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Rifton Support Station

Provides increased confidence and dignity


Dignity. Convenience. Possibilities.

The Support Station brings new dignity, convenience and possibilities to hygiene care for people with disabilities.

The Support Station’s unique features enable even partially weight-bearing individuals to receive hygiene care or a diaper change in an upright position – making the process more dignified, improving access to clothing and skin, and eliminating heavy lifting on the part of the caregiver.

Key Benefits:

With the Support Station clients assist in the sit-to-stand transfer using their own strength and skills to participate in their care. Over time clients using the Support Station actually improve their standing and toileting skills – paving the way for greater independence and better health.

Install the Support Station to use with a rolling commode or as a transfer aid to a stationary toilet.
In facilities around the country the Support Station is making a dramatic difference for clients with disabilities and their caregivers.

See what a difference 90° can make.

  • Greater dignity and independence: 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.
  • Improved safety for caregivers: Eliminating transfers to a mat or changing table means less lifting and wrestling with clothing, plus clothing and skin are more accessible – so the process is healthier for everyone.
  • Practice in strength and skill building: Using their own strength and skills to transfer and support themselves users improve weight-bearing and motor skills over time.
  • Less time out: Faster than horizontal diapering the Support Station lets everyone spend less time on hygiene and more time in class, in therapy or simply enjoying life.


“My favourite Rifton product is the support station because it benefits ME so much! It is very securely bolted onto the bathroom wall in between the HTS and the shower. My son and I can both stand comfortably while tending to personal hygiene. He has a much greater sense of independence, and it saves my back. When it’s not in use, it folds back against the wall so there isn’t any interference.”

Ann Marie Fennelly


An innovation in toileting, the Support Station enables toilet transfers for people with physical disabilities. In consultation with therapists Rifton designed the Support Station to allow clients to assist in their own personal hygiene, providing them greater dignity and independence. At the same time, it provides benefits to staff by reducing staff injury due to heavy lifting and difficult transfers.

Self-assisted transfers

Self-assisted transfers are enabled by the Support Station. Hand slots, elbow curves, and optional handholds on the padded trunk board provide versatile options for self-support to accommodate clients’ varying needs. Even users with limited hand control can assist by transferring from their wheelchair to a toilet or commode, or by remaining upright for diapering.

Adjustable height and tilt

Adjust the trunk board angle using the upper handles. Adjust the trunk board height using the lower handles with a safety trigger. The trunk board adjusts from 26″ to 45″ above the floor.

Numbered calibrations indicate the height of the trunk board from the floor. Adjust trunk board height by using the lower pair of black handles on the Support Station frame. A safety trigger prevents accidental release of the height adjustment handle.

Pivot or fixed configurations

Choose a pivot or fixed configuration. See important installation information (pdf).

Pivot configuration:
When installed without the kneeboard the Support Station can be pivoted to aid transfers from a wheelchair to a fixed toilet or commode. In the horizontal position the padded trunk board can pivot 180° enabling the client to safely move his or her feet in an arc – often independently – and comfortably transfer to the toilet. Located conveniently at the top of the white slotted trunk board, the lever controlling rotation can be operated by either caregiver or client.

Fixed Configuration:

With the comfortable kneeboard in place for leverage, the client using this changing station can remain in an upright, forward-leaning position for convenient clothing adjustment, hygiene care, transfer to a rolling commode or shower chair or simply for diaper changing.

The client’s torso rests comfortably on the padded trunk board, with only as much weight-bearing through the legs as the user can tolerate. Even non-weight-bearing adults have experienced success in using this type of changing table.

Easy to clean

The Support Station’s frame and upholstery include antimicrobial materials and are designed for thorough, easy cleaning.

Folds for storage

The Support Station folds up flat against the wall when not in use.

Upright positioning

In either configuration the Support Station trunk board can be adjusted by sliding it up or down the vertical posts so that it is either horizontal or vertical to the floor – or at any angle in between. Thus a client can be encouraged to assume a more upright posture.

After a simple transfer even a large, non-weight-bearing client is in a comfortable, more dignified and accessible position for hygiene care with the help of the Support Station.

Non-weight-bearing transfers

With the trunk board in a nearly horizontal position, even a large, non-weight-bearing client is able to use the Support Station for toilet transfers. A support strap with buckle lends added safety while a caregiver adjusts clothing.


Support strap

The support strap provides additional security while the user is upright in the ideal position for hygiene care. It is clipped on the trunk board through a hand slot and helps maintain the user’s position while upright.

The support strap being used on the Support Station.


During transfer the user’s knee position is secure within the supportive curves of the padded kneeboard providing leverage for the user during transfer. (Available with fixed configuration only.)

The kneeboard being used on the Support Station.

Remove the kneeboard by pulling out four quick-release pins. This converts the Support Station from a fixed to a pivot configuration.


The optional handholds on the padded trunk board enable the user to assist during transfers out of a wheelchair.

The handholds being used on the Support Station.

The slots in the trunk board also enable the user to assist in a transfer.




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