Getting old is one of those things we can't really avoid. The latest research indicates that one in three adults aged over 65 will develop dementia, as such concerns arise about safety and security in our homes. When we have children we take steps to reduce the risks and hazards present in the home, so it makes sense to do the same for those who are suffering from confusion and or reduced motor capability.
Here at LocksOnline we are seeing an increase in requests for help in dealing with security and access to a home where the resident is elderly or infirm. We've had examples given where someone has a tendency to lock all the doors and windows, or is prone to falling, yet a relative or carer still needs to be able to get in. Often, a person with dementia may refuse to unlock the door if they don't recognise the caller. If the resident has had a fall and can't reach the door, they are of course unable to unlock it.
Fortunately, thanks to advances in lock and access control technology, there are now ways to help minimise the risks and ensure that a carer or relative can gain access to the property without resorting to breaking the door down.
Anti-Lockout Cylinders - a great solution!
For example, these anti-lockout high security cylinders allow the door to be unlocked even when there is a key left in the lock on the inside. Part of the LocksOnline EPS range, keys can only be cut by us and only once authorisation has been received to do so. The advantages of the anti-lockout feature come in to play when you have someone who may have locked out their carer or relative whilst in a confused state, or if the resident has had a fall. These locks also meet British Standard EN1303, so will keep your insurance company happy too!
Alternatively, consider an electronic locking solution, that is opened using a key fob or card. This can also be combined with an audio or video intercom system, many of these systems now also coming with 'mobile' handsets or smart phone/tablet compatibility. You can find out more about these systems on the links below:
Stay at home for longer, in familiar surroundings.
Staying in familiar surroundings can be hugely reassuring and comforting for older people whether they have dementia or are less able than they used to be. By fitting locks and access control systems like these, you can help keep them safe and secure in their own home for longer, whilst still being able to get in and help them when needed.