People living with dementia are more likely to experience wandering and disorientation. The thought of a loved one with dementia wandering away from home in the middle of the night can be frightening. Ensuring the safety and well-being of your loved one with dementia is your primary goal, but your peace of mind is equally important. Installation of specialized dementia door locks is one of the best ways to protect your loved one from wandering outside the home. In this article, we will talk about various door locks that can be used to protect your loved one with dementia. High or low on the doors that exit the home is an important factor to consider when installing locks.
It's important that they are installed out of sight of your loved one. You should never leave a person with dementia unattended in a new environment and never lock a person in a home. Selecting activities and items that fit with the person's safety needs is something that caregivers of people with dementia should always remember to do. Take into account any potential dangers, such as objects that could restrict their circulation, and choose activities and items that work best for them and accommodate their tendencies. There are many types of dementia care facilities that need special locks for their doors.
Adult daycare centers, assisted living facilities, memory care facilities, and other facilities are included. Magnetic locks and keyed locks are the most common types of door locks used in these facilities. There is also an electronic door lock that can be programmed to open. These types of locks are not recommended because they do not offer the same level of security as other types.
Confounding Door Lock for Wandering
Our Confounding Door Lock is keyless and does not look like a lock to help prevent those who wander and those who have dementia from figuring out how to open the door. It opens by flipping the door-jamming "blocker" out of the way of an in-swinging door. Caregivers can unlock the confounding door lock easily, but persons with dementia would not.
This safety device works on doors that swing inward only. It's easy to install for any handy person, requiring only three screws (provided). It can be installed on wood or a metal frame and requires a drill and a screwdriver.
This home-safety mechanism is built to be sturdy and durable, and it is made from heavy-duty metal.