Best Wheelchairs for Lewy Body Dementia (LBD)
Individuals with Lewy Body Dementia are often at a high risk of falling due to uncontrolled movements and restlessness. Broda wheelchairs are designed to keep people with Lewy Body Dementia in a comfortable and safe position, making it easier for them to complete their activities of daily living (ADLs). Since Lewy Body Dementia is a progressive disease, it’s wise to invest in a wheelchair that will be dependable for your patient or loved one, no matter their age or severity of symptoms.
When choosing a wheelchair for a patient or loved one with LBD, it’s important to take postural support into consideration. LBD often causes a stooped posture, which can lead to soreness, improper balance, difficulty swallowing, and other problems. With a positioning wheelchair from Broda, caregivers can use a combination of therapeutic tilt and recline to help the user maintain a correct, upright posture. This leads to many benefits, including improved respiration, swallowing, elimination, pressure relief, and musculoskeletal health.
Built-In Fall Prevention & Comfort
Falls are the leading cause of death in people over the age of 65. With Lewy Body Dementia, falling is even more of a concern. Broda wheelchairs include built-in fall protection to keep you or your loved one steady and safe. Our swing-away arm and leg supports can be gently placed to the side while the user is transferred to and from the chair, leaving a wide space for them to move. While the user is seated, the wheelchair can be tilted and reclined to help the occupant keep a comfortable and secure posture. Additionally, our unique Comfort Tension Seating® molds to each user’s body, creating a supportive, anti-slip seating surface.
Easy Hygiene Routines
Hygiene is an important part of care and is a distinct challenge for individuals with Lewy Body Dementia. In the later stages of the disease, the individual will become more dependent on their caregivers for help in this area. Our Broda Revive Shower Commode offers a comfortable, dignified bathing experience. The Revive features our Comfort Tension Seating® and the full spectrum of positioning features for bathing hard-to-reach areas. With the Revive, caregivers can help their patients with memory loss stay well-positioned and safe, which decreases stress during their hygiene routine.
Dynamic Rocking Enhances Movement
Some of our pedal wheelchairs feature Dynamic Rocking. Dynamic Rocking emulates the soothing motion of your favorite rocking chair and keeps the user comfortable, relaxed, and engaged. Rocking can help strengthen various muscle groups and provides excellent proprioceptive input. For Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, a rocking movement can also keep the user engaged in their environment, allowing them to stay content in a safe area. For this reason, our Dynamic Rocking wheelchairs are popular in memory care facilities.
Cleaning & Sanitation Made Easy
As urinary incontinence can also become an issue. All our wheelchair cushions and components are fluid-resistant. Because of this feature, caregivers can quickly wipe the cushion clean in case of an accident. This cleanability is also beneficial for mealtime spillage, contagious illnesses, and much more. Your user’s manual will even come with cleaning tips for your specific wheelchair model.
Durable & High Quality
Each Broda wheelchair is made with premium materials. We use 16-gague, powder-coated tubular steel to construct our wheelchair frames. This steel is stronger than that used to build cheaper, lower-quality wheelchairs. We also offer an industry-leading 10-year frame warranty and a 2-year warranty on all wheelchair parts. You can be confident that your Broda wheelchair will last for as long as you need it, with minimal repairs.