My dad had dementia accompanied by a gradual loss of motor abilities. We cared for him at home. When he was no longer able to walk, a standard wheelchair was provided. It was fine for a time. However, as trunk control diminished there were problems with the standard chair.
He would lean to one side hanging over the edge of the chair. Due to muscle contractures, it was very difficult to get him to sit upright. Another problem was that he would scoot and slide out of the chair. At that time, a Broda was recommended. It worked wonderfully. With the side supports, it prevented him from leaning sideways. The tilt feature prevented him from being able to scoot out. The tilt and the high back also helped keep his head upright so he could see around him, rather than his head hanging so he was staring at his lap. In addition to the tilt, the full range of motion (sitting to reclining) greatly helped to prevent bed sores. When he was out of bed, he was in his Broda chair. Since it rolls, and the arm rests are removable, we could bring him to the table to eat with the family while he was able. The tilt feature also made it easy to shave him and brush his teeth. In a pinch at an extended doctor’s appointment, we even changed him in the chair. When pivot transfers to bed became increasingly difficult due to loss of motor control, transfer to a Hoyer lift was safe and secure. In the full reclining position we rolled the Hoyer sling under him and he relaxed as he was lifted out of the chair. We were able to obtain a second hand chair for our home. It was sturdy and reliable.