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Hospice and Transitions expands care for bariatric patients through Blue Envelope grant

Central Wyoming Hospice's newly updated and renovated Charles M. and Cara Lou Chapman Hospice Home (Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions announced the purchase of an inpatient bariatric hospital bed through a grant of nearly $25,000 provided by the Blue Envelope Health Fund. 

“This bed will enable us to comfortably and safely accommodate larger patients who need end-of-life care in our community,” said Mel Baker, RN, CHPN, MBA Inpatient Team Lead, in the CWHT release on Monday.

The heavy-duty bed is longer and wider than a standard hospital bed, and has a much higher weight capacity, Baker said.

The bed also includes an air mattress and alternating pressure pump to help prevent pressure ulcers, or “bed sores,” that afflict bariatric patients due to an inability to reposition themselves in bed. 

The feature greatly reduces the risk of skin breakdown and decreases pain and suffering at the end of life, Baker said.  

“Being able to care for someone in a bed that actually fits them allows us to provide dignity during the dying process,” Baker said.

The Blue Envelope Health Fund was founded in Casper in 1958 and is an all-volunteer organization focused on community health care issues.