Nursing homes are experiencing a shift in healthcare due to a rise in patients admitted with obesity. The obese patient population has risen from 14.7% to 25% from 2000 to 2010.Nursing home facilities are struggling to care for the obese patient population and their needs. Care for these patients involves specialized wheelchairs, lifts, showers and bed pans. Costs are increasing while reimbursements are not.
“The population is shifting faster than the ability of nursing homes to deal with them,” said a senior vice president for an association of nonprofit providers of services for older adults. “We don’t have adequate staff. We don’t have adequate equipment. We don’t have adequate knowledge.” For more, read the story.