Fall prevention 101: Bedside railing
Home fall risk and safety
Among the elderly, falls from the bed make up a high percentage of falls. In fact, the fall risk in bedrooms is higher than the fall risk in bathrooms.
These falls can result in serious injuries like hairline fractures on the pelvic floor.
Falls from the bed are common among elderly with dementia and existing injuries. Falls can occur because they lack the ability to get quality sleep.
Below are some causes of elderly falls from the bed:
- Physical struggles
- Restless sleep
- Issues with space
Tools for a safe bedroom
There are tools available to help mitigate the fall risk in bedrooms and keep your elderly safe.
1. Motion sensor light
Eyesight is diminished with age. As the elderly move around the home, they may find it difficult to see in front of them and fall as a result.
Adding motion sensor lights to the bedroom reduces the fall risk because the elderly enjoys proper lighting wherever they are in the room without the need to reach for a light switch.
2. Grab bar
Grab bars are safety devices designed to provide important points of support in high fall risk areas at home.
They allow the elderly to independently navigate the bedroom by providing stable points of support to grab and lean on.
2. Bedside railing
Having a bedside railing gives the elderly a stable surface to grip on when they get out of the bed.
It also prevents them from falling off the bed in the middle of the night.
Read this article to find out about bedside railings, how to install them and how to use them.
Hospital beds and nursing beds
Hospital beds and nursing beds are a great alternative to normal beds and can also be used as a solution for elderly falls.
These beds come with adjustable bedside railings for users to grab onto as they adjust their position or get out of bed.
Read this article for a guide on how to choose a hospital bed and nursing bed that best suits your elderly’s needs.
Tips to prevent falls in the bedroom
- Ensure your elderly has a stable point of support (i.e. bedside railing, grab bar) to hold on to when they get out of bed.
- Prevent your elderly from falling off the bed at night with a bedside railing.
- Ensure your elderly’s bedroom is sufficiently lit with proper lighting.
At Medical Assistance4u
Our team of medically trained staff at Medical Assistance4u can provide you with consultation services to assist you in providing good elderly care and finding the right assistive tool and medical equipment.
We also provide services like installation and repair services, relocation and disposal services for bulky medical equipment, home care services and transport for your wheelchair-bound loved ones.