The well-known Pacer gait trainer gets
added functionality thanks to an upper
frame that accommodates natural side-to-side and up/down movements of the
body during step taking to facilitate a more
effective gait pattern. A telescoping single
column with a gas spring provides easy
height adjustment and more convenient
transfers. The utility base features large,
rugged wheels and a wider footprint to
better accommodate rough surfaces. A
treadmill base can be used with multiple
upper frames, while an odometer tracks
Hygiene & Toileting System (HTS)
Proper positioning can be crucial to successful toileting, for child and
parents, and Rifton’s HTS strives to provide that optimal positioning.
In addition, the open seat
facilitates proper cleaning,
and an adjustable headrest
makes showering easier. The
entire system is designed to
be easy to keep clean, and it
can be used on, over or off a
standard or elongated toilet.
Adjusts as the child grows.
Dynamic Pacer Gait Trainer
As Seen at APTA CSM: The venerable Rifton Pacer has been around awhile, but you’ve never seen it like this. Modularity is the key to the new Dynamic Pacer: Choose what you want and need, from a base with larger wheels perfect for outdoor settings, to wide arm platforms comfortable for leaning and balancing against. The new dynamic upper frame is easy to adjust and offers, Rifton says, 8 cm (3.15") of vertical and 5 cm (nearly 2") of horizontal movement. That enables this gait trainer to move with the client and can even complement the natural movements that come with walking. The Dynamic Pacer is available in three base types: The standard base is suited for indoor and outdoor environments, while the utility base’s larger wheels are great outdoors, and the treadmill/stability base is wider and more stable, and can be used with a treadmill. Accessories include those new arm platforms, a multi-position saddle, and hand loops. At February’s American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim, Calif., PTs loved the Dynamic Pacer’s single-point height-adjustment system, operated so easily thanks to a locking gas spring. They also oohed and aahed over fun new colors (lime as well as bubblegum pink, shown) and a clever odometer tucked right over the wheel so you can easily see how far your client has walked.
Seen at the Abilities Expo in San Jose: Rifton’s multi-tasking Hygiene Toileting System (HTS) that seems to anticipate just about every activity that happens in the bathroom, just about every positioning requirement for special needs children, and just about every wish ever thought up by parents and caregivers. The HTS supports toileting, showering and bathing — including salon-style hair washing, thanks to up to 15° of rearward tilt. (For easier transfers, the HTS can also tilt forward up to 15°.) Take the HTS seating off the base and attach it securely to a toilet; roll the seating and the base over the toilet; or use the commode pan and the HTS functions as a stand-alone toilet. Accessories include seat and back pads, headrest, butterfly harness, anterior support/tray, lateral supports, hip guides, commode pan, deflector, abductor, ankle straps, calfrest and footboard. Choose the basic model or the fully accessorized one; choose the stationary, mobile (wheeled) or bathtub base. There’s even a portable base for travel (and a travel bag to match). I’ve seen ATPs and clinicians get pretty excited upon seeing the HTS for the first time, and with its versatility and growability, it’s not hard to see why. — L.W.