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The Risk that Bed Rails pose for Seniors

A story published in 2013 on the Chicago Tribune about a woman who had died in retirement home after she got entrapped in her bed made me to seriously ponder over the risks that come with the use of bed rails. Despite their being effective in ...

How effective are bed alarms for elderly in falls prevention? No Evidence to Show their Efficacy

Getting out of bed. It seems like an easy task. All you have to do is lower one leg on the floor followed by the other and voila, you are out of bed. For hospital residents and seniors in adult homes, it is however not easy. In fact, it is dangerous ...

How to Deal with Urinary Incontinence in the Elderly

Urinary incontinence is a condition where someone is not able to control their bladder and they only notice that they have a problem when they start seeing leaks and wet patches on their clothes that they indeed urinated on themselves. The condition ...

Advice: Tips that every caregiver should go through

When you are a caregiver taking care of the elderly or the invalid, one of the most difficult and stressing thing is washing their bodies and toileting. And do not think that this is only odd for you as the caregiver but it is also difficult for the ...

Safety tips for your senior patients at the Hospice or Home

Safety bed rails Having worked at a hospice, I have come to learn to stop taking things for granted. For example, I never thought that safety bed rails were of importance until I came face to face with the reality that most home accidents to ...

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Bed alarms for dementia patients: The best bed motion sensors for dementia patients in 2018

According to statistics from the National Council on Aging, one in four seniors above 60 years falls each year and these falls are dangerous, could lead to injuries or even lead to fatality. These falls are troubling both emotionally and ...

How to make a diy mattress extender

We have already discussed the importance of a mattress extender in preventing zone 7 bed entrapment. Zone 7 bed entrapment happens where there is a gap between the mattress edge and your head board. As the patient tries to move their head or ...

How to make DIY Bed Bumpers

I did a post on the importance of bed bumpers especially for adult patients who: 1. Might fall in their sleep. 2.Could get entrapment and get injured or die as they try to dislodge themselves from the entrapment. I also pointed out that ...

Death by Bed Entrapment: Martin’s Sad Demise

Today’s post is something that I write with a lot of remorse and regret. It is about the death of one of my patients who died after suffocating on his home bed. Had I acted fast, it would have been different but sometimes back, I was this ...

Mattress Extenders and Wedges To prevent Bed Entrapment and Cover the Gap between Short Mattress and Headboard

Do you have a tall person who would not fit on the normal mattress size or are they at the risk of a bed entrapment where they tend to  place their head between the edge of the mattress and the head/foot-board? Worry not because with a mattress ...

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