Finding any assistance when you are struggling with mobility, balance and even safety concerns is most likely at the top of your to-do list. It should be, and I completely understand. It’s tough to be in that situation where you rely on others for aid and care and desperately just want to have a sense of pride and independence again. In addition, when searching for devices, you likely have several questions that you would like answers for. One of those questions I see pop up is concerning bed rails. Do bed rails add safety and help with mobility issues? Here is what I can tell you about this topic.
So, can bed rails increase stability and provide additional safety? Yes, bed rails provide the ability to get in and out of bed with ease and provide stability and something to grip and hold onto during the transfer into bed and out of bed. Additionally, bed rails prevent seniors and other individuals with mobility issues or disability issues from rolling and falling out of bed causing further injuries.
For this post, I want to dive a bit deeper into bed rails and explain where you should look for bed rails and discuss some of the other frequently asked questions individuals typically have about bed rails. Let’s start covering some of those questions and topics now.
The Additional Safety, Comfort and Mobility Bed Rails Can Offer
Bed rails are another senior assistive device that can perform multiple functions and offer several significant benefits. Bed rails are most commonly used in nursing homes, hospitals and even hospice care facilities. However, bed rails are available to any individual who could enjoy the benefits and needs some assistance with mobility and safety while sleeping or just lying in bed.
The first significant benefit that bed rails provide includes providing safety while sleeping and laying in bed. First and foremost, bed rails prevent individuals from rolling and falling out the bed as we discussed previously. This can cause substantial additional injuries or bone fractures.
Additionally, bed rails are going to provide you the ability to have a grip or grab bar bedside on both sides of the bed allowing you to get in and out of bed with more ease. This provides additional safety, comfort and can even offer you the ability to have more independence in your life not needing aid from others to get in and out bed.
Bed Rails Are Adjustable and Can Be Adjusted to Fit Your Needs
Whether you are depending on a caregiver, a family member or even a spouse to help you with certain functions throughout the day, the need to adjust the length and height of the bedrail may be necessary for some situations.
The good news?
The good news is that bed rails come with this ability to adjust the length and height when need be. This can make transferring onto another assistive device such as a commode much more comfortable and can also allow for other assistive aids and devices to be used such as eating trays being placed in front of you allowing you to eat in bed with comfort.
Considerations to Keep in Mind When Choosing Your Bed Rails
You do have some factors that need to be considered when purchasing and choosing your bed rails. Here’s a look at some of the top considerations that need to be covered before doing anything else.
• Will You Be Using Your Bedrails Alone or With the Help of a Caregiver?
• What Kind of Bed Will Your Bed Rails Be Installed On?
• What Size Bed Will Your Bed Rails Be Installed On?
• Do You Need Dual Bed Rails or Just One-Sided Bed Rails?
These factors are essential to consider because you need bed rails that not only will fit your bed correctly but can also be adjusted or dropped down either by yourself while lying in bed or if you have a caregiver or family member helping you, they can easily adjust the height and length of the bed rail when need be.
Most bed rails will fit all the standard bed sizes such as full, queen and king size beds. Bed rails are also cheap for the benefits that they can provide. In most circumstances, you will be looking at paying roughly $50-80.00 for a double-sided set of bed rails that can fit on a queen bed (most common bed size US-wide currently)
What Should You Do Next When Considering Bed Rails for Your Home?
As always, take our advice and consider all the top items we discussed above. Size and needs matter the most when you are purchasing something such as bed rails or other senior assistive devices. It’s a very common senior assistive device, but it will be rendered useless without the proper planning and considerations taking place ahead of time.
Talk to your family and caregiver to determine which bed rails will be best for you and then look for reliable reviews and a budget-friendly set of bed rails to get the job done. If you are gaining additional safety, mobility and independence in life, it’s a wise purchase and can improve the quality of your life in a dramatic fashion.
Final Word, Bed Rails Are Another Great Option to Remain Safe and More Mobile
I get it. Living with limited mobility and depending on others is a lot of work and it’s no fun for anyone involved. Thankfully, all the senior assistive devices we discuss can make a significant impact on your life and get you enjoying more independence, comfort, and safety. That’s what it’s all about and what we strive to provide at the Senior Spot.
What do you think of bed rails? Do you currently use them or know someone who does use them? How much additional mobility and safety do they provide? Be sure to drop a comment below.