Bariatric residents require special care related to pressure ulcer prevention and treatment, along with safe practices to prevent injury to both the resident and staff during caregiving activities.
Many facilities are taking steps to better accommodate bariatric residents, such as developing policies and protocols to accommodate them, installing larger toilets and wider doorways, purchasing or leasing bariatric equipment, conducting staff education and training on correct care processes to minimize risks of injury for care providers, and bulking up supplies of products designed specifically for this group.
Joerns Healthcare and RecoverCare announced a merger last week.
Med-Mizer recently released a pivoting bariatric bed called the PR80000. The bed, at 42 inches, has an 800-pound capacity.
I recently read an article addressing the movement of patients while in bed. It was conducted in the United Kingdom and contains valuable information.
Long-term care operators struggling to meet the needs of obese residents could get some help from Medicare.
Ergolet has unveiled a bariatric ambulation and gait training product that can support a person weighing up to 525 pounds. The Thera Extra Walking Table is a stable ambulatory device that supports the weight of a user gaining ambulatory strength in therapy, rehabilitation or in a post operative situation. The height-adjustable product can be used alone or to complement other equipment.
Ergolet recently introduced its Hera Maxi. The product is a bariatric model of its Hera tilt-in-space bathing and toileting chair, and can support residents weighing up to 550 pounds. Hera Maxi is a bariatric hygiene chair that can help with bathing, showering and toileting, the firm notes.