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The Continuum of Care is a concept and process which guides a patient through all levels and intensity of care. This is an important scheme, assisting both caregivers and patients through a mobility journey. Designed to help determine and achieve effective care and rehabilitation, the Continuum of Care helps improve recovery and increase patient satisfaction and confidence.

F E A T U R E S

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We have the full range for all patient needs.

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Maintaining care right through the mobilisation process.

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Immobility
to mobility.

In bed mobilisation is most important to help provide and maintain effective and efficient recovery and rehabilitation. This is most appropriate for clients confined to bed, with high dependency on carers. Methods such as regular repositioning, progressive vertilization and upright positioning are often used in these situations.

Regular repositioning involves turning and moving patients to offload pressure of one area to another. This is significant in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers, by redistributing the pressure. This is often done on a two-hour basis, to help keep the blood flowing, which in turn keeps the skin healthy. As mentioned by Zena Moore, “Repositioning is a powerful yet practical preventative measure that is within the domain, power and control of all healthcare professionals.”

Progressive vertilization and upright positioning can be used to begin and increase the mobilisation of a patient. This may involve gradual movements such as sitting up in bed, or using reverse Trendelenburg for bringing the patient up further.

Out of bed transfers are required for the increase in mobility and recovery, therefore it is necessary to provide adequate patient handling and transfer aids to assist the caregivers. Lateral transfers are used in the situation from bed to bed, or bed to stretcher. Slide sheets and slide boards are often used to assist and provide further support.

Oxford Up

The Oxford Up is also ideal for this stage of rehabilitation, offering unique ergonomic design features for extra support. Being extremely easy to use, the Up can be used with only one carer, allowing for reduced staff and increased flexibility for use. This is ideal for practicing standing up, standing transfers and any initial weight bearing exercises.

Oxford Switch

The Oxford Switch is then progressive, being ideal for those that can partially weight bear however still require some assistance in standing and raising.

Progression can then be made to the walking and active phase, gradually increasing mobility. It is most important that the re-loading and walking is increased gradually, to increase muscle strength and stamina. As mobility and independence is gained and increases, the patient will benefit both psychologically and physiologically.

It is significant the patient is supported if needed in this stage, to help prevent injury and speed up the rehabilitation. In this instance, the Oxford walking and transport slings would be ideal, which can be used with ceiling hoists to practice and improve.

Oxford Elara Ceiling Hoist

It is significant the patient is supported if needed in this stage, to help prevent injury and speed up the rehabilitation. In this instance, the Oxford walking and transport slings would be ideal, which can be used with ceiling hoists to practice and improve.

Having difficulty Mobilising with ease?

Maintain care through the Rehabilitation and Mobilisation process,
with the Continuum of Care.