Bed safety can mean the difference between leading an active life and being sidelined by an injury. For the elderly and the disabled, the simple acts of getting into or out of bed can pose serious hazards. Falling when getting up in the morning, rolling over during sleep, or reaching over to switch on a lamp may mean the end of independence, sometimes permanently.
Many of these falls can be prevented with safety bed rail devices that protect the occupant while promoting independence.
No matter how comfortable a conventional bed may seem, they aren't designed to accommodate the needs of seniors. Specialized bed products include the following:
Today's bed safety equipment is designed with style-conscious seniors in mind. Curved rails, canes, and bars are available in understated, contemporary designs that blend subtly with your decor.
For the elderly or disabled, it isn't just a matter of avoiding injuries; it's a way to preserve autonomy. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that even a minor fall can have a negative effect on a senior's health and quality of life.
According to the CDC, seniors who
have had a fall may limit their physical and social activities out of
insecurity and fear. These self-imposed limitations can lead to
isolation, depression, and reduced mobility.
Many seniors need only a little extra assistance to lower themselves into the mattress or to transfer to a walker or wheelchair. A set of detachable rails with rail padding can promote safety and a sense of security, capability and support a positive self-image.
A bed pole or a set of bed grab bars offer fixed, secure transfer points, creating a sense of confidence when moving around the bedroom. These simple daily activities can encourage joint mobility, help maintain muscle tone, and promote blood circulation.
If you want to maximize elderly safety at home and increase mobility, you can find a wide range of devices and accessories. Choosing the right products for your bedroom requires an assessment of your physical needs and the layout of the room.
The American Academy of Family Physicians notes that dizziness and muscle weakness are among the top reasons for falls in the elderly. Poles allow you to move gradually from a sitting to a standing position, preventing a sudden movement that can leave you dizzy.
Rails can provide stability as you lower yourself onto the mattress or reposition yourself in bed. Evaluate the bedroom area for hazards that might make you trip and fall, such as area rugs or awkwardly placed furniture.
A few easy modifications can mean big improvements in the life of an elderly or disabled person. If you don't feel safe in or around your bed, protective equipment such as bed safety rails may make you feel more confident and enhance the quality of your sleep. This should be one of the most secure places in your home; a place for rest and rejuvenation.
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http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5709a1.htm: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 57 (09); March 7, 2008.
American Academy of Family Physicians: American Family Physician; "Prevention of Falls in Older Patients"; 72(01); July 1, 2005.