Obesity or a body mass index of more than 30kg/m2 is a complication that is increasing among the elderly population.
In addition, the rates of obesity in post-acute care have been on the rise.
In the United States, the prevalence of obesity in adults aged 60 years and older increased from 9.9 million to 22.2 million in 2010.
The effects of obesity exacerbate many elements of aging.
Patients, therefore, tend to be weaker and have poorer lower extremity function.
Problems Faced by Obese Patients
While it’s well-known that obesity can impact one’s health, older and aging patients are often overlooked when it comes to addressing weight-related issues.
That paired with any already existing health issues can severely impact a patient.
Beyond the health concerns that arise due to obesity, the transition to a post-acute facility can be the next biggest hurdle one faces.
According to The American Journal of Managed Care, obese patients often face avoidable complications due to lack of proper equipment, difficulty in getting the patient to the facility in the first place, and the additional staffing needed to aid in caring for them.
At South Coast Post Acute, we offer a full spectrum of innovative solutions.
Your personal care team will create an individualized plan that is tailored to your needs, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
We’re fully-equipped and able to receive and care for diverse patients, including those requiring special care, nutrition, and help due to obesity.
Our goal is to get patients to maximum functional capacity and get back to their homes and community in the shortest amount of time possible.
Exceptional, compassionate care; every time, every touch. Contact us today!