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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22 Comments

  1. Ann Avery
    Posted December 21, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    I saw the article on Bariatric SNFs – how do I find these designated facilities? Is thee a list? Thank You, Ann Avery

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. Angela
    Posted March 30, 2013 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    I am looking for a bariattic facility anywhere in Ala or south TN for my mother who is bed bound and because my health I can no longer tend her but we cant find a nursing facility that can take her. Please help.

    • Posted April 4, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

      Hi Angela – we’ve looked for you as well but are unable to find a bariatric facility in Alabama or in Tennessee. We’ll keep looking, as we wish you the best.

  8. robert greenwald
    Posted June 5, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    I have a client who weighs 535 lbs. and is 55 years old. I’d be willing to place him in any bariatric nursing home in the country but can’t find one. Do you have a list you can forward? Thanks.

    • Colette
      Posted August 1, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

      Do your homework and research the facility.

  9. Brenda Wachtel
    Posted June 26, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Shelby Pointe in Shelby, Ohio has a Bariatric Weight Loss program. Their number is 419-347-1313. Ask for Barbie Riggleman.

  10. Amy
    Posted July 3, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    I am looking for SNF in Ct. for bariatric care. He is a 58 year old male. 500+ lbs.

    Thanks..

  11. Carilla Zirkle
    Posted July 11, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    I am a MDS Coordinator for a long term care and rehab facility. I am looking for bariatric units in Arkansas.

    • Posted July 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

      Hi Carilla – we’ve searched as well and were unable to help locate any. We wish you all the best.

      Ron
      http://www.GeriCareFinder.comm

      • Cathy Zehring
        Posted August 1, 2013 at 2:05 am | Permalink

        Ron,
        I am looking for a Bariatric Nursing Home in the Phoenix, AZ area

        • Posted August 13, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

          Hi Cathy – we’ve looked as well and are unable to find a Bariatric Nursing home in the Phoenix area – we wish you the best in your search, and if we find one that is reputable we’ll pass along the info.

  12. Shari
    Posted August 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    I am a social worker in Brandon, Florida who is looking for a bariatric skilled nursing facility in Florida for a woman who is over 500 lbs. Can you help?

    • Posted August 13, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

      Hi Shari – we’ve looked as well and are unable to find a Bariatric Nursing home in the Brandon area – we wish you the best in your search, and if we find one that is reputable we’ll pass along the info.

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