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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 using Broda's Elite Tilt Recliner, there were issues with safety for getting the resident out of the chair, safety for staff lifting her in, either manual/mechanical; comfort, keeping her in the chair, inability to get her body over the sides.

The chair sides raise to prevent her from throwing her legs/body over the sides; same with the extra padding along her leg area that is raised. The tilt puts her buttock in a comfortable position, but also makes it extremely difficult to push out. The chair sides also swing out to assist with ease of the mechanical tilt.

Broda's chair has given her a reason to want to get up and she enjoys her chair now. When we are using the mechanical lift she remains calm because she wants to get in it and will stay longer safely and comfortably! Staff can safely lift and position her without worrying about injuring themselves."

J. C., Unit Manager, RN |Campobello Island, NB

“There are many excellent features on Broda’s chairs and the best way to start to help your clients is to begin building a relationship with this company. For the right client, Broda’s chairs are the perfect solution.”

Richard W., OTR/L, ATP |New York, USA

"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

“What a difference now that Mom is safe and comfortable. It gives me peace of mind to know that she is sitting in one 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

" My father, enlisted in the Air Force and trained as a machine gunner on B17’s during WWII. Photographs of the “Flying Fortress” grace the walls of his room in the Kansas Veterans' Home in Winfield, Kansas where he has been living for the past 6 years.

For the first 2 years in the Veterans’ Home, my father used a power wheelchair for mobility and independence. But at the age of 82, with advances in his Parkinson's and dementia, his power wheel chair was taken away for safety concerns. He was provided with a standard issue VA manual wheelchair with no tilt or recline. His posture in that chair was terrible ... he was very slumped over and leaning to the side. Even his breathing was limited as a result of his poor posture. All he could do was stare at the floor. It was so disheartening to see him this way. I would have to kneel on the floor to see him eye-to-eye due to his hunched posture from Parkinson's disease.

In a fortunate twist of fate, it was determined that my father was an ideal candidate for a chair from Broda. And as a vested veteran, he qualified for the VA to fund the chair. He has now had a Broda chair for over 4 years!

Since he's been in the chair from Broda we can now sit beside him on visits and look at each other face-to-face. Being able to tilt back in the chair and look upward, he can enjoy watching John Wayne westerns in the VA lounge. He can even use the Broda chair when he travels by transport for dental appointments. He can stay in his chair for the bus ride and in the office, since the chair can be tilted enough for the dentist to work on his teeth.

Broda's chair has been a blessing for my father, his caregivers and my family. The chair improves his quality of life and I can't imagine him not being in it over the past few years. We are fortunate that the VA will fund Broda chairs for Veterans like him who need them."

Kent P., Family Member