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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 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.
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  • 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 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, who is ambulatory and independent



Barbara, who can support herself to some degree.



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



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



Emma, who is completely bedridden and totally dependent.

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