Quick facts on the dangers of falling

October 26, 2014

Donald 4Quick Facts……

  • The risk of falling increases with age.
  • Two-thirds of those who experience a fall will fall again within six months.
  • A decrease in bone density contributes to falls and resultant injuries.
  • Failure to exercise regularly results in poor muscle tone, decreased strength, and loss of bone mass and flexibility. All contribute to falls and the severity of injury due to falls.
  • At least one-third of all falls involve environmental hazards in the home.
  • Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 or over

Read fall prevention tips at: http://www.ncoa.org/press-room/fact-sheets/falls-prevention-fact-sheet.html

Questions? Call us at 877.299.STEP or Contact us today

Steffani Dubats JD, Executive Director, Sales Satisfaction, Second Step, Inc.

Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments. Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/walknews Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eugene-OR/Second-Step-Inc-Helping-People-Walk-Again/103792771475


“A Clinical Perspective with Gait Training”

October 19, 2014

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“Falls in nursing homes and long term-care facilities, as noted by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Disease Control, are a serious problem with approximately 50% of the 1.5 million residents nationwide falling at least once per year.

“Ambulatory goals are a central component for most residents. In therapeutic or restorative gait programs, the challenge is to provide a safe and effective method for both resident and caregiver.

“Falls can be a devastating problem for the resident, caregiver and the risk management in a facility. Advances in ambulatory and support devices provide a safe and effective method for mobility of the resident that can make a significant impact on the overall health of residents, caregivers and the cost effectiveness of treatments in facilities.

“New technologies are emerging in the industry such as such as ambulator-gait harness systems have a significant impact with regards to clinical experiences. These systems provide for safe, effective and dynamic gait training programs that can be integrated into all ambulatory and transfer needs of the facility.

“One such system is the Second Step, Inc. Gait Harness System® (GHS). The system is composed of a gait harness and ambulator. The gait harness designed to reduce the stresses/compressive forces on the lower back of the caregiver during gait training activities.” – Joseph Millen, PT, MTC,‎ Founder of Impact Health and Performance, Palm Harbor FL

For full article, see: http://www.secondstepinc.com/PDF/Addressing%20Resident%20Mobility%20and%20Fall%20Prevention.pdf

Questions? Call us at 877.299.STEP or Contact us today

Steffani Dubats JD, Executive Director, Sales Satisfaction, Second Step, Inc.

Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments. Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/walknews Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eugene-OR/Second-Step-Inc-Helping-People-Walk-Again/103792771475


October’s FAQ: What does the Gait Harness System cost?

October 12, 2014

What does the GHS cost?

The GHS is more affordable, portable, and realistic option for the home user than other costly equipment, allowing you to get healthy results beyond clinical walls.

  • Prevents risk of secondary complications, and resulting medical treatments
  • Saves the user money over other therapy options, and may qualify user for a tax credit
  • Can be used in the home for therapy reinforcement and to speed healthy user recovery
  • Home users can direct their therapy on a daily or as needed basis, in the comfort of their own home

Many of those using the Gait Harness System® also realize that greater savings can be realized from longer, recovery-focused care following the initial injury, rather than repeat care, which targets adaptations and accidents later in life.

We want your best possible outcome. Please contact us to discuss your purchase options.

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“Step by step”

October 5, 2014

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“David Dubats is laser-focused on one driving–or rather, walking–goal. He hates that thousands of victims of traumatic brain injuries, strokes and spinal cord damage are routinely thrust into wheelchairs, then sent on their way with the message that they will never walk again. Dubats knows otherwise.”

Read full article: http://www.secondstepinc.com/PDF/EugeneMagazineSpring2011SecondStepArticle.pdf

Questions? Call us at 877.299.STEP or Contact us today

Steffani Dubats JD, Executive Director, Sales Satisfaction, Second Step, Inc.

Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments. Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/walknews Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eugene-OR/Second-Step-Inc-Helping-People-Walk-Again/103792771475


C5 Spinal Cord Injury survivor walks again with the Gait Harness System

September 28, 2014

Darren, a C5 SCI survivor, practices walking again in the Second Step Gait Harness System at Push to Walk NJ.

Questions? Call us at 877.299.STEP or Contact us today

Steffani Dubats JD, Executive Director, Sales Satisfaction, Second Step, Inc.

Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments. Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/walknews Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eugene-OR/Second-Step-Inc-Helping-People-Walk-Again/103792771475


Recognize Stroke Symptoms: the F.A.S.T test

September 21, 2014

FAST STROKE PHOTO

If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do this simple test:

  • F= FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • A = ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S = SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
  • T = TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Note the time when any symptoms first appear. if given within 3 hours of the first symptom, there is an FDA-approved clot-buster medication that may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.

The goal in rehabilitation is to improve function so that the stroke survivor can become as independent as possible.

This must be accomplished in a way that preserves dignity and motivates the survivor to relearn basic skills that the stroke may have taken away – skills like eating, dressing and walking. Find out more

Questions? Call us at 877.299.STEP or Contact us today

Steffani Dubats JD, Executive Director, Sales Satisfaction, Second Step, Inc.

Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments. Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/walknews Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eugene-OR/Second-Step-Inc-Helping-People-Walk-Again/103792771475


September’s FAQ: Which Gait Harness System is best for me?

September 14, 2014

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We want to help you achieve your best possible outcome. Please contact us to discuss how we can best satisfy your specific needs.

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