Six Features To Love About the Support Station
When we’re talking about activities of daily living, it doesn’t get more basic—and more personal—than toileting. But the process of toileting is also a valuable opportunity to teach transfer, standing and hygiene skills—all essential to building independence in self-care.
A successful and thoroughly dignified approach to incorporating these skills into the toileting routine is...
Implementing a New and Successful Toileting Program in the Educational Setting
The Day School at The Children’s Institute is an approved private school in Western PA. We have 186 students with 27 classrooms. We provide a school program for students with multiple disabilities and for students with autism. All of our students present with severe disabilities affecting motor control, cognition and/or behavior. We have been using MOVE (Mobility Options Via Education) here at...
The Importance of the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Movement Today
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.
Hygiene and Self Care for Your Patients
As an occupational therapist, one of my main goals has been to foster independence in my patients. For one, Randy, this independence centered on the area of hygiene and self-care. When I first met Randy he presented with developmental delays and underlying musculoskeletal impairments that affected his ability to move independently and perform age-appropriate transfers and functional activities. In standing...
Function-based Practice: The Rifton Support Station
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.
Evidence Based Practice
Safe Patient Handling Evidence-Based Practice
Safe patient handling is big. Some states have already passed legislation supporting this trend in healthcare and many hospitals and institutions are implementing “no lift” or “zero lift” programs with much success. In these instances success is described in terms of decreased staff injuries, decreased workers’ compensation monies, and improved patient experience. There is a...
An Adaptive Toileting Aid: Rifton Support Station Video 1
The Rifton Support Station is an adaptive toileting aid that gives clients the opportunity to assist in their own personal care. An innovative, wall-mounted device, it enables clients to safely support themselves upright even with limited weight-bearing ability. The Support Station can be used for hygiene care in an upright position, or to transfer clients to a toilet or commode. Caregivers speak about the...
Adaptive Toilet Transfers at a MOVE® Facility: Rifton Support Station Video 2
Staff at a MOVE® facility explain how the Rifton Support Station has transformed their toileting protocols by giving them a new way to perform dignified, safe toilet transfers in which the client can assist with their own personal care. The story of one of the clients, Francie, is particularly highlighted in this short video. A transcript is provided below for viewers with hearing disabilities.
Benefits of the Rifton Support Station
The Rifton Support Station enables diapering, toileting and hygiene care to occur in a comfortable, convenient and dignified standing position.
Greater independence and dignity: Putting an end to infant-like horizontal hygiene can have dramatic emotional benefits. Even people with very limited weight-bearing ability can now participate in their own personal care.
Less time out: Faster than...