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Home Care Technology: Electronic Locks for Dementia Care

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Home Care in New York CityIf you are on a home care journey with a parent that is dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, the safety of your aging parent is one of your most important priorities. Dementia can bring with it a wide variety of challenges that can put your loved one at serious risk of dangerous situations, not the least of which is wandering tendencies that can cause your senior to get disoriented, confused, and lost away from home.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, around six out of ten adults who develop Alzheimer’s disease will experience wandering at some point in the progression of their disease. This wandering can be extremely dangerous, putting the senior at risk of getting far away from home or a familiar place without means of taking care of herself or getting back to safety, or wandering into a place or situation in which she is in distinct danger.

Putting the appropriate measures into place to help prevent wandering can make a tremendous difference in the safety of your aging loved one and in your own peace of mind and confidence whether your senior is with you or with her in home health care services provider.

One piece of technology that can be especially beneficial in your care journey with a senior in the moderate to advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia is electronic locks. These locks promote better security and greater management of movement into and out of the home without the need for keys and the ability to secure the home so that only authorized people can enter or exit.

Some benefits of integrating electronic locks into your home security plan for your elderly loved ones include:

  • Securing entrance and exit. Electronic locks generally feature either a keyfob or a keypad that allow you to disarm the lock without the need for a key. This means that rather than using a key or a thumb turn to release the lock to open a doctor from the inside or outside. When in place, these locks prevent a person who does not know the code or have the fob from using the door, ensuring that your senior stays in place
  • No need to open the door. An in home health care services provider can make a tremendous difference in the quality of your parent’s life, but it can be dangerous for her to have to open the door to let the care provider in. These locks enable you to give the care provider the code so that she can let herself into the home without the need for your parent to open the door
  • Comfort. Electronic locks can also be extremely beneficial for seniors who are not dealing with Alzheimer’s disease but who have problems with mobility or motor function such as arthritis. A key can be difficult to grasp, making getting into the home more challenging. Electronic locks allow these seniors to get the door open without the need to use a traditional key.

If you or an aging loved one are looking for home care in New York City, call the friendly staff at The Perfect Home Care at (855) 855-5728.  Call today!

 

SOURCE:

https://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-wandering.asp

Geralyn DiGiovanni, Manager, Client Services

Manager, Client Services at The Perfect Home Care
Geralyn DiGiovanni has been marketing director of The Perfect Home Care since July, 2013. She’s responsible for promoting the agency by identifying and reaching out to market segments that align with the services offered by The Perfect Home Care. Among others, she works closely with geriatric care managers, elder care attorneys, and assisted living facilities. Her industry-specific experience includes multiple stints as a companion aide for seniors. She also has extensive experience in the publishing industry, where she worked as an account manager. “I love this industry and am passionate about working with seniors,” she says.