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West Virginia: Researcher Studies How Nursing Homes Can Accommodate Obese Residents

About 30 percent of nursing home residents are obese. That can complicate their care. The facility may need to buy them special wheelchairs or motorized lifts. Nursing aides may struggle to help them shower. And doctors may grapple with how — or even whether — to restrict their diets. West Virginia University School of Public Health researcher Dr. Nicholas Castle is part of a team investigating how nursing homes can best meet obese residents’ healthcare needs.

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