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What is a Gait Belt?

A gait belt, also referred to as a transfer belt, is a safety device used by the carer to help an individual to stand up and safely move, such as from the bed to a chair or wheelchair. The gait belt is also used to help hold those who are too weak to walk on their own and helps prevent a fall. It also decreases the caregiver’s risk of a back injury while helping the person move or walk.

The gait belt is often used for safe handling and mobility at hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, or homes. A gait transfer belt is used when an individual is cooperative, partially ambulatory, and has some weight-bearing capacity. The transfer belt allows the caregiver to assist the patient with performing routine tasks such as walking and rising from a sitting position.

The gait belt is wrapped around the waist and allows the caregiver to grasp the belt and helps in the movement of the patient. HPFY provides a huge collection of sturdy and durable gait belts from top brands like Sammons Preston, FabLife, ProCare, and many more.

Benefits of using a Transfer Belt

A gait belt is necessary for patients with limited mobility or who have severe health issues. Here are some of the benefits of using a transfer gait belt:

How to use a Gait belt?

According to a CDC survey, 18% of adults aged 18 or above find difficulty in walking or climbing stairs. In the case of seniors and the elderly, the numbers would be even more. A gait belt is crucial for people having trouble making movement. One can use the gait belt in the following manner:

When not to use a Patient Lifting Belt?

Do not use a transfer gait belt if an individual:

Things to consider while buying a Lifting Belt for Elderly

Material of the transfer gait belt: The transfer belt is made of different materials like canvas, nylon, leather, cotton, etc. Choose a transfer belt that is comfortable on the skin and helps prevent irritation.

3 Top Reviewed Transfer Belts

  1. MTS Safety Sure Transfer Belt 
  2. Essential Medical Woven Gait Belt With Metal Buckle 
  3. MTS SafetySure Economy Gait Belt

Where to buy a Gait Belt online?

A gait belt is a great tool for a secure transfer of a person from the bed to a chair or wheelchair, as well as to assist in sitting, standing, and walking. When used appropriately, the gait belt protects the care recipients from falls and the caregivers from harming their backs. HPFY offers high-quality gait belts from top manufacturers like Performance Health, Humane Restraint, Posey, Skil Care, Essential Medical, etc., at affordable prices.

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Using a gait belt while transferring or walking a patient provides the care giver and the patient increased safety and security. The caregiver can control a patient’s balance and keep the patient from falling with the help of a gait belt. It also decreases the chances of hurting your back.

  • With the patient in a seated position, place the gait belt snugly at the patient’s.
  • Fasten the buckle in front of the patient. The belt must be tied such that there is just enough room to get your fingers under the belt. 
  • When positioned correctly, the belt will be between the bottom of the patient’s rib cage and the top of the pelvis. 
  • The belt may loosen when the patient stands up, so be sure to tighten it again before further activity.

Be sure to use proper body mechanics to decrease the chance of hurting your back: 

  • Bend your knees and keep your back straight. 
  • Tighten your abdominal muscles to protect your back
  • Lift using your leg muscles. Do not use your back muscles.
  • Do not twist your body while moving or lifting a patient.

A gait belt must not be placed on the abdomen in case of:

  • Recent abdominal surgery or back surgery with a healing or tender incision 
  • Pregnancy
  • Umbilical or inguinal hernia
  • PEG tube 
  • Colostomy or ileostomy

Place the gait belt higher on the trunk at the level of the armpits. It still needs to be snug and may need to be tightened when the patient stands. If the patient is female, be sure it is not over her breasts.

You can minimize the risk of falling by using gait/transfer belts with handles that permit the safe assist of a person who retains some weight-bearing capacity. Raising and lowering a patient becomes much easier with these walking belts and gait belts for patient mobility.