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SafeGait 360º Balance and Mobility Trainer®

Kaweah Health is the first in California to use the SafeGait 360º Balance and Mobility Trainer® to help people who are learning to walk again after they’ve been injured. The integrated health system serving Central California has also debuted a 100-foot track for its patients – the longest track in the nation.

The SafeGait 360º Balance and Mobility Trainer® is a ceiling-mounted dynamic body-weight support (BWS) and fall protection system. It promotes a safe, efficient therapy session to individuals with a variety of impairments as they practice walking, improve strength, and overcome balance concerns.

Physical and Occupational Therapists at Kaweah Health Rehabilitation Hospital are using the track-and-harness system to increase patient confidence and reduce fears of falling as they learn to stand or walk again after a stroke, a spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, amputation, and other neurological or neurodegenerative diagnoses. This device tracks patients’ movement, so physical therapists can make quick and safe adjustments, while letting patients learn to negotiate stairs, transfers, and floor exercises.

Physical and Occupational Therapists benefit from SafeGait, as they are less likely to be hurt catching a fall, which gives them the opportunity to expand their intervention strategies. They no longer have to be on guard for falls, the most likely time for work-related injury to occur. This also means fewer staff are needed to work with one patient, which opens opportunities for other patients. Data provided by the system is also available to help physical therapists evaluate patient treatment plans.

DIH, a global solution provider of robotic rehabilitation devices for physical and occupational therapy including SafeGait, is proud to recognize Kaweah Health as a DIH Technology vanguard center.

The purchase of the SafeGait 360º Balance and Mobility Trainer® was made possible through the Kaweah Health Hospital Foundation’s community fundraising efforts.