How To Order

All treatments, equipment, medications, etc. must be documented in the patient care plan before being given, placed or initiated. Healthcare facilities require written orders on their patients by Attending Physicians, Physical Therapists, Nurse Practitioners or other qualified care providers before the order/placement of medical equipment in that facility (such as a Broda chair!).

When to Use:

The benefits of Tilt-in-Space chairs are often medically necessary and prescribed;

1) To manage edema

2) To regulate spasticity

3) To decrease postural deviation

4) To realign posture and function

5) To improve transfer biomechanics

6) To prevent shear displacement (skin shearing)

7) To enhance visual orientation, speech, alertness, and arousal

8) For patients with range of motion limitations that prohibit a recline system

9) For accommodation and prevention of contractures and orthopedic deformities

10) To maintain a fixed seat to back angle for optimal positioning and pressure redistribution

11) For pressure redistribution that reduces the risk of pressure sores resulting in increased comfort and sitting tolerance

12) To improve physiological processes such as orthostatic hypotension, respiration, and bowel and bladder function


When Not to Use:

Caution should be taken with the use of Tilt and/or Recline when;

1) Using recline to position a patient as skin shearing can occur

2) The use of a Tilt-in-Space chair is not listed or indicated in the patients care plan

3) Adjusting/closing the back to seat angle to a point that it puts stress on the hip joints

4) The patient presents with a condition that may cause the use of Tilt-in-Space to become unsafe

5) An individual presents with an indwelling catheter as they may experience backflow of urine when using a tilt/recline system

6) An individual utilizes a leg bag or other type of collection device as leakage may occur when higher levels of tilt and/or recline are utilized

7) An individual regularly uses a tray to place items on. When tilted/reclined the items on the tray may slide off injuring the patient



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

"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

" 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