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The National Osteoporosis Society is the only UK-wide national charity dedicated to improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.
The charity provides advice and information on all aspects of osteoporosis through its helpline and information booklets, as well as offering people with osteoporosis support through its network of over 100 local support groups.
If you break a bone or are suffering from the collapse of vertebrae in your spine as a result of osteoporosis, you may find it difficult, at least initially, to manage everyday tasks such as getting dressed or preparing a meal.
If this results in a stay in hospital, ask your local social services to assess the help you need at home before you are discharged. If you are not admitted to hospital, you can ask for an assessment at home. Social services can arrange for the loan of aids to make tasks easier. They can also arrange services to help with personal care if you meet their eligibility criteria, although there may be a charge for any services they provide.
If you break your hip, a specialist team of falls nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists are likely to be involved before and after you leave hospital. They can help you regain your confidence and independence and suggest how you can reduce your risk of having another fall.
If you need long-term help with personal care or watching over to make sure you are all right, you may be eligible to claim Personal Independence Payment if you are under 65, or Attendance Allowance if you are 65 and over. Both are non means-tested benefits. You can find out more about these and other benefits you may be eligible to claim in the guide More money in your pocket or by calling Age UK on 0800 169 6565.
www.gov.ukThis government website has useful information under the headings ‘money, tax and benefits’ and ‘caring for someone’.
The NOS is dedicated to improving the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and offers a wide range of services to people who are concerned about osteoporosis.
It also has a helpline that’s open from 9am-5pm from Monday to Friday: 0845 450 0230www.nos.org.uk
Technical appraisals of drugs to prevent fractures in post-menopausal womenTA160 Alendronate, etidronate, risedronate, raloxifene and strontium ranelate for the primary prevention of osteoporotic fragility fractures in post menopausal women. www.nice.org.uk/Guidance/TA160
TA161 Alendronate, etidronate, risedronate, raloxifene strontium ranelate and teriparatide for secondary prevention of osteoporotic fragility fractures in post menopausal women.www.nice.org.uk/Guidance/TA161
Look on the website for the patient version of the Guidance, under the heading 'Information for the public'.
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