Each patient is different and can have entirely varied needs. This requires different solutions for their respective place of treatment or residence. The Mobility Gallery, an evidence-based assessment tool, has been developed to ensure that patients get support using the right solutions based on their individual needs. Together with Positive Eight, the Mobility Gallery lays the foundation for Arjo’s work.
The Mobility Gallery classifies patients based on their level of mobility and groups them into five categories, ranging from completely mobile and independent to entirely bedridden. Stimulating mobility, but also respecting passivity, is crucial to creating high-quality healthcare.
A higher healthcare standard
Equipment adapted to the patients’ specific requirements also improves the well-being of healthcare professionals. With the right equipment, they can more easily avoid work-related injuries.
In the Mobility Gallery, the five patient types have been assigned names in alphabetical order, from Albert to Emma. This facilitates the dialogue between various stakeholders, from architects and medical device suppliers to healthcare professionals. It helps in developing a higher standard of care based on different stakeholders being able to “speak the same language.”
Is able to perform daily activities independently without assistance from another person.
Is unable to perform daily activities without assistance, but is able to contribute to the action or perform part of the action independently.
Is incapable of performing daily activities independently or actively contributing to them.
Is partly capable of performing daily activities independently. The assistance she requires is not generally physically demanding for the caregiver.
Is incapable of performing daily activities independently or actively contributing in any substantial or reliable way.
“Mobility is the starting point for all improvement programs”
3 questions to Hanneke Knibbe, founder of LOCOmotion Research and Consultancy in Health Care, also involved in designing the Mobility Gallery.
Why is there an increased focus on clinical outcomes?
“Several factors are strengthening the focus on clinical outcomes, including that care providers can improve quality of care. Providers want solutions that decrease the risk of falls, pressure injuries, and other costly complications.”
How is this connected to mobility?
“As focus increases on clinical outcomes, mobility becomes a central issue. Early mobility is key, and clinical outcomes become a way of measuring whether things are developing in the right direction. It is now recognized that this is a strong driving force for healthcare staff in changing their behavior. Of course, improved financial results play an important role.”
Why is mobilization so important?
“If you consider the research, mobility is always the focal point. The connection to various clinical outcomes is so important because it is here that you start seeing positive effects. As I see it, mobility, especially early mobility, is the starting point for all improvement programs.”