Using Bed Rails Safely
Adults living at home, in an assisted living facility or a nursing home may use portable bed rails for help getting in and out of bed. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have new resources for consumers, caregivers, and health care providers about bed rails — how to shop for them, how to install and use them safely, what risks they may create, and where to report a problem.
You can buy bed rails, also called adult portable bed rails, assist bars, bed handles, half rails, safety rails, and side rails, either online or in a store. You don’t need a prescription from a health care provider to make the purchase.
Both agencies regulate bed rails and encourage people to submit a report about any problems they or a family member experience. You can report to the CPSC or FDA online. The CPSC also takes complaints at 1-800-638-2772, Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5:30 pm ET. As the nation’s consumer protection agency, the FTC works to ensure that consumers have accurate information on a variety of issues and from a variety of government agencies. See more health information for older people on the FTC’s health and fitness pages.