Complex needs require new solutions

A growing number of elderly people, combined with more complicated care needs, is putting the healthcare sector under pressure. With the right knowledge and equipment, adapted to the individual, caregivers can deliver high-quality care and meet their financial targets.

With an increasing number of patients and complex care needs, caregivers struggle to keep pace. These challenges apply to both acute and long-term care. Our Positive Eight philosophy and     Mobility Gallery sets a solid foundation for both people living with dementia and those requiring early mobility.

The best care results are achieved by having the right equipment in the right place 24 hours per day, based on the residents’ individual needs. This ensures dignified and effective care, making transfers and various activities, such as hygiene routines, easier – while enhancing the residents’ quality of life.

Person-centered dementia care is best practice

Today, approximately 50 million people worldwide live with dementia, and the condition affects more than 60% of long-term care residents.*

It can be very demanding to care for a person with dementia. The complexity of the condition means that, as it progresses, many people develop responsive behaviors that can create challenging situations and moments of friction in the care environment. These behaviors most commonly include apathy, depression, irritability, agitation or anxiety.

Managing these behaviors can negatively affect both the overall care environment and individual caregivers.

*Alzheimer´s Disease International, 2015

Person-centered care to minimize moments of friction

The key to improved quality of life for persons living with dementia is setting a foundation for person-centered care. The principles of person-centered care assert the human value of people living with dementia. The approach recognizes the individuality of the resident, their personality and how their experiences influence their actions. It also emphasizes the importance of relationships and interactions with others. We believe that person-centered care is the only way to maintain quality of life, minimize behavioral changes, and create efficiencies for people living with dementia.**

In daily activities, it is important to create and capture positive moments that promote contentment and joy. Arjo’s solutions facilitate smoother activities in daily life, enable one-to-one interactions between the resident and caregiver, and support a calm and dignified care environment.

**Sloane PD, et al., 2004

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3 of Arjo’s products were accredited by Stirling University in 2019 for their dementia-friendly design. Read more on page 2.

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Early mobility makes a big difference

Many patients in intensive care units have highly restricted mobility. During long hospital stays, they risk both physical and mental complications. This can, for example, impact the heart and lungs, skin and muscles, and even the brain. In many cases, the time spent in hospital means that it can take several months, or even years, before patients are rehabilitated and return to their normal lives.

The clinical consensus is that mobility protocol should be implemented within 48 hours of mechanic ventilation.* However, their condition can be a major challenge and if staff do not use the equipment available – due to stress or lack of knowledge – safety and efficiency are both jeopardized.

*Morris et al., 2008

Equipment to simplify and create results

Today, Arjo has a unique position in the market to facilitate patient mobility. With our experience and range of products, we can support health-care professionals in mobilizing critically ill patients in a safe manner.

One such example is Sara Combilizer, a multi-function product that enables safe, early and frequent mobilization from bed to a sitting or standing position. The product’s extensive positioning options mean that even patients, for whom it was previously regarded unsuitable, can be mobilized safely and more easily by the health-care professional.

The standing and raising aid, Sara Plus, is another example, helping patients to participate in various activities early and receive training in balance, standing and walking.

“Since the Sara Combilizer was introduced to our unit, it has contributed to the quality of care we deliver by giving us a more consistent approach to rehabilitation.”

Elisabeth Jagger, Clinical Lead, Respiratory Physiotherapy, Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, UK