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How can I stop my mom from falling out of bed?

Mom keeps falling out of bed but I don't want to use bedrails that keep her from getting up and using the bathroom at night. How can I prevent her falls?
Status: Open    Feb 02, 2015 - 07:04 PM

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Feb 12, 2015 - 12:13 PM

There used to be side rails that just blocked the upper half of the bed so one could still get out of bed easily. You might check that out at a medical supply place or even a place that sells beds for toddlers.

Have you tried putting one or two sturdy chairs along the side of the bed to remind your mom if she gets too close to the edge of the bed?



Feb 07, 2015 - 08:53 AM

Mom is 85 and had Alzheimers, and is in a rehab/PT facility at the moment. While in this facility, she's fallen 4 additional times. They can't legally restrain her, and obviously the alarm on the bed and wheelchair to alert them when she gets up isn't working. They put the entire blame on her, I put the blame on them since she is a known fall risk and they refuse to take additional measures to assure her safety. The only option they give is for me to hire a 1 on 1 aide to watch her, at my expense. I'm paying them thousands and thousands of dollars to keep her safe. If anyone has a suggestion or answer, I'd love to hear it.

Feb 08, 2015 - 11:02 AM

Call your local Long Term Care Ombudsman program. They will advocate for you and your Mom, and make the facility keep your Mom safe.


Feb 10, 2015 - 06:55 AM

Thank you for your answer. I contacted the Ombudsman about 3 weeks ago and have been waiting to hear from them, other than their initial contact with me. They said it would take a couple of weeks for them to investigate. There's nothing to keep the older folks who fall safe. I forgot to mention that on one of the falls, Mom fractured her ankle. She's since deteriorated mentally, which I blame entirely on the stress, pain, and extended stay in the PT unit because of the broken bone. The system we have for our older folks is sooo inadequate. If I could care for her at home I would, but that's not possible. Sooner or later we'll all be at the mercy of this elder care system. The best thing for my Mom is that she doesn't remember all of the things that have happened to her.

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By jims772 on Nov 13, 2016 - 03:45 AM | Like (0)  |  Report

I have the exact same situation with my mother insisting occasionally trying to get up at night without pushing the call bell. To prevent falls, we have had private aides working in the SNF so she doesn't fall and break something. Very expensive. Would love to hear some suggestions on solving this ongoing problem.

Having been a previous Nursing Home Administrator for over 10 years, I can tell you that it is nott he responsibility of the facility to provide "private aides".

By liveandletlive23 on Jan 29, 2017 - 09:28 PM | Like (0)  |  Report

Put the mattress on the floor.

By jims772 on Jan 30, 2017 - 04:21 AM | Like (0)  |  Report

Thanks but just to clarify she doesn't fall out of bed but gets out of bed on her own. My fear is that she attempts to walk on her own and she should not.

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