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There is an alarming lack of mandatory transport standards for some vulnerable adult populations that are dependent on mobility equipment like wheelchairs. When you compare them to the stringent — and numerous — transport standards for car seats and booster seats used by dependent infants and children, those for elderly and disabled individuals in need of safe non-emergency medical transport (NEMT) seem almost nonexistent. Unfortunately, this lack of NEMT equipment standards often results in mistakes and accidents — and sometimes even death.

However, not all NEMT providers are bad; most are committed to exceptional service in getting this vulnerable population to and from essential medical appointments reliably. Working together, NEMT providers, caregivers, healthcare facilities, non-governmental organizations, and lawmakers need to create a better framework for solutions that benefit all stakeholders. Safer transportation equipment and processes for seniors also results in lower overall healthcare costs while increasing accountability, holistic healthcare outcomes, and profitability for healthcare and transportation providers.

For many of those more dependent patients, Medicaid’s NEMT benefit is the only way they can access the care they need, attend appointments, visit healthcare specialists, and more. In a Kaiser Family Foundation study, at least 3.6 million people in the U.S. were unable to receive vital medical care because they didn’t have access to reliable transportation.

According to a survey conducted by the National Organization on Disability, over half of those with disabilities said inadequate transportation was a major problem for them. The same survey found that the more serious the disability of the respondent, the more serious the transportation problem.

Limited access to transportation or inadequate transportation proves to be even more of an issue for those in rural areas, where there are more disabled people per capita, costs are significantly higher, patients tend to be from lower-income backgrounds, and trips to receive healthcare are longer, more costly, and more dangerous.

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"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

"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

“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

" 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

We have not had any skin breakdown with our residents in the 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. We have not had any skin breakdown with our residents in the 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.

Mitch C.