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Lift Chair FAQ's

Lift Chair FAQs


Q: What is the difference between a two-position and a three-position lift chair?

A: With a two-position lift chair, when the chair is reclining and the footrest is going up, the angle between the backrest and the seat does not change. With a three-position lift chair, when the chair is reclining and the footrest is going up, the backrest reclines back farther, opening the angle between the backrest and the seat. The chair can recline more fully into a “sleeper” or “napper” position.


Q: Some of your chairs have a “split chaise pad” while others are described as having a “full chaise pad.” What is the difference?

A: A “split chaise pad” means there is a gap between the front edge of the seat and the footrest. The gap is covered with a piece of fabric called an apron. A “full chaise pad” means there is one continuous piece of seat foam covered in fabric from the very back of the seat all the way through to the front end of the footrest, providing more support and comfort for the legs when the footrest is raised.


Q: My hand control has buttons labeled TV and ZG. What does that mean?

A: Golden’s unique AutoDrive hand controls for our MaxiComfort Zero-Gravity lift chairs feature factory programmed buttons for the TV Watching position and the Zero-Gravity position. With the TV Watching position, the footrest raises up and the backrest reclines very slightly, so that your back, neck and head are properly aligned to watch TV comfortably. With the Zero-Gravity position, the chair moves your body into the Zero-Gravity position to help relieve stress throughout your entire body.


Q: The Owner’s Manual says my chair goes into the Trendelenburg position. My doctor recommends this position for me to help improve the circulation in my legs. How do I get to the Trendelenburg position?

A: Only Golden’s patented MaxiComfort chairs move into the Trendelenburg position. It is very easy to get to. First, use the ZG button to move to the Zero-Gravity position. Once the chair has moved to that position, then use the backrest button to move the backrest down towards the floor. When the backrest stops moving, the chair is in the Trendelenburg position.


Q: What is the correct way to sit in and operate my lift chair?

Follow these steps to properly sit in your lift chair:

  • Make sure that your lift chair is in the standing position
  • Back into the lift chair and sit in the center of the seat
  • Press the DOWN button on your hand remote to lower the lift chair to a comfortable seated position

Follow these steps to properly stand up from your lift chair:

  • Press and hold the UP button on your hand remote to raise your lift chair
  • Release the button when the lift chair reaches a height where you can stand up comfortably

Follow these steps to lift or recline your lift chair from the seated position:

  • Press and hold the DOWN button until you are comfortably reclined
  • Press and hold the UP button to return to an upright, seated position; Release the button when the lift chair reaches a comfortable seated position

Q:  Can I use the arm rests on my lift chair when attempting to stand?

Avoid putting all your weight on the lift chair’s arm rests. When transferring into your lift chair from a walker or power chair, or when attempting to stand up, we recommend the use of assistance aids and/or a caregiver or attendant for enhanced stability when standing or sitting. Avoid dropping your full weight down into the seat. This can cause damage to your lift chair.


Q:  Will Medicare pay for a lift chair?

Maybe, you may qualify for coverage on a lift chair. The motorized lift mechanism of a lift chair is a Medicare-covered item.  Click here to learn more.