Bed Rails for Seniors

Handi Rail Half Bed Rail

Bed Rails for Seniors

Generally speaking, growing older brings about a decreased level of mobility and an increased need for assistance in everyday tasks. For seniors, this is especially the case when it comes to getting in and out of bed. Bed rails can make this once effortless task easier and much safer.

If you are caring for a parent in your home, possibly in a mother in law suite or other arrangement, you know their comfort and safety is of utmost importance. Adding rails to their bed will give you peace of mind, knowing they can maneuver safely and sleep soundly without fear of falling.

Benefits of Safety Bed Rails for Seniors

Bed Rails For SeniorsSafety bed rails have many benefits when it comes to the senior safety. First and foremost, they are designed to keep their occupants from falling out of bed. Caring for a parent at home  in a mother in law suite, is an admirable choice, and while you are sure to keep a watchful eye on him or her, it is hard to monitor your loved one 24/7. For those moments when you are not there, bed rails can give them the security they need.

Furthermore, even rolling over can be challenging for seniors; so much so, that some people stay in a highly uncomfortable position simply because situating proves too difficult. In this regard, safety bed rails come in handy. When your loved one needs to roll over, he can grab the rail and use it to give him the leverage he needs to accomplish a more comfortable position. In this way, bed rails can offer your parent (and therefore yourself) a sound night’s sleep.

Different Types of Bed Rails

Due to differing needs, there are several different types of bed rails for seniors. For instance, there are full or long bed rails. These rails span the length of the bed and are used primarily to prevent falls. Moreover, double bed rails are designed for installation on both sides of the bed. This type of rail is perfect for someone whose bed is situated toward the middle of the room as opposed to having one side against a wall. There are also rails called Assist bed rails. These are more like sturdy handles, and as their name implies, are used to assist people and provide support when moving in and out of bed. In addition, portable bed rails are lightweight and removable. This type of rail is perfect for seniors when visiting their family.

HandiRail Half Bed Rail

Handi Rail Half Bed RailOne of the best safety rails is the HandiRail Half Bed Rail. It has two straps that attach to the opposite side of the bed from where the rail is located, which helps ensure its security. The straps detach easily from the rail where it is exposed, allowing you to remove the rail without having to move the mattress. When it comes time to change the sheets, you can quickly and easily move the rail, allowing you to change them in no time! With its 500 pound weight capacity, you can trust that it will properly bear your parent’s weight. This particular rail is also adjustable to suit your specific needs.

As can be seen, safety bed rails can benefit your aging parent by allowing them to feel more safe and secure. Also, they can help make your time as a caregiver a pleasant one. Not only will bed rails give your loved one a more comfortable night’s sleep, they can help you rest easy. No one knows your parent like you do, and you know his or her individual needs. With this knowledge in tow, you can properly select bed rails that are tailored to your family member’s needs.

About the Author

Tom BillsTom Bills is a Realtor/Broker with as well as the President of T. Bills Construction Co. since 1979. Tom is dedicated to helping people with buying, selling, or remodeling their homes and properties in the best way possible for each familie's unique needs. Read more about Why Tom and his wife Barb started In-LawSuite here. Find him on Facebook and TwitterView all posts by Tom Bills →

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    Tom and Barb,
    We live in a quiet hill top home in Sevierville, Tennessee (in the middle of 8 acres) with a nice view of the Smokies where we raised our family. The kids are gone and we would like to stay in our home as long as we can. Our location is only one mile from Pigeon Forge where 12 million visitors pass every year.. We are 3 years away from retirement from the school where we both presently work. We have considered converting our garage into a bedroom suite because my wife has multiple sclerosis and she is having lots of trouble climbing stairs (all 3 bedrooms are on the second floor). However we like driving into the garage and direct, easy access to the kitchen when carrying in groceries. Our garage also holds a lot of stuff, tools, riding mower and kayaks. So I was wondering if you might have any suggestions as to how you might help us and the cost. A few years ago we paid an architect $900 dollars for an addition plan to our home but the estimated cost of construction was prohibitive at a time when housing values had plummeted. Thank you so much, Charles Wohl

  2. Tom

    Hello Charles,

    You and your wife are not alone. There are millions of us at the same fork in the road. I need to know if there are steps between the garage and the main house. Also is there a basement under the main house? Let me know and I can give you some advice for the best use of the garage space.

    Tom Bills

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