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Mobility Lifts For Arthritis Sufferers

29th Apr 13

Arthritis is the main cause of disability and chronic pain in Australia, with 3.85 million Australians affected at a cost to the economy of more than $23.9 billion each year in medical care and indirect costs such as loss of earnings and lost production. It is estimated that by 2050, seven million Australians will suffer from some form of arthritis.

 

While it can be an uncomfortable and debilitating disease, there are ways in which arthritis sufferers can enjoy greater independence and comfort in daily life. In this post I'll explain a little bit about arthritis and how a residential platform lift might be of benefit to an arthritis suffer. 

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is an umbrella term used in reference to more than 100 medical conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system; specifically, where two or more bones meet. Arthritis sufferers commonly experience pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to joint cartilage - resulting in joint weakness, instability, deformities, stiffness and pain when engaging in basic activities such as walking, eating or driving a car.

Arthritis can strike all over the body, particularly the hips, wrists, elbows, fingers, feet and neck. The knees are affected most often, and chronic inflammation may lead to muscle atrophy in the thigh, stiffness and pain. This can cause arthritis sufferers to have a limp or experience difficulty walking.

While it is a widely held belief that arthritis is a disease that only occurs in the elderly, arthritis can happen to anyone; almost 2.4 million of all people suffering from the disease are of working age.

Why do arthritis sufferers need mobility lifts installed in their homes?

For someone with arthritis, everyday tasks like climbing stairs can be both difficult and painful. For this reason it is recommended that they use a platform lift wherever and whenever possible - particularly if they require a walking frame or other device. Platform lifts are ideal because walking aids such as frames and canes can easily be transported too.

People with stiffness, pain or mobility problems are also more prone to injuries and falls. A platform can provide a safer and more comfortable way for arthritis sufferers to move between the levels in their home.

What are the benefits of platform lifts for arthritis sufferers?

By using a platform lift, arthritis sufferers can take an easy, automated glide up steps without having to strain their joints or risk falling due to reduced mobility associated with arthritis.

Mobility lifts can also create a greater sense of independence for those who would otherwise need assistance getting around their home. This can improve self-esteem and enable an arthritis sufferer to enjoy a fuller life without requiring outside help.

At Pandect Mobiliy Solutions we provide a wide range of residential and commercial mobility solutions suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Our product range includes a selection of platform lifts suitable for those with reduced mobility, persons using walking frames/aids, wheelchair users and the elderly. To find out more about which solution may be right for you, please don't hesitate to get in contact with us.

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Ian has over 30 years experience in the service sector within Australia, New Zealand and Europe. He has gained a wealth of national and international knowledge throughout this time specialising in quality operational and service delivery both in the private and public sectors. For the last 6 years he has owned and operated Vestner, a New Zealand company specialising in the...

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