Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are Broda’s chairs and wheelchairs considered geriatric (Geri) chairs or furniture?
Broda’s 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 and are classified as Class I Mechanical Wheelchairs (Product Code IOR; Regulation Number 890.3850).
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 Ontario Canada, the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) registers Broda’s products as Adult Manual Dynamic Tilt Wheelchairs.
Q: How much does it cost to buy one of Broda’s wheelchairs?
A: Pricing varies by product type based on specific chair need and configuration as well as the purchase or rental options offered by our local Broda Partners. Broda’s team of seating and care experts will work with you to select the best chair or wheelchair for your needs. Our support team and partners will help configure the specific accessories, padding packages, colors and features for your perfect fit. Also, our experts will help you navigate any State, Provincial and Federal government funding programs that can alleviate some of the final costs.
Q: Can I purchase Broda wheelchairs with Medicare, other insurance policies or through government funding programs?
A: Yes, in some cases and jurisdictions Broda’s chairs and wheelchairs are available for funding.
Please view our Funding Resource Guide for more information.
Q: How do I order one of Broda’s chairs or wheelchairs?
A: Broda will work with you to select the best chair for your needs. We will also identify your local Broda Partner who will assist you in providing the best service and a fair price or rental options. View our step by step ordering guide to learn more about the configuring and ordering process.
Q: Are Broda’s Tilt-in-Space chairs or wheelchairs considered restraints?
A: No! Broda’s products are not restraints rather they are Supportive Positioning Devices.
When Broda’s Tilt-in-Space Seating Systems are used properly following the obtainment of a physician’s order and in accordance with the patient care plan they are not considered a restraint. According to the ELECTRONIC CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS SUBPART B 482.13 “A restraint is any manual method, physical or mechanical device, material, or equipment that immobilizes or reduces the ability of a patient to move his or her arms, legs, body, or head freely” (CFR 482.13(e)(1)). However, 482.13(e)(1)(i)(C) clarifies that “a restraint does not include devices, such as orthopedically prescribed devices…” (typically used for medical-surgical care). As such, this definition does not apply to wheelchairs, seating systems, and secondary supports when used to provide postural support, stability, pressure distribution and pressure relief, as opposed to intentionally immobilizing or reducing movement. The movement may be limited by this seating technology; however, the intent is postural support, stability, pressure distribution and pressure relief for improved function, not a limitation of movement.”
Q: How much tilt or recline is needed to be clinically effective?
A: The greater angles of tilt and recline generally provide better pressure relief. The greatest reductions in pressure are seen when tilt and recline are used together, either at tilt of 35° with recline 100° or tilt of 15-25° with recline of 120°. Tilt, when used alone, must be greater than about 25° to achieve pressure relief and/or tissue perfusion at the ischial tuberosities. Recline, when used alone, can increase shear but may provide reduction in pressure at the ischial tuberosities at angles greater than 90-100°.
See RESNA Position on the Application of Tilt, Recline, and Elevating Legrests for Wheelchairs for details.