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    Super Member AgapeStitches's Avatar
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    My aunt needs a padded cover for the Bracket that the side rail is attached in on her hospital bed. The corners are sharp and her skin tears instead of bruising.

    I have plenty of batting, fabric, elastic, etc just no ideas for how or what...

    the bracket is 4" tall and 1 1/2" around
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    I would just make a rectangle wide enough to fit wrapped around the rail & long enough to give her cushioning cover however far up & down the rail she might hit. Bat it, quilt it, add velcro the length to secure it around the rail.

    ETA: oops - just re-read your post & realized you are talking about the bracket not the rail. I should not speed read. Can you still do something similar to wrap around the bracket & secure using velcro?

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    Thanks QCowgirl.

    The rail is not the problem it the bracket that holds the rail when the rail is removed for getting up and down.

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    Maybe make a flat quilted piece and wrap it around the bracket
    and secure it with velcro. If you could show us a photo we might can offer additional ideas.

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    I agree with a flat piece and velcro, but make the piece extra long and fold the top down over the top of the post before wrapping the velcro around it...this will pad the top as well as the sides. but - will the attendants have to take it off and put it back on every time? If so, you may want to check with them about your idea before you do the work on it.

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    if you want something really quick, pick up one of those can cozies made of dense rubber foam and turn it upside down over the post.

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    My uncle and I woild be the ones to remove/replace it...the rail would only be in place at night while she sleeps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktbb
    if you want something really quick, pick up one of those can cozies made of dense rubber foam and turn it upside down over the post.
    This sounds like the fix until you could make something yourself!

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    Maybe call the company that makes the bed or a Medical Supply Store and see if they have a fix for it :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn
    Quote Originally Posted by ktbb
    if you want something really quick, pick up one of those can cozies made of dense rubber foam and turn it upside down over the post.
    This sounds like the fix until you could make something yourself!
    Ditto. When I saw the picture you posted I immediately visualized an upside down "something" over the bracket. Could even wrap a large rubber band around the "cozie" to keep it on.

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    Or have a handyman file it to a rounded edge and then buff it up so it doesn't cut her anymore. That is a terrible design.

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    how about that foam stuff they sell to insulate water pipes it comes in different sizes

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    Someone no this site made a "pan handle" hot pad. It could be a tube with an end on it that slides down over the pipe.

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    How about cutting a slice in a tennis ball and putting that on there?

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    How about the swimming "noodles". They can be sliced long ways and made to fit around things. We use them on the corners of our camper slides. Keeps us from hitting our heads when walking by.
    Sandy

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    Quote Originally Posted by pennijanine
    How about cutting a slice in a tennis ball and putting that on there?
    I wouldn't trust "just" fabric to protect her from this metal pipe. I agree with the tennis ball fix.
    My son's school has tennis balls on ALL the chairs in the classrooms. Not only is it a LOT quieter, the floors don't get as marked up.
    Just use an exacto knife, or utility scissors to cut an "X" about an inch across and slip it on. If you then want to cover it with a drawstring closed circle of fabric for esthetics , go ahead.
    "Seen too many skin tears in my time as an RN"

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    I'm seeing a lot of good ideas here. Hope one of them will be your solution.

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    I think the tennis ball suggestion is an excellent idea!

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    You got a ton of great ideas there! I do have one question. Why is it having to be removed? Do the rails not fold down out of the way? If you are renting the bed through Medicare or Medicaid you might want to call the vendor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qbee
    You got a ton of great ideas there! I do have one question. Why is it having to be removed? Do the rails not fold down out of the way? If you are renting the bed through Medicare or Medicaid you might want to call the vendor.
    That bracket is about 9 inches from the foot of the bed and she cannot get in and out of the bed without being directly over it.

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions...now my mind is runnung around my stash to decide what to use.

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