Now presenting the 4th Edition Guidebook for Architects and Planners. Functional Design for Mobilisation and Ergonomics.

For over 60 years, we have worked with architects, nursing staff and experts in safe patient handling to formulate guidelines for the construction and refurbishment of health care facilities.

In 1996, we produced our first edition of The Guidebook for Architects and Planners, distributing over 30,000 copies in 15 different languages. We are now delighted to present the 4th edition, which builds significantly on this solid foundation.

The new guidebook has been edited and reviewed by an international team of experts, including architects, ergonomists, nurses and representative users. By thoroughly researching & distilling best practice, the latest edition offers a succinct & visually rich summary of practical design measures to incorporate mobility needs into facility design.

Key areas covered include:


  • The Positive Eight™ philosophy
  • The patient
  • The caregivers
  • Planning approaches for mobility support


  • By the bed
  • In the toilet area
  • In the bath/shower
  • Care environment for the bariatric patient
  • The soiled utility room
  • Corridors and elevators
  • Storage space and turning radii



Supporting the design process

We also offer additional resources to help architects and planners in their professional activities:

  • Ready To Go! project scan  - assesses the efficiency of care in an existing facility relative to best-practice ergonomic and design principles, and advises next steps for improvement. Click the below link to proceed to the assessment.

  • Mobility product drawing library – access to comprehensive collection of 2D CAD drawings, space requirement specifications and product information. Click the below link to request a user account.

  • Consultancy - Early consulting saves time in the design process. Experienced ArjoHuntleigh consultants can support you in carrying out an in-depth assessment to define space requirements, now and in the future. Also, our installation teams will support you with details on installation and integration aspects as you move ahead with your project.


For further information or to request a printed Guidebook, please contact your local sales respresentative or click on the button below.