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Safe Water Softening Treatments For Seniors Are Utilized In Assisted Living Communities

September 13, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

If you have hard water, you probably have more than your share of scum, film, and lime deposits on a number of household surfaces. This includes bathroom fixtures, sinks, glassware and dishes. Hard water is a problem in many homes across the nation. In these cases, the water contains excessive amounts of calcium and magnesium. The minerals can end up making it difficult for water to flow smoothly through the pipes because they tend to build up inside the pipes. Hard water also makes it difficult for your soap, shampoo, and detergent to dissolve appropriately. Heating hard water can also take longer and hikes up your heating bills. Water softening is the act of reducing the dissolved calcium, magnesium, and to some degree manganese and ferrous iron ion concentration in hard water. Water softeners are used in assisted living facilities so that seniors don’t have to put up with hard water problems.

When you use a water softener unit, these minerals are replaced by other minerals, mainly sodium. That’s why choosing the right water softener salt is so important in determining the effectiveness of your unit. The most commonly used water softener salts are sodium chloride and potassium chloride. But sodium minerals can impact the health of seniors. Assisted living facilities incorporate water purification systems that don’t use sodium replacements.

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Sodium chloride is also known as salt, common salt and table salt. Potassium chloride is the chemical compound, a metal halide salt composed of potassium and chlorine. The mineral found in many foods and is needed for several functions of your body, especially the beating of your heart. Potassium chloride is used to prevent or to treat low blood levels of potassium. Potassium levels can be low because of a disease or from taking certain medicines, or after a prolonged illness with diarrhea or vomiting. Potassium chloride may also be used for other purposes not listed here. But these minerals are not healthy for seniors. Especially seniors suffering from cholesterol and heart problems will get affected by the increase in sodium intake through water softeners.

There are conflicting views on the amount of increased sodium intake by water treated with softeners. They tend to vary based on different sources. The manufacturers of water softening units and the salt suppliers claim that healthy individuals shouldn’t be affected by the small amounts of salt intake and would not cause any health problems. They do however encourage individuals with health problems such as kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure to use water softeners with caution.

A Mayo Clinic hypertension specialist reports that the amount of sodium a water softener adds to tap water depends on the “hardness” of your water. The higher the concentration of calcium and magnesium in your water, the more sodium is needed to soften the water. The majority of sodium in the average diet comes from table salt and processed foods. The water from your tap may add a small amount of sodium to your diet, depending on the type of softener you use, but not a significant amount. As a rule, an 8-ounce glass of softened tap water contains less than 12.5 milligrams of sodium. According to the Food and Drug Administration nutrient guidelines, this is in the very low-sodium range. The best way to decrease the sodium in your diet is by cutting back on table salt and processed foods. Assisted living facilities are aware of the safer water softening methods that will not aggravate health conditions amongst aging seniors. Assisted living facilities utilize water purification systems that do not require the replacement of minerals with sodium.

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About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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