Why Bed Rails Are Not Mobility Aids
…..Many bed falls are mobility related. The most common solutions were to confine the person or restrain them with bed rails, sometimes both. Today’s focus is on individual needs and keeping people mobile without confining or restraining them.
One myth is that the elderly fall out of bed because the bed rails are not raised. Yet we never hear what caused them to “fall out of bed” so informed decisions are rare. Exploring the reasons why the elderly and others fall out of bed will help us make better mobility decisions now, and in the future. Bed fall examples:
1. Accidental, rolled off the bed while reaching for a TV remote or glass of water on a night stand, usually an accident. Is this a balance or mobility issue, both or just an accident?……..