The main job of a secure assist bed rail is to provide a sturdy handle for those who need help with balance when getting in and out of bed. Bed assist rails aren’t designed to prevent you from leaving or falling out of bed, so they aren’t enough when infirmity or the side effects of medication leave you vulnerable to a fall.
These bed side rails securely attach to the floor or bed frame and enable you to get your support from the floor, not your soft mattress. A bed side rail allows you to pivot to get up from or sit down on the edge of your bed, all without anyone else’s assistance, giving you a better sense of independence.
Assist bed rails are only about a third of the length of full-sized adult bed rails. These rails are usually adjustable to accommodate any height and are often portable. They lock when in use, yet easily pivot out or down. Some are just extremely thin handles, while other styles incorporate pockets to keep needed personal care items, like glasses, a cell phone and medication, nearby.
Despite how narrow some bed assist rails are, they are all meant to attach easily and securely. The home bed-assist rail by Drive Medical includes a safety strap you wrap around the mattress or box spring to ensure a safe and secure fit. The extra long strap fits single twin double queen or even king-sized beds. The removable power-coated steel handle includes a mid bar, which creates a reliable grip at any height and can be detached when not in use.
Many models are excellent for travel and pack easily in a suitcase. Bed Security Travel Handles by Bed Handles, Inc. work for home and travel and are stable in all directions—they can be pushed, pulled, lifted and leaned on, and they fit any size bed with box spring and mattress. Aluminum, with snap-button connections and white vinyl handgrip and friction sleeves, each handle weighs just 1.5 lbs.
If you have a low risk of falling out of bed and you want to maintain independence and have stability when getting in and out of bed, assist rails are great mobility devices.