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 facility efficiency. 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 core of our approach to optimising care. It illustrates the clear connection between the effects of mobility and immobility on both a resident’s physical and mental well-being. Care providers are subsequently faced with a double challenge: they must consider not only the mobility level of a resident but also to take into account the cognitive level and responsive behaviours he or she might display.