Hints and Tips for dealing with osteoporosis

Tip#10

A Kettle tipper stand is a device that you place your kettle on and it takes the worry out of pouring hot water. The device supports your kettle, therefore little effort is needed to hold even a full kettle. The kettle can not drop forward or backward which significantly reduces the risk of a burn. It can be used to fill a teapot, mug or cup. This device is not suitable for cordless kettles.
 

Tip #9  Grab Bars.

Grab bars provide secure support for people going up or down a step into their home or for in the shower or on a toilet. They are constructed form UPVC with ABS flanges and ribbed tubing for improved grip. They are multi-fixing, which means you have a choice of five different fixing points. 
 

Tip #8  A Wheeled Rollator With a Seat (Wheeled Walker with Seat)

If you have had a fall or near fall or find you get tired easily from walking, you should consider a Rollator with wheels, with a seat. The seat enable you to take a rest whenever you need to, especially if you take public transportation and have to wait for a bus. There are also swivel front castors for easy manoeuvrability. It folds easily for storage in a car and has ergonomic hand grips. This Rollator is supplied with a shopping bag for light items which means both your hands can help support you when walking. 

The Rollator is light weight and an aluminium frame, with adjustable height handles. It folds easily for storage in a car and has ergonomic hand grips, with lockable loop brakes. The maximum user weight is 114kg/18 st. 

 

Tip #7  A Rollator (Walker with Wheels)

A Rollator (Walker with wheels) with a bag. If you find you get tired when walking or feel unsafe when carrying objects such as food shopping,  you should consider a Rollator with wheels, with a bag. The  bag attached is for light items which means both your hands can help support you.  It has a lightweight aluminium frame, the height is adjustable and has easily accessible loop lockable brakes. There are also swivel front castors for easy manoeuvrability. It folds easily for storage in a car and has ergonomic hand grips. The bag is supplied with the Rollator. The maximum user weight is 125kg/19.5st. 

 

Tip for measuring a Rollator (Walker with Wheels)

1) Have the person stand up as straight as they are able to (Military stance), with their arms down by their sides.

2) Ensure the person does not look down when they are being measured, as their arms will lower more.

3) The height of the Rollator handle should be at the height of the bone that sticks out on the wrist, where the hand bends.

NOTE: If a Rollator is too high, it can aggravate a neck or shoulder problem and could cause a back problem.

 

Tip #6  Walking Sticks

If you have had a fall or near fall or do not feel 100% steady on your feet, a walking stick can give you extra support and reduce your risk of falling. An Orthopaedic walking stick can be bought for people who are Right or Left handed and is adjustable for different heights. 

 

Tips for measuring a walking cane

1) Have the person stand up as straight as they are able to (Military stance), with their arms down by their sides.

2) Ensure the person does not look down when they are being measured, as their arms will lower more.

3) The height of the cane handle should be at the height of the bone that sticks out on the wrist, where the hand bends.

NOTE: If a cane is to high, it can aggravate a neck or shoulder problem and could cause a back problem.

 

Tip #5  Bath Lifters

A Bath lifter is a device that enables people to continue to take a bath, even if they have had trouble getting in and out one previously. It is placed in a persons bathtub,  but it is removable. It eliminates a person having to stand on a wet surface after bathing, which is one of the dangers after taking a shower.  They are easy to clean and maintain and are suitable for adults and children. The weight limit for this device is 170kg/26.7st.  

 

Tip #4  Consider a reacher

A Reacher is a sturdy, lightweight device, that is simple and easy to use. It has a trigger action which is ideal for people who have difficulty bending down to pick up light items from the floor. It has a non-slip, rubber lined jaw that provides a secure grip and also a magnetic tip. A stick clip is also included with the purchase for attaching the reacher onto wheelchairs and rollators (walking frames). They are available in either 66cm (26”) or 82cm (32.5”).  

 

Tip #3 Bed Lever

A bed lever is a device which can assist people who are having trouble getting up and down from a lying position to a seated position in bed. It can be used in the majority of beds and can not be felt through a standard mattress. It is secured into position by using straps that are supplied with the product. The maximum user weight is 108kg/17st. 

 

Tip #2 Think about hip protector underwear which will protect your hip in case of falls.

Hip protectors are a specialized type of underwear containing pads on the outside of each hip. They are unisex and can be worn during the day or at night and are invisible under normal clothing. They are designed to help reduce the risk of a fractured hip when a person falls. They are most commonly recommended for: Senior citizens who are at risk of fracturing a hip, thin and frail senior citizens and senior citizens who have already had a fall or near fall.

Some studies have shown that hip protectors can decrease the risk of a hip fracture by 64%. These Hip protectors are made out of breathable fabric and also have no seams. 

 

Tip #1 Get a DXA scan to make sure you do not lose your independence from Osteoporosis, which is preventable and treatable in most people.

A DXA scan is similar to having an X-ray and it is completely painless. You lie on your back for approximately 10-15 minutes while a bar moves above you, back and forth. It is not claustrophobic. A DXA scan measures a person’s bone mineral density, which basically means the strength of the person’s bone. Click here to find the nearest DXA scan to you.