Senior Care Escondido Bed Rail Recall

New Bed Rail Concerns Prompt Recall

Senior Care near Escondido Explains New Recall

Bed rails appear to be simple enough devices, and their invention was an effort to help seniors get in and out of bed more safely. However, since their widespread implementation, numerous serious risks have appeared and led to safety recalls over the years. Now, yet another recall has some advocacy groups asking whether bed rails of any kind can satisfy the safety requirements that we should demand when it comes to our senior loved ones. If your elderly parents have bed rails in their home or if their long-term care facility uses them, it is important that you understand the risks and benefits that they carry in different contexts. Ahead, senior care near Escondido gives more details on the bed rail recall.

Current and Past Recalls

Sadly, product recalls often do not go out to customers until it has been proven that lives have been lost due to poor design or workmanship. This is the case with the current recall, which has been connected to three deaths. The issue with the bed rail system is that the rails can separate from the bed itself, creating a gap that could trap the head or neck of a senior. Newer models address this danger by adding a strap that passes underneath the bed, holding the rails firmly to the bed. However, versions of the bed rails sold before 2007 lack this safety feature.

Of course, a public recall does not guarantee that all customers will respond, and it is impossible to know how many elderly patients are still in danger while using hazardous bed rails. Family members should check to make sure that their senior loved ones’ accessories are up to date and not covered under a product recall.

Who is at Risk?

Those seniors who are most at risk of injury due to faulty bed rails are those who would be unable to help themselves out of a difficult situation. Handicapped and frail seniors, for example, often lack the physical strength to lift themselves if they fall into the gap between a bed rail and the bed. Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or simple cognitive decline may make it impossible for a senior in a highly stressful situation to take the steps necessary to rescue himself.

Safety is Greater with Senior Care in San Diego County

Bed rails and other assistive devices are more useful and less hazardous when there is a capable caregiver in the home who can provide help at a moment’s notice. If your elderly loved one lives alone, senior care in San Diego County can provide help getting in and out of bed safely. This service reduces the chance of a bed rail-related injury, and may allow you to avoid installing them altogether. Given the poor review that senior advocacy groups assign to bed rails in general, keeping them out of the home appears to be a safe decision, particularly if your senior has suffered physical or mental decline. Contact us today to find out how we can help you keep your loved ones safe.

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Tim Colling
Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to and to as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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