Types of Bed Rails

There are many types of bed rails to help prevent falls while getting and out of bed. However, everyone’s needs are different, so be sure to check with your doctor and consider your own lifestyle and comfort before making a purchase.

Types of Bed Rails

The most common types of bed rails include:

·      Single-sided grab rails – these are sometimes referred to as bed sticks and feature a simple, sturdy handle that comes above the height of the mattress and attaches either to the bedframe or under the mattress. These are a great option for people who need assistance sitting or standing and share either share a bed with someone who does not need the assistance or have one side the bed against a wall.

·      Double-sided grab rails – Similar to single-sided grab rails, but on both sides of the bed. These are typically adjustable to accommodate different mattress sizes.

·      Bed rails – these are available singly or as a pair and extend alongside the mattress for most of its length. In doing so, they prevent the user from falling out of bed. Bed rails can be folded down or lowered to allow the user to get in and out of bed. An additional aid may be necessary to prevent falls as a bed rail can’t be used for support when lowered.

·      Extra high bed rails – beds with extra thick mattresses, such as pressure relieving mattresses, are often too high for a traditional bed rail, thus extra high bed rails are available.

Important Features

·      Attachment – Depending on your style of bed, you’ll need to find an appropriate attachment mechanism. Some bed rails connect to the bed with adjustable clamps. Others fit under the mattress.

·      Obstruction – If you have other assistive devices in the bedroom such as hoists or transfer systems, be sure the bed rails won’t interfere with them.

·      Appearance – It’s possible to match your décor. Bed rails and accessories are available in a variety of finishes including chrome, black or white metal and wood.

·      Safety – the right bed rail system won’t pinch or trap limbs between the base of the rail and the mattress.

Accessories and Other Options

·      Covers – Metal rails can be cool to the touch. Removable fabric covers can make them easier to touch and are easy to clean.

·      Bed bumpers – these cushions attach to bed rails, footboards, and headboards to prevent users from injuring themselves against the hard surfaces.


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In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

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How VAT relief works

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