Teaching Weight Acceptance with the Rifton Activity Chair
January 07, 2020
by Elena Noble, MPT
Beyond the comforts of the sofa or the academics of a classroom, sitting is a learning position – for motor skill building. For those with disabilities that limit standing and walking opportunities, this means engaging in seated postures and activities that challenge core stability, endurance, trunk and head control. And the start of the learning process always begins with transferring out of a...
Great Strides with the Dynamic Rifton Pacer and Treadmill Base
May 07, 2018
by Shirley Dzikowski, PT
I have had great success with the dynamic Rifton Pacer gait trainer matched with Rifton’s treadmill base. Because my clients are completely supported, including their hands and arms, they are safe to work over a moving treadmill base.
Some of my clients even “run” on the treadmill at 2.0 and 2.5 mph as I have placed them up a bit higher and they learn how to move their feet quicker. This...
Workers’ Compensation Providers and the Rifton TRAM
October 03, 2017
by Elena Noble, MPT
Lifting and repositioning patients is a big part of healthcare, particularly for nurses and therapists. But how we do this is changing, based on the many studies that show how lifting patients manually without assistive equipment is causing staff injuries, lost days from work and decrease in care quality.
The safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) approach advocates for patient lifts and mobility...
Letters of Medical Necessity
Rifton TRAM Sample LMN: Adult homecare
Components of a Letter of Medical Necessity for use in the homecare of an adult.
Note: Every reasonable effort has been made to verify the accuracy of the information. However, sample letters of medical necessity are not intended to provide specific guidance on how to apply for funding for any product or service. Health care providers should make the ultimate determination as to when to use a specific...
Kandi An Inspiration to Rifton
January 15, 2013
by Clare Stober
Kandi Elmore likes her independence. And a good challenge. At the age of 43, Kandi has a long history of creating change.
Diagnosed as having cerebral palsy with spastic quadriplegia before the age of two, Kandi faced an uncertain future. But with a positive attitude and her mother’s unwavering support, Kandi grew up a determined young girl who challenged boundaries and unwittingly became one of...
Function-based Practice: The Rifton Support Station
April 10, 2012
by Nancy Papa Doran, OT
As an Occupational Therapist I view toileting as a functional life skill, not as an interruption to the day. The product that makes this possible is the Rifton Support Station.
For each of the more than twenty students on my caseload I incorporate a toileting objective on their IEP. And for those students using the Support Station, I will work with them once a day for their toileting routine.