Approximately 200 million people worldwide are suffering from osteoporosis. If you are a family caregiver for one of these people, it is important that you are prepared to help them manage their condition while protecting them from the far increased risk of falls and fractures that can occur as a result of this condition. This can help to ensure that your senior is able to live the quality of life that they desire and deserve while staying healthier and stronger throughout their later years.
Use these tips to help you care for an elderly adult with osteoporosis:
- Encourage a well-balanced diet. Help your parent to make the dietary choices that will support their health and bone strength as they age. This includes getting plenty of protein, calcium, vitamins, and minerals. Discourage carbonation that can leech calcium from the bones and worsen bone loss.
- Encourage activity. The bones are living tissue just like the muscles. This means that they need regular exercise to stay strong and healthy. Encourage your parent to participate in regular physical activity, especially weight-bearing exercises that will strengthen the bones and help to reduce density loss.
- Reduce fall risk. Elderly adults tend to be at far higher risk of falls than younger people, and those who are suffering from osteoporosis are likely to experience much more severe injuries after experiencing such an accident. Even what seems like a minor fall, bump, or other accident can result in a very serious fracture. Suffering one fracture increases the chances that they will suffer another fracture by 86 percent, and a serious fracture can put your parent at risk of increased health problems and even death. Take steps to reduce their fall risk throughout their home as well as when they are out of the home. This includes removing tripping hazards, installing a chair lift on stairs, and providing physical support and assistance while they are walking around and performing potentially difficult or dangerous tasks such as getting into and out of the bathtub or car.
If your aging parent is at increased risk for osteoporosis or they have been diagnosed with this condition, starting home care for them can be a fantastic way to encourage them to continue living an active, engaged, and fulfilling quality of life while managing their condition. This care provider can work with you to create a highly personalized approach to their care, support, encouragement, and assistance that helps them to not only deal with their condition, but keep their body healthy and safe, and keep pursuing the independent and enjoyable lifestyle that they desire and deserve. This can include helping them to understand the risks that they face as well as the instructions that were given to them by their doctor, and then offering reminders to help them stay compliant and make the best lifestyle choices for their needs. Especially if you are a distance caregiver or your schedule is busy and you are not able to be with your parent as frequently as you want to, this can give you peace of mind knowing that they are getting the care that they need, are staying active, and are remaining safe.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of caregiver services in Jupiter, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at 772-872-6983.
We are licensed by the Agency for Healthcare Administration in Florida. As a licensed nurse registry, we refer private duty caregivers to clients in need of personal care services and assistance with every day activities. We are providers of medical and non-medical health care services.
Latest posts by Lee Borellis, Owner (see all)
- What Are the Causes and Symptoms of Lung Cancer? - June 14, 2017
- How Can You Help Your Elderly Loved One if She’s Still Extremely Independent? - June 7, 2017
- What You Should Know About Healthy and Safe Swimming Week - May 19, 2017