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 info@secondstepinc.com.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dru M., Physiotherapist, Queensland Australia

I have a client with a brain stem injury who’s spent 16 years in a wheelchair. I couldn’t find the right equipment on the web. Then voila! Yesterday a colleague said he’d found it. I think he’s right. My client has watched the videos and is excited. It looks like the GHS will really get him moving. We are really pleased to have found your website and are glad you can help.

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.

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.

Paul R., SCI survivor, Wales, United Kingdom

I am a T12/L1 paraplegic. I found the Gait Harness System on the internet after I couldn’t find anything like it here in Europe. The GHS has helped me a great deal in rehab, I can easily move it from rehab back and forth to my home.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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!

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!”​

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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

Whatever it costs—it’s worth it.

Nicole G., daughter of SCI survivor, Northborough MA

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Second Step 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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