Bariatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the causes, prevention, and treatment of obesity.
A bariatric resident is defined as anyone, regardless of age, who has limitations in health and social care due to their weight, physical size, shape, width, health, mobility, tissue viability and environmental access with one or more of the following areas:
- They have a Body Mass Index (BMI) > 40 kg/m² and or are 40kg above ideal weight for height (NICE 2004)
- Their weight exceeds the Safe Working Load (SWL) and dimensions of support surfaces such as a bed, chair, wheelchair, couch, trolley, toilet or mattress
Residents may have different body shapes with a hip width of more than 400mm for short stature.
There may be some people who do not completely fit the above definition due to individual variations, but have similar problems and needs and who will require a similar approach to their care.
We believe that it is vitally important that all staff caring for bariatric residents are sensitive to their specific needs and at all times seek to preserve their dignity.
In recognising the requirements of this group of service users, we have designed and dedicated four bedrooms to the care of residents with a bariatric condition. Each room is equipped with wide-access doors, specially constructed bedding and a "sky-rail" that allows care staff to sensitively and safely assist bariatric residents with many of their daily routines. The "sky-rail" is installed in the ceiling and allows dignified, unobtrusive and is a safe manner of moving residents who may, due to their size, suffer from acute mobility challenges.