Bed Safety Rails

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Full size bed safety rails, until recently, were only available for beds in long-term nursing care or hospitals. Family caregivers were required to rent or buy hospital beds in order to have the greatest security for their home health care patient. Now, with more and more people caring for an aging parent or opting for in-home hospice care, companies are finally catching up. There are a few very reliable and convenient bed safety rails, designed specifically for home care, now on the market.

Bedside safety rails can be useful for more than just hospice care. They come in handy when laying children down for naptime. Many people with a tendency to fall out of the bed, or anyone needing assistance pulling themselves up to a sitting position could also find bed safety rails useful.

Common Sense Safety Issues for Bed Safety Rails

Private home bed safety rails come in sizes for standard, queen and king beds. These rails are made of lightweight, yet sturdy, aluminum with non-slip feet. Rails can be raised or lowered easily with a push button adjustment. This manual adjustment feature eliminates the risk of fire from malfunctioning power cords which can happen in motorized hospital bed as reported by the FDA.

When buying bed safety rails, make sure that they are the correct dimensions for the bed at home. Like any restraining device, bed safety rails must fit the bed accurately so there's minimum risk of getting trapped. When installing them, make sure that there are no gaps big enough for the head or neck to be trapped. Check, too, that the bed fits even when sat or laid upon, since gaps can happen with weight shifts.

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