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Gait Belt

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This course will be discontinued effective October 1st, 2018. You will have until December 31st, 2018 to complete the course and print your certificate. The replacement course is located here.

This course is not approved by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS).

Assisting residents with transferring and ambulation is a common part of providing care in many care settings. A gait belt can be used to help ensure the safety of both the resident and the caregiver when providing this assistance. During this course we review what a gait belt is, when to use one, tips for using them effectively, and important safety considerations.

Course Information:
  • Online Training Course
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Purpose of Utilizing a Gait Belt in the Transfer of Residents
  • Important Safety Considerations
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Course Objectives

    By the end of this course participants will be able to:
  • Identify the purpose of utilizing a gait belt in the transfer of residents in Assisted Living and Residential Care.
  • Understand when to use a gait belt.
  • Explain how to properly use a gait belt.
  • Define several safety considerations when utilizing a gait belt to assist with transfer.
  • Apply tips and best practices to ensure quality of care for residents and safety for care staff.

Course Outcomes

  • I. Introduction
  • a. Definition of A Gait Belt
  • b. Statistics of Residents in Assisted Living/Residential Care
  • i. Many require assistance with activities of daily living
  • ii. 25% of residents in assisted living/residential care require assistance with transferring
  • c. Physical Demands and Risks For Back and Other Injuries
  • i. Nursing aides and other caregivers rank firs among at-risk occupations for work-related musculoskeletal disorders
  • ii. Use of a gait belt is one step to reduce this risk of injury
  • d. Gait Belt Should NEVER Be Used As A Restraint
  • e. State Regulations May Limit The Use of Gait Belts
  • i. Be sure to review your state regulations
  • II. Types of Gait Belt
  • a. Various Types From Soft Cloth to Advance Devices
  • i. Webbed cotton with a metal quick-release buckle
  • ii. Enhanced features, such as padding and handles
  • III. When To Use A Gait Belt
  • a. During Assistance with Transferring
  • b. During Assistance with Repositioning
  • c. During Assistance with Ambulation
  • d. Maneuvering In The Bathroom
  • e. When Using Other Devices, Such As Transfer Boards
  • f. Always Follow the Policies and Procedures of Your Organization Regarding When To Use A Gait Belt
  • IV. How To Use A Gait Belt
  • a. Note/Confirm Application of Gait/Transfer Belt Is Proper For Resident
  • b. Explain Procedure to Resident
  • c. Properly Position Belt Low on Resident’s Waist
  • d. Properly Tighten Belt to Comfortably Tight Level
  • e. Properly Grasp Belt and/or Handles of Belt for Effective Use
  • f. Assist Resident From Sit to Stand Position
  • g. Hold Onto Belt and Stand A Few Steps Behind The Resident When Assisting A Resident While Walking
  • h. Request Assistance From A Co-Worker If Needed
  • V. Safety Considerations
  • a. While Gait Belts Can Have Big Benefits – They Can Also Have Drawbacks
  • i. Not For Lifting
  • ii. Slipping and Sliding
  • 1. They can slid up on a resident, causing scrapes and skin tears and pushing onto the rib cage
  • iii. Not with Every Resident
  • 1. May not be suitable for ambulation of heavy residents or residents with recent abdominal or back surgery, ostomies, abdominal aneurysm, etc
  • iv. Cleaning and Disinfection
  • 1. Especially those made from cotton can become contaminated with blood or other body fluids and may be difficult to keep clean
  • VI. Tips and Best Practices
  • a. More Than One Caregiver May Be Needed
  • b. Belts With Padded Handles Are Easier To Grip And Increase Security and Control
  • c. Always Transfer to Resident’s Strongest Side
  • d. Use Good Body Mechanics and A Rocking and Pulling Motion Rather Than Lifting When Using A Belt
  • e. Ensure Belt Is Securely Fastened And Will Not Be Easily Undone During Transfer
  • f. Ensure A Layer of Clothing Is Between Resident’s Skin and The Belt To Avoid Abrasion
  • g. Keep Residents As Close As Possible To Caregiver During Transfer
  • h. Keep Back Straight, Bend Legs, And Stay As Close To Resident As Possible
  • i. Lower Bedrails, Remove Arms and Foot Rests From Chairs, And Other Items That May Obstruct The Transfer
  • j. Gait Belt Can Be Intimidating To Some Residents
  • i. A resident with dementia, for example, may feel that you are attempting to restrain him when applying a gait belt

Instructor: Josh Allen, R.N.

Josh Allen is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of experience in senior living. As the Director of InTouch at Home, Josh oversees all aspects of business development, care, services, and operations for the organization. As a part of the SRG Senior Living family of companies, InTouch at Home delivers personalized care and services to clients living in senior living communities as well as private residences across three states.

Josh also serves on the board of the American Assisted Living Nurses Association, and represents AALNA on the boards of the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living and Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations. Josh has previously served as President and CEO of Care and Compliance Group, a leading training solutions provider.

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Gait Belt