Gait Harness System

Funding & Financing Assistance

Gait Harness System Funding & Financing Assistance

GHS products are an investment in the client’s health and life quality

Second Step products are built to commercial grade standards, designed to help people through the full duration of functional recovery tasks of learning to stand and walk again. GHS products can be used for the months, years, or life span of a person working through disabling illness or injury.

Sometimes it can seem impossible to find funding for a piece of rehabilitative equipment you know will vastly enrich and enhance your, or your family member’s, life. Start by reading the suggestions below, and try all options that may be available to you.

We accept direct pay via Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, and American Express.

We also offer PayPal Credit, a credit account you can use to make your GHS purchase (subject to credit approval). See if you qualify for PayPal financing, and if you are eligible for PayPal’s “No Payments + No interest if paid in full in 6 months” offer.

Many funds and foundations have been set up to help with funding for disabilities, but will often only consider an application once all other sources (such as private pay, Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance) have been exhausted.

A fund or foundation may require a prescription for the equipment by a physician, or a letter of medical necessity/justification letter, determining the equipment to be medically necessary for the intended user. Contact Us if you require a letter of medical necessity template specifically for the Gait Harness System.

Some national organizations provide diagnosis-specific assistance, so make sure you know which ones might apply to your situation.

Religious and community organizations may also be a source of funding assistance. This list, although by no means exhaustive, is a good starting point. Another place to turn could be your case worker, case manager, community library and/or social service agency, who may know of other local sources of funding for rehabilitative equipment.

If you know an organization not listed below which provides help with funding rehabilitative equipment, please Contact Us.

 

National & Federal Organizations

Some government programs and other funding sources will help pay for some medical equipment, also called “durable medical equipment” such as the Gait Harness System (GHS).

The following national & federal funding sources have purchased the Second Step GHS for clients:

 

State, County & Community Organizations

The following state, county & community organizations have purchased the GHS for clients:

 

Private Organizations & Resource Options

The following private entities have purchased, funded or reimbursed GHS purchase:

 

  • Auto insurance claims
  • Legal settlements
  • Worker’s Comp claims
  • Residential Group Homes
  • Private trust fund, conservator, or fiduciary
  • Private foundations
  • Private fundraisers (traditional & social fundraising, see Tips of Effective Online Fundraising below)
  • Charitable or anonymous donors
  • Church/religious organization fundraisers
  • Private health insurance may reimburse subscriber post private pay under HCPCS codes: E0638, E0641, E0642, or E1399
  • The GHS is considered an exempt (non-countable) asset for Medicaid financial qualification and spend-down

More Potential Funding Sources

In addition to the above, the following funds and foundations are focused on answering the needs of adults with disabilities in helping to fill the “funding gaps” where specialized equipment is needed, and could be potential funding sources for your Gait Harness System for Home Users:

Community organizations

State & National organizations

We are available to speak with a funding source which may have questions about the Gait Harness System. If your funder requires a formal Quote to consider your grant application, call us at 877-299-STEP or email us at [email protected].

 

Tips for Effective Online Fundraising

Subsidizing your Second Step Gait Harness System 

Online Fundraising Sites

  • GoFundMe under “Medical, Illness & Healing”
  • GiveForward under “Help with Medical Bills-Start a Fundraiser”
  • YouCaring under “Start a Medical Fundraiser” Fundraiser”
  • Fundly under “Medical & Health Expenses”
  • Help Hope Live under “Uninsured Medical Expenses”
  • Just Giving under “Health & Medical” or “Disability”

An online campaign can also prompt a separate, offline campaign. Traditional offline campaigns allow the fundraiser to collect private cash donations from donors who prefer to donate off the internet.

Tips From Clients 

Examples of effective online fundraising techniques include photo progressions to tell the individual’s story, and to engage the viewer. For example: Who is X (the person asking for help)? What happened to X? What have they overcome thus far? What recovery steps have they/family taken? Why is X asking for help now? Why should the donor invest in X’s cause?

Be accurate and direct. Title the fundraiser plainly, e.g.: “Help X Walk Again with a Second Step Gait Harness System.”

State your purpose clearly. Explain why X needs donor support. E.g.: “Research on cases like X’s has shown that the key to standing and walking again is to practice every day. X needs help getting a secure standing and walking frame to keep him/her safe while (s)he learns to stand and walk again after his/her illness/injury.”

Explain the objective. E.g.: “X’s level of function does not allow him/her to move safely in a traditional walker without multiple trained assistants, but a Second Step Gait Harness System would allow X to walk at home with (fewer) helpers. The Gait Harness System unit is more heavy-duty than a traditional walker and has a built-in harness that supports X so (s)he won’t fall.”

Pictures speak a thousand words. Short video clips, and/or a collage of photos make X and their current challenge real and encourage viewer empathy. Sharing X’s personal story helps others to connect to X’s need and passion to stand and walk again. Include a GHS photo or two from our Photo Gallery to show donors how you intend to invest donations made to X.

Share the charity. E.g.: “X plans to donate the Second Step GHS unit to a therapy clinic/community center/VA center/adult day participant program/another individual/a family member when X is ready to move into a less supportive walker. Helping X now will help others in the future.”

Clearly ask for assistance. E.g.: “Would you please help X and his/her family by donating to his/her fund today? Give him/her a Second Chance to Walk Again.”

A personal, honest approach is powerful. It shows X is a real person, with real dreams, is willing to work very hard, and is extremely thankful for any donation.

Kandice Kinney, ATC/R, NASM – CES, Director of Therapy, ADAPT Training, Beaverton OR

One of our clients has decided to bring their Second Step Gait Harness System to our facility and we have had the opportunity to use it—it is amazing!

A. Flood, PT, James A Haley Veteran’s Hospital, Tampa FL

One of my veteran clients, who has a lower extremity amputation, lives in a rural area in South Carolina and inconsistently received therapy services at home. We helped the family get a GHS for them to work on his ambulation at home once he was discharged.

Joe Bongiovanni, CBIS CDSS, Chief Operating Officer, Strength Training & Recovery Corp., Grand Blanc MI

When our clinic opened, we made sure one of the first pieces of equipment we had was a GHS from Second Step. The GHS is a valuable piece of equipment that can be a multi-exercise station and a feedback machine for gait training. Of course, it is also a gait training device that can be used indoors or outdoors. We utilize the GHS on outdoor paths during nice spring, summer, and fall days. The hand holds are a great new feature as they have allowed our clients to have a more comfortable hand placement during their use of the GHS. The GHS allows clinicians here at STAR to create a variety of fun and challenging exercises that breaks the monotony of traditional therapy, and achieves better client outcomes.

Margaret Giannini M.D., F.A.A.P, Director, Office on Disability, Health and Human Services, Washington DC

The Second Step program is most creative. It provides much-needed rehabilitation support for individuals with disabilities in long-term care facilities. Wishing you every success.

Linda Horn, PT, NCS, Inpatient PT Coordinator, St. Agnes Healthcare, Baltimore MD

When properly secured in the GHS, the resident is completely supported, without need for caregiver assistance. Mobility activities can be performed relatively hands-free. The resident’s confidence is restored, which can be a huge barrier removed. The therapist is now able to fine-tune the resident’s mobility and address weakness and other gait deviations.

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!

William Thornton, MPT, Lead Physical Therapist, The Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery®, Rehab Institute of Michigan, Detroit MI

The harness used in the GHS directs supportive forces (or fall recovery forces) through a much larger surface area on both thighs. Other, over-head harnesses direct these forces through the sensitive pubic area, which often leads to decreased treatment time and intensity.

K.P., post stroke survivor, Cleveland OH

I am absolutely excited that your product is within my reach. Thank you for all that you’re doing for those that need this amazing opportunity to improve the quality of their lives (like mine). I am also very happy to think of all the smiles you deliver with each product shipment! I am very excited about your product for the opportunity it will give me.

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.

Jonathan Potvin PT, DPT, Level Eleven Physical Therapy, Holly MI

We use our Second Step Gait Harness System on a daily basis with our spinal cord, stroke, TBI and other neurological patients. The handles have been great and have added a component that has been very helpful as far as increasing patients’ ability to maintain stability in the system. If the patient has lacking grip strength or if they are flaccid in one or both of their upper extremities we have also combined the use of grasping cuffs with the handles to help maintain patients’ alignment in the device.

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.

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.

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!

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.

A. Flood, PT, James A Haley Veteran’s Hospital, Tampa FL

One of my veteran clients, who has a lower extremity amputation, lives in a rural area in South Carolina and inconsistently received therapy services at home. We helped the family get a GHS for them to work on his ambulation at home once he was discharged.

Robert, TBI survivor, Gresham OR

Robert suffered a TBI after being assaulted more than 13 years ago. He began using the GHS every day at his residential adult foster home. One of Robert’s frustrations when he was bed- and wheelchair-bound after his TBI was the loss of his ability to “get up and see the world. Walking again gave me my life back! Work hard, don’t give up. You need to know, if I can do it, you can do it too!”​

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!

Kayt H., SCI survivor, Grand Blanc MI

I was told I would never walk again. I feel more stable in the Second Step GHS because I don’t have to worry about moving my hands. If you misplace your hands in the parallel bars or a walker you are going to fall. With the GHS I don’t worry about my hands–the equipment moves around with me. I can be upright, use my hip flexors and extensors much more and can focus on what my feet are doing and when to take steps. If your walker tips, you tip–whereas the Second Step can’t tip, it holds you in place. I used some equipment before which felt like I was ‘part of it’ versus it being part of me and it didn’t work well. The Second Step works better and helps me with a more fluid walk. It’s very adjustable and extremely helpful. The GHS can get me to community level walking a lot faster than a standard walker would. It allows you to do more on your own. I may not walk like you but even being able to get upright and walking a little bit changes everything for me.

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

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

John G., veteran and MS survivor, Annapolis MD

I received the GHS in great order! It was very well packaged and assembled easily according to the video instructions I am using the safety afforded by the seat harness and stability of the ambulator to first build back my standing strength. It is a slow process but definitely progressing! (You have to stand before you walk and walk before you run!) Thanks for this great equipment.

Gayle P., post stroke survivor, Astoria OR

I am only 58 years old, post stroke. I was told I’d never walk again or have any movement on the left side, and I proved them wrong. I’m determined to make as full of a recovery as I can. Never will I stop fighting to get my life back and I believe that the second step is an essential weapon in my fight against the odds. I feel as though some prayers were answered when my son found you on the internet. I know this equipment will get me one, two, three, steps closer to my freedom, to my life, to the day when I walk out of that nursing home and never look back. This equipment I know will save my life, end my physical limitations, stop my weight gain, and gift me with a bright and happy future. Thanks for giving me new hope and new faith.

Knute M., TBI survivor, Corvallis OR

After my accident, I didn’t walk for 22 years because everyone was afraid I would fall. Using the Gait Harness System to walk again is my dream come true!

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.

Dennis Yeichi, OTR/L, Irvine CA

You are AWESOME! On behalf of J. and his mom, THANKS! J. continues to use the Second Step as part of his maintenance program. I have to say your product, after all these years, has required minimal costs to maintain! Thanks so much for such terrific customer support for your product! Better than Nordstrom’s!

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!

Renè Knight, Operations Manager, Grace Center for Adult Day Services, Corvallis OR

The new Gait Harness works wonderfully! I have attached some video clips of Joe walking for the first time in the Second Step. He did over 300 ft, and at one point his assistant let him go on his own. Everyone is celebrating his successful venture in the Second Step! Grace Center can’t thank you enough, you are truly bringing a gift to our clients. Thank you!

Gennifer H., Director of Rehab, LifeHOUSE San Diego, San Diego CA

Yay! We’ve unpacked it already, can’t wait to begin using it.

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.

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.

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.

Donald D., veteran and post stroke, TBI & orthopedic survivor, Eugene OR

I served our country, active duty, during the Korean War. After badly healed fractures in my leg, my ribs, and my arm kept me in bed at a nursing home for six months, I was told I shouldn’t expect to walk again. Well, they don’t know me!  I’m a competitive guy. This is me, resting after my first day walking after those six months, happy to be on my feet again. Six weeks later, I’m a lot stronger, and I’m walking so fast up and down all the hallways at the  home, the staff can’t keep up with me!

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.

Joe Bongiovanni CBIS, CDSS, Chief Operating Officer, Strength Training And Recovery Corp., Grand Blanc MI

The handles are a great new feature as they have allowed our clients to have a more comfortable hand placement during their use of the GHS. And yet, the new handles can be detached to allow versatility for various exercise setups. Clients say more stability is gained from the handles, because they can utilize larger muscles (pecs and biceps) based on the hand change position (thumbs up as opposed to palms down) to help control their upper body. Clients with decreased hand function state it now gives them a secure place to grasp and, if need be, gloved to for a better grip.

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!

Doug E., SCI survivor, Grand Blanc MI

I’ve been through 5 clinics, years of different PT and tried multiple types of devices. I have worked with the Second Step Gait Harness System more than 1 time at more than 1 clinic. I’ve seen more than one person that the Second Step has helped. Each time it enabled me to push my boundaries and get me back out in everyday living. It gave me confidence, most of all. The weight bearing feels great after sitting down for a lot of time. I could never take my walker and walk 1000 feet, but with the Second Step I definitely can. The GHS is stable and strengthened me in places I couldn’t get to with other equipment. It’s about people taking the adversity, using it as something good and going towards a goal to be better. You just have to find the path to get you where you want to be.

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.

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!

Carlos Lima MD, Department of Neurology, Hospital de Egas Moniz, Lisbon, Portugal

I am suggesting my patients get a Second Step GHS device to them, because we know that over-ground training gives the best recovery results.

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.

Jim F., veteran and MS survivor, Baltimore MD

My GHS arrived this afternoon. That is a quality piece of equipment! Packaging was very good and Old Dominion Freight Service provided very smooth delivery. My wife assembled the GHS, I put on the harness and rehab work has started at a new level. Thank you for this very quality piece of equipment. Rehab work will be much safer with the GHS in my home (for both me and my therapist).

Joe Mitchell, Financial Aid Center for Long Term Care, Inc., Grants Pass OR

The Gait Harness System is a truly marvelous device that could no doubt help thousands of people actually regain their mobility, not just spend the rest of their lives being pushed around in a wheel chair or riding on a scooter.

E. King, PT, James A Haley Veteran’s Hospital, Tampa FL

I have a 40-year-old male patient who sustained a TBI in 1994. He and his family were educated in the proper set-up and application of the GHS, and a request was made to have a unit shipped to Tennessee for patient to use in the home for continuity of care and continued functional training. This patient has high needs for mobility assistance and is in the GHS approximately 6x/week at this time. Without the GHS, he would not have ambulating opportunities.

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!

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.

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

Whatever it costs—it’s worth it.

Gillian Medieros, OTR/L, Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital, Haverhill MA

At age 42, Ron collapsed in his doctor’s office parking lot, awakening to find he was paralyzed from the waist down. Ron’s a very serious and intense person. he’s a perfectionist. No matter how big a step Ron makes, he always wants to take one more. He’s not a quitter. Within a month, Ron was walking 150 feet with the Gait Harness System. It was an amazing moment. It was unbelievable. We were blown away.

Andrew Allgood, TBI survivor, San Jose CA

Andrew was 26 years old when the motorcycle he was driving was struck by a car on the freeway. The result was a TBI that left him in a deep coma in addition to multiple site fractures. His therapy team, Advantage Rehab Services, were able to set new mobility goals by utilizing the GHS to improve Andrew’s gait pattern and quality. Andrew can now use the GHS to walk in the community on a daily basis with supervision. “Using the Second Step GHS made me feel free to move, I felt more positive and confident. I love walking again; I wasn’t supposed to walk again.” His biggest rehab accomplishment is “being able to walk using the gait trainer independently in the sun.” He worked over a year to meet that goal!

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.

Linda Horn, PT, NCS, Inpatient PT Coordinator, St. Agnes Healthcare, Baltimore MD

When properly secured in the GHS, the resident is completely supported, without need for caregiver assistance. Mobility activities can be performed relatively hands-free. The resident’s confidence is restored, which can be a huge barrier removed. The therapist is now able to fine-tune the resident’s mobility and address weakness and other gait deviations.

Danielle Cheung, PT, PCS, Pediatric Certified Specialist, Southern CA

Our client is a 13-year-old girl with a diagnosis of hypotonic cerebral palsy. She has very low tone in trunk and is low functioning. She uses the GHS at school and at home. She was a perfect candidate for the GHS, as there aren’t a lot of options for her needs. The classroom aide has started trying it in different places on campus, and she is doing even better than she was in the classroom. She is walking up to 150 feet and is happy!

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

Adam 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.

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.

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.

John T., SCI & LE amputee survivor, Bannister MI

I didn’t walk for 14 years. With the GHS, now I can walk four laps around the track with small breaks in between and also crawl about the same.

Debbie Pitsch, PT, Palo Alto Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto CA

The GHS promotes a faster gait velocity, which is difficult to do with over-ground ambulation. I have found benefits using the GHS with amputee patients, who are fearful of falling, as it can promote less dependence on the parallel bars. I have observed the Gait Harness System may reduce anxiety and fear of falling, and improve motivation.

Mark A., PTA, Newport OR

I just finished reading your “About Us” page on your website. What an awesome contribution you’ve made to humanity! As a PTA, I look forward to having the opportunity to assist rehabilitation using your most innovative GHS. It is truly a pleasure to meet someone with your sense of vision and awareness of others.

David Cacciatore PT, Lane School, Houston TX

Just this morning the GHS was bringing some amazement and tears to staff members as a student used it successfully.

Cheri Babb RN, MN, CNS, Executive Director, Grace Center for Adult Day Services, Corvallis OR

We have an elderly female participant with a history of severe osteoporosis and hip fractures, who hasn’t walked for quite some time due to fear of falling and progressive weakness. She was SO excited to walk again using the GHS!

M. Rosalia Arellano MSPT, Scripps Mercy Hospital, Outpatient Neuro Rehabilitation Department, San Diego CA

I believe the GHS would be beneficial in the home. It would help with carry over and safe household ambulation, decreasing risk of injury for patient and caregiver.

Guy Brock, Director of Rehab/Sleep Center/EEG, Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego CA

I have found the GHS really useful with clients on both the psychological and physical level. It’s made a huge difference with clients for whom other types of equipment have not worked, and with clients who haven’t been willing to work with any other type of equipment because of a fear of falling. It’s uplifting to see clients no longer have the fear of falling and be willing to do therapy. Clients who were hard to work with are now very motivated, and the staff is also motivated to help them. Many of these clients have never been able to successfully ambulate prior to using the GHS.

Joseph Millen, PT, MTC Program of Excellence Coordinator SORS, Palm Harbor FL

We have treated patients with vestibular disorders, gait abnormalities, CVA, post-op THR, TKR, post amputee, TBI, and patients with a variety of lower extremity balance and coordination problems. Patients with mental dysfunction such as Alzheimer’s Disease can be safely and securely ambulated to provide important health benefits while maintaining a minimal risk to the patient, attending aide, or therapist.

Richard O’Toole MSW, President of Informed EldercareDecisions, Inc., nationally published author and speaker, Boston MA

I viewed several of your YouTube videos and was astounded. In 25 years of working with disabled elders and non-geriatric adults, I’ve never seen a Gait Harness System or other device so revolutionary. I’ll spread the word to my nationwide network of professional colleagues.

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.

Jimmy D., MS Survivor, Clarkston MI

Using the Second Step has been amazing for me and for so many others. MS survivors have the motivation to keep going and to keep doing things and if we get up and can’t be mobile without the risk of falling, it is discouraging. We decide ‘I’m not going to get up out of my chair and walk across the room because I’m safe in the chair.’ But we want to go over there and with the Second Step GHS, I can go there. It motivates me to do even more. The comfort of knowing I’m going to be safe is #1. It was a big relief to me because if I’m in the GHS and I fall, I’m safe. I’m not scared to fall anymore. Second Step was there for me each and every way. Psychologically speaking it made all the difference knowing that Second Step had me, the whole way. I wasn’t going to fall and crash and burn like I have before. Working together, we’re making great things happen. What Second Step has given me is building confidence every day. Second Step has literally made a 3rd step, a 4th step, a 5th step, multiple steps for me and for others, and that’s the exciting part.

Sophia Bong, President and CEO, Strength Training & Recovery Corp., Grand Blanc MI

We have been using our GHS for years, and love it. We have incorporated it with the Interactive Metronome for gait training amputees. Our adult and pediatric GHS’s are both working wonderfully. We are even able to use one for the adults who are tall kneeling for gait training.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gillian Medieros, OTR/L, Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital, Haverhill MA

At age 42, Ron collapsed in his doctor’s office parking lot, awakening to find he was paralyzed from the waist down. Ron’s a very serious and intense person. he’s a perfectionist. No matter how big a step Ron makes, he always wants to take one more. He’s not a quitter. Within a month, Ron was walking 150 feet with the Gait Harness System. It was an amazing moment. It was unbelievable. We were blown away.

Joe Mitchell, Financial Aid Center for Long Term Care, Inc., Grants Pass OR

The Gait Harness System is a truly marvelous device that could no doubt help thousands of people actually regain their mobility, not just spend the rest of their lives being pushed around in a wheel chair or riding on a scooter.

Amy F.,SCI survivor, Elkader IA

I can walk with KAFO’s around the track using the Second Step GHS and with little assistance from my trainer along with crawling forwards, backwards, and side to side. I’m making progress with my stability along with increasing my upper body strength. If it weren’t for this program, I don’t think I’d be doing the unbelievable things I was told I would never do again.

Gabrielle M., Director of Rec. Services, Genesis HealthCare, Baltimore MD

I’ve worked as the director of recreation services for a skilled nursing facility for 25 years. I am very impressed with how you have designed a piece of equipment that both supports the patient and allows the patient to ambulate. You should be proud of yourselves.

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.

Gabrielle M., Director of Rec. Services, Genesis HealthCare, Baltimore MD

I’ve worked as the director of recreation services for a skilled nursing facility for 25 years. I am very impressed with how you have designed a piece of equipment that both supports the patient and allows the patient to ambulate. You should be proud of yourselves.

Joyce A., SCI survivor, Detroit MI

After my accident, I was told I would never walk again, but I never gave up hope! This is my first day up. It feels so wonderful to stand!  Two years after her accident, Joyce shows that standing and walking again is finally possible using the Second Step Gait Harness System. She is “excited to get back to my happy and wonderful life!”

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.

Richard O’Toole MSW, President of Informed EldercareDecisions, Inc., nationally published author and speaker, Boston MA

I viewed several of your YouTube videos and was astounded. In 25 years of working with disabled elders and non-geriatric adults, I’ve never seen a Gait Harness System or other device so revolutionary. I’ll spread the word to my nationwide network of professional colleagues.

Cortney H., C 5-6 quad survivor, Riga MI

I’m able to stand and walk using the Second Step with the help of my trainer. Strength in my upper body, trunk control and my sitting posture has improved a great deal.

Bob Smith, SCI survivor, Harrison Township MI

The Second Step Gait Harness System has helped me tremendously. I have tried body weight support treadmill training, with both an overhead lift and with the Lokomat. I’ve also tried the Litegait. I’ve also combined the Lokomat with the GHS and the latest therapy from the Rehab Institute of Michigan. What the GHS allowed me to do is walk at my own pace, with or without assistance. It allowed me to fully weight bear and with little to no discomfort, unlike every other harness. And that’s not even mentioning the obvious benefits, like endurance cardio.

GHS products are not designed to treat or cure any issue, condition or disease. Results vary and are not guaranteed. Consult with the treating doctor or health care provider regarding health-related questions, assessments, and recommendations, including addressing the client’s specific medical issues, limitations, or needs. Second Step manufactures custom merchandise. No refunds will be given on any order. All sales, leases, lease-to-owns and layaways are final.

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