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CNA Skill Assisting Resident Walking with a Gait Belt

The CNA skill of assisting a resident walking with a gait belt will likely be tested on your state’s CNA exam. Being able to help assist a resident walk with a gait belt will be a task that you may have to perform daily when working with residents.    

To learn all the necessary steps for this skill, please watch this CNA Assist Resident Walking With a Gait Belt for a complete demonstration of the skill. 

CNA Skill Assist Resident Walking with a Gait Belt

The process of performing the skill of passive range of motion Lower body for a CNA skills exam is as follows:

  1. Perform the standard CNA beginning tasks. Knock before entering the patient’s room, greet the patient by name, introduce yourself, explain the task you are about to perform, close the privacy curtain, and wash your hands.
  2. Lower the resident’s bed and place them in a sitting position. 
  3. Place your hands behind the resident’s shoulders and legs and swing the resident around to the edge of the bed. 
  4. Put on their non skid shoes. 
  5. Put the gait belt around the resident. 
  6. Instruct the resident that you will stand in 3, count to 3 and assist them rising. 
  7. Ask the resident if they are feeling any discomfort or dizziness. 
  8. Start having them walk, keeping your hand on their as you assist them. 
  9. After walking, help the resident sit on the bed. 
  10. Take their shoes off. 
  11. Assist resident getting back into bed. 
  12. Lower bed back down. 
  13. Perform your standard completion tasks – wash your hands, ensure the patient has a clean environment, ask if they are comfortable, give them their call light and close their privacy curtain.

* Please be sure to consult the testing materials provided by the skills test provider in your state to ensure that these steps for CNA Skill Assist Resident Walking with a Gait Belt are in compliance. The procedure in different states and from different test providers can vary slightly and greatly affect your score.