On the day of B, let’s take a look at what Bariatric care is all about. It is a term very less known and mostly prominent in countries like USA, UK etc. Bariatric is derived from the word Baros which means “weight” in Greek. Bariatric describes the medical treatment of serious overweight—that is, obesity. Demand for bariatric surgeries and after care is rapidly increasing.
Bariatric patients are on the high risk of falling into chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, stroke etc. The main focus of treatment to those who have obesity is to promote weight loss and increase overall health with diet, exercise, and behavior therapy. Bariatric or weight loss surgeries which I have read are – roux-en-Y gastric bypass & a vertical sleeve gastrectomy.
Care for such over-weight people requires speacial attention on their restricted movements, skin care and all these needs to be provided keeping in mind the health and comfort of the patients.
Some specific challenges over weight people face are –
- Restricted mobility and reach – this makes self-care and toileting difficult
- Heightened vulnerability to skin infections – means careful skin care/wound treatment is vital
- Low self-esteem and depression – requires sensitive care and support provided with utmost dignity and respect
Bariatric care takers are trained to support in –
- providing personal care including skin care, washing, dressing and toileting
- helping to develop healthy eating habits
- providing support with social activities
- engaging the patients in pleasant hobbies which enhances positive feeling
- household chores like cleaning, washing and laundry
- assisting with medicines
- encouraging to maintain the individual’s independence
It is never late to walk into the path of healthy life style.
Making a big life change is pretty scary. But, know what’s even scarier? Regret!