Should bedrails always be provided in care homes?

No. Many factors need to be considered, including the rights and freedoms of individuals. Fatalities have occurred where people using care services have become trapped in bedrails or fallen from beds.

Even where people are vulnerable to injury, because of falling from their bed, bedrails may not always be a suitable option.

You will need to assess the risk of falling, and, whether bedrails are suitable. Where provided, bedrails must be properly fitted and maintained