Choosing the Right Chair for Your Comfort

The right chair can make daily life more comfortable. There are many things to consider when choosing a chair. Every individual’s needs are different and if you have any questions or concerns you should speak with your doctor or another medical professional.

Types of Chairs

High back chairs provide excellent support for people with low upper body strength. Many high back chairs can also be fitted with wings to provide additional support to the shoulders, neck, and head. In general, they have high arm rests for safety and promote proper posture.

 

Manual riser chairs are an excellent choice for people with limited strength or weak, stiff joints such as in the case of arthritis. The lever operates a tilting mechanism which makes it easier to stand up and sit down. Motorized riser chairs provide the same action, but are better for people with difficulty using their hands to operate the manual lever.

 

For people with multiple concerns, high dependency chairs come with multiple adjustment areas and extra padding to support and protect people who have difficulty coordinating their movements. Often, they’re mounted on a mobile base and have footrests and cushioned wings. Proper cushioning also helps prevent bedsores.

Fabric Options

For some people fabric choice is as a color and pattern that matches your décor. But there are some other things to keep in mind.

Durability

As your new favorite chair, it’s likely the fabric is going to need to stand up to a lot of wear and tear so it’s important to choose a fabric that will stand up to many years of use.

Hygiene

Spills and sweat are inevitable, so look for fabrics that are easy to clean and resist staining. Microfiber fabrics often meet this recommendations and are always quite soft.

Other Features to Consider

·      Removable arms – this makes side transfers easier for the caregiver.

·      Infill panels under the arms – helps keep cold draughts out and heat in

·      Angled seat – a slight forward tilt can make it easier to get up out of your chair

·      Wheels – easily take your chair to any room in the house

·      Chair raisers – a higher seat can make it easier to stand up and sit down. Instead of buying a whole new chair, consider a set of chair raisers that fit under the legs

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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).