Osteoporosis LTC Recommendations

Whether you are living at home, home care, or long-term care, there are steps you can take to prolong and/or improve your quality of life. From nutrition to making your living environment safer, there are a number of options available to keep bones as healthy as possible and help prevent fractures. 

Talk to Your Health Care Provider

If you are concerned about becoming frail or are caring for a parent who may be frail. It is important to determine if you or your parents are at risk of falls and fractures. 

Consider Calcium and Vitamin D Supplementation

Osteoporosis Canada recommends 1200 mg calcium intake through diet. If this requirement is not met through food, consider 500 mg calcium/day via supplements. Vitamin D intake should be between 800 – 2000 units/day, in older adults. 

Consider Exercise that Improves Strength and Balance

It is important to talk to your health provider to help you identify safe ways to exercise.

Make Your Home Safe

Consider ways to make your living environment safe to prevent falls, for example anti-slip shoes and surfaces, walk bars, etc.

Consider Wearing Hip Protectors

They are designed to prevent fractures as a result of a fall.