According to the CDC, more than a third of older adults (age 65 or more) are considered obese and, by the year 2050, the population of U.S. older adults will double.1 Long Term Care facilities can help define themselves as providers of dignified bariatric care by accommodating the increasing population of severely overweight residents.
More specialized care for your bariatric patients
You can help reduce resident dissatisfaction and prevent injury for both your patients and staff by providing bariatric residents with products specially-made for them. In particular, facilities should have customized products in each of these categories:
- Benches: Bath benches help bariatric patients who have difficulty sitting in a standard bath tub or standing in the shower.
- Commodes: Properly-sized seats with a back give extra support and comfort for safe and dignified care.
- Incontinence: The prevalence of urinary incontinence increases with age and affects 15-30% of patients aged 65 or more and obesity contributes to the increase in urinary incontinence.2 Specially-designed bariatric incontinence products are made for the unique size and shape of incontinent individuals who are obese.
- Mobility & Beds: Properly-sized walkers, wheelchairs, and beds allow for the ergonomic and dignified treatment of bariatric residents who are unable to walk or stand for themselves and help to create safer ways for staff to assist them.
- Other Products: Consider adding other customized items like these to assist your facility in providing quality, respectful care for bariatric residents
- Bed Linens
- Skin Care
- Diabetes Care
Need more help selecting the right products? Check out our product catalog, or call the McKesson Medical-Surgical Clinical Support team at 1.877.611.0081.
Want more tips on enhancing your bariatric care?
- Consider the needs of bariatric patients when designing or renovating your facility.
- Ensure that all team members are trained on respectful communication with bariatric patients and families. Need help? Here's a great resource from Obesityaction.org.
- Develop lift teams where team members are properly trained on how to safely transport bariatric residents.
- Set realistic, incremental rehab goals for residents (as appropriate).
- Develop a list of resources for bariatric patients and their families, as well as your own staff.
1 CDC - The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2007-2010
2 Journal of ANA, 2009, Page 1
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