A gait belt is a device used to transfer people from one position to another, from one thing to another or while ambulating people that have problems with balance.
When to Use: Transferring residents who are partially dependent, have some weight-bearing capacity, and are cooperative. Transfers such as bed to chair, chair to chair, or chair to car; when repositioning residents in chairs; supporting residents during ambulation; and in some cases when guiding and controlling falls.
The proper way to apply it is to keep two fingers between the belt and the patient's body. Tighten it until it has just enough room for your fingers.
Ensure a layer of clothing is between residents' skin and the belt to avoid abrasion. Keep resident as close as possible to caregiver during transfer.
48" length x 2" wide. Constructed from heavy duty cotton webbing with a secure fastening metal buckle.