Get a DXA scan to make sure you do not lose your independence from untreated Osteoporosis which is preventable and treatable in most people.
A DXA scan is like 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 to find the nearest DXA scan to you.
Think about hip protector underwear which will protect your hip in case you have a fall.
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
- 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%.
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 most beds and cannot 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.
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 some a magnetic tip. A stick clip can also be purchased for attaching the Reacher onto wheelchairs and rollators (walking frames).
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 of one previously. It is placed in a person’s 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.
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) Stand up as straight as you can (Military stance) with your arms down by your sides.
2) Do not look down when you are being measured as your arms will lower more.
3) The height of the cane handle should be at the height of the bone that sticks out on your wrist, where the hand bends.
Note: If a cane is too high, it can aggravate a neck or shoulder problem and could cause a back problem.
A Rollator with wheels, with a bag.
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 can carry light items which means both your hands can help support you. Look for a lightweight aluminium frame, whose height is adjustable and has easily accessible loop lockable brakes. There are also swivel front castors for easy manoeuvrability.
Note: It will need to be able to fold easily for storage in a car.
Tip for measuring a Rollator (Walker with Wheels)
1) Stand up as straight as you can (Military stance), with your arms down by your sides.
2) Do not look down when they are being measured, as your 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 your hand bends.
Note: If a Rollator is too high, it can aggravate a neck or shoulder problem and could cause a back problem.
A wheeled Rollator with a 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 enables you to take a rest whenever you need to, especially if you take public transportation and must wait for a bus. There are also swivel front castors for easy manoeuvrability. Ensure to get one that folds easily for storage on a bus, as well as in a car.
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.
A Kettle Tipper
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 cannot 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.