Bed rails or Hospital Side Rails serve a variety of functions: they can prevent bedridden patients and/or hospice patients from rolling or falling out of bed, and they can also provide support when you have difficulty getting into and out of bed or adjusting your position once in bed. When sleeping alone, double bed rails—one for each side of the bed—may be better than a rail on a single side. For maximum adaptability, consider adjustable bed rails that can be shortened or lengthened as needed and/or lowered by a caregiver.
Choosing the BestOur Parentgiving Customer Care team takes any potential bed-rail buyer on a series of questions to determine what kind of bed rail is appropriate:
- What kind of bed will the rail be used on? Is there a box spring and mattress? Is it an adjustable bed? Is it a hospital bed?
- What size is the bed?
- Do they want the rail to be one sided or two?
- Will the rail be used as an assist to help them get in and out of bed or is it to keep them in bed during the night? (or both?)
- Is there a caregiver to raise and lower the rail or will the patient need to do that themselves?
- Before purchasing a bedrail for use in a facility it is important to contact the facility and determine what can and cannot be installed.
- If a loved one suffers from dementia and is quite active will they be confused and try to climb over the rails? Rather than protecting the patient this could actually harm them more.
- Sleep Number beds (there are many different models &mdash call us if you are not sure)
- Platform beds including Tempurpedic
- Beds whose box springs have been removed to make the overall height lower