Caring for Residents With Bariatric Diagnosis

Recorded On: 01/11/2023

With the increasing rate of obesity, it is important to maintain the dignity of the resident. Obesity has increased from 14.4% to 30.9% from 1976 to 2000.

Studies show that bariatric disease and its impact on one’s mobility and quality of life can cause bias, discrimination, and social stigmas. There is clear, consistent evidence that individuals with obesity experience discrimination in the family, social, education, and employment settings.

Even the most compassionate caregiver may be reluctant to provide adequate care because of the threat of caregiver injury. The fear of injury is realistic and combined with the failure to provide satisfactory care to a complex resident, further the perpetuation of discrimination toward the obese resident.


  • Identify the equipment needs for providing care for residents with a bariatric diagnosis
  • Discuss the basic care needs and sensitivity needed
  • Define aspects of an interdisciplinary approach to meeting resident needs
  • Discuss the importance of empathy when providing care

Angie Szumlinski, LNHA, RN, GERO-BC, RAC-CT, BS

Director of Risk Management

HealthCap Risk Management Services

Ms. Szumlinski is a nationally-recognized leader in long-term care, with a wealth of experience in virtually every operational and clinical aspect of the industry. She has experience as an Owner/Provider, Administrator, Director of Nursing, Corporate Quality Assurance Coordinator, and independent consultant. In the last 8 years, she has personally conducted over 1,000 on-site risk management visits at facilities across the country, touching every acuity level within the long-term care spectrum. As a nationally recognized presenter for health care associations on current trends and best practices in the long-term care industry, Ms. Szumlinski is the author of hundreds of best-practice bulletins, in-service modules, and has hosted hundreds of risk management seminars across the country. Respected for success in assisting facilities in achieving and maintaining regulatory compliance, Ms. Szumlinski served two terms as an Associate Board Member for NCAL, is a member of the AHCA Survey/Regulatory Committee and served as a team leader for the AHCA/NCAL Quality Award program for 8 years. Ms. Szumlinski is the Nurse Planner for HealthCap Risk Management’s American Nursing Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) accredited education program.


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