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The great houdini -or - how do I keep my mom inside?
quote:Originally posted by IreneNY:Mom has started making escapes, and recently fell off the back porch before I could get across the kitchen and keep her inside. No serious injuries, thank the Lord! One concern about locking doors is what if emergency personel needed to get in? Their apartment is upstairs from mine in our raised ranch -we need a gadget or lock that would enable me and visitors to enter thier place, while still keeping her IN. I'm sure alot of caregivers have faced this and found solutions, thanks in advance for your respons(es).
quote:Originally posted by IreneNY:I appreciate the ideas, however, I think people are misunderstanding me about one point and I feel comepelled to set the record straight. My mom is NEVER EVER left unattended or alone. My Dad is with her always when I am at work, and I am there other times, she is never in a room alone. But as you know they can move fast if you are on one side of the room, say, cooking or making a bed or the like and they decide to make a dash for the door. When I worry about being able to get in, it is in case my dad, at 75, were injured and could not get up or unconcious and I was at work. Its not because we leave her up there alone! Actually, when I asked the question I was hoping someone might know of a special gadget or sources for stuff made especially for alzhiemer's caregiving situations, like catalogs or mail order websites. Surely there must be inventions for making life easier and safer for invalids and home situations?
quote:Originally posted by richardson1:My Mother has lived with me for 3 yrs. We key-locked all doors in the house, including bedrooms. You can streamline by having one or two keys that unlock everything. Before key-locks, my Mother fiddled with the deadbolt long enough that on several occasions she managed to open the door. We keep a key in a safe, within-reach hiding place very close to the door and use it when exiting and also for emergencies. Inside, we've found that by keeping the bathroom and bedroom doors locked during the day, she is less likely to get into things and also less likely to hurt herself. Locking is better than the alternative...losing. There's no substitute for watching them, but I hope this helps. I purchased a Vail bed for nighttime use. It has been the BEST thing! Can't imagine life before it. It's a large mesh/canopy type "tent" that goes over the top of a standard hospital bed. You can zip it up at night and then sleep worry-free. My Mother was prone to wandering at night. Up and down, up and down. She had several falls, including one where she broke her pelvis. I have no more worries about that happening during the night. In fact, I was such a believer, that I purchased 14 of them from a facility and am offering them for sale to anyone who shares my plight. If this is something that might help you, let me know.