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My mom has Parkinson disease, so her mobility is a factor for in bed at night. She has lived with me for six months now. About a month ago she fell in between the bed and the wall and was stuck but managed to get out on her own. So we moved the bed against the wall and that seemed to help. Well at one this morniing I hear her crying and get up to find her on the floor with her hand stuck in the bed rail we put on her bed to help her get herself up at night to use the bathroom. Her hand was not really stuck, it's just that her Parkinsons' prevented her from being able to bend her hand a certain way. I saw the Handcane that attaches to the bed on this site but could not get a price on that and was wondering if anyone on here has tried it with success and knows price. Anyway I think this is the beginning of things to come and I would appreciate any suggestions to keep her independent at night.

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I recently purchased 2 large "body" pillows to place between my Mother and the rails on the bed. They help to protect her from getting bruises, too. Maybe this would not help in your Mother's case, Josiah, but it may help someone whose parent is no longer mobile.
If she is able to get up on her own to use the bathroom, then maybe the rail is not a good idea for her. It is a difficult scenario. I think this is another reason caregivers are always so worn out, constantly figuring how to make things better.
Find the web address of manufacturer of the Handcane and contact them directly. Your local medical supply store should also know this.
Lastly, just keeping things out of the path she needs to use and as many soft surfaces, as Jeanne suggests, will minimize injuries. Take Care:)
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Oh man. This is interesting to me, too. My dad doesn't fall out of bed entirely -- just a leg. Then he can't get it up again. And it is a while before he calls, or before we hear. (We don't do a baby monitor because he blasts the radio all night). Even when we start him in the middle of the bed this happens. The CNA suggested a hospital bed but that feels so icky. Maybe I am in denial, but there seems like there has to be another option. I'll be looking for other ideas about this, myself. I have none.
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That's hard. My husband has fallen out of bed a few times. I am reluctant to put any kind of railing up because I'm afraid he'd forget what it was and climb over it, adding more risk. The bedroom is carpeted and I've tried to keep what he could land on soft. For example his bedside wastebasket is a soft basket that would collapse if he fell on it. His night stand is shallow and pretty much out of his path. It is hard to know where to put his walker so that he'd use it to get to the bathroom but it wouldn't be in his way if he fell out of bed. Sigh. It really is a purplexing problem! I'm interested in seeing what suggestions others will have.
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