Osteoporosis is a common disease that many older people may not even know they have. However, weakened bones can cause the sufferer to experience fractures easily. This can make getting around difficult and uncomfortable because of the pain or loss of mobility. While the disease does not directly cause reduced mobility, someone suffering from osteoporosis may experience regular fractures which can make getting around their home hard. This is why a stairlift is often a good decision.
Osteoporosis is considered a silent disease because many people may not know they have it until they break a bone. A person may not experience any signs, symptoms or pain until they suffer from a fracture. It is estimated that over 3 million people in the UK have osteoporosis and there are over 300,000 fractures every year due to osteoporosis.
Bone is living tissue that gets replaced regularly throughout life. However, as you get older the cells can’t reproduce as quickly, meaning bones are left weakened. The condition is more common in women because of the reduced levels of oestrogen following menopause as oestrogen helps protect bone strength.
If you or someone you love has osteoporosis, it may be worth installing a stairlift to make getting around the house more comfortable. This is because:
- Stairlifts reduce the risk of falls – When you have a stairlift installed in your home, it makes getting up and down the stairs much easier. This way you don’t have to be worried about being unsteady on your feet and potentially tripping or falling down the stairs. For most people, a trip or fall may not be difficult to recover from, however, someone with osteoporosis may fracture a bone that will take weeks or months to fully heal again.
- Stairlifts help ease discomfort – If an osteoporosis sufferer has experienced a bone fracture, it may be difficult or painful to move around their home. A stairlift offers a little bit of extra support to ensure you can maintain your independence and easily get up and down the stairs.
- Provide much-needed confidence – A stairlift can often provide sufferers with that extra bit of confidence to know they are supported. It can help reduce anxiety about using the stairs and improve their quality of life much more.
If you or a loved one suffers from osteoporosis, Alfix Stairlifts can provide you with a high-quality stairlift you can rely on. Whether you need a curved stairlift, straight stairlift or are just looking to rent one, we’re here to help. We have a fantastic team of staff committed to helping those with reduced mobility find their independence again. If you are interested in installing a stairlift in your home, get in touch with us today by visiting our website or calling us on 01926 334848. We operate in Warwickshire and the surrounding areas, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.