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Paul was a 54 year-old male who had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis for about 20 years. He had been institutionalized in a long-term care facility for about 10 years, and had declined to the point of near-immobility. Paul had short-term memory loss but was very social. At on time, he had been the hallway “ambassador” for his unit, greeting people as they entered. He had attended almost every social activity and outing.

Paul’s condition declined to the point where he required a mechanical lift for transfers. He was unable to propel his wheelchair. His skin integrity was so fragile that the decision was made by nursing that he could only get out of bed for one meal every other day: any more time spent in his wheelchair would result in a pressure sore.

Paul’s social interactions were extremely limited, and he resorted to hollering out at people as they walked by his room or pushing his call button frequently to attain social contact. He was unable to feed himself while semi-reclined in bed, and had begun to choke on his food. In one episode his choking was so severe that he became cyanotic and was sent to the emergency room. The nursing staff obtained an OT consult, specifically requesting a Broda chair. Although Paul had been unable to propel a standard wheelchair, it was felt that he would be able to propel a Broda chair, which moves with less effort. Therefore, the chair was ordered with big wheels as well as a basic padding package. Paul got his “Cadillac”, as he called it.

The result of having this chair was that Paul was able to be out of bed for meals every day without skin breakdown. He was able to sit in the hallway and socialize, rather than be confined to his bed, sometimes facing away from the door. He was able to resume feeding himself because he had the strength to do so while sitting upright, and he was able to go off of his unit for social activities. Paul’s breathing improved, outlook improved, and the staff was less frustrated. Paul was even able to propel his wheelchair about 50 feet, using airline tubing wrapped around the push rims to improve his grip function.

"Prior to the Broda chair [Synthesis Tilt Recliner], we had tried numerous positioning devices for the resident, which were ineffective. She had a tendency to lean forward and to one side. Once using the Broda chair [Synthesis Tilt Recliner], the resident's posture immediately improved. She, herself, was very thankful because she was "so comfortable". The staff couldn't believe the result. Besides this resident sitting in proper alignment, she could still self-propel with her feet."

Linda P., Restorative Coordinator |Joliet, IL

"As a Social Worker in a long term care setting I want to ensure my residents have the ultimate in comfort. Upon actually getting to test one myself, I realize Broda is the ultimate in comfort for any geriatric population including ours. As the number of Broda's chairs grow, so does the comfort and improved skin integrity of our residents."

Colleen M., Social Worker |Brookfield, WIColleen M., Social Worker

“What a difference now that Mom is safe and comfortable. It gives me peace of mind to know that she is sitting in on of Broda's chairs. My only regret is that I did not get this chair sooner for her.”

Bill L., Family Member ; fmr. Executive Director of Canadian Assistive Devices Association |Toronto, ON

"Our gliders [Tranquille Auto-Locking Gliders] are always disappearing out of our common areas and end up in our patients' rooms We don't know how they get there, but they love them and prefer sitting in them more than anything else. One patient with a back injury told us this was the only chair he could sit comfortably in. He wanted to take it home with him after his rehabilitation was complete."

Josiah D., Facility Administrator |Pocatello, ID

"Broda chairs and wheelchairs make it easier for caregivers to provide optimal care with less stress on the client and the caregiver. For example, easier transfers, easier re-positioning, less maintenance, and easier mobility."

Carole P., MS/OTR |Easton, MD