Small World Connection

September 23, 2014 by Clare Stober
A young girl on a bike smiles and claps her hands, and example of the special needs connections that exist in our small world

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...
News Accessible Symbol Redux August 26, 2014 by Carmen Hinkey
In March we posted on the re-designed symbol for designating accessibility, and this month we are proud to share that Rifton’s very own New York State is the first to adopt its use. Picked up by industry sites, it has also been heralded in the design world, and the Washington Post has a nice deconstructive diagram, isolating and defining the winning elements, relating to both empowerment and design.
News Their Name Is Today August 16, 2014 by Maureen Swinger
Request your free copy of Their Name Is Today: “This book showed me just how connected are so many facets of living that till now occupied separate rooms in my heart: teaching, disabilities, motherhood, work, play … taking life in all its raw, beautiful, exhausting, exhilarating truth. Read it. Savor it. Then share it.” (From the review by Maureen Swinger)
PT/OT Feeding Studies with the Rifton Activity Chair August 12, 2014 by Elena Noble, MPT
In feeding clinics and hospitals nationwide, the Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study (VFSS), also known as a Modified Barium Swallow (MBS), is an instrument of choice for diagnosing and evaluating swallowing disorders. Usually collaborating with a radiologist, a speech language pathologist will perform the study primarily if there is concern for aspiration during eating and drinking among other issues....
PT/OT Optimal Positioning with Adaptive Seating for the Child with Cerebral Palsy August 05, 2014 by Lori Potts, PT
Cerebral Palsy is a result of abnormalities in the parts of the brain that control muscle movements. For children with cerebral palsy, their muscle control, coordination, and posture will be affected to varying degrees by this faulty development or damage to areas of their brain. Cerebral Palsy affects approximately three out of every 1,000 children, and symptoms can range from mild to severe physical...
PT/OT The Importance of the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Movement Today July 29, 2014 by Lori Potts, PT
Wendy Weaver, the Executive Director of the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals (ASPHP) was interviewed by Rifton's Lori Potts, PT, and spoke about the history of the Safe Patient Handling & Mobility movement. They discuss the founding of ASPHP and its important role in the healthcare sector today, carrying the Safe Patient Handling & Mobility movement forward into the future.
News New Mobility Magazine Discusses Rifton TRAM July 18, 2014 by Carmen Hinkey
Word is spreading about the unique functionality of the Rifton TRAM for gait training, standing, and transfers. New Mobility has just published a great piece pointing those suffering from paralysis to the benefits available from this new device. (New Mobility is the publication of United Spinal Association.) Take a moment to read it and then share it with others who are looking for better gait training...
Stories How the HTS is Changing Lives July 15, 2014 by Elena Noble, MPT
Since the recent launch of our newest product, the Hygiene and Toileting System (HTS), we’ve been hearing from many parents, teachers and therapists how this product has improved the toileting outcomes for children with disabilities. Here’s a great example from a special education teacher at a school on the west coast. “We love the HTS in our classroom. I have been using it with a...
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