Are bed rails for the elderly covered by Medicare?

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I looked into bed rails from a LO, but saw that in NC, ALF are not allowed by law to use bed rails. It said that they are very dangerous and create more injuries than if a person fell out of bed. Patients get trapped between the rails and the bed. It can strangle them to death, break their limbs and even kill them. If you research them, you'll see what I mean. After I read all that, I decided against them. As it turns out, my LO has done fine without them.
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Medicare part B covers hospital beds, which can be ordered with or without rails. Rails are not always a good thing, patients can be trapped by rails.
You can NOT upgrade to a king size bed, you get one bed sized for one person and if this is someone over 300 lbs or tall, the prescription will have to specify the heavyweight/tall bed.
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my mom 95 year old mom has both Utah Medicaid and medicare and aarp insrance does this pay for a bed rail?
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I recently ordered, through Dr. prescription, a single size railed bed and was ok'd for it. Question is, can this be upgraded to a king size railed bed??? Would like a larger size bed other than a single person bed.
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does Medicare cover larger railed beds other than a single size person bed? Like a king size bed???
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Great idea Beta... My mom's in a nursing home now and they use a pressure pad under her at night. If there's a sudden change in the pressure - meaning she sat up or tried to stand up - an alarm goes off at the nurses station and someone comes running. I don't know how expensive these are but they're probably available through a home health care pharmacy - same place you rent/buy wheelchairs, commodes, etc..
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i bought some bed rails - well actually toddler rails - they are covered with cloth and has white netting-$27 at target. but my mom would slide to the bottom of the bed and get out that way - one time she must have climbed over them cuz they were still up but she was on the floor next to the bed- i stARTEd sleeping on her bedroom floor- she broke her arm at my bros. while going potty at night- that was a nightmare- i was thinking - this is ridiculous my poor husband and i had no idea what we were getting into- but she would get up so quietly i didint even hear her - so i got a video camera and a motion detector from radio shack that beeps in my room when she sits up so i can help her to the bathroom. was getting up 5-6x a night - doc put her on sanctura to help bladder control - phew! now only gets up 1 or 2x. good luck
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Thanks so much for your help and suggestions. :)
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And... the cover provides a softer surface for delicate skin, plus the bars can become cold. If your elder sleeps against them, they'll get cold too. Regarding coverage - it could be covered if prescribed by a physician. If your elder is in a nursing home, talk with them and if s/he is at home, call the doctor's office.
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If you do get these, sew a cover for them, or tape cardboard over them to create a solid surface. An arm can easily get stuck between rails or between mattress and rail. Or senior is thrashing around in the night and CRACK. Heard it's a common form of injury in nursing homes.
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