Kelly J., DON
Sister Bay, WI.
Broda Model: Midline Tilt Recliner
Condition of Resident: Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. Receiving hospice care.
Our patient had a standard wheel chair that was insufficient to meet his mobility needs.
Since using the Broda chair, the patient is able to move around comfortably at the nursing home. He is able to attend activities and it is now possible for him to go to the dining room for meals.
The goal of Home Hospice is to give our patients the highest level of dignity and comfort possible during their final days. This chair has allowed our patient to have significantly improved quality of life. We greatly appreciate the extra time and effort that Roger Jenkins, Broda Representative for Northern Texas, gave in providing this chair.
Our patient is very pleased with his new chair and stated that "It's like getting a new car."
To the attention of Doctor ____, my name is LeAnne Tacker I am an occupational therapist at Arkansas Convalescent Center. I am writing on behalf of my client Mr. _____ Smith, who is currently requiring the provision of a more applicable seating surface. I have visited extensively with him and his wife in regards to his prior modes of mobility as well as his comfort level with those devices.
Mr. Smith was provided a wheelchair which he was able to tolerate for roughly five years. Following that decline, the VA provided him with a Geri Chair. He tolerated that chair for roughly three to four years, but has now reached another decline in his tolerance level. Over the past eight plus years Mr. Smith has afforded to remain in his home under the care of his wife with only intermittent periods of hospitalization. Mrs. Smith has done her best to diligently provide preventative measures to offset the development of pressure sores. She stated that he may have had only one or two minor developments over the years. Mr. Smith was admitted to ACC on 03/05/09 to participate in the therapy program and discharge home following his stay. He was admitted with an unstageable pressure ulcer on sacral area. All this explanation leads me this point of extreme importance to why we are pleading for your assistance in our request for the VA to provide Mr. Smith with a quality BRODA Chair.
Mr. Smith was unable to tolerate a w/c shortly following Ills arrival at ACC, and thus was placed in a Geri Chair. It became quickly apparent that he could hardly tolerate a Geri Chair due to severe discomfort and pain to his pressure sensitive areas. He attends dialysis Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from the hours of 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. Upon return from dialysis he is often tearful and unable to tolerate a meal before being laid down, much less participate in any therapy services. Although, even on the days he did not have the scheduling demands of dialysis, his comfort level and activity tolerance was so limited, and therapy continued to have difficulty providing him treatment anywhere but in the bed. At that time I placed Mr. Smith in a Broda Chair. He now tolerates six to seven hours out of bed on days he does not go to dialysis and is able to tolerate 2 to 3 hours following his return from dialysis.
By advanced Broda chairs distribute weight more evenly, preventing agitation and further development of pressure sores. In my professional opinion a Broda Chair is far more superior to the standard Geri Chair. Mr. Smith's comfort and tolerance has achieved significant improvements. I only hope that I can provide him that same comfort level for his return home. I was informed with VA assistance and Doctor's approval my client may qualify for a Broda Chair. I hope my explanation and introduction of Mr. Smith's specific circumstances provides you with necessary personal background information and support to assist you in your medical decision on this important matter. Please free to call me at anytime on my cell phone (___-___-____).LeAnne Tacker OTR/L.
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LeAnne T., Occupational Therapy