Vanguard Bariatric Tilt Recliner (985)

NEW 24" Seat Width Now Available!

The Vanguard Bariatric Tilt Recliner, (985) is a revolutionary seating option that provides exceptional comfort with both tilt and recline positioning. It is designed for bariatric individuals requiring long term care (up to 600 lbs!) BRODA’s unique Comfort Tension Seating® system provides pressure redistribution and air flow for increased sitting comfort and support.

Featuring infinitely adjustable positioning of up to 30° posterior tilt, 10° anterior tilt, and 45° of back recline, the Vanguard provides safe and comfortable positioning and ease of caregiver use. Optional curved back accommodates patient’s gluteal shelf.

This allows bariatric patients to get out of bed and socialize for improved quality of life.

The Vanguard is an extremely durable , cost effective chair that addresses many issues associated with bariatric care:

- NO-Lift (with foot pump activated seat tilt)
- Patient mobility/maneuverability
- Safe Patient Handling
- Equipment size and weight capacity
- Bariatric patient ergonomics
- Cost effectiveness
- Comfort
- Safety

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Availability: In stock

US MSRP: 6,330

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US MSRP: 6,330



Standard Features:

BRODA Comfort Tension Seating®

16 Gauge Powder Coated Tubular Steel

24", 26", 28" or 30" Seat Width

21" or 23" Seat Depth

Adjustable Back Height 32", 34", 36", 38", 40"

20" to 24" Seat Height (1" increments)

Height Adjustable Armrests

Seat or Base Mounted Armrest Option

Swing-Away, Removable Arms

Stand-assist Handles

Removable Wings for Upper Lateral Suport

30° Posterior Tilt-in-Space

10° Anterior Seat Tilt

45° Infinitely Adjustable Back Recline

Elevating, Length Adjustable Legrest with Flip-down Footrest

Optional: Concave Lower Back to Accommodate Gluteal Shelf

2 x 6" Front Total-Lock Casters

8" Rear Directional Locking Casters

Maximum Overall Width 39" (with 30" seat width)

Standard Padding Includes:

Neckrest Pad

Seat and Back Pads with Terry Cloth or Vinyl Covers

Shoulder Bolsters

Upper and Lower Side Pads

Calf and Sole Pads

Fabric Colors - click here


Weight Capacity: 600lbs

Popular Accessories:

Accessory Bag - Custom Embroidery Optional 

Vinyl seat and back covers

IV Pole

Foot Pad

02 Holder

Thigh Belt


Half tray

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Thank you for creating such a carefully thought-out product! Review by .
My SNF was pleased to have the use of the Bariatric Tilt Recliner for a several-month period of time. We were so pleased with how the wheelchair allowed us to provide a way to get our resident out of bed and provided a way for her to be upright and to participate in many facility activities which she couldn’t safely do in her standard bariatric wheelchair. By using the removable armrests, our staff was able to use a mechanical lift to safely transfer the resident without injury. Several staff members commented on how the tracking brake feature allowed them to propel the wheelchair safely in a straight path with decreased stress on their bodies. The manual foot pump also allowed staff to position the resident comfortably for upright sitting activities with minimal stress. Overall we were very pleased with the features and performance of this wheelchair and would choose it again if the situation presented itself where we had a resident in need of this type of specialty wheelchair. In this case it improved the resident’s quality of life.
Thank you for creating such a carefully thought-out product!
(Posted on 4/30/14)




How is a BRODA chair different than a Geri chair?

BRODA chairs offer unsurpassed pressure redistribution with our Comfort Tension Seating®. Helping to prevent pressure sores, the long term comfort of a BRODA chair is like no other!

Infinitely adjustable tilt and recline provide superior positioning, helping to prevent slumping, sliding and falls

BRODA chairs offer incredible versatility and positioning unlike a geri-chair, such as

adjustable arm height, shoulder bolsters, legrest length, as well as removable arms, independent elevating legrest and more!



Are BRODA chairs expensive?

BRODA chairs are actually very affordable and offer incredible value!

Aiding in:   Pressure sore prevention

                 Fall prevention

                 Staff and resident injury prevention

                 Reducing time and cost of caregiver burden

                 Improving resident comfort and overall behavior

                 Cost savings with unsurpassed durability


            You can’t afford NOT to have BRODA in your facility!



Are BRODA chairs only for a specific type of user?

BRODA offers a variety of seating for various types of users: From Mobility chairs, Shower Commode, Tilt and Recline Positioning, Gliders to Bariatric, our chairs solve a wide variety of issues in Skilled Nursing, Hospice, Hospitals and More!



When would I use a BRODA chair?

BRODA chairs are used for a variety of needs beyond corrective positioning. A BRODA chair can be used for every day seating challenges as well as for difficult seating challenges. 
The key is Prevention!  (see Conditions

Many BRODA users have changed from:
      When all else Fails…” to… “We solved the problem immediately AND cost effectively with a BRODA!”

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