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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12 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.

  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.

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