Bed safety rails for seniors , adults and kids come in a variety of sizes and applications based mostly on what style bed you are using and the purpose of the safety bed rail. Safety bed rails are very important for those that need assistance getting in and out of bed and also for those that are unsteady on their feet and need help balancing themselves when they enter and exit the bed. Safety bed rails are also very important for those who are at a risk for falls or roll out of bed while sleeping. Adult bed rails are for the elderly that have chronic pain and possible leg and hip injuries and suffer pain when standing and sitting and need the assistance of a bed rail. Specialty Medical has the largest selection of safety bed rails, homestyle bed rails, hospital bed rails and bed rail pads for all of your needs and situations. Bed rails are adjustable metal or rigid plastic bars that attach to the bed and are available in a variety of shapes and sizes from full to half, one-quarter, and one-eighth in lengths. In the spectrum of care including hospital, long term care and home care settings, bed rails serve a variety of purposes, some of which are in the best interest of the patient’s health and safety. Below is some of the most popular safety bed rails on the market:
RTL15063: Drive Home Bed Assist HandleCan be used on either side of the bed. Removable handle, easy, quick, no tool assembly. Comes in 3 pieces. Simply slides under mattress with added feature of extra "no slip foam" on base bar.
MTS501: Freedom Grip Safety Bed RailFreedom Grip Safety Bed Rail: Fits any size or style of home bed. Quick installation, no tools required. Slide bedboard base between the mattress and the boxspring and just snap in the handle.
15064: Home Bed Assist RailHome Bed Assist Rail assistance for getting in and out of bed. Safety strap wraps around mattress or box spring to ensure a secure fit Special extra long safety strap enables user to be in a single, twin, double, queen, or king size bed.
STD5000: Standers Bed Rail Advantage Traveler and Organizer:Bed Rail Advantage is constructed with durable, heavy duty steel tubing. Insulated, black comfort grip cover cleans with ease. Folds down for easy storage and portablility. includes a safety strap to secure the bed base to the bed frame.
MTS502: Freedom Grip Plus Safety Bed HandleThe FREEDOM Grip Plus has all of the features and benefits of the FREEDOM Grip with the added benefit of a height adjustable handle that accommodates thicker mattresses. Handle adjusts from 21.5" to 24.5" in one inch increments. The FREEDOM Grip Plus is the best combination of safety and economy. Weight capacity: 250lbs.
TF8750: Handirail bed assist railThe HandiRail by TFI HealthCare is one of the most popular and safest bed rails available for use with mattress and boxspring type bed. The HandiRail allows the patients weight to be supported by the floor not just by the box spring or mattress.
STD2041: Standers Bed Cane AssistFolds down for storage and portability . Includes a safety strap to secure base to the bed frame and a canvas organizer that wraps around the bed cane's frame for easy functionality and convenience.
STD5800: The Stable RailThe Stable Rail by Standers is the most stable bed rail on the market. Includes two legs that extend to the floor for stability. The Stable Rail also has an ergonomic rubber grip for comfort and support in standing up. Supports over 300 lbs.
MTS1875: Security Bed RailsHelps keep patients secure and reduces the risk of rolling out of bed. Available in single or double-sided models in 18" or 30" lengths.
STD8050: Pivoting Safety Bed RailWorks well as a side rail for preventing falls, and as a support bar for getting in and out of bed. The rail folds down and out of the way when it isn't in use.
STD8000: EZ Adjust Bed RailEZ Adjust Bed Rail is for use as a both a bed rail to prevent falling and hand rail assist in exiting the bed. Features an adjustable length from 25" to 40", which can be adjusted after attaching to the bed and folds down to side of bed for easy exit and for making the bed.
HCPSRS: Smart Rail Bed RailSmart-Rail Bed Rail is unlike fixed-style bed rails, the Smart-Rail™ can unlock and pivot outwards to provide better standing and transferring support. Unique " Safety Latch" design provides positive locking of rail at bedside and easy unlocking.
STD2001: Standers Couchcane and Couchcane OrganizerAdjusts in length to fit either side of the couch, chair or recliner. Base adjusts in length 20" - 36". Height handle adjusts 34" - 40".
The Pros of Using a Safety Bed Rail:
- Makes getting in and out of bed easier
- Reduces risk of falling
- Excellent for those with back pain
- Ideal for transfer to bedside commode
- Helps maintain independence
Bed Rail Safety Guidelines
If it is determined that bed rails are required and that other environmental or treatment considerations may not meet the individual patient’s assessed needs, or have been tried and were unsuccessful in meeting the patient’s assessed needs, then close attention must be given to the design of the rails and the relationship between rails and other parts of the bed.
- The bars within the bed rails should be closely spaced to prevent a patient’s head from passing through the openings and becoming entrapped.
- The mattress to bed rail interface should prevent an individual from falling between the mattress and bed rails and possibly smothering.
- Care should be taken that the mattress does not shrink over time or after cleaning. Such shrinkage increases the potential space between the rails and the mattress.
- Check for compression of the mattress’ outside perimeter. Easily compressed perimeters can increase the gaps between the mattress and the bed rail.
- Ensure that the mattress is appropriately sized for the selected bed frame, as not all beds and mattresses are interchangeable.
- The space between the bed rails and the mattress and the headboard and the mattress should be filled either by an added firm inlay or a mattress that creates an interface with the bed rail that prevents an individual from falling between the mattress and bed rails.
- Latches securing bed rails should be stable so that the bed rails will not fall when shaken.
- Older bed rail designs that have tapered or winged ends are not appropriate for use with patients assessed to be at risk for entrapment.
Maintenance and monitoring of the bed, mattress, and accessories such as patient/caregiver assist items (See Appendix 1: Glossary) should be ongoing