Falling is dangerous for seniors who have weak, brittle bones and may not be able to get up on their own. Some seniors are at risk for falling out of bed, especially if they are prone to becoming disoriented and rolling off the mattress and onto the floor. If you have a senior loved one who is prone to falling or has fallen out of the bed in the past, it’s important to find a way to prevent it from happening as soon as possible. Otherwise, your loved one is at risk for serious complications, ranging from head injuries to broken bones. Here are a few ways you can prevent your loved one from falling out of bed.
1. Bed Rails
The most common solution for anyone who is prone to falling out of the bed is to install bed rails. Bed rails can keep your loved one contained in the bed, and if they’re sturdy enough, he or she can use them to pull up to a sitting or standing position. Rails can also help your loved one adjust his or her position in the bed while lying down. If the bed is against the wall or your loved one usually sleeps with a partner, you’ll only need a rail for one side of the bed.
2. Pool Noodles
Not every senior wants to have bed rails. It may cause claustrophobia, or if the senior has dementia, he or she may not understand why the bed rails are there and injure him or herself. A softer alternative is a foam pool noodle that kids play with in the water. Place a spongy noodle on either side of the bed, just beside the edge and under the fitted sheet or mattress pad. When your loved one rolls over, he or she is less likely to go over the noodle or lose track of where the edge of the bed is located.
Some seniors need occasional assistance at home, and oftentimes the family members who take care of them need time away to run errands, take a nap, go to work, or take a vacation. Sacramento respite care experts from Home Care Assistance are available on an as-needed basis, giving your family peace of mind that your loved one will remain safe and comfortable while you relax or focus on other important responsibilities.
3. Hospital Bed
Depending on your loved one’s health status, it may be time to buy a whole new bed. For seniors with limited mobility or a severe illness, or those who have difficulty getting in and out of bed, a hospital bed may be the ideal option. You can adjust the height, position, and angle of the bed for any activity. Hospital beds usually come with built-in rails that can be raised and lowered as needed.
In some cases, simply adding pillows to the edges of the bed may help. You can purchase body-length pillows to add to the sides, or try doubling up head pillows. The thicker and fluffier the pillow, the more likely it is to prevent your loved one from rolling over too far.
Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of home care. Sacramento families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.
Another less restrictive alternative is a wedge. You can usually find them at medical supply stores, and some pharmacies may carry them. Made from foam, wedges can be placed around the bed where needed to keep your loved one from rolling over the edges. They may even comfort seniors who have back or neck pain and need to sleep at a specific angle.
Aging adults who require assistance with the tasks of daily living can benefit from reliable home care. Sacramento, CA, families trust in Home Care Assistance to provide the high-quality care their elderly loved ones need and deserve. Our caregivers are trained to help seniors prevent and manage serious illnesses and encourage them to make healthier decisions as they age. To learn more about our premier in-home elder care, call one of our qualified Care Managers today at (916) 706-0169