The Importance of Being Active When in a Wheelchair

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Boredom and restlessness is not uncommon for wheelchair users. Sitting for prolonged hours in a chair can lead to negative emotional feelings and can even affect a person’s mental health. This is why it’s important to allow wheelchair users opportunities to be active. BRODA Chairs are designed to deliver maximum comfort and mobility, enabling residents to be active while staying safe.

When facilitating activities for residents, it’s imperative for hospital / healthcare staff to create a safe environment. This means being mindful of sharp objects, corners, or other obstructions which might potentially harm residents while being active. This also means being mindful of the residents’ activity, and making sure no one is over-exerted or put in danger while being active.

Activity is important for residents for multiple reasons. For example,

  • Being active can help a resident get their daily fitness in. Even when in a wheelchair, being active and moving your self around can help burn calories.
  • Exercise is a proven remedy for fighting depression and anxiety, so regular activity can help wheelchair users manage their mental health.
  • Activity can help encourage social exchanges in the patient population.

Some great opportunities for activity include:

  • Wheelchair basketball
  • Regular strolls around the premises and time spent outdoors
  • Light weight lifting
  • And more

Great quality care means that residents should have the opportunity to enjoy a good quality of life, and this includes being regularly active.

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Reducing Fall Risks Related to Alzheimer’s with BRODA Chairs

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Fall risks are a major concern in care settings. When patients are on medications or have decreased mobility due to injury or age – this can increase the risk of falling. Falling can lead to bruising, broken bones, and even death. A particularly vulnerable population is those patients with Dementia or Alzheimer’s. Part of the reason individuals with Alzheimer’s have an increased fall risk is their increased propensity for wandering (in combination with their often compromised physical condition). Luckily, BRODA Seating has the right wheelchairs to help reduce fall risk in these populations.

A huge aspect of preventing fall risks is taking measures to ensure residents feel comfortable in their chairs. This will lead to less repositioning and potential for slipping out of the chair and falling. BRODA chairs’ tilt-in-space feature along with the recline option on some of the chairs can help promote increased comfort and safety.

BRODA also provides options for mobile and non-mobile patients (as both populations are susceptible to falls). The Pedal chair is ideal for mobile patients, as it allows for users to adjust foot to floor position, encouraging mobility and independence.  For non-mobile patients, the tilt-in-space function of our chairs can help residents find their comfort zone as well as make it easier to socialize (improving their overall experience).

Fall risks are very serious, especially for those with Alzheimer’s. Help make your care setting a place that promotes comfort and safety with custom wheelchairs from BRODA Seating.

Powerful Documentary Sheds Light on Living with Huntington’s Disease

ALIVE & WELL is a powerful documentary about the realities of living with Huntington’s disease. Huntington’s disease is a rare genetic disorder, where the nerve cells in the brain deteriorate over time – leading to the eventual breakdown of physical and mental functions. ALIVE & WELL highlights the incredible perseverance of the human spirit when faced with overwhelming odds.

One of the film’s subjects includes famous country music drummer, Trey Gray. Gray has drummed for the likes of Faith Hill, Brooks & Dunn, Jewel, and Ronnie Dunn. He also started the Trey Gray Fund at Vanderbilt University, helping fund research on Huntington’s disease and aid ailing families. Gray is an amazing example of what people can accomplish, even when faced with the pressures of having a genetic disease.

Typically, Huntington’s disease symptoms manifest around middle age. Even given everything people with Huntington’s disease can accomplish in their lives, it is also important to prepare for the eventuality of symptoms that will manifest over time. Luckily, there are tools out there to help manage many symptoms. For example, BRODA Seating offers custom Huntington’s wheelchairs – including the 785 Elite Tilt Recliner with HSP (Huntington’s Special Padding).

The BRODA HSP Package comes with comfortable and protective padding, positioning, and injury prevention, for Huntington’s patients with agitation. The 785 Elite Tilt Recliner comes with infinitely adjustable tilt and recline – creating a comforting and calming effect, while also helping with fall prevention.

Living with Huntington’s disease can be a massive burden. However, at the same time, folks like Trey Gray are living proof of the incredible things someone can accomplish even when faced with a medical condition. For those with Huntington’s disease and their families, it’s also crucial to be adequately prepared when symptoms do occur. Having the right tools and support is essential. BRODA Seating Huntington’s chairs help promote comfort and safety for those living with Huntington’s disease.

The Importance of Providing Comfort to Veterans

The life of a veteran is built on sacrifice. Long times away from loved ones and family, the loss of friends, and the burden of trauma — these are all sacrifices that in many ways are part of the “job description.” Providing care to veterans can be extremely complicated, especially when patients are suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In many cases, sometimes the best course of action is to move towards providing comfort and improved quality of life in a care setting. For veterans with physical disabilities, wheelchairs designed to provide comfort and safety can help improve patient experience and wellbeing. BRODA Seating offers custom wheelchairs for veterans that can be funded through VA Contract V797P-3229M.

Here are some reasons why it’s so important to provide comfort to veterans in care settings:

  • Oftentimes caregivers can’t fully understand the burden of combat and the realities of living with trauma. Many times, providing a comfortable and sage environment is the best thing to do.
  • Physical and mental ailments often coincide with each other — with physical discomfort exacerbating negative thoughts and emotions, and vice versa.
  • By providing comfort, this might help patients be able to think clearer and work through their issues.

For veterans missing limbs or lacking mobility, BRODA chairs are designed to promote long sitting with pressure redistribution and heat/moisture exchange. Comfort can be the first step towards healing. Let’s say “Thank You” to veterans by providing them with the highest quality tools to maximize their comfort and wellbeing.

Comfort & Quality of Life for Alzheimer’s Patients

Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that leads to memory, cognitive, and behavioral complications. Symptoms develop slowly, but accumulate over time to have drastic effects on a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks.

As we are still beginning to understand the complex web of neurology, environment, and genetics, there is still so much that we don’t know about Alzheimer’s disease. It is even harder to say what the experience of Alzheimer’s disease actually feels like for the afflicted (give their changes in cognitive capacity and thinking patterns). That being said, as caregivers, we do know how hard it can be to cope with the stress and work of Alzheimer’s care.

For many families the hardest part of coping with Alzheimer’s, is that there isn’t a clear way to stop or address the issue that is confronting their loved ones. For caregivers, whether their nurses or family members, the stress of worrying about the wellbeing of an Alzheimer’s resident can be emotionally and physically taxing. Comfort is a care strategy that if done properly, can have the potential to reduce care-related stress — by enabling Alzheimer’s patients to relax and adapt to their environment.

Comfort can come in many forms. Often, if it is family care, the comfort may come from personal interaction and the telling of favorite stories. Interaction and socializing is a positive strategy in most care settings. There are also tools, which can help with delivering Alzheimer’s care in hospice and in clinical settings.

BRODA Seating designs specially crafted wheelchairs to address different medical conditions. When it comes to Alzheimer’s, a well-built, comfortable wheelchair can help deter Alzheimer’s patients from wandering (which is a huge source of stress). For example, the BRODA Auto-Locking Glider glides smoothly when the resident sits down, and stops when the resident gets up. The caregiver can lock the glide feature at any time. The gentle repetition of gliding usually has a soothing or calming effect on Alzheimer’s patients.

Caring for Alzheimer’s can be a burden, but doesn’t have to be. While they may be different than they were before, Alzheimer’s patients still have stories to tell, and we can still enjoy our time with them, by supporting a comfortable, safe, and nurturing care environment.

BRODA Wheelchairs for Bariatric Home Care

Home care can be extremely important for families providing care to loved ones in need. Whether the individual is elderly, suffers long-term injuries and/or brain damage, is in need of bariatric care, or other ailments — home care is a way to deliver safe care within the comfort of the home. Home care can be provided by licensed healthcare professionals or professional caregivers, offering assistance to residents in the activities of daily living. BRODA Seating offers a wide range of custom wheelchairs designed to help caregivers and residents accomplish the activities of daily living with increased comfort and safety.

If you’re resident is a bariatric patient – accomplishing daily activities such as moving the resident around the house or bathing the resident can get complicated. What’ more, dealing with bariatric patients can also create added physical stress for caregivers. Here’s a helpful list of different BRODA resources for bariatric home care:

Bari 385 Transport Commode Shower Chair: Bathing a bariatric patient can be difficult and dangerous. There is always the risk of the patient slipping and injuring his or herself, and even injuring the caregiver. The Bari 385 Transport Commode Shower Chair makes showering safe and easy, and can hold up to 800 lbs.

• BRODA Vanguard Tilt Recliner: Maneuverability is a big part of patient satisfaction and quality of life. Nobody wants to feel like his or her movement is constrained. Luckily, the BRODA Vanguard Tilt Recliner can hold up to 600 lbs and is designed with adjustable back height.

• Custom Bariatric Sizes: For increased maneuverability and options, BRODA also offers custom bariatric sizes for the following chairs:

o Elite (785, 85V), Midline, Basic
o Pedal Chair
o Pedal Rocker

For those interested in assigning a medical professional to a home care project, medicare-certified services can be provided by:

• Registered Nurses (RNs)
• Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s)
• Physical Therapists (PTs)
• Occupational Therapists (OTs)
• Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs)
• Home Health Aides (HHAs)
• Medical Social Workers (MSWs)
Home care is all about comfort and safety, and BRODA Seating can help caregivers assist in the activities of daily leaving reliably, efficiently, and safely.

Delivering Comfort for Improved Quality of Life in Care Settings

In healthcare settings, from clinical care to hospice and homecare — comfort is key to quality care. Finding and maintain comfort helps us feel relaxed and whole enough to focus on the things that we love while working towards feeling better. For caregivers delivering comfort is a huge part of day-to-day operations. From getting somebody water, to propping up their back with a pillow — helping build a comfortable and safe environment can promote a higher quality of life and general patient satisfaction in a care settings. Tools designed to deliver comfort effectively can help save time and reduce for caregivers. BRODA Seating provides custom wheelchairs and wheelchairs products designed to maximize comfort for patients.

Here are some common comfort issues that caregivers run into, along with BRODA Seating solutions to help address them:

  • Transitioning from a wheelchair into a comfortable position for napping or resting can be difficult. Luckily, BRODA’s 785 Elite Tilt Recliner is made to help patients recline all the way back. This flexibility means that patients can seamlessly slip into a nap with comfort and ease.
  • Swelling or pain in the legs is common for residents using wheelchairs. For example, Deep Vain Thrombosis occurs when bloodclots form in the leg, and can contribute to pain and swelling in affected areas. The 785 Elite Tilt Recliner also makes leg elevation a breeze, which can help mitigating leg-related pain.
  • Posturing can be a real pain. Poor posturing puts stress on the muscles and strains the spine, knees, hip, and neck. BRODA Chairs mare designed to deliver maximum maneuverability, making it much easier to manage patient posturing.
  • Prolonged wheelchair pressure can deteriorate tissues and lead to loss of blood flow. BRODA provides custom padding to help mitigate this issue.
  • Prolonged moisture and pressure on the skin can lead to incredible skin stress and even ulcers. Padding and adjustable settings on BRODA Chairs also help mitigate skin stress.

Healthcare is about more than just medicine — it’s about consistently delivering quality care. In many cases improving comfort can help improve the quality of care and the overall wellbeing of residents. Tools like BRODA chairs can help caregivers deliver care effectively and safely.