Bariatric Mobility Solutions
Obesity is a progressive, life-threatening disease of excess fat storage. Caregiving for residents who require bariatric mobility solutions entails risks often related to safe handling and co-morbid conditions. From beds to wheelchairs and more, Direct Supply is proud to offer sturdy, reliable products that not only keep bariatric patients comfortable but also protect staff from the potential dangers related to repositioning overweight residents.
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What are Bariatric Mobility products?
Bariatric refers to the practice of health care related to the treatment of obesity and related conditions. Bariatric mobility products are designed to be used for obese or overweight seniors, usually whose body mass index (BMI) is over 30.
Residents may be obese for a number of reasons, including genetics, environmental factors, sedentary lifestyle and diet choices...and their numbers are steadily increasing. Examples of these types of product solutions include bariatric beds and mattresses, bariatric wheelchairs and cushions, bariatric sheets, bariatric bedding and more that feature larger surface areas and greater support than traditional products.
Why are Bariatric Mobility products so important for senior care residents?
Having the appropriate-sized equipment in place is important for keeping staff and bariatric patients safe, avoiding further injury and reducing the risk of further compounding ailments. Properly providing care for bariatric patients depends upon meeting their needs and ensuring they can also age and receive treatment with as much mobility and independence as possible, just like their peers in the community.
When an obese resident needs nursing care, their physical size can complicate even the most basic nursing interventions. An efficiently planned physical environment is critical. You will find it very useful to cluster residents and equipment. Use a floor plan of your facility to identify the location of your obese residents and bariatric equipment. A community without the proper plans and equipment will be severely limited in their ability to move, mobilize and care for bariatric patients.
How can you choose the right Bariatric Mobility products?
To choose the right bariatric mobility products, first clarify what your community’s definition of a bariatric patient is, which may include BMI and waist circumference. Assess the resident’s mobility and their need for bariatric mobility products. In many cases, specialized bariatric mobility products may not be needed. If bariatric mobility products and solutions are needed, consider several product factors, such as strength and durability of materials as well as warranty. With bariatric patients in particular, make sure the products are adjustable – especially beds – to help ensure proper breathing and safe transfer. And since bariatric mobility products are typically larger, make sure bariatric wheelchairs and bariatric beds, for example, can get through all hallways and entryways needed.
Direct Supply is proud to offer some of the best choices to help with bariatric mobility challenges in your community. If you still have questions about selecting the right bariatric mobility products, contact us or call your account manager at 1-866-300-4074.
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