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Activity Chair Success, One Child at a Time

August 28, 2012 by Lori Potts, PT

Contributed by Amorita Durgin, Account Manager

A young boy smiles from his Rifton Activity chair as he sits on the patio in the fresh air Before ten-year-old Thomas received his new activity chair much of his day was spent transferring in and out of different pieces of equipment. His feeding chair had no tray, so he had to switch to a prone stander to do homework. Thomas’ grandmother found that chair difficult to use anyway, as it was too low to the ground and he kept sliding out of it. Just getting in and out of the bathroom involved another strenuous transfer because the wheelchair didn’t fit through the doorway.

Then Thomas had a chance to trial a Rifton Activity Chair, and though his impairments may have prevented him from verbalizing exactly what he felt, his joy was evident. He didn’t want his physical therapist to come by the house anymore for fear she would take the chair away.

With his new activity chair, he and his family felt they had a new lease on life. In Mom’s words, “he does everything you can think of in his chair; from doing homework to watching TV to interacting with friends.” The compact base of the chair allows Thomas to go through doorways with ease, and with a few simple adjustments to the back angle and armrests, mealtimes are a pleasure both for Thomas and his caregivers. The wheels help him to get around the house easily, and the tilt-in-space and backrest adjustments allow for dynamic seating and versatile positioning which can relieve pressure and provide comfort that his power wheelchair could not. Additionally, Thomas likes the security of the butterfly harness as he has no upper-body strength. He is a tall boy, but the adjustments on the backrest of the activity chair give him the space he needs.

If Thomas is thrilled, it’s hard to describe what his parents feel. His Mom said “It’s our lifesaver. If we did not have a chair like this, I don’t know what we would do.”

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Reply by Grandmother, Dona Peck on October 01, 2013 at 8:46 AM
I am Thomas’s 71 year old grandmother. When I am visiting at their home, or they are visiting here at our house, I like to help feed Thomas to give the parents a break. Before the Rifton chair is was getting more and more difficult for me. The Rifton chair gives Thomas the correct positioning and height I need to help out. Everyone in the family loves his Rifton chair, especially Thomas!!
Reply by Elena Noble, MPT on October 01, 2013 at 8:47 AM
Thank you Dona,
We are happy to hear how the Rifton Activity chair is making everyone’s life easier! All the best to Thomas.
Elena