Friday, December 23, 2005

Bariatric Equipment

What equipment options can you suggest for someone with obesity? To fully address your question, it would first be necessary to figure out this person’s capabilities regarding mobility. You can determine this, however, on your own. That being the case, there are multiple options to consider. There is specialized bariatric equipment that can be helpful for this individual in both home and healthcare settings. Such options to consider in the realm of mobility aids are bariatric walkers, bariatric rollators, and bariatric wheelchairs. Bariatric wheelchairs are constructed with extra strength components to withstand long term use with minimal maintenance and feature heavy-duty wheels with airless pneumatic tires. Bariatric walkers and bariatric rollators in provide sturdy, dependable support while sustaining the compact, lightweight engineering found in standard models. There are bariatric beds and bariatric mattresses to consider as well. These items will ensure lasting support and comfort without causing wounds related to bed sores and pressure sore ulcers. The use of a bariatric commode may be an option for you to evaluate. For use in showers or tubs, there are bariatric shower chairs and bariatric shower chair commodes to consider. These items provide extra mobility, balance, and support while at the sink, toilet, or urinal. The main issue for someone with obesity is treatment. For treatment options, please seek the advice of a physician or another medical specialist. The longer this person lives with obesity, the more this person is susceptible to life-threatening health conditions. The Department of Health and Human Services reports that being overweight or obese increases the risk of many diseases and health conditions, including the following:
  • Hypertension
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Respiratory Problems

Hope that helps.

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