Take It from the Pope
Even for a man whose every day is managed and choreographed to the moment, the last six days in the United States must have been extraordinarily micro-managed. All the more surprising then, that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, took opportunities to break out of script and send a message to the watching world.
On Saturday, after landing in Philadelphia, the Holy Father halted his motorcade—his...
Spotlight on SCI Rehab
By an act of Congress, September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. And well it should be: one person becomes paralyzed every 48 seconds—in the U.S. alone. Advancements in treatment continue today but we have a long way to go. To draw attention to the needs of SCI victims (and before September is gone) I’d like to tell about a recent visit I made to a fabulous clinic in Tampa.
Great Outcomes for Adults Who Need Gait Assistance
For children with complex disabilities the transition from school to adult services can be brutal: therapy and equipment that is considered standard in the school suddenly disappears, funding evaporates, and families struggle to bridge the gap. But this is slowly changing. Many healthcare facilities now try to provide a seamless transition into this new stage of life with specialized and comprehensive...
Everyone is Unique. Really?
Next month brings us to National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. The industry news is full of inspirational stories of how children and adults with Down syndrome have enriched the lives of their families, peer groups, communities, and a wider acceptance of those with a third copy of the twenty-first chromosome.
The entertainment and fashion industries have done a great deal to further this effort. In 2005...
Saving Medicaid Dollars and Improving Care
A small population with huge costs, children with complex conditions and severe involvement require seamless care, and few hospitals can provide that kind of 24-hour coverage on the average awarded Medicaid reimbursements.
However, the St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Chronic-Complex Clinic in Tampa has joined a growing network of hospitals across the country to find a payment formula to cover the extra...
From Devastating Prognosis to Parapan Am Athlete
Here at Rifton we often hear remarkable stories of triumph in the face of insurmountable odds. Each story is a testament to the amazing people our products are designed to serve. Sometimes one can anticipate a customer-story, but every once in a while you encounter someone who has a story to share when you least expect it.
Last week I was having what I assumed would be a routine lunch time break. Three...
Evidence Based Practice
Evidence Update: Standing Programs for Hip Flexibility
Secondary to the motor disorders which affect their physical development, children with spastic cerebral palsy tend to lose lower limb range of motion between infancy and adolescence. Researchers have measured hip abduction decreases of nine degrees in this population. Since loss of hip abduction makes balance and walking difficult, maintaining hip abduction becomes a crucial intervention.
Because of the...
Evidence Based Practice
Evidence Update: Quicker Recovery with Early Movement
A recent study at Cleveland Clinic, a leading rehabilitation provider, found that patients participating in early mobility routines after neurological injury recovered quicker and went home earlier than those receiving standard care.
NPR recently ran an excellent segment on this study providing good detail and anecdotes from the researchers illustrating how early mobilization is improving the healthcare...
Cerebral Palsy and the NYC Ballet: In Praise of Dance
Albert Einstein said dancers are the athletes of God. And St. Augustine, “I praise the dance, for it frees people from the heaviness of matter and binds the isolated to community….O man, learn to dance, or else the angels in heaven will not know what to do with you.”
NYC Ballet discovered that ancient wisdom is still true today, when they responded to a mother’s idea about a...