New York Times: Nursing Homes Challenged by Increased Obesity Rates

As rates of obesity rise, so do the challenges associated with providing care. And nursing homes are feeling the strain.

A recent article by Kaiser Health News (KHN) and The New York Times (NYT)looks at how care facilities are struggling to accommodate an ever-increasing number of residents who require special care and equipment related to their weight.

“Obesity is redrawing the common imagery of old age: the slight nursing home resident is giving way to the obese senior, hampered by diabetes, disability, and other weight-related ailments,” reporter Sarah Varney writes. “Facilities that have long cared for older adults are increasingly overwhelmed—and unprepared—to care for this new group of morbidly heavy patients.”

Full story of nursing home and obesity at APTA