I am a Physiotherapist who works in long term care settings and have to treat patients who have a fall. I find that hip protectors are an important strategy to reduce the risk of a hip fracture. I have tried a number of hip protectors and I find that the Posey Hip Protectors are the best for my patients.
The Posey Hip Protectors (Posey Hipsters) for osteoporosis is an outstanding and effective protective product for individuals with osteoporosis, osteopenia and low bone density.
Posey Hip Protectors have the best price and variety compared to the other hip protectors on the market. There are eight or more different styles, plus regular or high durability pads. I would recommend the high durability pads for nursing homes because the padding is sewn into the Posey Hip Protector.
Our Experience with the Posey Hip Protector
We found that residents removed padding and threw them in the garbage or the toilet. The high durability pads can be washed. We have used the following models: 6016H, 6017H, 6019H and 6030.
I haven’t tried the shorts or sweat pants but I question their effectiveness as the clothing is lose and the pads could move away from the greater trochanter. We had a resident fall while wearing the hipsters. She broke her hip. The pads were anterior to the hip because she had lost weight and the briefs were too big and the position was askew.
The EZ – On 6019H has the Velcro closure at the waist and thigh and I would not recommend them. Our experience with them has been negative as the edges of the Velcro easily scratch the skin.
Posey Hipsters Sizing
Make sure you get the correct size for the patient. The Posey Hipsters have to fit snugly in order to provide effective protection against falls and bumps.
You should measure the patient at the hips and waist to get the right size. For many men, the hips and waist are often the same measurements.
We found we had to get the comfortable waist size and take in the hips so that the pads would stay in place. We have a seamstress/laundry person on staff to attend to this.
Where to Buy Posey Hip Protectors
We purchase the Posey Hipsters through Canadian Hospital Specialties Ltd. You can find the Posey Hip Protectors at other hip protectors suppliers medical supply outlets across the US and Canada.
Posey Hipsters are also available on Amazon.
Diane Markis is a Physiotherapist working in a long term care setting in Ontario, Canada. She has used a number of hip protector solutions with her patients and has found the Posey Hipster to be the most effective.
For more information, check out my Osteoporosis Guidelines.