For people over the age of 60, osteoporosis is a common condition that weakens the bones. Persistent pain and potential fractures associated with this condition can significantly limit mobility and affect a person’s overall quality of life. Fortunately, home care can support those living with osteoporosis and empower their independence by providing additional help in the comfort of their existing home.
In this blog post, we explore the benefits of home care for seniors living with this health condition. If you or your loved one are living with osteoporosis, discover how home care in Manchester or the surrounding area can help you live a fulfilled, active and happy life here.
Osteoporosis is a health condition that affects the bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. It affects approximately 3 million people in the UK and is more likely to affect ageing adults over 60 years old. Because there are no obvious symptoms in its early stages, osteoporosis is known as the ‘silent disease’. Unfortunately, many people don’t realise something is wrong until a fall results in a broken bone. As the bones continue to lose more mass and become weaker, symptoms may gradually begin to appear. These include:
- stooped posture
- height loss
- fractures that occur often with little to no provocation.
Living with osteoporosis
Many challenges accompany living with a condition like osteoporosis. Brittle bones have a significant impact on everyday living and can make it difficult to do daily tasks with ease – even getting out of bed or climbing up and down steps can pose challenges. In addition, many seniors already experience limited mobility but persistent pain and fractures or injuries due to osteoporosis can hinder movement even more. Previous falls can affect a person’s confidence inside and outside their home which can stop them from participating in activities they once enjoyed. If limited mobility leads to isolation, a person’s emotional wellbeing can be severely affected.
How can home care help?
While there is no cure for osteoporosis, home care provides personalised support and practical help to empower those living with the condition to live well. There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to caring which is why our services are completely tailored to your needs. Centred around preventing falls and fractures, some common duties you can expect your professional carer to perform include help with getting in and out of bed, washing and dressing and tidying up around the house.
In addition, your carer will help prepare nutritious meals which are vital for those living with osteoporosis. They will also ensure medications are taken in the appropriate dosages at the correct time. Last but not least, your carer is there to provide companionship and would love to share an activity or chat over a cup of tea.
With the support from a qualified carer, you or your loved one can continue to enjoy the comforts of your home while receiving the personalised care you need to enjoy an active and fulfilled life.
Get in touch
If you or your loved one are living with osteoporosis and could benefit from the help of a qualified and compassionate carer, please do not hesitate to contact us or call us on 0161 929 6039. We would be happy to provide more information or answer any of your questions.