November 27, 2023 | Natalie Webber

Who is a riser recliner chair suitable for, and not suitable for?

If you’re considering buying a riser recliner chair, one of the first questions you’re likely to ask is: is it a suitable seating option for my needs? In this article, we’ll set out what users a riser recliner is suitable for, and, just as importantly, what users a riser recliner isn’t suitable for.

This guide will be a broad overview and you should always get a proper assessment for a definite answer based on your needs.

Who is a riser recliner chair suitable for?


A riser recliner chair is suitable to be used by adults who:

  • Are ambulant or semi ambulant but need assistance to get in and out of the chair
  • Are at low-high risk of pressure sores, or have current pressure damage (subject to clinical assessment)
  • Need some postural support to maintain good sitting posture 

Health conditions a riser recliner chair may be suitable for include:

  • Arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s
  • Stroke
  • Early to mid-stage dementia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Oedema or fluid retention

In summary, a riser recliner is typically used if you have limited mobility, through frailty or a health condition. A riser recliner supports safer transfers in and out of a chair, reducing your risk of falls. A correctly fitting riser recliner chair will support good posture and, in many cases, provide effective pressure relief.

Who is a riser recliner chair not suitable for?


A riser recliner chair may be unsuitable for adults who:

  • Are non-ambulant (unless used in conjunction with a compatible transfer device)
  • Have severe cognitive impairment (unless with a caregiver)
  • Have complex postural requirements e.g. contractures or limited knee extension
  • Are less than 5ft in height

Environmental factors which may limit suitability of a riser recliner include:

  • Severely restricted property access
  • Very confined room spaces
  • No access to electric socket

We trust this introductory guide has given you an understanding about the types of users a riser recliner chair is, and isn’t, suitable for. To discuss your specific needs, you can contact our expert advisors on 01473 741144.



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