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Addressing the Global Challenge of Obesity in Care Homes and Communities: Prism Healthcare Group Introduces Comprehensive Solutions

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO, 2021), approximately 13% of adults worldwide were affected by obesity in 2016, indicating a significant increase in the prevalence of this health issue. This trend is also evident in care homes, where obesity rates among residents are on the rise, presenting substantial challenges for care providers.

Recent epidemiological studies have highlighted a steady rise in obesity prevalence, reaching epidemic levels and projecting continued increases. In the United States, a study revealed a significant increase in obesity prevalence among newly admitted nursing home residents over the past decade, emphasising the need for specialised care and equipment to address the unique challenges faced by this population. Anecdotally, parallels can also be drawn in the UK and Europe.



Residents with moderate or severe obesity are at a higher risk of developing pressure ulcers, further complicating care tasks and increasing the likelihood of secondary health issues. Reduced mobility due to increased body mass adds to the complexity of care provision, necessitating specialised equipment and infrastructure to ensure the highest quality of care for plus-sized individuals.

Recognising the growing need for tailored solutions, Prism Healthcare Group is proud to introduce a comprehensive range of products designed to support plus-sized residents and end-users, alleviating the burden on caregivers. From bariatric profiling beds, pressure area care products, and seating solutions to toileting, moving, and handling equipment and adult changing tables with larger weight requirements, Prism Healthcare Group offers diverse solutions to meet the unique needs of plus-sized individuals in care homes and communities.

"Our mission at Prism Healthcare Group is to ensure equitable access to high-quality care for all residents and end-users, regardless of size," said Lee Reeves, Commercial Director at Prism Healthcare Group. "We understand the challenges faced by care providers in sourcing and fitting specialised equipment, and our dedicated team is committed to providing comprehensive support to navigate these challenges effectively."

The Prism Healthcare Group, comprised of group companies including Harvest Healthcare, Repose Furniture, Prism Medical UK, and Smirthwaite, offers Prism Plus, a wide range of products specifically designed for plus-size users, providing a one-stop solution for all bariatric care needs.

For more information about Prism Healthcare Group and its range of bariatric products, please visit the Prism Healthcare Website.

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