Tips & Advice
New Video Tutorials on Using the Rifton TRAM
As word of the Rifton TRAM continues to spread among therapists and caregivers we’ve recognized the need for a simple set of step-by-step tutorials to demonstrate the basic functions of this new transfer and mobility device. If you’ve recently acquired a TRAM or if you’re trying to decide whether it’s right for you or someone you’re caring for, take a few moments to watch...
It’s about People, not Products.
If you’ve visited our website in the last few days you’ve noticed that we have a new look.
I could tell you about all the new features and why we made the changes,
but it’s so intuitive, I think you’re going to find these out for yourself.
I only want to tell you about one idea that guided us during every step of the redesign:
Rifton is about people.
With our products we support an extraordinary group of people. (You know who you are.)
Take a look at the caregivers’ faces in these photos. Look at the care in their eyes.
With our new website we wanted to capture these people at their best...
A Big Win for the TRAM and for Rifton
The Rifton TRAM, an innovative transfer and mobility device, won gold at the prestigious Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) held in Philadelphia last week on June 19, 2013. Recognized in the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Products category, the TRAM was praised for its thoughtful design and revolutionary approach to safe patient handling.
Many of you who read this blog already know that the...
Announcing the Low-base Option for the Rifton TRAM
Since its launch in July 2012, the Rifton TRAM has enjoyed success in schools, hospitals, and institutions in the US and internationally. Its unprecedented ability to facilitate seated transfers, sit-to-stand lifting and supported gait training—without unwieldy slings and harnesses, lift arms, or overhead tracking systems—gained rapid interest.
Knowing that good patient outcomes are directly...
New From Rifton
TRAM Quick Reference Guide
The Rifton TRAM, our latest product offering, is a transfer and mobility device that performs three powerful functions: seated transfer, sit-to-stand lift, and gait training. While it’s remarkably simple to use, we have received some questions from the field that can be answered best with a few photographs. In addition, several customers needed a guide to provide a full...
Remember Why We Do This
We all know how complex and technical Medicaid rules can be. In 1993 a group of Medicaid recipients sued the District of Columbia for violating some of those rules. Giving judgment in the case, U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler prefaced her opinion with an important observation:
This case is about people—children and adults who are sick, poor, and vulnerable—for whom life, in the...
Kandi An Inspiration to Rifton
Kandi Elmore likes her independence. And a good challenge. At the age of 43, Kandi has a long history of creating change.
Diagnosed as having cerebral palsy with spastic quadriplegia before the age of two, Kandi faced an uncertain future. But with a positive attitude and her mother’s unwavering support, Kandi grew up a determined young girl who challenged boundaries and unwittingly became one of...
New from Rifton: A Big Accessory Tote Bag
You asked for it, and we delivered: a tough and attractive tote bag big enough (14” X 16” X 9”) to keep all your Pacer accessories together when not in use. Made of black ballistic nylon with a zippered top, here’s a reusable bag that will hold up to whatever you throw in it and still look great. And like all things Rifton, it’s made in the USA.
And for those of you who...
The Story of Beautiful Girl
Along with a new calendar, every New Year’s brings dozens of suggestions for resolutions. Rather than add to the list, I’m recommending you start this year by reading a certain book – The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon. It’s a sensitive and, yes, beautiful novel about a girl with developmental disabilities who was institutionalized during the 1960s and the people around...
Tips & Advice
Seating Problems Solved by the Rifton Activity Chair
We always appreciate it when clinicians tell us about unique ways they’ve found to use our innovative medical equipment. Since introducing the Rifton Activity Chair in March 2010 we’ve had a steady stream of compliments and feedback from therapists telling why they like the chair. Here’s a short presentation we made from a list sent to us by Judi Rogers OTR/L of Los Angeles Unified...