Addressing Resident Mobility and Fall Prevention: A Clinical Perspective with Gait Training
by Joseph Millen, PT, MTC
“According to Linda Horn, PT, NCS, the inpatient physical therapy coordinator for St. Agnes Healthcare, Baltimore, Maryland, a 407 bed Integrative Health Care Facility, once the resident is properly placed in the gait harness, they can be transferred into the ambulator for mobility activities. When the resident is properly secured in the GHS, the resident is completely supported without the need for the caregiver to hold onto the resident directly. This eliminates the risk of injury from the resident suddenly “giving way” and falling to the floor. Since the resident is in a stable and secure environment, mobility activities can be performed relatively hands free for the caregiver. Linda states “the resident’s confidence is then restored, which can be a huge barrier removed,” thus allowing the therapist to concentrate on fine-tuning the resident and addressing weakness and other gait deviations.”
David Dubats, Founder, Second Step, Inc.
Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments.
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