Positioning Checklist for the Activity Chair

May 31, 2016 by Lori Potts, PT

A Rifton Activity Chair with purple back and seat padsBy popular request we now have created a positioning checklist for the Rifton Activity chair. Therapists know how tough it can be to remember each client’s specific support prompts and settings, especially with an adaptive chair that is used between multiple clients. This handy checklist will help. Feel free to share it with your colleagues. And, as always, give us your feedback.


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Mary | May 31, 2016
We have bought a few of these for students - we still have a problem we can't solve- more than one student needs some type of support to help keep him:her arms in a forward: functional position/ - is there anything to help do that?
Elena | June 01, 2016

Hi Mary,

Thank you for your question. Rifton does offer a pair of “forearm” supports as part of the advancement chair to help keep a child in a forward functional position. The additional optional anterior tilt of the chair helps with this functionality.

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Zanig | January 21, 2020

Just wanted to know if it is not recommended to transport someone in the Rifton if it is a little elevated from the full down position.


Lori Potts, PT | January 23, 2020


Thank you for your question. Yes, it is certainly fine to move and transport the hi-lo Activity Chair with the seat in the raised position. You may also choose to use the tilt-in-space in a posterior reclined position for purposes of transport. Doing this will place the backrest and push handles of the chair in a higher and more posterior position, so that the caregiver’s arms and hands may actually be in a better position to maneuver the chair more effectively. The child will continue to be safe and secure and the chair will be stable in the raised position.