Tips & Advice

Toileting Transfer Tips for Individuals with Muscular Dystrophy

Using the Rifton TRAM for Someone with Low Tone

December 02, 2016 by Elena Noble, MPT
A person with muscular dystrophy shown supported by the Rifton TRAM during a toileting transfer even though they have low tone

Transferring someone with low tone and little or no weight bearing to and from the toilet is challenging. Along with a dependent lift, a therapist must guard against the individual slipping down or sagging during the seat-to-seat transfer in addition to managing clothing. Even with lifting devices it is difficult to execute a smooth, dignified, safe transfer with an individual unable to maintain any...

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David Anderson is a senior physical therapist with the New York City public school system. His school obtained a Rifton TRAM to help with toileting a particular student. After some trials, he and the school OT determined the best methods for using the TRAM for this purpose and created a set of instructions for the paraprofessionals working with this student. David shared it with us and we found it so...
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