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.

Additionally, we offer LendingClub personal loans, which you can use to make your GHS purchase (subject to credit approval). See if you qualify for LendingClub financing, and if you are eligible for LendingClub’s affordable, fixed-rate loan offers with payment terms between 6 – 60 months.

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.

K. Thornton PT, Benefis Healthcare, Great Falls MT

My client is an 18-year-old who experienced a TBI last year resulting from a shooting accident. He used LiteGait and complained about discomfort in the groin area with that equipment. He is very happy with the GHS and decided to purchase one for home use.

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.

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.

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!

Marlene M., cerebellar degeneration survivor, Corvallis OR

Using the Gait Harness System has been a life-changing experience. It is allowing me to restore my ability and confidence. It’s hard work, but it’s good work. This has helped me become stronger. It’s great to feel my muscles again.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nicole Prieto-Lewis, Director of the Gait and Balance Research Laboratory, Gainesville VA, Gainesville FL

Patients cannot fall using the GHS as the harness is designed to support their full body weight if necessary. No walker or cane can compare to the safety of this System.

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.

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.

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!”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Brook S., MS survivor, Anchorage AK

We got the GHS, and strapped me in for a virgin voyage. The first day I stood for about forty minutes doing some leg presses and just stationary standing. The next day I was s-o-o-o-o sore, using muscles in my legs and back that hadn’t seen any action in a while! I am super excited and infinitely hopeful, and now is the time for the hard work.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

William Thornton MPT, Level 11 Physical Therapy Clinics founder, Holly MI

I have a group of patients at a facility who were all told they would never walk again—after using the Gait Harness System, only two now use a wheelchair as their primary locomotion. I use the GHS daily with almost all my patients. I have had great success using the GHS with and without braces with tetras and paras of all levels. The unique harness is extremely comfortable, works very well with the braces, and reduces the number of seated rest breaks with any standing activity. The GHS allows for reinforcement of newly learned gait patterns, in a real-world situation. The GHS has allowed our program to be very challenging, efficient, and safe at the same time. Many of the higher level activities would require two or three staff members if it were not for the GHS. I cannot say enough about the ease of use and its ability to reduce the fear of falling.

Ester Valazquez, MSPT, HealthSouth Rehabilitation, Tampa FL

In 5 years of on-again/off-again rehabilitation, one resident failed to develop independent ambulation to cover even short distances. With integrating the GHS into the treatment regimen, this resident made tremendous progress in independence, ambulating over 200-300 feet.

Tera Stegner, Director of Community Relations, Grace Center for Adult Day Services, Corvallis OR

A key component of Grace Center’s post-rehab specialty is the use of our two Second Step GHS ambulators. These have often provided our participants the ability to walk for the first time in years or ever in their adult life. Not only does its use help combat muscle atrophy, avoid pressure sores, build strength and boost self-esteem, it also provides participants new found freedoms such as strolling in our garden, working in our raised beds, and doing things that bring them joy. The GHS’s help Grace Center remain one of the most specialized adult day centers in the state and a place that people are given the chance to thrive.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

K. Thornton PT, Benefis Healthcare, Great Falls MT

My client is an 18-year-old who experienced a TBI last year resulting from a shooting accident. He used LiteGait and complained about discomfort in the groin area with that equipment. He is very happy with the GHS and decided to purchase one for home use.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

Chase Knight, Program Specialist, Grace Center for Adult Day Services, Corvallis OR

I have used the Second Step Gait Harness System for 11 years with clients with stroke, traumatic brain injuries and Parkinson’s Disease. What I like best about this device is the sense of freedom the GHS provides to my participants, be it ambulation, doing daily chores, playing games or carrying out PT orders. The Gait Harness System has given a sense of security, and quelled fears of falling, in many of our participants. Many participants who believed they would be wheelchair-bound forever can now get up and move about, rekindling self-confidence, strengthening their legs, and making it easier for caregivers to assist their loved ones.

 

Lisa Stevens, PT, Senior Physical Therapist, Brain and Spine Recovery Center, Brackenridge Hospital, Austin TX

The Second Step system allows earlier ambulation of stroke and other neurologically compromised patients by creating a virtually fall-free environment. While it may still take two or even three therapy staff in the most involved cases, initiating stepping as early as possible is critical to ultimately achieving functional gait. With the framework and the harness, I was able to move straight to standing and limited gait instead of being stuck in transfer training for the first day or two. It makes the process possible from the bedside, which allowed the staff members to work without a dedicated gym space when necessary.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

E. Wilzbacher, MS, Licensed Psychological Practitioner, Clinical Director, NeuroRestorative, Lexington KY

The GHS is awesome!! It has been amazing to watch our clients use it! Our PT is very satisfied with it.

Carla S., RN and SCI survivor, Huntsville AL

Going back into an inpatient setting & doing Body Weight Support Treadmill Training, intuitively, feels like going backward. I believe at home physical therapy with the GHS makes so much more sense from a functional improvement stance.

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!

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.

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.

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

The GHS has helped me develop more techniques that have improved the way we treat a variety of patients. The combination of the GHS frame and supportive harness and thigh straps allow me to progress a patient from a very low level up to higher level gait training and more advanced physical activities. The big benefit of the GHS is that it allows me to do all activities in a very, very safe environment for myself and the patient. The GHS will not allow the patient to fall. It allows the patient to “take a break,” by just sitting down in a relaxed position without me needing to transfer them to a chair or mat table or have myself or a second person drag a wheelchair behind. The patient is completely secure. Since nearly all of my work is without an aide, the GHS is like another set of hands and probably provides just as much safety as an aide would. It probably paid for itself within a few months of use.

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!

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!

Michael Haynes PT, Manager of the Brain and Spine Recovery Center, Brackenridge Hospital, Austin TX

We utilize the GHS with most of our SCI patients. Mainly with long leg braces, but we do have some clients who are becoming more ambulatory and it really helps establish a more normal gait pattern. We are having a lot of success utilizing this equipment.

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.

Joel D., SCI survivor, retired US Navy Nuclear Submarine Commander, Greenwood SC

My methodology is using my overhead lift to transfer me into the Second Step, then to lower me to where my elbows are on the top framework and my feet start to load. With this configuration, I can load my entire body weight or just a fraction of it, as needed. The Second Step gives me the platform for balance and a place to put my elbows and arms so I can assist my legs. I could not make this transition without the Second Step! I have a standing frame and we use that, but that provides additional support and does not allow the virtual natural standing that I’m able to do with the Second Step. My legs are getting stronger and I’m doing typically many flex-and-extend exercises with my knees, along with working constantly on chin down, shoulders back, posture, etc. I am extremely pleased.

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!”​

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!

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.

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

Whatever it costs—it’s worth it.

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.

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.

Stacy Tomczak DPT, PT, Optimal Health Institute, Addison IL

Using the GHS has changed my patient’s life forever. At first, he needed 2 people just to assist him standing. Now, he is ambulating 40 feet with only minimal assistance to advance his left leg. He has also built up trunk stability and tolerance enough to weight bear through his legs. He continually verbalizes his excitement with each new gain. He wouldn’t be walking if it weren’t for the GHS. I can’t thank you enough for helping him achieve his goals.

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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