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The Pacer Family Has Grown

Removing barriers to gait training for large clients

June 06, 2017 by Ray Mommsen, Creative Director at Rifton Marketing

You asked for an extra-large Pacer gait trainer. Today we’re happy to announce the arrival of not one but two new versions, the XL Pacer and the E-Pacer, to help you train your larger clients—and save your backs!

gait training large clientsThe XL Pacer

We’ve been making gait trainers for nearly thirty years, and lately we’ve seen increased demand for bigger models for adults and even large children. Our new XL Pacer meets this need. Its strong yet light and maneuverable frame supports clients weighing up to 250 lbs and gives them access to the benefits of our dynamic upper frame, multi-position saddle, and all our familiar positioning accessories.

Reasons to Choose the XL Pacer:

Dynamic movement: The optional dynamic upper frame accommodates the natural side-to-side and up-and-down movement of the body during walking to encourage a more effective—and natural—gait pattern.

Easier Transfers: The new multi-positioning saddle (MPS) combined with a gas-assist lift column makes transfers into the XL Pacer much easier.

Wide selection of positioning accessories:The XL Pacer accommodates the full complement of supportive prompts for gait training: chest prompt, arm prompts, thigh prompts, ankle prompts and MPS.

Transportability: The light-weight frame and detachable upper frame make it easy to stow the XL Pacer in a car trunk.

safe transfers gait trainingThe E-Pacer

The Rifton E-Pacer is an exciting new addition to the Pacer family. Its sit-to-stand lift functionality removes a major barrier to gait training with large or highly dependent clients.

The E-Pacer combines the powerful electric lift column and secure body support of Rifton’s TRAM with the key gait training features of the classic Pacer. The result is more than the sum of its parts. The E-Pacer can be a life-changing solution for clients who have grown too large or too dependent to be safely transferred into manual gait trainers. Its strong and stable frame can accommodate users up to 6’5” and 350 lbs.

Reasons to Choose the E-Pacer:

Zero-lift transfers: The E-Pacer can perform the sit-to-stand transfer that is part of every gait training session with no lifting on the part of the caregiver.

Gait training with extra stability: The E-Pacer’s strong and rigid frame gives security for heavier or taller clients.

Seat-to-seat transfers: Attach the thigh straps to the E-Pacer’s body support system and use the E-Pacer to move a client from a wheelchair to a mat table or other surface for therapy.

Expandable legs: Widen the base legs for clients needing extra step width or to get up close to a wheelchair prior to a transfer.

Height range: The 26" adjustment range of the E-Pacer’s electric lift column provides great versatility for use with clients of different statures.

Built-in scale: The optional Bluetooth-equipped scale and new Gait Tracker mobile app measure the load on the body support, allowing caregivers to track a client’s weight-bearing progress over time.

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Reply by Roxanne on June 08, 2017 at 9:20 PM
Great to hear about the E-Pacer. Please make a video showing transferring into it. I would like to see the raising action in a video. Thank you.
Reply by Elena on June 09, 2017 at 3:23 PM

Hi Roxanne, The E-Pacer's lifting mechanism and transfer procedure is similar to the Rifton TRAM. Until we get those videos done for the E-Pacer, please reference these from the TRAM:

seat-to-seat transfer
sit-to-stand transfer