The Need for a Fall Prevention Plan
Falls are the leading cause of death in people over the age of 65.1 Injuries from falls cost the healthcare industry up to $50 billion per year according to a 2018 study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.1 Falls occur for a variety of reasons, such as poor balance, improperly executed transfers, wheelchair malfunctions, and excessive fidgeting from discomfort. Bathing can be especially risky for people with poor balance and a low-quality shower chair. At Broda, we engineer solutions for fall prevention. Our wheelchairs aim to make seating safe and comfortable for every part of your routine.
“No-Lift” Fall Prevention
Broda wheelchairs include built-in fall prevention features that work in tandem with your “no-lift” or fall prevention program. Our swing-away arm and leg supports pivot to the side during transfers, leaving a wide space for the patient to move. Furthermore, our wheelchairs can be tilted and reclined to help the occupant keep a comfortable and secure posture. In a full, 90-degree reclining position, caregivers can transfer a patient from their bed to their wheelchair on a slide board, without any lifting.
Comfort is Essential to Fall Prevention
Comfort plays a significant role in a person’s risk of falling. A comfortable patient is less likely to scoot towards the edge of the wheelchair, which can change the center of gravity for both the patient and the chair putting the patient at risk for injury. At Broda, we believe that comfort is essential. That’s why we created our one-of-a-kind Comfort Tension Seating® system. Unlike conventional sling-style wheelchairs, Comfort Tension Seating® is made up of individual straps that mold to the user’s body, creating a supportive seating surface.
Increased Balance Awareness
Many Broda wheelchairs can be configured with a low floor to seat height to allow the user to place their feet firmly on the floor adding a measure of security. This allows for independent mobility, as the individual can propel the chair with their feet. Additionally, proprioceptive input of feet on the floor provides important feedback to the body about balance and position.
An Easy Solution for Fall Prevention
Falls are both painful and costly. They can cause injuries that require hospitalization or even surgery, and they can also lead to a loss of independence. Preventing falls is essential, and Broda wheelchairs are an important part of fall prevention. If you’re looking for a wheelchair that will keep you safe and comfortable, look no further than Broda.
Highly Dependent Users
- Haskins, J. (2018). Falls among US seniors cost $50 billion each year. The Nation’s Health, 48 (4) E18. Retrieved from: https://www.thenationshealth.org/content/48/4/E18