Bariatric Skilled Nursing Facilities

Bariatric Skilled Nursing FacilitiesObese seniors may need to receive weight loss care at a Bariatric Skilled Nursing Facility.  Bariatric Care services are weight management services for senior residents with obesity (senior who are over 350 lbs). The facility has the means to rehabilitate, accommodate, and meet the needs of the senior. Your senior loved one may need special equipment, and the bariatric care facility will be able to assist the needs of the senior.

Many Bariatric Skilled Nursing Facilities offer a multi-disciplinary approach to weight loss. Since there are over 127 million adults who are overweight, and 400,000 obesity related deaths each year, it is important to get the care that your senior loved one may need. It is important to get Bariatric care for a senior who is obese because obesity worsens health and the quality of life, obesity has been associated with a decrease in life expectancy, and there may be many health problems that can occur from obesity. Morbid obesity can cause physical and emotional issues for senior. Some illnesses include high cholesterol, diabetes, sleep apnea, cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, joint pain, incontinence, depression, and many other illnesses and diseases. The benefit of losing weight and receiving bariatric care services can be that a person is more mobile and functional, as well as being healthier.

Surgery, Nutritional Programs, Social work Services, Physical and Occupational Therapy, and Nursing Services are usually available for residents in a Bariatric Skilled Nursing Facility. There are different types of surgery options for obese seniors to receive. If a seniors BMI is 40 or greater, weight loss surgery may help to better their lives. Malabsorptive surgery, restrictive surgery, or combined surgery may be an option for an obese senior who needs to lose weight. If a senior is considering weight loss surgery, contact the seniors health insurance company to determine if the costs will be covered. If the insurance covers the procedure, speak with insurance company regarding their policies and what you will need to do. Some insurance companies require in depth information regarding the health of the individual and written documentation from a doctor. If your insurance company does not cover weight loss surgery, the other option is self-pay.

Bariatric care services often include weight loss through the means of a nutritional program including a broad range of dietary services to meet the needs of the resident. Some plans include a healthier dietary plan, portion control, food preparation training, and ways to control dietary urges to maintain a healthier lifestyle. There are also counseling services available to the residents who need to talk with someone regarding their life choices, their individuals needs, and emotional issues they may be having. These supportive services provide guidance, suggestions, support, and help for a new way of life. The therapy offered in Bariatric facilities include physical and occupational therapy focusing on improving the strength, mobility, endurance, and independence. Most obese individuals need help to safely live independently at home, or to transition into senior housing. The senior residents receive exercise plans that they can implement in their home or new facility, as well as, possible referrals to outpatient care services. While in bariatric care, seniors receive specialized nursing services, medications and treatments, and personalized care. The bariatric skilled nursing facility can help your loved one live safely and comfortably, and may be able to change their life.

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41 Comments

  1. Charlotte Edwards
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Nedd to find a place that will take my sister who is 49 yrs. old who lives in a skilled care facility in Ohio. We need her closer home to help assist in her getting better. The place she is at now , she is not getting physical therpy to help her get better and mentally its hard being there and not near her family and friends. Please help!!!!! We live in South Carolina and she is 12 hours away and its hard to get to see her.

  2. faye dietrich
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    I have a brother who is 53 years old and is being discharge from hospital but he needs to go to rehabilitation center for bariatrics. We live in Pennsylvania need to no if there is a center in Pennsylvania anywhere who can accommodate him.

    If he comes home can he still be able to get into a bariatric facility . The facility he is at now did not give him physical therapy. NEED HELP NOW CAN YOU PLEASE HELP US

    • Posted April 6, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

      Hi Faye, we’ve looked and cannot find any bariatric facility in your area, and wish you all the best in your search, and your brother’s health.

  3. Tracy Gregory
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Is there a nursing facility in NC that takes Bariatric and Vent patients?

    • Posted July 10, 2012 at 12:17 am | Permalink

      We looked, but are not able to find one for you.

  4. t.l.
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    I am looking for a bariatric facility for my 52 yr. old mother who is at a facility in a kaiser facility in san leandro. It is supposed to be short term rehabilitaion but because they canot find a nursing home to accomdate her size she has been there for 21/2 years. We are willling to try to send her out of state I just don’t know where to look for ones that accept medi-cal /medi-care

  5. Sally
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    I am looking for a bariatric skilled nursing facility in eastern Oklahoma or western Arkasas .
    Thanks for any help.

    • Posted January 14, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sally – we were unable to locate a bariatric skilled nursing facility in your area, we wish you well with our hopes for you able to find one.

  6. Posted November 1, 2014 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    We are looking for a braiatric Skilled nursing facility for a patient in Michigan.

    • Posted November 1, 2014 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

      Hi – we’ve not been able to find a facility for bariatric patients in Michigan – we’ll keep looking and let you know.

      • Posted May 25, 2015 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

        Hi Pat – found a couple that hopefully can still be of help to you: Oakwood Skilled Nursing Ctr-De Dearborn MI (313) 441-0700
        Oakwood Skilled Nursing Ctr-Tr Trenton MI (734) 671-3500

  7. Terry Stimpson RN
    Posted November 11, 2014 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    I have a pt who is on a vent @ noc, and progressing with therapies. Trach during the day. This pt has been hospitalized for several months so is now homeless, is almost 500 pounds and vent dependent at night. I’ve called all over (including outside of Texas) and have come up with a bunch of ‘no’s’. She has insurance, but I’m afraid she will plateau in her ability to wean @ noc and will become custodial. she resided alone and has no family. Please help if you know of any place in the US. Thx!

    • Posted November 14, 2014 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

      Hi Terry, in and around Texas we’re unable to find a facility that could help. Some of this has been due to Texas closing facilities from underfunding by the state. Hope this changes soon.

  8. Gretchen edge
    Posted January 24, 2015 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    Looking for a nursing home in ky that will take my mother in law. She has severe lymphedema and weight around 500 lbs.

  9. barbara varner
    Posted February 11, 2015 at 4:01 am | Permalink

    Looking for a place for my Father in law, in the Oklahoma City area.

    • Posted February 20, 2015 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

      Hi – we looked and were unable to find a bariatric facility anywhere within the greater Oklahoma City metro area, so sorry we were unable to help you at this time.

    • Posted May 25, 2015 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

      Hi Barbara – this is the only place in Oklahoma we’ve been able to find: George Nigh Skilled Nursing Fa Okmulgee OK (918) 756-9211

  10. Dr. Susan Bemis
    Posted February 27, 2015 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    I am a physical Therapist with a clinical doctorate in PT – have a young 52 yr old man 350 lbs bedbound with general deconditioning and a strong desire to walk again (It has been 1 yr since he has ambulated) looking for a bariatric rehab in Los Angeles that can accommodate the gentleman. Please advise

    • Posted March 2, 2015 at 3:14 am | Permalink

      Hi Dr. — all the bariatric rehab facilities we partner with in Los Angeles are at capacity and not accepting new patients until approximately 99 months from now. Sorry for this news, wishing you & your client all the best, as if we hear of any earlier openings we’ll let you know.

      • Posted May 25, 2015 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

        Hi Dr. – we found a few that may have openings: Highland Park Skilled Nursing & Wellness Centre Los Angeles CA (323) 254-6125 | Century Skilled Nursing Care Inglewood CA (310) 672-1012 | Centinela Skilled Nursing & Wellness Centre West Inglewood CA (310) 674-3216

  11. Martha Rabaduex
    Posted April 2, 2015 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    I need to find bariatric rehab for my 59 yo husband who needs PT/assistance care to return home. Can you locate any rehab centers in AR, MO, TN, MS, LA, TX, OK???

    • Posted April 7, 2015 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

      Hi Martha – we’ve looked and the ones we’ve found are all at capacity and have at least a 48 month waiting list. Don’t know if this helps at all.

  12. Susan
    Posted April 8, 2015 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    Looking for nursing care facilities for mother in Iowa. She is 72 years old, 315 pounds with severe arthritis.

    • Posted May 26, 2015 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

      Hi Susan – this is the only one we know of in Iowa: Golden Age Skilled Nursing & R Centerville IA (641) 856-2757

  13. Kathy
    Posted April 15, 2015 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    I need to find a bariatric skilled nursing home for my mother who is morbidly obese in minneapolis. Do you know if there is any in Minneapolis/St. Paul?
    Thank~you!

    • Posted May 26, 2015 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kathy – perhaps this one in nearby Wisconsin may help: Premier Rehab Skilled Nursing Beloit WI (608) 365-9526

  14. vicki
    Posted May 4, 2015 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Looking for a bariatric facility to assist me with walking again. I live in Surprise, Arizona.

    • Posted May 25, 2015 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      Hi Vicki – perhaps this facility will help you: Manzanita Skilled Nursing Payson AZ (928) 474-1120

  15. Amber Pearson
    Posted May 22, 2015 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Is there a bariatric skilled nursing facility in FL?

    • Posted May 25, 2015 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

      Hi Amber – we’ve not been able to find one yet in Florida, but we’ll keep looking and let you know if we do.

  16. Pam
    Posted May 28, 2015 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Also looking for bariatric nursing facility in Florida – in the Tampa area possibly. Family member 500 plus pounds & has not walked in over 2 years. Being released from hospital soon but no where to go.

    • Posted June 5, 2015 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

      Hi Pam – we are unable to find any bariatric nursing in Florida. We’ll keep looking and let you know.

  17. Sylvia
    Posted June 12, 2015 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Looking for a bariatric assisted living facility for my mother-in law in the NY area or South Florida area.

    • Posted June 15, 2015 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sylvia – we found no one in Florida but many in New York:
      Manor Oak Skilled Nursing Faci Jamestown NY (716) 484-9181
      Manor Oak Skilled Nursing Faci Warsaw NY (585) 786-2211
      Manor Oak Skilled Nursing Faci Cheektowaga NY (716) 837-3880
      Mary Mcclellan Skilled Nursing Cambridge NY (518) 252-2764
      Mercy Hospital Skilled Nursing Buffalo NY (716) 828-2300
      Michael Malotz Skilled Nursing Yonkers NY (914) 964-4695
      Sephardic Skilled Nursing And Rehab Ce Brooklyn NY (718) 266-6100

      Hope this helps — Ron

  18. Lisa
    Posted June 17, 2015 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    Looking for an assisted living or skilled nursing to accomodate a wheelchair bound/bed bound 260 lbs patient. Lower left leg is amputated. Looking in Michigan. Needs help ambulating, dressing, showering.

    • Posted June 19, 2015 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

      Hi – these are the two we know of in Michigan that may be helpful for you:
      Oakwood Skilled Nursing Ctr-De Dearborn MI (313) 441-0700
      Oakwood Skilled Nursing Ctr-Tr Trenton MI (734) 671-3500

  19. Stacy
    Posted June 22, 2015 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    Looking for a bariatric long term care facility in Kansas or Missouri

    • Posted June 23, 2015 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

      Hi Stacy – here are some locations that may help:
      Marymount Manor Skilled Nursing Facili Eureka MO (636) 938-6770
      Pioneer Skilled Nursing Center Marceline MO (660) 376-2001
      Southbrook Skilled Nursing Center Farmington MO (573) 756-6658
      Villa Marie Skilled Nursing Facility Jefferson City MO (573) 761-6700

      Wishing you and yours all the best 😉

  20. Jessica
    Posted July 2, 2015 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Looking for a skilled nursing facility for my dad in the south Carolina/ Georgia area willing to go to Florida as well… he is 500 lbs and needs short term rehab to get back home. Any Imput would be greatly appreciated.

    • Posted July 4, 2015 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jessica – we were unsuccessful finding any bariatric skilled nursing facility in the 3 states you listed. We wish you and your dad all the best, and will keep looking at our end.

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