You are visiting a website that is not intended for your region

The page or information you have requested is intended for an audience outside the United States. By continuing to browse you confirm that you are a non-US resident requesting access to this page or information. Switch to the US site. 

This website uses cookies

By continuing to use this website you consent to using cookies. For more information about cookies and how we use them, please see our Privacy Policy.

arjo-nurse-elderly-woman-2135x600.jpg

Understanding the individual

Understanding the needs of the individual, addressing both mind and body

The Positive Eight™ philosophy

There is a clear connection between the positive physical, emotional and cognitive effects of maintaining mobility for patients and residents. Decades of experience has shown us that mobility plays a fundamental role in quality of life, improved clinical outcomes and the efficiency of a facility. Some of the prerequisites for mobility – environment, equipment and care skill – are all key aspects of safe and effective care. The Positive Eight™ philosophy is at the heart of our approach to optimizing care. It illustrates the clear connection between the effects of mobility and immobility on both a resident’s physical and mental well-being. This means care providers are faced with a two-sided challenge: as well as considering the mobility level of a resident, they have to take into account the cognitive level and responsive behavior that the resident might display.

 

Dementia care personas

Ron, Alice and Stacy represent some common personas in dementia care and have been developed to assist you in identifying individual needs and selecting appropriate solutions that support daily living activities

Roy

  • Roy has a lot of energy
  • He has difficulty sitting still and relaxing. He tends to be restless.
  • He often wanders around and may get lost.

Alice

  • Alice is very active with the nurses and some of the other residents.
  • She keeps track of what is happening.
  • She seeks stimulation.
  • Alice asks a lot of questions and insists on being answered

Stacy

  • Stacy tends to be sleepy and naps a lot.
  • She has low energy.
  • It is hard to know if she is just resting or fast asleep.

The Mobility Gallery™

The Mobility Gallery™ is an assessment tool based on five different levels of mobility, named in alphabetic order from A to E.

Albert

Albert, who is ambulatory and independent

Barbara

Barbara, who can support herself to some degree.

Carl

Carl, who sits in a wheelchair and has little capacity to support himself.

Doris

Doris, who is not able to bear her own weight when standing and is dependent on caregivers in most situations.

Emma

Emma, who is completely bedridden and totally dependent.

The Arjo approach

Download Dementia Solutions Brochure