Tips & Advice

Considerations for Medical Equipment in a Pediatric Life Care Plan

October 28, 2014
A Pediatric Life Care Planner positions a young girl with special needs in her adaptive equipment

Factors In Choosing Medical Equipment The client's diagnosis and overall medical assessment is the predominant factor in choosing the correct medical equipment for any life care plan. The diagnosis will also indicate the progression of medical equipment needed. For example, needs will differ from a case where the diagnosis is a permanent disability with few changes in physical function anticipated...

Tips & Advice Guidelines for Functional Use of the Rifton HTS October 21, 2014 by Elena Noble, MPT
The Rifton HTS (Hygiene and Toileting System) redefines toileting for people with disabilities. Superior tool-free adjustability and a broad range of supportive accessories provide a comfortable, effective hygiene experience. And although simple in design, the HTS can accommodate almost any situation. But to get the most out of your HTS you need to understand its broad capabilities and...
Tips & Advice Sharing Positioning Instructions in the Busy Developmental Disability Agency October 07, 2014 by Carol Chiulli, PT
As therapists at Cerebral Palsy Westchester we love to share ideas to improve the work we do. So in this spirit of professional collaboration I’d like to share something we’ve developed at Cerebral Palsy of Westchester that others might find helpful. Cerebral Palsy Westchester is a non-profit organization that provides a broad range of services to children and adults with cerebral palsy and...
News World Cerebral Palsy Day: Ideas For Change October 01, 2014 by Erna Albertz
Because today is World Cerebral Palsy (CP) Day I want to call your attention to an initiative led by a group of charities aimed at changing the world for people living with CP and their families. With about 17 million people across the world living with CP and 350 million people closely connected to them, the potential impact is great. World Cerebral Palsy Day asks for submissions of ideas in the form of...
Stories Small World Connection September 23, 2014 by Clare Stober
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....
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