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Criteria for swing Away Armrests

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


A. Decreased muscle tone in upper extremity and/or shoulder subluxation or at risk for shoulder subluxation

Adjustable armrest assists with proper height positioning of upper extremities. Providing adequate support and positioning of the upper extremities decreases postural deviations. Height adjustable armrests assist in managing current or potential shoulder subluxation by allowing for frequent adjustment and proper positioning of the arm.

B. Decreased postural stability/control

Having upper extremities supported assists with proper postural trunk support by promoting a more midline position. Providing proper support and positioning decreases postural deviations and facilitates functional use of the upper extremities. Improved posture aids in enhancing blood flow, obtaining a more considerable expansion of the thoracic diaphragm and improved organ function and capacity.

C. Unable to or unsafe to perform stand pivot transfers or uses a slide board for transfers



Swing away and/or removable armrests accommodate the use of patient lifts and facilitate safer transfers by providing better access to the patient. With the chair laid flat and the arm removed a supine transfer can be completed (on the Synthesis). Swing away and/or removable armrests can also aid in the completion of bowel and bladder protocols, changing of incontinence products and participation in activities of daily living.

D. Decreased ability to reposition upper extremity and/or severe discomfort or agitation with standard arm rests



Height adjustable armrests allow caretakers to adjust an individual’s arm throughout various heights, which is necessary for pressure reduction, edema control and/or comfort. Proper positioning of the upper extremities also aids in maintaining a midline posture and improves postural stability. Improved postural stability can aid in decreasing postural deviations such as but not limited to; slumping, sliding, falling forward and lateral lean.

E. An upper extremity with a cast, sling or brace

The ability to swing away and/or remove the armrest accommodates casts, slings, braces and other types of devices. Height adjustable armrests provide proper support and allow for frequent repositioning of the upper extremities, aiding in pain management and/or relief, as well as the management of edema and postural support. The armrests can be adjusted to accommodate and support the weight of the cast, sling or brace improving patient comfort, endurance and ability to engage with their surroundings.

“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

"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

"We were at a loss with one of our residents who has frontal lobe dementia. He had trunk lean, stopped feeding himself and appeared to be in pain. We attempted to address the pain; however, any medication we used caused him to have increased behaviors. Since using Broda's Synthesis Tilt Recliner, he has been feeding himself, he smiles and laughs like he used to and is showing no signs of pain anymore. Thank you for producing a great product that brings the quality of life back to our residents!"

Kelly J., Director of Nursing |Sister Bay, WI

"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

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