Guidelines for Functional Use of the Rifton Dynamic Stander
As its name suggests, the Rifton Dynamic Stander combines all the benefits of mobility with a supportive standing frame. It is far more than prone or supine standers which are passive positioning devices. It is also more than an upright wheelchair. Using the prompts of the dynamic stander correctly can improve an individual’s standing ability and, through movement, effectively challenge their...
Guidelines for Functional Use of the Pacer Gait Trainer part II
In the Pacer gait trainer children with a wide variety of disabilities can gain independent movement while provided with appropriate support. The Pacer accessories (we call them prompts) are infinitely adjustable to accommodate the individual needs of almost any person.
Many people use the Pacer without fully appreciating the adjustments that are possible. Last week we took a closer look at the Pacer...
Guidelines for Functional Use of the Pacer Gait Trainer part I
In the Pacer gait trainer children with a wide variety of disabilities can gain independent movement while provided with appropriate support. The Pacer accessories (we call them prompts) are infinitely adjustable to accommodate the individual needs of almost any person. Each prompt is also removable so as the client’s motor skills improve they can be removed.
Many people use the Pacer without fully...
Install the Support Station diapering and hygiene station that meets your needs
With the comfortable kneeboard in place for leverage, the client using this changing station can remain in an upright, forward-leaning position for convenient clothing adjustment, hygiene care, transfer to a rolling commode or shower chair or simply for diaper changing.
The client's torso rests comfortably on the padded trunk board, with only...
Guidelines for Functional Use of the Rifton Activity Chair
The Rifton Activity Chair accommodates most individuals with special needs, with its wide variety of chair features and accessory options. It is a positioning chair intended for classroom and home use enabling its users to learn functional sitting skills while actively participating in activities, tasks, and routines.
A functional sitting position (rather than restrictive seated...
FAQ on building standing skills with the Rifton Dynamic stander
Why is standing so important?
The physical and emotional benefits of standing are proven and extensive. They include improved bone density, prolonged stretching for tight muscles at hips, knees, and ankles, and improved function of the pulmonary and digestive systems.
Where can I learn more about building standing skills?
The MOVE program, Mobility Opportunities Via Education, is an excellent...
Child Safety: Concerning Appropriate Use of Straps and Supports with Rifton Chairs
Recently the media have reported on incidents where children with disabilities have been strapped into chairs or toileting systems as a behavioral restraint and in an entirely inappropriate (and abusive) manner. Parents and child advocates are understandably concerned about such inappropriate use. Some have faulted the design of the seating or toileting systems involved.
It is, however, important to...
Straps and Supports Poster Text
Rifton Equipment is intended to help children achieve the highest possible level of independence and personal dignity. Straps and supports should be used only when they support this goal. General uses for straps and supports include:
Postural Support: Some children need supports and straps to maintain their posture as they do activities with their head and hands, and to prevent developing...
Funding Assistance for Adaptive Equipment
(Updated June 2013)
Sometimes it can seem impossible to find funding for a piece of adaptive equipment you know will vastly enrich and enhance your child or client’s life. Start by reading the online guides listed below to check that you have tried all the options that may be available to you. In particular, if you are a parent or pediatric therapist, be sure to read Funding Adaptive Mobility...
Here is a NEW IDEA that revolutionizes toileting care for people with disabilities. The upright Support Station is a new concept from Rifton, enabling needs to be met with ease, and promoting dignity for the individual.
Toileting care for large adults who have disabilities can be a thankless and unpleasant task, usually performed on an adult changing table, and often resulting in back injury for the...