I am certainly no teetotaler, but I do know that too much of any one thing is not good for a person! It is best to not start some habits, like smoking, but if your client still smokes and has been diagnosed with Osteoporosis, it is certainly important to help them kick the habit!
As far as alcohol consumption, it is best to monitor your client’s intake. Too much alcohol can damage bones which leads to the risk of falling and fracturing or breaking bones.
You can help your client avoid falls with the following suggestions by the NIH:
- Do not have your client take sedating medicines, which can make them drowsy and unsteady. If they must take them, be extra careful when they are up and about. For example, hold your client and keep them close to countertops or sturdy furniture to hang onto to avoid falling.
- Remove household hazards, such as throw rugs, to reduce the risk of falls.
- Leave lights on at night so they can see better when walking around the house.
- Install and use safety grab bars in the bathroom.
- Make sure their vision is good. Have their eyes checked once or twice a year by an eye doctor.
- Have your client wear shoes that fit well and that have heels. This includes slippers. Slippers that do not have heels can cause you to trip and fall.
- Do not allow your client to walk outdoors alone on icy days.
Alcohol and illicit drugs can also make an individual a bit wobbly. It is best to keep these substances away from your clients. Although they may not take it well at first, explain to them why you are doing it; it is because you know that With Age Comes Respect and it is your duty to protect them – even if it is from themselves.