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Post Use of Bed Rails
There was a post in September that expressed the desire that the nursing home would use the bed rails.

This was in the news yesterday: http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-r ... 179211.php

The bed rails are a danger to those who try to get out of bed because they may try to climb over the rails and then they fall farther and may hurt themselves more than if they just fell out of bed.

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Leone Carroll (75); wife of Dale (75) who passed away March 23, 2011


Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:22 am
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Post Re: Use of Bed Rails
That's right, Lynn, and they can also get tangled up in them and bruise themselves when trying to get out of bed.

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


Sat Nov 06, 2010 3:26 pm
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Post Re: Use of Bed Rails
Now that Dale is at home in a hospital bed, I've realized that bed rails are essential. They prevent Dale from even thinking about trying to get out of bed. The few times he has tried, I've been lucky that he hasn't hurt himself. When he is in the midst of a delusion, he thinks he is superman. He does not know that he can't stand and walk.

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Leone Carroll (75); wife of Dale (75) who passed away March 23, 2011


Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:31 pm
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Post Re: Use of Bed Rails
It really depends on how physically capable they are. My dad was so in capacitated by the time they put ONE bed rail on, he wouldn't have been able to try to crawl over it or get around it if his life literally depended on it. They thought he'd be able to grab it and help them get him up, but his muscles became so weak and ill-coordinated the last few months all it did was keep him from falling out of bed. I'm not sure how he managed to fall out since he couldn't roll himself over..... never have figured that out. Lynn

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Lynn, daughter of 89 year old dad dx with possiblity of LBD, CBD, PSP, FTD, ALS, Vascular Dementia, AD, etc., died Nov. 30, 2010 after living in ALF for 18 months.


Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:33 pm
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Post Re: Use of Bed Rails
At the time I wrote the original post, my 104 year old mother had crawled over her bed rail and fallen to the floor a few months before. She wasn't hurt ... but if I think Dale is going to be active, I place pillows on the floor around his bed.

Dale does not know he cannot stand or walk. Twice since he has been in the hospital bed, he has attempted to get up - when I accidently left the railing down. Once I caught him just as he began to fall. Even he realized how close he had come to being hurt. He was like timber going down.

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Leone Carroll (75); wife of Dale (75) who passed away March 23, 2011


Sun Feb 13, 2011 4:49 am
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I have no idea how my post doubled itself and I can't get the second one deleted. Hmmmmmm

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Lynn, daughter of 89 year old dad dx with possiblity of LBD, CBD, PSP, FTD, ALS, Vascular Dementia, AD, etc., died Nov. 30, 2010 after living in ALF for 18 months.


Sun Feb 13, 2011 12:29 pm
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Post Re: Use of Bed Rails
Hi Lynn,
I was able to remove it !

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Irene Selak


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Thanks Irene. So nice to know people in high places!

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Lynn, daughter of 89 year old dad dx with possiblity of LBD, CBD, PSP, FTD, ALS, Vascular Dementia, AD, etc., died Nov. 30, 2010 after living in ALF for 18 months.


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