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Assisted Living Directory iconSummary: One of the increasingly common questions we receive is whether assisted living can handle, or is appropriate for someone who is obese. Will the assisted living industry respond by offering facilities geared towards those who cannont manage the activities of daily living due to excess weight?
Written By: - Founder/Editor for Assisted Living Directory

I was on a run behind my house today in the beautiful open-space area that separates me from "civilization." I often times get to thinking about different things when I run, and today, I was thinking about obesity and how it relates to assisted living.

The inspiration for this was on a recent visit to the mall in our community, I noticed how is seems that, in general, people have become more unhealthy, and heavier in the past several years, at least in my perception. About every 2nd or 3rd person that walked Assisted Living for Obesity or overweight residentsby really seemed to be overweight. I asked my wife if she felt the same way, or has the same perception, and she completely agreed. To us, this was quite amazing, since we live in Colorado, which is rated one of the "fittest" states in the country. Actually, in 2007, only Colorado had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%.

Statistics back this up too. You can look at obesity trends at the CDC website (Center For Disease Control and Prevention) and plainly see that this is a widespread problem. From their website, they say "During the past 20 years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States."

As I was thinking about these things, I wondered how this might relate to assisted living. I remember having received a number of emails over the years asking if there were specifically any facilities on my site that dealt specifically with obesity. At the time there were not. I also didn't take the time to look around to see if this service was offered anywhere.

When I got back from my run today, I googled "assisted living facilities for obesity" and I was quite surprised that I came up with next to nothing. Usually, you'll see several results in google local, as well as advertising and organic results when you search for assisted living of any type. For overweight or obesity issues - zilch! I even did a search on the Assisted Living Federation of America site, and nothing there either.

I assume that this category has been somewhat filled by in-home caregivers where needed, or that some assisted living facilities would accept a client based on obesity, but in terms of actual assisted living facilities specifically for obesity, I guess it hasn't caught on yet. Perhaps part of the problem would be that there may be some ambiguity in terms of how it would be paid for, or subsidized.

I believe that this may be a segment for assisted living that we will see more and more of as time goes on. People who are living with obesity often times can't move more than a few feet at a time, and have trouble with even the simplest of tasks - much in the way that someone with Alzheimer's disease or dementia would.

I would be happy to list any facility on this site that caters to overweight persons. If there are any facilities in the works, or perhaps, if I have inspired anyone reading to open a facility of this nature, here are a few suggestions for your facility planning:

Offer a nutritional and exercise program or outlet
Keep stairs to a minimum, and offer handrails in walkways
Have ramps where there are stairs - many overweight people are confined to a wheelchair
Offer counseling or emotional support
Read our article on "How To Open An Assisted Living Facility"
Don't use age as a criteria for acceptance. Unfortunately, obesity affects people of all ages

As we think of more suggestions we'll add them.

- by the staff at Assisted Living Directory

Responses to this article:
Pati Wrote
My sister is 530 + pounds and I have recently heard her say that she is trapped in her own body and wants to die because she can't get help. .. please anyone who can head me in a direction to help her, email me at

27 July 2013 at 2.27 pm

Rick Wrote
I think that my uncle is beyond 'help' in the sense of getting him motivated to lose weight. He is in southern CA, and only in hiw 50's. He can barely do anything for himself. We are looking for a facility that he can live in and be taken care of.
26 November 2012 at 8.23 am

Krystal Wrote
My aunt is 450 lbs. Her health has suffered severely. She has reached out to the family in helping her find a live-in weight loss facility. If anyone knows of anyy please email me.

27 January 2012 at 12.47 pm

Maisy Wrote
I guess that by accepting residents who are obese, you are accepting residents of any age - since this is something that is not just limited to seniors.
10 November 2011 at 4:11 am

George Wrote
I agree with your observation: there are no widely known Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) that can provide a high level of care for the obese. Our non-profit foundation is in a process of changing that. We are in the process of designing an Assisted Living Facility (ALF) specifically for obese young adults (30-55). The initial ALF is planned to be built in the Fort Worth, Texas area. For information or comment visit our website: www.ciftx.org George
20 June 2011 at 7:06 pm

Andi Wrote
I am a Medical Assisting student nearing the end of my education. My focus is on obesity and was hoping I could get some information on where to look for employment. Any suggestions? Andi aboohooey @ hotmail.com
15 October 2010 at 8:34 am

Steve Wrote
hello i have a brother who is 600+lbs needs help for his mind and body he is trapped in his own body lives in a disgusting environment he is disable can still barely walk.He needs a care facility to save his life. thank you for any help.his brother steve.
steve m. steve.murphy41@cyahoo.coml
25 August 2010 at 2:46 pm

Janet Wrote
I need need a facility that can help with bariatric surgery and weight loss from 700 lbs. I lost my job due to the weight and was recently approved for disability benefits. I desperately want to return to productive living. Is there a place I can go to get better? I would like to work in a position that can help others overcome being in this situation after I get out of it. Again, where are the places one can go to get resident living and help? Janet
13 January 2010 at 3:47 pm

Kay Wrote
I have a 23 year old grand daughter. She has a lot of learning problems. She also has a back problem (which occurred while seeing a young man) 3 ruptured disc. I was told by her that she fell, which was very far from the truth. The truth of the matter was he punched her in the back. So to make a long story short, she can't exercise the way she should and the weight is building up. She weights about 360lbs. She is 5' 7", but she can't walk any far distances. I wish I could find a facility that could work with her. My question is , is there a facility for weight lose and also controlling her medical problems Kay
13 January 2010 at 3:47 pm

Debra Wrote
I heartily agree with the author of the article. There should be provisions made for the obese of our country. You can go into all the reasons why a person is obese or why they should not be, but the fact of the matter is that they are NOW obese. They must live now in the shape they are in and it does present some extra problems. However, why should the problems of the obese be treated any differently than say, a smoker with emphysema? Why is there such an uproar against obesity when many other conditions can be just as bad? Smoking, drinking, substance abuse, etc.-all are given leeway in the amount of help needed.
And yet, obesity is treated as the worst of them
all! I am not condoning obesity, but it is prevalent and we must allow the obese the same respect if we are ever to lessen this problem in our country. Respect and knowing there is help out there go a long way in treatment. Please don't let the obese be the outcasts of America! Help them, too. Debra
19 October 2009 at 8:23 am

Arnold Wrote
What a need indeed. My brother at 450lbs is in such a situation where he needs some form of ass't living. I have been struck by the lack of facilities that can respond to his need - some will say if he only would lose weight - he would say if I had a choice I would be thin! I see the need and will work toward developing an "oversized" ass't living facility in the Baltimore area - any help and guidance would be appreciated. Thanks for the starting point. Arnold
9 September 2009 at 8:03 am

Tom Wrote
I LIVE IN ASSISTED LIVING. THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE THAT ARE EXTREMLY OVERWEIGHT HERE. IT MUST BE HARD FOR THE PEOPLE FOR THE WORKERS THAT HAVE TO DEAL WITH THEM BEING OVERWEIGHT. IT INCLUDES SOME THE PEOPLE THAT WORK HERE.

I THINK THAT ARE OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE SHOULD DIET,
AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. THEY SHOULD NOT EAT MORE THAN ONE PLATE OF FOOD EACH MEAL. I KNOW THAT GENETICS PLAY ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM THAT PLAYS OUT WITH THE OVERWEIGHT.

I BELEIVE THAT ARE OVERWEIGHT SHOULD BE PUT IN ASSISTED LIVING. AFTER ALL THAT IS WHY THEY ARE HERE, BEING OVERWEIGHT.

THANK YOU.
19 April 2009 at 2:52 pm


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