Lori Potts PT

Product and Training Specialist

Lori Potts, PTI received my degree at SUNY Upstate Medical University and worked 10 years as a PT before joining Rifton in 2005. Initially, I spent time expanding Rifton’s website content to provide useful product information for professionals and clients. Then I began presenting product in-services and trainings for school-based therapists. That’s a favorite part of my work: the opportunity to meet the therapists who make a difference in the lives of the kids with disabilities.

Your input on Rifton’s products is a direct link to Rifton’s future product designs. I love going on field visits with prototypes. Nothing beats collaborating and sharing design ideas with other therapists who have valuable experience and to work with people who truly care.

And when I’m not out in the field or concentrating at my desk? Find me on a hike in the Catskill mountains of upstate New York, or visiting my nephews and nieces, or enjoying the next book club book (never enough time to read!).

 

PT/OT Motor Learning Principles for Pediatric PTs December 05, 2017 by Lori Potts, PT
I recently travelled to Cincinnati to attend the annual conference of the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapists. It was an exceptional few days filled with camaraderie and excellent programming. My interest in motor learning drew me to a course called “Applying the Science of Motor Learning! Motor Learning Principles for Pediatric Therapists. ” It was presented by Carlo Vialu, former...
Tips & Advice Donate Your Used Equipment October 09, 2017 by Lori Potts, PT
For those of you with adaptive equipment sitting idle for whatever reason—either your child has outgrown it or your facility no longer needs it—there are dozens of non-profit organizations that are eager to take it, refurbish it, and put it to good use. Here’s a list of organizations we’ve worked with. If you know an organization not listed, or if you have feedback on those...
PT/OT Getting Better Seat Positioning for the Child with Cerebral Palsy August 22, 2017 by Lori Potts, PT
Cerebral Palsy is a result of early damage to the parts of the brain that control muscle movements. Coordination and posture will be affected to varying degrees and symptoms can range from mild to severe physical disability (1). Some children with cerebral palsy can have mental retardation, seizures, or speech/hearing deficits as well. Although it is not progressive, cerebral palsy is a permanent condition...
Tips & Advice Hygiene, Health and the Rifton Wave August 01, 2017 by Lori Potts, PT
When we make bathing easier, our clients are healthier. The new Rifton Wave, a thoroughly reimagined bath chair, improves the bathing and showering experience for both the client and the caregiver. Here’s a great resource on the features, benefits and medical necessity of the Rifton Wave- a bath chair that can restore the dignity and yes, even the pleasure in the bathing experience.
Tips & Advice Five Fabulous Features of the New Pacer Caster July 11, 2017 by Lori Potts, PT
While redesigning the new and dynamic Pacer we took the opportunity not only to improve the existing functions, but to add an odometer to encourage data collection and record progress. For gait training, there’s nothing else like our caster. These are the five key functions on the new caster:           1. Brake       ...
Tips & Advice Weight-bearing Assistance and Pelvic Positioning with the New Pacer Gait Trainer June 20, 2017 by Lori Potts, PT
Rifton’s new Pacer gait trainer has three options for weight-bearing assistance and positioning of the hip girdle:   1. the multi-positioning saddle   2. the hip positioner,  and   3. the pelvic support Here’s a brief description of each with our recommendations to help you choose the right one for your clients. Multi-Positioning Saddle The multi...
Evidence Based Practice Evidence Update: The Relationship of Trunk Support to Head Stability May 09, 2017 by Lori Potts, PT
Trunk and head control is a challenge for many children with cerebral palsy (CP). This fascinating recent study examines how providing varying levels of biomechanical trunk support affects neural control of head stability, specifically for children with CP in Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) Levels IV or V. By definition, GMFCS Level IV indicates children whose walking ability is severely...
Tips & Advice Four Field-Tested Approaches For Toileting with the TRAM April 11, 2017 by Lori Potts, PT
The Rifton TRAM is a remarkably simple solution for toilet transfers, ensuring safety and dignity for both clients and caregivers. Here are four approaches developed by clinicians in the field to accommodate different body types and impairments. Download the pdf Method 1 For client with good trunk tone and weak lower extremities View Slideshow   Method 2 For clients with moderate weight bearing...
Tips & Advice Rifton TRAM FAQ April 04, 2017 by Lori Potts, PT
Questions about the Rifton TRAM? This new resource offers answers to the questions we’ve heard the most along with tips and guidelines to help you get the most out of your transfer and mobility device. Rifton TRAM FAQ
Tips & Advice Using Rifton’s New Multi-Positioning Saddle for Easy Transfers into the Gait Trainer February 07, 2017 by Lori Potts, PT
The Rifton Pacer’s Multi-Positioning Saddle (MPS), in addition to providing weight-bearing support and excellent positioning for the pelvis, greatly simplifies transfer into the gait trainer. Here are the steps for a streamlined and safe transfer from a wheelchair into the Pacer. It is best performed with two caregivers. Preparing the Gait Trainer for a Transfer Lock the caster brakes. Undo...
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