Adaptive equipment use

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...
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....
PT/OT Optimal Positioning with Adaptive Seating for the Child with Cerebral Palsy August 05, 2014 by Lori Potts, PT
Cerebral Palsy is a result of abnormalities in the parts of the brain that control muscle movements. For children with cerebral palsy, their muscle control, coordination, and posture will be affected to varying degrees by this faulty development or damage to areas of their brain. Cerebral Palsy affects approximately three out of every 1,000 children, and symptoms can range from mild to severe physical...
PT/OT The Importance of the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Movement Today July 29, 2014 by Lori Potts, PT
Wendy Weaver, the Executive Director of the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals (ASPHP) was interviewed by Rifton's Lori Potts, PT, and spoke about the history of the Safe Patient Handling & Mobility movement. They discuss the founding of ASPHP and its important role in the healthcare sector today, carrying the Safe Patient Handling & Mobility movement forward into the future.
Stories How the HTS is Changing Lives July 15, 2014 by Elena Noble, MPT
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...
Stories Rifton TRAM Plays Cameo in Wedding July 08, 2014 by Carmen Hinkey
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...
PT/OT Choosing Between Adaptive Standers July 01, 2014 by Elena Noble, MPT
Many people with compromised musculoskeletal systems can benefit from adapted standing programs. Ranging from diagnosis of cerebral palsy to spinal cord injury or muscular dystrophy, research shows that standing can help improve pulmonary function, musculoskeletal development, postural control, intestinal motility and reduce tone. Rifton produces a line of adaptive standers which are known for their...
Stories From the Dad of an Exceptional Graduate June 24, 2014 by Elena Noble, MPT
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...
Stories Opportunity with a New Set of Wheels June 17, 2014 by Gilbert Thomson, PT
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...
Stories Lincoln Developmental Center Art Project May 20, 2014 by Janine Brouwer, MSPT
For a few weeks in February and March of this year the students at Lincoln Developmental Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan donned paint shirts and participated in a school-wide art project. Using Rifton chairs, Pacers, or Dynamic standers, they gathered around large canvases to create paintings of figures very much like themselves - moving about and exploring their world with the help of their adaptive...
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