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  • About

    Our History Rifton began in 1977 as an offshoot of Community Playthings, a leading manufacturer of furniture and equipment for early childhood settings. When our designers paid a neighborly visit to a Connecticut home for children with disabilities, a therapist asked if they could custom-build a chair for one of their residents. In the next months similar requests trickled in, and before long designers...
  • Quality

    Rifton represents the best of American values. All of our equipment is proudly made in the USA at our state-of-the-art facilities in New York’s Hudson Valley and southwestern Pennsylvania. By partnering with local suppliers, we help support the region’s economy and renowned vibrancy. Our JIT (just-in-time) and lean manufacturing facilities are clean, organized and efficient with little...
  • Made in the USA

    Rifton Equipment represents the best of American values. Every piece of Rifton’s adaptive equipment comes from our factories in New York and Pennsylvania. Quality is our top priority, so we only work with suppliers and vendors that meet our high standards. And by partnering with local suppliers we help support the region’s economy and renowned vibrancy. Read more about our company. Our promise...
  • Assembly

    At Rifton, every detail is given complete attention, and every piece of equipment is custom-configured to meet the client’s specific needs. We adhere to strict quality control. Before any order leaves our factories, it is personally inspected and signed off to ensure quality and safety. We are people building for people – every component of a Rifton product is welded, assembled...
  • Design

    Our innovative and functional designs are the direct result of therapist feedback. Each component is thoughtfully designed and engineered to meet the needs of both therapists and clients. And we are constantly upgrading our products to bring you and your clients the opportunity for better results. Each new piece of equipment goes through rigorous testing before it’s...
  • News

    New PBS Documentary: Lives Worth Living

    I just watched the PBS independent video Lives Worth Living by filmmaker Eric Neudel. If you have not seen it you should. Comparable to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the disability rights movement took courage, persistence, and the working together of many convinced individuals to realize dreams of accessibility and equality. It culminated on January 1st 1990 with the passage of the...
  • News

    Dubuque School Becomes MOVE Certified

    Congratulations to the Dubuque Community School District in Iowa in becoming MOVE certified. MOVE (Mobility Opportunities Via Education) is a curriculum designed to teach children with disabilities meaningful life skills within the school environment. Each child works towards independence in these skills and is given many opportunities to practice them throughout the day. The MOVE curriculum works towards...
  • PT/OT

    Compensation and Recovery

    Should PTs train for compensation or recovery? Clinicians today are debating whether interventions should focus on teaching whatever is required to accomplish a task (compensation) or promote the neuroplasticity needed to allow the task to be accomplished “normally” (recovery).There is a great dialogue on this topic posted on the Journal of Neurologic PT (JNPT) discussions page which I highly...
  • PT/OT

    The Importance of Measuring Partial Weight Bearing

    A Conversation with Sue Cecere, PT, MIT Rifton is pleased to have Sue Cecere, PT, MIT join us for this conversation. This topic was initiated after Sue and a fellow therapist toured our Rifton factory; they were introduced to our newest product – the Rifton TRAM. One of the features on this transfer and mobility device is a scale. In addition to simple weight measurements, this scale can also measure...