A gait belt is not a restraint and should never be used to tie somebody into a wheelchair or restrict their movement. A gait belt is a simple safety device that if used properly can help a person walk safely.
The gait belt is only as good as the person using it in terms of knowledge and skill.
We have represented many individuals who have been injured while being escorted with a gait belt because of the fact that the care giver was not paying attention or did not apply the device carefully.
belt is simply a soft cloth belt usually fastened with velcro that is used to aid or assist a person who has difficulty walking to assure that the person does not fall down. gaitA