The Kennedys and Disability Rights in America
Every now and then along comes a book that changes our understanding of history by shedding new light on familiar themes. For example, we think we know the story of the Kennedy family and its place in U.S. history. And we think we understand how our attitudes to disabilities have evolved over the years in our country. But take a moment and read the following statement carefully, spoken in 2007 by Eunice...
Small World Connection
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...
Rifton’s TRAM Competency Checklists
Safe Patient Handling and Movement (SPHM) is becoming a byword for safety in nursing and rehab. Healthcare organizations are increasingly recognizing the crucial importance of developing and implementing programs that maintain the well-being of both caregivers and clients. This is because nurses and therapists are repeatedly involved in assisting patients in transfers or ambulation tasks that, because of...
Coming Soon: A Solution to the Toileting Challenge
Toileting has long presented major challenges to people with disabilities—and the people who care for them. In just a few weeks, Rifton will unveil a toileting system that resolves most, if not all, of these challenges.
Among other benefits, the new Rifton HTS brings functional positioning on the toilet within reach, even for children with the most severe disabilities. This is key to both...
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...