Equipment Needed

Gait Belt
Non-skid Slippers

Ambulation using a Gait Belt

  1. Introduce self to resident.
  2. Identify that your hands should be washed.
  3. Explain procedure to be performed and obtain gait belt.
  4. Provides for resident's privacy, pulls privacy curtain.
  5. Locks all bed brakes to ensure resident’s safety.
  6. Locks wheelchair brakes to ensure resident’s safety.
  7. Lower bed to a position so the resident’s feet will rest comfortably flat on the floor when sitting on the bed.
  8. Bring resident to sitting position and assist resident to put on non-skid slippers, ensure feet are flat on the floor.
  9. Place gait belt around waist to stabilize trunk.
  10. Tighten gait belt. Check gait belt for tightness by slipping fingers between gait belt and resident and adjust as needed.
  11. Bring resident to standing position, using proper body mechanics.
  12. With one hand grasping gait belt and the other stabilizing resident by holding forearm, shoulder, or using other appropriate method to stabilize, ambulate resident at least 10 steps to their wheelchair.
  13. Assist resident to pivot and sit in a controlled manner that ensures safety.
  14. Remove gait belt.
  15. Maintain respectful, courteous interpersonal interactions at all times.
  16. Open privacy curtain and leave call light within easy reach of the resident.
  17. Identify that hands should be washed.

Skills key can be found on the D & S Video title page.