Rifton Pacer Gait Trainers

Providing outstanding support in learning to walk

Accessories

The slides below contain specific details on the function of each Rifton Pacer gait trainer accessory and how they can be used to enable partial weight bearing gait training or over land gait training, based on your client's needs.

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Accessories tote bag

  • You asked for it, and we delivered. A tough and attractive tote bag big enough (14" x 16" x 9") to keep all your Pacer accessories together when not in use. Made of black ballistic nylon with a zippered top, here’s a bag that will hold up to whatever you throw in it and still look great.

    And like all things Rifton, it’s made in the USA.

Chest prompt

  • The chest prompt is available in three sizes and accommodates a wide range of users. It holds the client's torso at the desired angle, with tilt adjust forward or back in 15° increments. One knob adjusts both the tilt-angle and width of the chest prompt. The chest prompt retro-fits to all earlier Pacer gait trainer models.


    This clip shows chest prompt adjustment and use.

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  • Adjustments to the chest prompt  are tool-free and can be made while client is in the Pacer. The cover is cleanable, healthcare-grade vinyl. The chest prompt fits snugly to support dependent users, or wraps loosely as a training guide for gaining independent trunk control.

  • The chest prompt opens at the back to allow for easy access during transfer.

  • In its lowest position, the chest prompt becomes a hip corral for users who have good upper trunk control but need some support at the hips.

  • The medium chest prompt can be used on the large Pacer frame to give support to a tall user.

Arm prompts

  • Arm prompts, often crucial to gait training, accommodate numerous positioning requirements. Adjust them tool-free while the user is in the Pacer. Height, rotation, angle, lateral proximity, forward and backward adjustments can be made in minutes.


    This clip shows arm prompt adjustment and use.

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  • A set of arm prompts mounted in the most typically-used position on a Pacer gait trainer frame. Placed at the front of the Pacer frame, they encourage a forward-leaning posture.

  • Jamir has achieved enough leg strength and trunk stability to use only the arm prompts for weightbearing support. Placed at elbow height aligned with shoulders, arm prompts assist partial weight-bearing gait training.

  • Individualized arm prompt positioning supports a user with contractures.

  • Arm prompts can be angled upward to encourage head control. The communication tray is a handy surface for small devices.

Hip Positioner

  • The hip positioner swings with a client’s walking motion, allowing the user to shift weight from one leg to the other. The hip positioner is sold with one pair of handholds.


    This clip shows hip positioner adjustment and use.

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  • Rings on the posterior strap of the hip positioner or pelvic support clip onto the handholds mounted on the Pacer frame, allowing you to quickly secure a client following transfer

  • The hip positioner pad, sold separately, slips over the hip positioner to give cushioned comfort. Raise the handholds and shorten the straps for partial weight-bearing gait training.

  • To keep the user’s pelvis midline, and behind the shoulders, attach the anterior straps farther back on the Pacer frame. Anterior straps can be attached to the posts of the chest prompt or at the intersection of the Pacer frame upright with the top bar, for example.

  • Lower the handholds and lengthen the straps to use the hip positioner as a safety sling. Raise the handholds and shorten the straps for partial weight-bearing gait training.

Pelvic support

  • The more comfortably the Pacer fits your clients, the more steps they’ll want to take! For clients who need less abduction or a less bulky fit, the pelvic support is a softer alternative to the hip positioner.

    Like the hip positioner, the pelvic support provides brief weight–bearing assistance as needed while clients build strength and stamina.

  • Offering a less rigid, narrower fit for larger clients or those who find the hip positioner too bulky between the thighs, the pelvic support is ideal for the youngest walkers and others who need support with minimal abduction.

  • The pelvic support is made of microbe–resistant polyurethane over a core of closed cell foam padding. It will withstand routine cleaning with a 10% bleach solution. This foam and web–reinforced construction is comfortable yet durable.

  • To determine the correct size pelvic support needed, measure half of the user's thigh circumference:

    Small: 4" - 8"
    Medium: 6" - 10"
    Large: 8" - 14"

  • The pelvic support from the front.

  • The pelvic support from the back.

Thigh prompts

  • Thigh prompts swing freely with the user’s stride, and prevent leg scissoring while encouraging weight-bearing because the thigh prompt inside strap maintains leg separation while the outer curve limits leg abduction. Thigh prompts are medially and laterally adjustable and can prevent a client from turning within the Pacer frame. Large and small thigh prompts are available.


    This clip shows thigh prompt adjustment and use.

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  • The thigh prompts assist leg abduction. Used with the ankle prompts they can also prevent scissoring.

  • Thigh prompts shown on a medium Pacer frame.

Ankle prompts

  • Ankle prompts snap securely onto the bottom bar of the Pacer frame and have comfortable, padded straps that can be adjusted to help determine foot separation and prevent scissoring. Moveable clips along the ankle strap bar limit stride length and control stride placement. Smaller ankle prompts suitable for the youngest clients come with the mini and small Pacer models.

    This clip shows ankle prompt adjustment and use.

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  • Ankle prompts help to prevent scissoring. Used with the thigh prompts they can assist with leg abduction.

  • Ankle prompts are snapped into position.

  • Slide the spring adjusters to limit stride, front and back.

  • Ankle prompts shown on a medium Pacer frame.

Extra set of handholds

  • Handholds can be placed anywhere along the top bar of the Pacer frame. A pair of handholds automatically comes with every hip positioner or pelvic support; an extra pair can be purchased for additional support. Handholds are height adjustable and also adjust in four rotational directions. They can be used by either the caregiver or the client.

  • Handholds shown on a medium Pacer frame.

Communication tray

  • The communication tray is height and angle adjustable. It holds small occupational objects and communication devices weighing less than 10 pounds.

  • The communication tray is a handy surface for small devices.

  • The communication tray shown on a medium Pacer frame.

Attendant guidebar

  • The optional attendant guide bar attaches to the center front of the top bar of any size Pacer. It enables caregivers to guide clients while gait training, and can be rotated 180° to pull from the front or push from behind the Pacer.

  • Olivia’s caregiver is guiding her first steps in a mini Pacer.

  • The attendant guide bar attaches to the center front of the top bar of any size Pacer gait trainer.

Hand loops

  • Hand loops can be used on any size Pacer. Providing a handhold boosts a client's sense of stability and confidence while moving. Handholds attach as a pair or singly anywhere along the Pacer's top bar, and are height and angle adjustable to fit each client's unique needs.

    This photo shows hand loops from the front and side view.

  • Justin is getting the feel of the new hand loops on his mini Pacer.

  • Hand loops on a mini Pacer frame.