Is Your Home-Bound Loved One Taking Vitamin D Supplements?
Vitamin D Deficiency Plagues Home-Bound Seniors
Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption, bone growth, and bone strength. Because sunlight is the primary source of Vitamin D, home-bound adults are automatically at serious risk for Vitamin D deficiency. This also creates a heightened risk for falls and broken bones, which can lead to prolonged recovery, immobility, and increased dependence for senior adults.
Many people who are aware of the risk for Vitamin D deficiency eat Vitamin D-rich food such as fish and dairy products in order to compensate for the lack of sunlight. However, this may not be enough to prevent bone softness or weakness. New research suggests that (in addition to eating Vitamin D-rich foods) adults who spend a great deal of time indoors or out of direct sunlight should take Vitamin D supplements which provide approximately 800 units each day or more, at a physician’s direction.
Otherwise, experts recommend that adults who are able receive at least 20 minutes of direct sunlight each day, though this does not necessarily need to take place all at once.
We Provide Additional Support for Families & Individuals Throughout the Lone Star State
Keeping track of an aging loved one’s nutrition is challenging, especially if you’re doing it by yourself. Vitamin D is just one of hundreds of essential nutrients your loved one needs in order to remain healthy and mobile for years to come. When you call At Home Healthcare, our private nurses, companion caregivers, and other in-home care providers can help you manage your loved one’s diet, meals, and medications in a way that ensures they do not go without essential nutrients like Vitamin D.
Call (877) 959-9093 to speak to a member of our team and learn about our in-home care options in Texas.