Caregiver Testimonials

Testimonials & Success Stories

Testimonials from Stroke Survivor Caregivers

“We are both advocates of the Second Step product and see the benefit he has derived from daily home use.”

The GHS unit is quite stable, but it pushes Adan to engage his own core (unlike the Body Weight Support treadmill he has used in the past). I like the harness. It fits well and it is easy to connect to the unit. The braking function is excellent for resting and adds stability for standing tasks. It is definitely not too structured. It gives plenty of room for the user to move in a way that is natural and functional. It frees the therapists to work with him rather than support him, but having his upper body open unsupported is requiring him to relearn some fundamentals of functional gait. Recently, Adan has begun using the new hand hold accessory, and really likes it. We are both advocates of the Second Step product and see the benefit he has derived from daily home use. There are aspects of his stroke that are not as visible as walking and are not as straightforward to address, but this is something that Adan can attack head on. He has proven that he is willing to do the hard work, and when he faces walls, he finds ways over them. My job as wife and partner is to locate and hold the ladder.

Karen M., wife of post stroke survivor, Austin TX

Bill S., husband of post stroke survivor, Waterville ME

We just started used the Gait Harness System ambulator 4 days this past week with my 88 year-old wife at her skilled nursing center. It is absolutely marvelous! The results have been very, very heartwarming.

Lillian J., daughter of post stroke survivor, Seattle WA

Getting mom to walk again after her massive hemorrhagic stroke last year is one our top priorities. Everyone knows that she was always on the go. The first thing she still says every morning is, “Let’s get ready and go!” She is eager to move about on her own! We know that walking practice every day is key. We have gotten her comfortable in this Cadillac of walkers. She is now much better at standing and we are at a point where she can practice every day!

Frank D., parent of brain aneurysm survivor, Paradise Valley AZ

We are still using the Second Step GHS 3 days a week (MWF) like clockwork. It’s been a long grind (6 years) but T. is still hanging in there. She can generally take about 20-25 steps at a time and usually we get about 3 sometimes 4 repetitions a day.

Richard L., parent of post stroke survivor, Medina OH

After his stroke, we have been using the Gait Harness System with our 43-year-old son Joseph to train him in walking with his full weight on his feet. It will take him a long time to learn to walk by himself, even with a walker. But with the GHS, he can develop his movement safely.

Mike S., husband of post stroke survivor, Freeport TX

Thank you for all of your help (for us and others) to help people with disabilities. The walker is getting easier to use as we work more with it. Thanks again.

Kristen W., wife of post stroke survivor, Shrewsbury MA

I just wanted to check in and let you know how much Art loves his Second Step.

David R., son-in-law of post stroke survivor, Hong Kong China

We are impressed at the logic, simplicity and engineering of the GHS. It certainly seems to be superior to the “Lite Gait” device which is apparently sold here in Hong Kong.

Joy G., mother of post stroke/Locked-In-Syndrome survivor, Queensland Australia

We are so excited to be going home to the Gait Harness…This has been a great year for S.’s recovery, little steps forward, but forward he goes…never the less…Thanks for everything.

Gene B., child of post stroke/orthopedic issue survivor, Quincy MA

Thank you so much for taking the time to work with me! I appreciate it greatly. I am very excited about the Gait Harness System. I am so impressed with everything about your company and the Second Step Gait Harness System!!! What a fabulous product! Thanks so much again. I am so encouraged by the Gait Harness System.

Patti H., grandmother of congenital heart defect/post stroke survivor, Wichita KS

Thank you so much for your prompt response to my inquiry on the Second Step and continuing with such outstanding support. It’s been a struggle in these past years following our granddaughter’s stroke to find people who can provide us with answers/support. I feel the Second Step system might be our best bet for my granddaughter! Thank you again, and I know that in your assistance, she will soon be another success story for Second Step!

Lesa M., child of post stroke survivor, New York City NY

It is marvelous product and I wish you well. Your mission is noble.

Rose Rodriguez, wife of post stroke survivor, Tampa FL

My 79-year-old husband had a stroke 7 months ago, and a complete knee replacement 7 weeks ago. Without a doubt, the safety feature using the harness in the ambulator gives him complete confidence in case he has to rest or loses his balance. He is able to walk and use his legs, hips, shoulders and arms as naturally as possible.

Malissa R., wife of BI and post stroke survivor, Alma AR

My husband had a brain aneurysm 11 years ago, when he was just 21 years old, followed by multiple strokes. I do daily therapy with him at home. He tried different equipment pieces at his clinic, but they all cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. He loves how the Gait Harness fits him, and is doing great.

Tina S., daughter of post stroke survivor, Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada

We got Mom in the GHS today and had her standing about a dozen times for up to 20 seconds. Without the GHS, she is only able to stand for 10-second intervals. Her physiotherapist loves it. He can now get her to stand and then he can be checking her knees, etc. It is so much more productive. Mom is absolutely thrilled.

Scott A., son of father with stroke, orthopedic & SCI issues, Staten Island NY

I have a tremendous respect for the work you do and wish you nothing but continued success. It’s comforting, at the very least, to know that even 3,000 miles away, there are still kind, caring people out there who understand what one encounters in caring for a disabled loved one. Your product is ingenious and should receive more accolades.

Karen M., wife of post stroke survivor, Austin TX

The GHS unit is quite stable, but it pushes Adan to engage his own core (unlike the Body Weight Support treadmill he has used in the past). I like the harness. It fits well and it is easy to connect to the unit. The braking function is excellent for resting and adds stability for standing tasks. It is definitely not too structured. It gives plenty of room for the user to move in a way that is natural and functional. It frees the therapists to work with him rather than support him, but having his upper body open unsupported is requiring him to relearn some fundamentals of functional gait. Recently, Adan has begun using the new hand hold accessory, and really likes it. We are both advocates of the Second Step product and see the benefit he has derived from daily home use. There are aspects of his stroke that are not as visible as walking and are not as straightforward to address, but this is something that Adan can attack head on. He has proven that he is willing to do the hard work, and when he faces walls, he finds ways over them. My job as wife and partner is to locate and hold the ladder.

G. Birk, spouse of post stroke survivor, St. Charles MO

We used our new Gait Harness System with my wife S. today and had her walk with it – it fit her much better than equipment she’s used before and it allowed her to walk more successfully. This was also the first time we used the hand grips and I feel they also helped her walk more easily. I believe we’re on the right track now and can move forward! Thank you again for your help.

Testimonials from Brain Injury Survivor Caregivers

“We loved it when he stood up so TALL and straight.”

This outdoor picture is A. walking in the local CROP Walk. We loved it when he stood up so TALL and straight. This unit is so much more stable than the equipment we tried from a different company. A. has progressed so well, he has now graduated to a rollator. Thank you!

Myke B., mother of TBI survivor, Muskegon MI

Helena T., mother of child with blindness & TBI issues, San Francisco CA

These walkers are definitely well built and are extremely stable and versatile. We would definitely have to say this is probably the Cadillac of them all.

Sonya E., mother of TBI survivor, New South Wales Australia

I am so happy we could purchase this directly from you. It arrived yesterday. I can’t wait! It looks fantastic. Thanks so much for everything.

Robert C., husband of BI survivor, Victoria Australia

So glad we decided to purchase the GHS for my wife K. – the videos on your website are inspirational and in my wife’s context will hopefully assist in achieving her goal of being able to once again walk. The Gait Harness System safely arrived today. Assembly was simple – did this while watching the video. Looking forward to trying my wife in it with our Physiotherapist tomorrow. Thanks for your assistance I and will let you know how we go.

Kay T., fiancée of acquired brain injury survivor, Redondo Beach CA

With all of M.’s ongoing medical issues, using the Gait Harness System has been the ONE thing which has seemed to help him. We are so glad we have it.

Dolores L., mother of TBI survivor, Spring TX

Our son was injured in 1982. He had a closed head injury, a damaged cerebellum, and is partially paralyzed on one side. He has a history of falling when using conventional walkers. Jr. has used more computerized version of walking equipment, but he prefers the more streamlined design of the GHS. We also like the portability of the GHS, as Jr. lives at an adult care home during the week, and comes home on weekends. Jr. really looks forward to working with this device every day, and we have several therapists who are eager to help him with it.

Deputy Amanda C., wife of Deputy Clay C., TBI survivor, Green Cove Springs FL

Clay is doing great, already showing improvement in his endurance and his steps are getting smoother. I want to thank you for all you have done to help us. Sometimes good people find themselves in positions they never in a million years thought they would be in, and thank God there are still caring and compassionate people like you who are still willing to help someone when they can. Your kindness was a blessing to me and Clay. Thanks again.

Bonnie P., mother of TBI survivor, Eugene OR

Your videos of brain injured folks, like my son, using the GHS brings tears to my eyes because it reminds us to never give up and to keep trying new things.

Lois K., mother of TBI survivor, Branford CT

My son T. has been using the GHS at his assisted living facility for the past two years, two sessions a week. The System allows his PT to work with him in a standing position, which he enjoys. This machine is wonderful. It is a truly a Godsend!

Cleo S. RN, CRRN, CCM, parent of TBI survivor, Traverse City MI

I am so impressed with this product and really want to share it with other Rehab friends. Thank you for all your help.

Lynn J., daughter of brain surgery survivor, Brooklyn NY

My 84-year-old Dad, Vincent, is a US Air Force veteran who served active duty during the Korean War. 1 year and 4 months after surgery to remove a brain tumor, my Dad was able to move his legs but was still unable to balance or stand. Because of his balance issues after surgery, he was wheelchair bound. My family and I were convinced my Dad could walk again, and he really wanted to. After my Dad used this Second Step walker, he started to walk after not being able to for almost a year and a half. He only used Second Step 4x then was able to walk! Before using the Second Step, my Dad couldn’t stand at all. Even though he had a little setback recently due to hurting his ribs, and is a bit unbalanced right now, we feel the Second Step walker, plus his attendants motivating him, and his physical therapy, all helped get dad to walk again, with God’s help…when his ribs heal in a few weeks, we plan on using this Second Step walker to reinvigorate and rebalance him further. It will be great to get his balance stronger again. I really feel that this walker was what gave Dad the balanced feeling that finally made him able to remind his mind and body how to walk again. That made us all choked up with joy and even had my neighbor happily crying seeing him walk again, finally! His being able to stand and walk again, even if with a walker on and off, made it worth the investment. My family… my sister and his siblings and my cousins and friends, all feel like he is a miracle man. It is a miracle that he’s able to stand and walk again at all. I feel Second Step was in large part instrumental in that miracle Thanks so much for your kindness and assistance! And for this invention.

Myke B., mother of TBI survivor, Muskegon MI

Here is A. at the BIAMI Conference test driving the Second Step GHS. We loved it when he stood up so TALL and straight. The outdoor picture is A. walking in the local CROP Walk. This unit is so much more stable than the equipment we tried from a different company. A. has progressed so well, he has now graduated to a rollator. Thank you!

Testimonials from Neurological Disorder Caregivers

“The Gait Harness System is opening up a whole new world for him.”

My son James has developmental disabilities, and goes to a day treatment center. He is happy to finally be on his feet. The Gait Harness System is opening up a whole new world for him.

Sandra R., mother of DD survivor, Anaheim CA

 

Allan C., child of Parkinson’s Disease survivor, Phoenix AZ

I appreciate your product. May you continue to help those in need.

Sandra R., mother of DD survivor, Anaheim CA

My son James has developmental disabilities, and goes to a day treatment center. He is happy to finally be on his feet. The Gait Harness System is opening up a whole new world for him.

Teresa S., mother of Cerebral Palsy survivor, Lawton OK

My son Adam was born with cerebral palsy. He has endured many painful surgeries and excruciating physical therapy over his lifetime. He worked hard to walk at age 7 and again at age 13 but then lost the ability to walk 5 years ago after a failed surgery. Adam then had another operation to fix his legs, which was successful, but afterward, he was still not able to walk by himself. I recently bought the Gait Harness System for him. He is so happy to be walking again! This is a picture of Adam up and walking by himself after 4 times using the GHS. He goes up and down all the hallways. He asks me every day to take him walking. Adam’s lifetime of hard work and fantastic attitude have finally paid off!

Antonio P., brother of Spastic Cerebral Palsy survivor, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Today we have received the GHS. Here is a picture of my sister using it. Thank you very much. We hope it will help her a lot.

Testimonials from Spinal Cord Injury Survivor Caregivers

“We are so thankful to Second Step for producing this wonderful equipment…”

We are so thankful to Second Step for producing this wonderful equipment that gives L. the opportunity to work at walking. Without it, we wouldn’t have any way to help her. Helping her get into it and out of it is getting easier for my husband and for me. My husband and I are sure the GHS is the best investment my sister L. can make in her continuing effort to walk again. We believe she will be able to walk sooner because she has the GHS in her home. She is spending time in it every evening. Thanks for always going “the second mile” for L. and for us. You are wonderful! Your company is wonderful! Best wishes!

Janice T., sister of post spinal surgery survivor, Austin TX

 

Frankie B., mother of SCI survivor, New York NY

Whatever it costs—it’s worth it.

Nicole G., daughter of SCI survivor, Northborough MA

We purchased the Gait Harness System a couple of years ago. It has been wonderfully helpful to my dad to strengthen his muscles and get him walking again. I am happy to say that he progressed beyond the GHS and can now walk with a walker. We are so grateful for all that the harness system had helped my dad accomplish.

Elayne W., mother of SCI survivor, St. Louis MO

My son was standing for 45 minutes in the GHS, with his KAFOs on, the first day we received it. He had no fear of falling, and was very comfortable. He hasn’t been standing in a long time, and we can see how much this is going to help him. He’s excited!

Edna L., OTR, daughter of SCI survivor, Mission TX

The gait trainer I received for my Dad is working beautifully! I have a friend that needs one for her 6’4” father, and I’m referring you to her to you.

Janice T., sister of post spinal surgery survivor, Austin TX

We are so thankful to Second Step for producing this wonderful equipment that gives L. the opportunity to work at walking. Without it, we wouldn’t have any way to help her. Helping her get into it and out of it is getting easier for my husband and for me. My husband and I are sure the GHS is the best investment my sister L. can make in her continuing effort to walk again. We believe she will be able to walk sooner because she has the GHSII in her home. She is spending time in it every evening. Thanks for always going “the second mile” for L. and for us. You are wonderful! Your company is wonderful! Best wishes!

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