Millions of Americans use wheelchairs to get around. These chairs enable users to enjoy more physical independence, greater mobility, and a better quality of life. But when wheelchairs need repairs or fail to support users as they should, they can pose risks to chair users’ health and well-being.
About 45% of people who use wheelchairs full time needed repairs to their equipment within six months, according to one study. Furthermore, those who use power wheelchairs required significantly more in the way of repairs — they also saw more frequent consequences from the downtime, such as missing work, school, or medical appointments. Some individuals became stranded or confined to their beds, and others suffered injuries as a result of wheelchair breakdown.
Compared with the experiences of people who use manual wheelchairs, the need for frequent repairs — and the complications that accompany downtime or malfunction — is a far more severe issue for power chair users. That’s why power chair users should ensure they have a reliable backup in place.
How Broda Chairs Complement Power Chairs
Power wheelchair repairs are a common issue because of how complicated power chairs are. They must be kept charged, and they can encounter electrical problems that might make them inoperable. When that happens, Broda chairs can serve as an ideal supplement for those in need. After all, people still need safe, high-quality seating when their power chairs are away for repairs.
Some users benefit simply from having a secondary seating option, mainly because power chairs might not best serve their needs 24 hours a day. If someone wants — or needs — to lay completely flat, for example, he or she can’t do that with a power wheelchair.
Variety in seating types not only increases comfort, but it also helps mobility by offering tilt and repositioning features. This variety of seating types is an excellent way for people who use wheelchairs not to be limited in their everyday lives. Broda wheelchairs make it possible for users to perform activities of daily living like showering, getting dressed, and even getting out of bed more safely.
3 Features That Help Broda Chairs Pair Supplement Power Chairs
Broda wheelchairs don’t need repairs, which means they save users time and money while providing some welcome peace of mind. Knowing you can count on reliable seating means you never have to worry about being without a chair. Here are three critical features of Broda chairs that make them a great supplement to your power chair:
Broda chairs and wheelchairs are durable. We have a reputation for creating and providing reliable, enduring equipment. Our chairs are made from 16-gauge steel and come with an industry-leading seven-year warranty.
Broda products also provide users with increased mobility through the ability to reposition, redistribute pressure, and wheelchair tilt. Users can adjust their positions — even if they can’t independently shift their weight — and tilt to reduce the effects of gravity or to correct their posture. Having more freedom in terms of mobility also improves oxygen, blood flow, and skin integrity.
Finally, we provide genuinely comfortable wheelchairs. They evenly distribute a user’s weight and use special seat strapping to reduce heat and moisture buildup. Because people are more comfortable, they can use Broda chairs for more extended periods than they might be able to tolerate while using other seating options.
Power chairs are great for numerous situations, but they shouldn’t be your only seating option. Pairing a Broda chair with a power chair is a great way to make sure you have a safe, comfortable, and reliable alternative whenever you need it.