One of the most ubiquitous items you will see on in-home hospital beds is the adjustable side slope bed rails. This particular type of bed accessory enhances the user’s independence, comfort, and, most importantly, safety when using a reclining or an adjustable bed.
The majority of users of home hospital beds do not require side railings, often known as bed guard rails or aid rails. However, for some people, they are a useful and convenient must-have for their bed.
Slope Bed Rails – What are They?
A sloped rail for your bed acts as a barrier. You make them run along the length of your bed. Although you can have the bottom part of the rail attached to the bed’s structural frame, other rails would rely on the weight of the mattress to keep them in place.
The rail’s upper portion usually extends over the mattress’s level. Adjustable side rails may well provide a mechanism or fixture that will make it possible for them to be removed, lifted, or lowered.
Side rails can come as a full-size assistive tool: they must be at least as long as the bed. Half-size rails are approximately half the length of the bed. However, they can be used in pairs if necessary. Normally, bed rails are made from either metal or stiff plastic. Metal railings can be clad in a non-slip, comfortable material.
What Does a Bed Rail Do?
Bed rails serve a variety of purposes. They can transform a home hospital bed into a much safer and more convenient furnishing. They are designed exclusively to benefit those people who are suffering from an array of health conditions, although not necessarily for people with some kind of infirmity.
Minimize Accidental Falls When Entering and Exiting the Bed
Getting into and out of bed can be a bit of drudgery for people who have mobility issues or physical frailty. It is not uncommon for elderly or disabled people to slip or fall when getting into or out of bed. To keep such unfortunate incidents from taking place, one can take advantage of a sloping rail for the bed.
A bed rail provides firm support for individuals who need to clamber themselves onto their bed every single night, exit out of it or stand up.
The added support they provide the user enhances performance, guidance, and a convenient hand-hold, all of which help to reduce the threat of accidental falls. Consumer mattresses are typically soft around the edges: unfortunately, they tend to offer little support only because they tend to compress when placed under pressure.
Provide Support When Changing Position
A slope bed rail provides support and leverage to assist the user in changing positions in bed, hence it is also known as a “bed assist rail”. People with diminished strength may have difficulty turning over in bed or changing sleeping positions. A bed rail feature of this type may well provide that kind of help they need.
Keeping the same position all night when you sleep is also inconvenient. Worse, it may even lead to conditions such as bedsores. A bed rail provides a hard surface for the user to hold onto or to grasp or push against as they move.
Mini Storage for Your Items
Finally, bed rails can also provide convenient storage space for what the user deems as must-haves before retiring to bed at night. You can safely store medical equipment, periodicals, or even books, as well as other small items required by the bed’s occupant.
Additionally, bed rails can keep goods such as the bed’s remote control from being knocked to the floor and destroyed.
While side rails are a convenient addition to a home hospital bed, they can be harmful in some situations. If fitted incorrectly or when used with an incorrect kind of bed mattress, the bed user can become trapped beneath the rail.
Trapped beneath a bed rail has been fatal in rare instances. When using this type of assistive device for your bed, always see to it that it is installed securely and safely. Use them only in conjunction with a compatible mattress and bed.