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Robert Welton Clement arrived on March 25, 2014, fourth son to the family of my sister Jean and her husband Reuel. The birth was unexpectedly difficult, and Robert arrived looking like he might not survive – might, in fact, already be no longer living. But his heartbeat was there, even though he was not breathing. Eighteen agonizing minutes of emergency intervention and...
Toileting Solutions with the TRAM
As a day hab assistant at Cerebral Palsy of Westchester County I help adults with severe disabilities in their activities of daily living—toileting included. We use adaptive equipment every day to support our clients’ activities, but I never expected a piece of equipment to completely transform someone’s life like the Rifton TRAM. This device is a brilliant solution to our...
Rifton Celebrates a Veteran Designer and Co-worker
Old-world craftsmanship lasts a life-time, once acquired, and the craftsman earns a special place in the hearts of his co-workers. Here at Rifton we miss and fondly remember such a man who died this month.
Born in 1930 in Germany, Ulrich, affectionately known as Ullu, came to America as a young father and worked in our Rifton manufacturing from the early 1980’s until a few weeks before he passed....
A Great Opportunity for Therapists
As a physical therapist working in pediatrics for most of my career, I have always loved Rifton equipment. There’s a certain excitement in how the right device can transform a child’s life. As part of this passion, I began to collect used equipment and wheelchairs to donate them to organizations that provide them to children and adults who cannot afford them.
Before long, I found myself...
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...
How the HTS is Changing Lives
Since the recent launch of our newest product, the Hygiene and Toileting System (HTS), we’ve been hearing from many parents, teachers and therapists how this product has improved the toileting outcomes for children with disabilities. Here’s a great example from a special education teacher at a school on the west coast.
“We love the HTS in our classroom. I have been using it with a...
Rifton TRAM Plays Cameo in Wedding
Over the weekend we were treated to one of those heartwarming stories that never get old. Augie Nieto, indefatigable ALS survivor, fulfilled a pledge to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding. This remarkable accomplishment was made possible by Augie’s determination coupled with the Rifton TRAM. Rather than try to describe the scene, watch this segment from The Today Show and then read the...
From the Dad of an Exceptional Graduate
Dear Rifton –
My son Alan is 18, and he has used Rifton devices most of his life. He learned to bear his own weight in the smallest-sized Dynamic Stander, which we got for him on his first birthday. Slowly he progressed to walking, first with a Pacer gait trainer, then holding two hands, one hand, and finally independently.
During the last four years, most of Alan’s education has happened at...
Opportunity with a New Set of Wheels
Patrick received his first trike over two years ago because of the difficulty he was having with walking. His endurance was poor, he tended to use a crouch gait and his feet frequently hurt after any ambulation. He started with a small red Rifton Tricycle and it soon became one of his main options for outdoor mobility. Since using the trike over the past two years, Patrick’s lower extremity...
Personal Energy Transportation (PET)
Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) is just that: complex. Everything about it: what it does, how it’s made, the industry that regulates it, and most of all, the processes required to get it paid for. At the other end of the spectrum: PET International. In every way the antithesis of CRT, this organization has commanded the attention of retirees, students, church members and corporate partners from all...