Stories

A Great Opportunity for Therapists

November 18, 2014 by Bonnie Pruckler, PT
A physical therapist helps a special needs child walk in a used gait trainer device

As a physical therapist working in pediatrics for most of my career, I have always loved Rifton equipment. There’s a certain excitement in how the right device can transform a child’s life. As part of this passion, I began to collect used equipment and wheelchairs to donate them to organizations that provide them to children and adults who cannot afford them. Before long, I found myself...

PT/OT TRAM Still Turning Heads November 11, 2014 by Carmen Hinkey
In a profile published this month in the influential trade publication Mobility Management, staff writer Laurie Watanabe highlights the multi-tasking capabilities of the Rifton TRAM, citing its role as a gait trainer, a lift, and a transfer device. She quotes therapist Margaret Arnold on how the TRAM is helping people with a multitude of disorders or conditions, and tells the story of a brain injury...
PT/OT Aging in Place with the Rifton TRAM November 04, 2014 by Elena Noble, MPT
Jim Bennett formed his company to help people stay in their homes longer and more safely. Originally serving the greater Phoenix area, ADL Solutions has since expanded to serve clients statewide and even further afield. Because ADL has been supplying so many TRAMs to their clients we wanted to find out more about Jim’s operations and how his clients were benefitting from the TRAM. What are the...
Tips & Advice Considerations for Medical Equipment in a Pediatric Life Care Plan October 28, 2014
Factors In Choosing Medical Equipment The client's diagnosis and overall medical assessment is the predominant factor in choosing the correct medical equipment for any life care plan. The diagnosis will also indicate the progression of medical equipment needed. For example, needs will differ from a case where the diagnosis is a permanent disability with few changes in physical function anticipated...
Tips & Advice Guidelines for Functional Use of the Rifton HTS October 21, 2014 by Elena Noble, MPT
The Rifton HTS (Hygiene and Toileting System) redefines toileting for people with disabilities. Superior tool-free adjustability and a broad range of supportive accessories provide a comfortable, effective hygiene experience. And although simple in design, the HTS can accommodate almost any situation. But to get the most out of your HTS you need to understand its broad capabilities and...
Tips & Advice Sharing Positioning Instructions in the Busy Developmental Disability Agency October 07, 2014 by Carol Chiulli, PT
As therapists at Cerebral Palsy Westchester we love to share ideas to improve the work we do. So in this spirit of professional collaboration I’d like to share something we’ve developed at Cerebral Palsy of Westchester that others might find helpful. Cerebral Palsy Westchester is a non-profit organization that provides a broad range of services to children and adults with cerebral palsy and...
News World Cerebral Palsy Day: Ideas For Change October 01, 2014 by Erna Albertz
Because today is World Cerebral Palsy (CP) Day I want to call your attention to an initiative led by a group of charities aimed at changing the world for people living with CP and their families. With about 17 million people across the world living with CP and 350 million people closely connected to them, the potential impact is great. World Cerebral Palsy Day asks for submissions of ideas in the form of...
Stories Small World Connection September 23, 2014 by Clare Stober
Malcolm Gladwell writes about the six degrees of separation connecting any two people in the world. But in my experience it only takes one special needs child to connect hearts. Attending a high-tech symposium last week was a new experience for me. My trade show experience has been limited to demonstrating Rifton items at DME shows or conventions attended by therapists. This time I was in the...
PT/OT The Rifton TRAM vs the Hoyer® September 16, 2014 by Elena Noble, MPT
Why Worry about Lifting? In the healthcare setting, manually lifting or transferring patients causes musculoskeletal injury for both staff and patients. As a result, many healthcare facilities have implemented “no-lift” or “zero-lift” safe patient handling (SPH) policies requiring the use of mechanical lifts for all patient transfer and positioning tasks. The results have been...
PT/OT Improving Functional Mobility in Home Care September 02, 2014 by Laura Laskey, PT, RN
As a physical therapist in the home care setting, I am always looking for new and innovative ways to improve a patient’s ability to perform functional mobility and activities of daily living (ADL). Improving mobility and ADL performance helps prevent bodily deterioration, reduces caregiver stress, and enables the patient to stay at home longer before requiring institutionalized care. One of my...
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