Mobilization of Vulnerable Elders

    Mobilization of Vulnerable Elders (MOVEs)


    The MOVE ON intervention was designed to implement and evaluate the impact of a multi-component evidence-based strategy focused on promoting early mobilization and preventing functional decline in older patients admitted to hospitals. This inter-professional, education-based intervention included the following components: (1) education for patients and families in the form of information brochures; and (2) education for staff including 3 hours each focused on culture (sensitivity to aging issues) and early mobilization. All educational strategies shared the common objective of promoting early and consistent mobilization through three actionable recommendations: (1) encourage mobility three times a day; (2) practice progressive and scaled mobilization; and (3) implement mobility assessments within 24 hours of the decision to admit.


    Iterations of MOVEs:

    In the first round of funding, MOVE iT was implemented in 4 Toronto hospitals. From 2012 – 2013, MOVE ON was implemented in 14 CAHO hospitals. In 2013, MOVE ON+ was implemented on additional units in 7 of the 14 CAHO hospitals. The next stage (2015) is MOVE AB, which will take place at hospitals in Alberta.


    A tool was created to choose appropriate mobility measures, which are also valid and reliable. This tool can be accessed at


    To learn more about the Mobilization of Vulnerable Elders, please visit their website at

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    Date : 15 Mar 2016