A patient’s level of functional mobility is key when choosing how to support their independence. This involves planning to have the right amount of space required available and ensuring the right equipment is used. As a patient’s mobility decreases, the number of aids and space requirements can increase accordingly.
In Europe, there are Clinical Practice Guidelines, which typically use a classification system with three or five mobility levels. At Arjo, we have worked with safe patient handling experts to develop the Mobility Gallery™ which classifies patients and residents into five functional mobility levels of A, B, C, D, E or Albert, Barbara, Carl, Doris and Emma.
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It is particularly important to select equipment that continuously encourages the patient or resident to maintain a greater degree of independence and mobility during the activities of daily living by using their residual physical function. This also needs to ensure caregiver safety without increasing ergonomic risks for either party.1
At Arjo, we are dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by the challenges of reduced mobility, both patients and caregivers.
Click here to see how the Mobility Gallery can aid development of a higher standard of care, stemming from insights into - and monitoring of - the requirements and preconditions for this type of care, as well as for the wellbeing of caregivers.
1. ARJOHUNTLEIGH GUIDEBOOK For Architects and Planners Functional Design for Mobilisation and Ergonomics 4th edition, 2015,(p.24)