Yes, Comfort and Safety Can Coexist in a Wheelchair
When you’re shopping for a supportive wheelchair, it’s easy to assume comfort and safety can’t come in the same package. Whether this comes from years of seeing loved ones suffer through life in standard, uncomfortable wheelchairs — or from experiencing it yourself — you understandably start to think of comfort and safety as mutually exclusive.
But this doesn’t have to be true. These two crucial qualities coexist in Broda’s chairs and wheelchairs.
Comfort Tension Seating
Our chairs are built with a dynamic seating system that features tilt-in-space positioning and creates optimal postural tilt, increasing the quality of life for long-term care patients. This system, known as Comfort Tension Seating, drives better clinical outcomes by:
- Allowing people to use their upper bodies better to perform daily activities like brushing their teeth, eating, and communicating.
- Creating space in the diaphragm, which improves oxygen and blood flow — boosting overall organ function.
- Empowering users to reposition themselves and engage with the world around them.
- Reducing the stress of gravity and decreasing the risk of painful postural deviations.
When designing and building the most comfortable wheelchairs, one of the critical challenges to tackle is pressure distribution. Broda’s chairs contour to each individual and distribute body weight across multiple points. This reduces pressure and the risk of pressure injuries (a costly and uncomfortable issue).
Pressure distribution is integrated into Broda’s long-lasting chair and wheelchair frames. It’s perfect for accommodating any tremors or involuntary movements long-term care patients might have — especially those caused by conditions like Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, or multiple sclerosis.
Comfort Reinforced by Safety
There’s a lot to learn regarding how to use a wheelchair safely and wheelchair safety precautions, but it all starts with a sturdy, long-lasting product made using durable materials. Broda’s chair frames are made from stainless steel, so they’re built to last. It’s not uncommon for customers to use our chairs for 20 years or more.
Features like padded belts keep users safe and secure without restricting their movements. These belts are much safer and more comfortable than simple lap belts, which can lead to falls when users have to slam on their brakes.
Beyond additional supports, adjustable armrests give caretakers better access to patients when transferring them in and out of their beds, increasing safety by providing more stability and control. Adjustable footrests also make it easy for clinicians to transfer patients without risking a fall.
When they think about wheelchair safety, many people have a mental image of patients who are strapped into chairs and unable to move. But a wheelchair that doesn’t accommodate involuntary movements or empower people to perform daily activities comfortably isn’t safe or supportive. Broda’s chairs and Comfort Tension Seating conform to our customers’ bodies, ensuring that they never have to choose between comfort and safety — they can have both.