Caring for the bariatric resident

Navigating the tumultuous road of caring for bariatric residents is a challenge faced by many long-term care facilities today. Using the right equipment or technology on the right type of patient will help both the resident and the caregiver and affect the right clinical outcome.

Also in the News for Monday, April 9

Post-acute providers should provide targeted care for obese hip-fracture patients ... LeadingAge, American Health Care Association seek compensation data for partner's annual nursing home salaries study ... Joint HHS/DOJ healthcare enforcement team recovers $2.6 in healthcare fraud payments

Maker of SimSleeves acquired

Pocket Nurse® will acquire Eriter Creations Inc., manufacturers of SimLeggings™, SimSleeves™, and SimObesity™ products for simulation.

Diabetes growth to drive wound market


A rise in diabetes and obesity will drive the increase in the wound care market over the next four years, a research group asserts.

FDA approves weight management drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Contrave as a treatment for chronic weight management. Contrave is a combination of two FDA-approved drugs, naltrexone and bupropion, in an extended-release formulation.

Mid-life obesity linked to risk of dementia


Those who receive an obesity diagnosis in mid-life have a higher chance of developing dementia in later life, a new study suggest. Researchers found that obese people between the ages of 30 to 39 had a 3.5 times higher chance of developing dementia.

Chance of a senior developing Alzheimer's has dropped 44% over the last three decades, large U.S. study shows

Chance of a senior developing Alzheimer's has dropped 44% over the last three decades, large U.S. study shows


The odds of developing Alzheimer's disease fell sharply among seniors in the United States over the last 30 years, according to research presented Tuesday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Copenhagen.

Diabetes—obesity drug to be created

Diabetes—obesity drug to be created


U.S. pharmacy giant Eli Lilly and Company and Denmark's Zealand Pharma are working on new treatments for type 2 diabetes and obesity, the companies announced.

Obesity indeed increases seniors' risk of death, will be long-standing issue for LTC providers: study


Obesity does not decrease seniors' risk of death, according to a new study that calls into question previous findings. The new study also suggests that long-term care providers will see an increasing number of obese residents in the coming decades.

Re-examining obesity in long-term care

Re-examining obesity in long-term care


John O'Connor's blog this week explored the issue of obesity in long-term care facilities,and raised a subtle point around assumptions about people who are obese. Whether they are a coworker or a resident, we tend to assume people we know who obese either want to lose weight, are trying to lose weight, or have failed most of their lives at losing weight. is it fair to judge nurses or other caregivers whose weight is putting them at risk for diseases, or that may be impacting their job? Is the increasing popularity of "wellness programs" a reasonable way to keep your health insurance premiums down? What is your obligation to your employee?

Chew on this: Obesity rates a challenge

Chew on this: Obesity rates a challenge


For any way you slice it, too many of us are lugging around excessive weight. And the problem is only getting worse. In 1962, the nation's obesity rate was 13%. It now stands at 35.7%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As growth industries go, this one needs to be downsized.

Lack of nursing home input compromised obesity-lifespan studies, researchers say


The exclusion of nursing home residents should cast serious doubt on studies showing a positive relationship between obesity and lifespan, according to a new report.

Study links hormone to asthma-obesity


Obese people may be prone to asthma because of a hormone called leptin, a new Columbia University study has found.

Appreciation for a pioneer in elder weight theory

Appreciation for a pioneer in elder weight theory


There's something comforting about an expert on aging living to 89. I'm not saying that gerontologist Reubin Andres had all the answers, or that we should see him as the sole test case of proving his theories. But his longevity helps.

Medicare coverage for bariatric surgeries left up to discretion of administrative contractors

Long-term care operators struggling to meet the needs of obese residents could get some help from Medicare.

Report: Medicare should cover nutritional counseling for chronic conditions

Medicare should reimburse for medical nutrition therapy (MNT) — or consultations with a registered dietician — to prevent and treat chronic health conditions such as hypertension, obesity, cancer and renal disease.

Obesity may make flu vaccine less effective, study suggests

Being obese may increase the risk of coming down with the flu, even after receiving a flu vaccine, new research suggests.

Current healthcare costs can't be maintained, administration official says

Current U.S. healthcare costs are unsustainably high for the relative value being provided — particularly for low-income individuals —Donald Berwick, M.D., administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said Thursday.

CMS to cover behavioral therapy for obesity

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed covering intensive behavioral therapy for obese individuals enrolled in Medicare Part A or Part B.

Baby boomers struggle more with weight, exercise less than other generations, survey finds

Baby boomers are struggling with obesity more than other generations, with two-thirds being either overweight or obese, a new survey suggests. That's bad news for Medicare costs, and those who have to share limited funding, according to experts.

Governor proposes $50 fee for obese Medicaid recipients

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has proposed enacting an annual $50 surcharge for obese Medicaid enrollees, a move she says would help Arizona's financially troubled Medicaid program.

Researchers: obese seniors need exercise, diet

A new study shows those over 65 should continue with diet and exercise, dispelling a traditional belief that weight loss can cause the elderly to lose muscle and bone mass.

Shorter lifespans, less quality of life found for those obese and with osteoarthritis of the knee

Close to 40% of elderly Americans are obese or have osteoarthritis of the knee, or both, which, on average, eliminates 3.5 years of a positive quality of life for seniors, according to new research.

Study: U.S. healthcare system to blame for flagging life expectancy rates

Gains in life expectancy for U.S. citizens continue to lag behind those in other countries. Perhaps surprisingly, the usual suspects—obesity, smoking and other factors—are not the cause, according to a new study.

Obesity rates top 25% in about 40 states, new report finds

Obesity rates in 28 states ticked upward over the last year. Two-thirds of states report adult obesity rates above 25%, according to a new report.

AAHSA ready to embrace change


So, it's been (nearly) determined. The new name for the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging is, drum roll please, LeadingAge.

Mortality rates rise in U.S.

Mortality rates in the U.S. have been worsening over the last 20 years. A new report shows that its world rankings have slid during that period.

Diabetes: the biggest loser


Move it or lose it. That's what Americans need to do now to curb the growth in spending as a result of the diabetes epidemic.

Obesity will expand U.S. spending, report finds

Rising rates of obesity will cost the country $344 billion per year starting in 2018, a new study finds.

Avoiding chronic conditions saves money, increases longevity, study finds

Preventing chronic conditions could both save significant amounts of money and add healthy years to the lives of the elderly, according to a new report.