Achieving Optimal Toilet Positioning

March 07, 2023 by Elena Noble, MPT

A therapist positioning a girl in a Rifton HTS (Hygiene & Toileting System)For a child with multiple physical challenges, toileting is often regarded as an interruption to daily activities and an added burden. Continuing initiatives around health and disability, however, recast toileting as a critical intervention and an opportunity to teach meaningful skills.

Luckily, these skills are within reach for nearly every child. With the right environmental modifications and positioning aids, most children can improve toileting skills to experience increased community participation and independence levels.

This research-based paper, Achieving Optimal Toilet Positioning for People with Disabilities, summarizes the theory and evidence behind appropriate toilet positioning, especially for children with physical disabilities. Included is a discussion on identifying and overcoming the barriers to successful toilet positioning to achieve positive outcomes.

See Achieving Good Toilet Positioning with the Rifton HTS, a chart detailing the features and benefits of the Rifton HTS.

In accordance with the research and in response to customer feedback, we are launching design changes to several of the accessories on the HTS to improve transfers, hygiene, and functionality. Stay tuned for more updates.

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