A gait belt is an assistive device which can be
 used to help safely transfer a person from a bed to a wheelchair, assist with
 sitting and standing, and help with walking around. It is secured around the
 waist to allow a caregiver to grasp the belt to assist in lifting or moving a
 person. When used properly, the belt protects the care recipient from falling
 and also protects the caregiver from injuring his or her back as they lift or
 move the care recipient.


A gait belt is usually 1-  to 4 inches wide,
 and 54-60 inches long. The belt is made out of canvas, nylon, or leather with a
 buckle at one end. 


A standard gait belt has a
 metal buckle that has loops and teeth. Thread the belt through the teeth of the
 buckle and then put the belt through the loop to lock it . A quick-release gait
 belt has a plastic buckle that snaps into place to clip the two ends together.

Benefits & Features

A gait belt should be used if
 the care recipient is partially dependent and has some weight-bearing capacity.
 Here are some benefits of using a gait belt:
  • Provides
      assistance to the caregiver in moving an individual from one place to
      another. Gait belts can also be used to help raise a care recipient
      without straining the back.
  • Allows a
      caregiver to help stabilize a care recipient who loses his or her balance
      while walking. The belt acts as a handle that allows a caregiver to easily
      grasp onto the belt and stabilize the care recipient.
  • Helps protect
      the care recipient and caregiver from unnecessary injuries.
Be extra careful if the care recipient has a
 feeding tube, catheter, or medical issues involving their abdominal area.
 Consult with a physician about proper lifting under these conditions to find
 out if using a gait belt is safe.


Gait Belt