A classification System
The Mobility Gallery is a classification of five residents. They all have their special and personal characteristics and a different personal history and background. Nevertheless, there is a clear classification in the degree of their so-called functional mobility. The choice was made to look for functional mobility and not for the underlying specific diseases and their medical diagnosis. This means that the consequences of diseases, their impact on functioning in daily activities, are central to the classification system. After all, the consequences of a disease (the resulting functional mobility), not the disease itself, determine the dependency on care, and to a large extent the quality of life.
Functional approach links in with important systems
This fundamental emphasis on the functional consequences of diseases links in with existing classification and assessment systems – especially the international systems, ICF and RAI.
The ICF (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health) is often used in rehabilitation, and most physical therapists are familiar with it. It was developed by the WHO (World Health Organization).
The RAI (Resident Assessment Instrument) was originally developed in the USA for the purpose of improving the quality of care. It was also agreed that all Medicare and Medicaid facilities had to use the RAI in order to apply for funding.