A lift chair is similar to a regular recliner. Both types of chairs can be used to recline your position or to extend your feet using a footrest. But there are differences too. For example, a recliner is operated manually, but a lift chair is controlled by the push of a button. A lift chair has a mechanism which lifts up from the seated position to a vertical position, so you can easily get out of the chair.
Initially, a lift chair sounds like a fantastic solution for people who have trouble getting up from a chair. The lift chair mechanism does the work and takes the struggle out of going from sit to stand.