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Clinical Justification for Adjustable Back Recline


Criteria for Individuals who present with one or more of the following conditions:


A. Individuals with orthostatic hypotension and/or decreased cardiopulmonary function

Reclining a person assists with the effects of orthostatic hypotension. The recline function can be used as a therapeutic method for gradually increasing an individual’s tolerance to become acclimated to sitting in a more upright position. Reclining also assists with improving a person’s overall cardiopulmonary status.


B. Individuals at risk for skin breakdown or decreased skin integrity

Reclining a seating surface decreases the effects of gravity which dramatically reduces seating pressures overall. Also, varying the amount of recline throughout the day allows for repositioning which shifts the weight/pressure being placed on a particular area, while improving blood flow and oxygenation of the tissue which is essential for maintaining skin integrity. Proper repositioning optimizes blood flow, oxygenation, and retention of the skin tissue which is vital for maintaining skin integrity.


C. Individuals with decreased postural stability/control

Reclining a seating surface in a posterior direction can reduce the effects of gravity on one’s trunk/upper body, which facilitates a more functional and proper upright posture. Proper postural control also assists with higher and more practical use of the upper extremities. Proper postural control can lead to increased oxygenation, increased blood flow and improved organ function.


D. Individuals who require the recline function to assist with toileting needs

The recline function allows for the caregiver to better accommodate and assist with toileting needs. The ability for the chair to lay flat (Synthesis and Midline models) will also allow the caregiver to complete many of the patient’s activities of daily living from the chair without the need for a transfer.

"My mother has osteoporosis and arthritis with muscle weakness and bone and joint discomfort- Since she received this new Latitude Pedal Rocker she has total comfort and less anxiety with increased mobility with the hopes of muscle and bone strengthening as she lost her ability to ambulate more than a few steps on her good days these last few months. She is legally blind seeing only light and dark these last 2 years. She just celebrated her 96th birthday and lived alone until age 93-This chair has met her very important needs of comfort, safety, strengthening, mobility."

Elaine R., Family Member |WI, USA

“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

We have not had any skin breakdown with our residents in Broda's Elite Tilt Recliners since we started using them four years ago. We attribute this to the design of the straps allowing for moisture wicking as well as the ability to easily position recline position for pressure relief.

Jaclyn A., OTR/L Director of Occupational Therapy |New Hartford, NY

"The Broda Revive Tilt and Recline Shower Commode meets our patient's needs. He indicates he feels safe and his own care each morning. He is safe at all times while in the chair, and the caregivers are safe at all times while providing his care. All staff report being pleased with the commode and find it much easier to assist him."

Pam, Director of Nursing

"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