As we are all adapting new ways to respond to the emerging conditions of coronavirus, we would like to reassure all our clients and customers of our approach.
Our management team meets daily to keep up to date on the emerging situation.
Clients and staff
Our number one priority is the wellbeing of our clients and employees. We follow all official recommendations, and we are committed to respond to the call for solidarity and cohesion to prevent the spread of the disease. We regularly update our employees. We publish updated information as it becomes available to reduce exposure and transmission of the coronavirus. Where appropriate we send out information to our clients and send links to the government websites and phone numbers. We carry out relevant risk assessments.
Our key messages to staff
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser if this is not available
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing (using tissue or your flexed elbow)
- Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose or mouth) with unwashed hands
- Wear appropriate PPE when visiting clients – referring to the guidance on how to put on, take off and dispose of these
- Stay at home when you are sick, and when recommended by the authorities
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects people frequently touch
- Take up the offers of testing and retesting for staff working in key jobs
And on social distancing
Keep 2 metres from each other or 1 meter with risk mitigation – we have adapted our office to meet this
Avoid physical contact (ie handshaking, hugging)
Love your bones campaign
Broken bones due to osteoporosis is a serious concern worldwide.
This month many people all over the world are getting together to raise awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. It aims to put bone, muscle and joint health on the global health agenda and shine a spotlight on the immense burden caused by these diseases.
Some quick facts!
- Over 200 million people world wide are affected
- About one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
- An osteoporotic fracture occurs every three seconds
- Hip fractures can cause loss of function and independence with: 40% unable to walk independently; 60% requiring assistance a year later; 33% being totally dependent or in a nursing home in the year following a hip fracture.
Some key messages from the campaign
Understand your risk
- Take the IOF One Minute Osteoporosis Risk Test to recognise whether you may have personal risk factors for osteoporosis and fractures
- If you have risk factors talk to your doctor about your bone health.
- Almost half of the patients who are treated in hospital for a hip fracture have had a previous fracture of some kind. That first risk fracture was a warning sign! If you’ve had a first fracture after the age of 50 you must have testing and preventative care.
- Protect your bone health to protect your future! Strong bones and muscles will keep you active and mobile, so that you can enjoy independence and good quality of life during older age.
- Bone-healthy nutrition together with weight-bearing and muscle strengthening exercise are both important ways to help prevent osteoporosis and reduce your risk of falls and fractures.
- For patients at high risk, lifestyle changes alone are not enough to significantly reduce fracture risk.
Adherence to treatment
- Today, there are more medical options than ever before, with effective new therapies that can reduce the risk of fracture by as much as 30-70%. If medication is prescribed, you should adhere to your treatment. If you are having trouble taking your medication, talk to your doctor about your concerns.
Take the IOF One Minute Osteoporosis Risk Test. Click here https://www.iofbonehealth.org/iof-one-minute-osteoporosis-risk-test