No, Broda wheelchairs are not geri chairs or medical furniture. Broda products are classified as Durable Medical Equipment. According to the FDA’s Department of Health and Human Services Broda’s chairs and wheelchairs fall under the Medical Device category. They are classified as Class I Mechanical Wheelchairs.
For example, here is the FDA Establishment Registration & Device Listing of the Synthesis Tilt Recliner that is registered and classified as a Mechanical Wheelchair (Product Code IOR; Regulation Number 890.3850).
The Veteran’s Health Association’s Prosthetic Clinical Management Program (PCMP) validates the clinical use of Broda products as Manual Wheelchairs with Tilt and Recline Combination Seat Functions.
In the United States, Medicare classifies Broda wheelchairs as Manual Wheelchairs with Tilt in Space (HCPCS E1161).
In Ontario Canada, the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) registers Broda wheelchairs as Adult Manual Dynamic Tilt Wheelchairs.
Are Broda Wheelchairs Better than Geri Chairs?
A Broda wheelchair is a much more comfortable and functional seating solution. To learn more about why Broda wheelchairs are a better option than geri chairs for positioning, environmental engagement, skin integrity, and much more, read our blog, Are Geri Chairs Adequate for Positioning.