Staff Time and Estimated Labor Cost to Bathe Obese Nursing Home Residents: A Case Report

Obesity and Nursing Home Working Paper Series No. 1

6 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2019 Last revised: 16 Jan 2020

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Holly C Felix

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Fay W. Boozman College of Public Heatlh

Christine Bradway

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Elizabeth Miller

Genesis Health Care Corporation

Amy Heivly

Genesis Health Care Corporation

Irene Fleshner

Genesis Health Care Corporation

Lawrence S. Powell

Alabama Center for Insurance Information and Research

Date Written: October 22, 2009

Abstract

Nursing homes are experiencing increases in the number of obese residents. This case report focuses on the bathing / showering process of an obese nursing home resident, highlighting the required staff time and estimating labor cost to provide this assistance. The preliminary findings reported here indicate obese residents require more than twice the staff time for bathing / showering, with the increased staff time resulting in economically significantly higher labor costs for care.

Keywords: Obesity, Personal care assistance, Nursing Home, Staff time, Labor cost

Suggested Citation

Felix, Holly C and Bradway, Christine and Miller, Elizabeth and Heivly, Amy and Fleshner, Irene and Powell, Lawrence S., Staff Time and Estimated Labor Cost to Bathe Obese Nursing Home Residents: A Case Report (October 22, 2009). Obesity and Nursing Home Working Paper Series No. 1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1492703 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1492703

Holly C Felix (Contact Author)

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Fay W. Boozman College of Public Heatlh ( email )

4301 W. Markham St.
Suite 605
Little Rock, AR 72205
United States

Christine Bradway

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Elizabeth Miller

Genesis Health Care Corporation ( email )

101 East State St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Amy Heivly

Genesis Health Care Corporation ( email )

101 East State St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Irene Fleshner

Genesis Health Care Corporation

101 East State St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Lawrence S. Powell

Alabama Center for Insurance Information and Research

Box 870397
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
United States

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