A bed rail can be an invaluable piece of equipment to those facing mobility issues through disability or as a symptom of age.
Although they may sound similar, a bed rail and a bed guard are two different types of bedroom equipment with very specific purposes.
Not only is a bed rail cost effective, it also contributes significantly to making it easier and safer to get into and out of bed – especially if you need to support yourself when standing up from or sitting down in a wheelchair. The great thing about bed rails is that they come in a variety of styles to suit individual needs and can be fixed to the side of your bed in different ways:
In addition to bed rails, you may also want to explore options to make lying in bed more comfortable, such as positioning wedges or pillows. These can be particularly useful for anyone spending a large amount of time in bed, whether due to a health condition or recovering from an operation.
A bed rail can be a really handy piece of kit, particularly if you need extra help when getting in and out of bed or standing up due to weaker limbs or difficulties with balance.
A bed rail can offer additional support and give you the confidence to continue living independently. You may choose to use a bed rail if you find it difficult to sit up from a lying position or stand up from the side of the bed.
You may also choose to use a bed rail if:
Things to consider
Do you have a slatted, divan or multi position (profiling) bed? Not all rails will be suitable for every bed type so it is important to check that your chosen bed rail is compatible with your style of bed base. Beds that have a sprung base may not be suitable for bed rails that rest on the base itself, due to the 'give' that can be experienced as you sit on the edge of the bed when getting in or out. Alternatives such as the NRS EasyFit Plus+ Bed Rail or NRS Rise Easy are potentially more suitable.
It is very important you choose a bed rail which can accommodate your body weight. Maximum user weights will vary between rails and should not be exceeded. If you're at the upper end of the weight limit for the bed rail, consider looking for one with a higher weight limit to allow more flexibility should your weight fluctuate.
Not all bed rails are suitable for every bed type. Be sure to double check that the bed rail you want is right for your bed. You should also make sure that it is fitted correctly and that you check it regularly as bed rails can move over time.
There are important safety measures to take when using a bed rail, consider the below carefully if you're thinking about purchasing one for yourself or a loved one.
Make sure the bed rail is installed a minimum of 318mm away from any solid object, such as a headboard, wall or piece of solid furniture. This is to help minimise the risk of entrapment