressure relief cushion such as a ROHO or a gel cushion. Putting that cushion on top of the seat cushion lifts you up and can leave your arms poorly supported. The weight of your arms will eventually cause partial dislocation (subluxation) of weakened shoulders. Although lift recliners are now available in a few sizes, they are not fitted to you and as muscles weaken they may not work well. All that said, unless you are very early in your ALS, I recommend forgetting about the temporarily useful recliner and get fitted for a power wheelchair that will be adjustable for future needs. It will prevent the need to transfer to a recliner and back, give you mobility when you can no long transfer by yourself, tilt as well as recline for better comfort, support your feet to prevent painful footdrop and maintain a correct ankle/foot angle, give you an easy way to add a tray or desk. And you will need it at some point anyway! Adding the seat lift option will let it do everything a recliner does but do it better. Medicare doesn't pay for the lift feature but spending the money you would have spent on a recliner on the lift feature would be a better choice.

  I have a Lazy-Boy. It's a top end lift chair. I've had this now for about 5 years and so far so good. I once spent 12 weeks in it when I broke my ankle. It's hard to sleep on your side in it. Oh yes I have M.D.   

We bought our first recliner/riser chair for my uncle from a charity shop. It is useful but through lack of experience did not know what to look out for, so it was a bit random decision. As far as I remember, it was one from Lazy-Boy. But uncle loved it.
After my knee replacement, my recliner became my "fortress" for several weeks at home. We got a slightly different model - from Merax, power recliner similar to this, for my recovery. Yet still, we tested it before buying. So my main advice - go test them out. It's hard to say one is better than another as you may personally find something about one brand or type suits you better.


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