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Clinical Justification for Tilt-In-Space Mobility Chairs with low floor-to-Seat Heights and Caregiver activated rocking.

 

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

 

A. Individuals who self-propel and are at risk for falls or injuries when using a non-tilting wheelchair

 

Justification:

Broda tilt-in-space mobility wheelchairs are designed to accommodate patients who self–propel and require the benefits of tilt-in-space. With a shortened seat height and front pivot point, our mobility chairs provide proper foot to floor placement which places individuals in an ergonomically correct position for self-propulsion. Tilting the seating surface in a posterior direction maximizes the bodies weight and gravity, allowing the patient to remain seated, upright and engaged in functional activities. Leaning the patient in a posterior direction provides proper seating alignment, decreasing patient fatigue, and postural deviations.  Patient falls can be significantly reduced by the decrease in postural deviations and improvement of postural support and stability,

B. Mild agitation and/or tendency to rock
Justification:

The Pedal Rocker provides a caregiver activated gentle rocking motion that helps to calm agitation and create a soothing effect on the patient. The low adjustable seat to floor height allows for a proper foot on floor position, enabling the resident to maintain the freedom of mobility.

 

C. Mild Rigidity
Justification:

The rocking motion of the Pedal Rocker helps to absorb rigid movements to enhance the comfort and safety of the resident. Additionally, the rocking tension can be adjusted by the caregiver to accommodate the changing position of the resident.

"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

"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 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

"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, WI

"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