The Rifton HTS is an easy to use durable and high quality system which redefines toileting for people with disabilities. Along with a broad range of supportive accessories, Rifton HTS provides a comfortable and effective hygiene experience. Rifton HTS is adaptable to most toileting needs and due to its simple construction and tool free adjustment capabilities it is very easy to configure a Rifton HTS which is perfect for special need individuals.
Adjustments. With the Rifton HTS, adjustments are as easy as it can get. With no tools needed to adjust and easy markings is blue, one can easy configuring a Rifton HTS to the individual needs. You can follow the easy to follow guide with instructions to help you setup your Rifton HTS.
Cleaning. Cleaning the Rifton HTS is very easy. The design of the HTS is such that accessories and components of the chair can be individually removed and thoroughly washed. You can wipe down the base, seat, back and accessories with disinfectant wipes or a 10% bleach solution. This also applies to antimicrobial form padding. To add to this, all mesh accessories are machine-washable.
Sizing. The Rifton HTS come in three size variants, small, medium and large. All of these can be adjusted to suit the needs. While choosing the right Rifton HTS, once should consider the user’s overall height and weight. One should also ensure that seat width, depth, and height adjustability are adequate.
Required HTS components are the seat and back with a seatbelt, arm rests (low, medium or high) and a base or mounting bar.
More information about the Rifton HTS is located in its Product Manual (pdf).
Seat and Back Features (Chair Options and More)
Seat and back pads
Although seat and back are made of natural contours molded into firm plastic for basic comfort, we highly recommend seat and back pad for greater cushioning and comfort.
Two choices of seat pad are available:
Open seat pad
Closed seat pad
Tilt-in-space is offered as an option on the mobile base with a footboard. This allows the Rifton HTS to be used as a shower chair. Roll the chair into a shower and tilt back to accommodate hair washing
Choosing a Base/Mounting Bar
A base or mounting bar is a required component when putting together a Hygiene and Toileting System. Five choices of bases are available:
The mounting bar can remain permanently mounted behind the toilet, but can also be removed if the client moves to a different school or home.
Two types of mounting bars are available to fit either standard round or elongated toilets. To determine which type of mounting bar you need, measure from the centerline of the seat bolts to the outer edge of the porcelain bowl. Use a standard toilet mounting bar if this measurement is 17 inches (43 cm) or less. Use an elongated toilet mounting bar if the measurement is greater than 17 inches (43 cm).
Choose an HTS Configuration
The variety of bases makes it possible to use the HTS in three configurations: On the toilet, over the toilet, or off the toilet as a stand-alone commode. Before selecting a base, consider how the HTS will be used according to the guidelines below:
On the Toilet: A mounting bar is required to use the HTS on the toilet. A footboard can be used with this configuration but needs to be specified when ordering the product.
Over the Toilet: The mobile bases (with the commode pan removed), can be used over a regular toilet. To minimize splashing, adjust the height of the base so it just clears the top of the toilet bowl before rolling the HTS over.
Off the toilet: With the commode pan in place, both the mobile and stationary base options can be used as stand-alone commodes giving the user the option to toilet where convenient.
Adjustments on the Base and Footboard
This adjustment CANNOT be done with the client in the chair.
The footboard, with angle and height adjustment, supports a user’s feet in the optimal position.
Accessories are available to customize the positioning in the HTS and accommodate a wide range of disabilities.
Headrest. The curved headrest provides support for clients with limited head control.
Butterfly Harness. The butterfly harness provides anterior support while allowing freedom of movement.
Tip: For smaller users, thread the shoulder straps through the upper slots in the backrest, and then clip into place.
Anterior Support. The anterior support resembles a tray with a built-up and padded surface for leaning on.
Lateral Supports. The laterals can adjust independently to accommodate for spinal curvatures or trunk abnormalities. Lateral supports on Rifton HTS provide comfortable side-to-side positioning and alignment for individuals with limited trunk control.
To install and/or adjust the lateral support:
Chest Strap with lateral supports. The chest strap is used in combination with the laterals to provide anterior support.
Seatbelt. A seatbelt comes automatically with every chair. ALWAYS use a seatbelt to avoid falls or the risk of strangulation would be presented when using a chest strap, butterfly harness or anterior support without a seatbelt. The seatbelt is clipped into the slots behind the seat on either side of the chair.
Hip guides. Hip guides provide additional lateral support to user’s hips and can be adjusted for seat width.
Pan. The pan is used for the stand-alone commode configuration (off the toilet).
Deflectors. Deflectors keep clients and caregivers clean during urination.
The standard deflector requires the integral skin foam seat pad for mounting. It slides into the notches in the foam padding at the front of the hole.
The splash guard offers full protection. It mounts at the front of the toilet seat and is held in place by the seatbelt.
Bowl Adapter. The bowl adapter is a soft blue plastic insert that is used to accommodate situations where the hole in the HTS is not completely aligned to the hole in a regular wall-hung toilet.
Abductor. The foam-covered blue abductor provides comfortable positioning and alignment of the lower extremities.
Ankle Straps. The soft mesh ankle straps provide proximal control and positioning of the feet of those with limited muscle control while still enabling a moderate range of movement.
Calf rest. The attachable soft mesh calf rest is available for added comfort and security behind the user’s legs especially when the footboard is extended and angled up.
Note: the calf rest cannot be used when the footboard is in its highest position.
Toileting and bathing are the two code functions for which Rifton HTS is designed. To enhance the functionality of the rifton HTS, it can be used with the tub base and the portability base.
Rifton are leaders in HTS systems and when it comes to portable HTS, Rifton HTS stands out.
Transfers with the HTS
Lifts and transfers present a major challenge to successful toileting. The Rifton HTS makes them easier with a variety of features.
Sit-to-stand transfer: To achieve sit to stand transfer
Lateral transfer: For a lateral transfer
Note: Do not use the footboard as a step when it is angled up.
Optimal Toilet Positioning with the HTS
The Rifton HTS has the capability to support optimal toilet positioning for people with disabilities. The squatting posture is the most effective position for bowel and bladder elimination, this is backed by research. Squatting posture are:-
There is significantly less incidence of constipation and bowel diseases when you practice Squatting posture. This is confirmed from studies of people in the West who have adopted this natural method.
One can achieve the Squatting posture as follows:-
Note: Although this positioning is effective, it may not be ideal for every user. Positioning should be done according to what is comfortable and achievable for the user.