Tips & Advice Considerations for Medical Equipment in a Pediatric Life Care Plan October 28, 2014 by Paul Amsterdam
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...
Tips & Advice Rifton’s HTS and Blue Wave Toileting System: A Comparison May 13, 2014 by Erna Albertz
Some of our customers who are familiar with our old Blue Wave toileting system have asked how our new Rifton HTS (Hygiene and Toileting System) compares. Here’s what our staff therapists say: Comparing Mounting and Positioning Features The Rifton HTS can be placed farther back on the toilet than the Blue Wave. If the Rifton HTS is mounted on a wheeled base, the base can be positioned farther...
Tips & Advice Funding Equipment April 02, 2014 by Lori Potts, PT
Finding funding for adaptive equipment that you know will vastly enrich and enhance your child or client’s life can be a challenge at times. We have tried to do something about this. This resource page has been compiled to direct you to a few funding options. Links to three online guides provide information to families and clinicians to increase knowledge about adaptive equipment and assistive...
Tips & Advice Meeting the Hygiene and Toileting Challenge with the Rifton HTS March 04, 2014 by Elena Noble, MPT
Last month, in advance of the launch of the new Rifton Hygiene and Toileting System (HTS), we published some research-based white papers on toilet training and toilet positioning for children and individuals with disabilities. This supplemented the work of Claire Keeler, RN CPNP, CDE, who wrote Toilet Training a Child with Special Needs. Positioning a child with disabilities comfortably on the toilet is...
Tips & Advice Holiday Funding Options for Complex Rehab Equipment December 10, 2013 by Carmen Hinkey
Around this time of year we experience an up-tick in the requests that come in for funding aid. Perhaps it’s because people hope that the season’s spirit of generosity will prompt readier giving. I’m sure it’s also partly due to the heightened awareness of the huge gaps in many families’ finances to provide expensive, good quality complex rehab devices that could so enrich...
Tips & Advice New Video Tutorials on Using the Rifton TRAM November 19, 2013 by Clare Stober
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...
Tips & Advice Tips from a TRAM Advocate July 30, 2013 by Carmen Hinkey
Recently Rifton had a conversation with a complex rehab provider (who wishes to remain anonymous) serving clients in a mid-western state. Because he and his staff have been buying so many Rifton TRAMs for their customers, we wanted to find out who these people were and what needs the TRAM was filling for them. Following are excerpts from our conversation: Rifton: What have you found is unique about the...
Tips & Advice Taking Advantage of the Dynamic Spring Options in the Rifton Activity Chair July 23, 2013 by Lori Deyo-Obler, PT, MS, C/NDT
My experience working with Rifton products spans 21 years but I had barely a clue about how the equipment was designed or fabricated until I visited Rifton’s Woodcrest and Platte Clove Communities in New York at the start of summer vacation. My visit to each community included a tour of the facility where the equipment is made and an opportunity to speak with some of the design team members. I saw...
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