The Mobility Gallery – Classification and Assessment
Residents in elderly care facilities and other healthcare environments are very different. They have different diseases and problems, diverse backgrounds and characters, and distinct wishes and expectations for the future. We want to offer all of them a high quality of care. This is the type of care that will allow them to maintain an optimum quality of life.
Choices in care are made on the basis of assessments of our residents. We make choices tailored to their needs and desires. It is important to recognize the fact that the typical resident does not exist. In day-to-day care, millions of choices are made based on millions of assessments. Often, these are not conscious choices. In order to plan our care for residents, the choices need to be conscious and well-balanced. Therefore, in combination with tailoring care to the individual resident, there needs to be some sort of standardization and classification. This will lead to clear healthcare plans, monitoring of the appropriateness of the care plan, and, from these results, the planning of a healthcare policy within a healthcare organization.
This is one of the reasons ARJO developed the Mobility Gallery. It is a classification system of five resident types based on their degree of functional mobility. The Mobility Gallery will allow development of a high standard of care, stemming from insight on, and monitoring of, the requirements and preconditions for such care and for the health of caregivers (training, equipment and environmental conditions).
Five Levels of Mobility
Five levels of mobility are the basis of the Mobility Gallery. Stimulating mobility and eventually respecting passivity is crucial from a quality of care perspective. We must also protect the caregivers and provide them with the professional working environment that they deserve. The five characters offer the right choices in order to protect the caregiver and provide optimum care. The classes are clearly different and each class has its own characteristics. We know them as Albert, Barbara, Carl, Doris and Emma, and they represent the five different mobility levels (A-E).