Assist Bed Rails
Assist bed rails, while helping to ensure a safe sleep in bed, primarily provide a sturdy handle for those who need a little help maintaining balance while getting in and out of bed. Assist bed rails will rarely prevent a person from leaving a bed and should not be the choice when restraint is necessary due to infirmity or the effects of medications. Because the assist bed rail is securely attached to the floor or bed frame, it allows for one’s weight to be strongly supported by the floor, not a soft mattress; the same principle offers a steady pivot point for increased and safe in-bed mobility when a caregiver is not present. Assist bed rails, typically a third the length of full sized bed rails, often give the user a better sense of independence.
Bed Rails for Seniors
These rails are usually adjustable to accommodate any stature, often very portable, lock when in use, yet pivot out or downward easily, and many manufacturers incorporate pockets for storage of personal care items, glasses, cell phones and medicine. Just having the ability to grab an assist rail in a darkened room can serve as a reassuring reminder of where the edge of the bed actually is. If there is a low risk of falling out of bed and the aim is to maintain independence and to provide stability when getting in and out of bed, assist rails are a great device.