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Reese815, May 21,  2021  7:56pm EST

Recommendations for recovery chair or chair lift

Hi, I'm new to this group. My husband (52) is getting an aortic heart valve replacement at the end of June. A friend suggested getting a recovery chair and someone else said a chair lift. Has anyone used either one and was it helpful to have? Where would I find one and how often did you use it? Is it something I'd put in the bedroom or is it more for being in a general area of the house like the living room. Any other tips or advice that help with recovery would be much appreciated!

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  • AmbassadorDN
    AmbassadorDN, May 24,  2021  4:49pm EST

    First, I want to wish your husband a safe and smooth surgery and recovery!

    As far as chair lifts or recovery chairs, I don't know of any sites off the top of my head. In my experience, I found our La-Z-Boy recliner to be helpful after surgery. I slept in our recliner for a few weeks after I came home from the hospital because I could not sleep lying down. That being said, if you have a recliner already at home, your husband might find that useful.

    One thing I would recommend is a shower chair. I needed assistance showering when I got home, for a while, and I could sit and shower. A shower head with a cord extension to use can also be helpful, as well. Additionally, a toilet seat riser helps, too, for trips to the bathroom. 

    Feel free to ask any other questions you may have as your husband's caregiver. We are here to help!

    To Heart and Soul Health,

    Ambassador DN

  • eankebrant
    eankebrant, June 7,  2021  3:57pm EST

    I agree with the eariler comment. My husband slept in the recliner for the first two weeks after coming home. We also needed to get him a shower chair. These really came in handy for the first month or so! He is having another sugery and we made sure we had the same things on hand!

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