When bed rails are not present, or they simply haven’t been able to do their job for whatever reason, the final line of defense for a person who is at risk for falling out of bed are floor pads.
While a low profile bed can certainly help to reduce the impact of a fall, if a person’s bones are brittle or easily prone to injury, the extra care of laying pads on the floor may prevent problems. At the very least it will provide some peace of mind, especially if the person is not consciously aware of their actions and may try to crawl out of bed without assistance.
People who would benefit the most from padded flooring are the same as those who may need bed rails. Especially if the person tends to roll over the rails or even climb over them against advice. Other people who may benefit are those with sleep disturbances, such as sleepwalking, but who don’t wish to install rails or other preventative measures.
Great value protection – Ideally, they would not be necessary. But they are relatively inexpensive and can potentially protect against catastrophic injury. Especially for people who cannot heal well, such as those of advanced age. They are usually made of foam or other soft materials. Different sizes and thicknesses are available.
Easier to get out of bed – Soft floor pads can make the descent from the bed to the ground easier for the user. It provides a low impact surface that may be more gentle on the joints, especially the knees. If the user attempts to get out of bed, but trips or suffers a fall as they are attempting to sit down, it also offers a soft surface to land on. Combining bed rails, bed grab handles, and a floor pad can greatly reduce the fall risk of a disabled person.