I am sure this might not be meaningful to everyone, but to those of us who have an aging parent living with them it can provide a great deal of comfort. Well… maybe not comfort, but it will put your mind at ease for short periods of time.
Here is the scenario. My 88 year old mother in law lives with us. She is in remarkable shape… for 88. She has her own room with a recliner chair and a large screen TV. She has been taking the same meds for over 50 years, has a pacemaker and sometimes annoying COPD. Her only exercise is down the hall to the bathroom and getting her coffee and breakfast in the morning. Other then that she sits most of the day watching TV, playing solitaire or crocheting. Her eyesight, hearing and balance are deteriorating but what do you expect for being 88.
However it is the balance issue that concerns me the most. I am home a lot because many of my marketing duties for our home care franchise are handled from my home office, I am also partner with my son in a web design, video production business (SixVine Media) and he is usually here working on client projects and while Teresa has a real office she does a lot of her work from her home office. So you can see that there are adults in attendance just about every day, all day schlüsselnotdienst Essen.
But there are times when we are all out on appointments leaving Mom alone. For these times she sometimes wears one of those personal alarm systems that dials into 911 services. I say she wears it sometimes because… well did I mention she is 88? Also Mom wants the front door locked when we are gone and will not answer the door if someone rings the bell.
Here is another concern. I was with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and have seen what the Fire Department has to do when they need to gain entry to a senior’s home. Not pretty. Usually there is a security door which is quickly pried open using a Halligan. This process will render that door useless. Then comes the entry door which can be an ornately carved solid wood beauty. A sledge hammer against the lock set is a quick remedy but this will rip out casing, drywall and do a lot of damage to the door and lock set. So this entry just cost the homeowner close to $2,000.
Does all this sound a little over the top? Well maybe, but what would you have them do if your mother was laying on the floor screaming in pain?
So that this the problem and here is the solution I came up with. I am sure it is not a secret but hopefully it will help.
I know you have all seen those lock boxes that Realtors use so home buyers and their agents can gain access to a house that is for sale. I bought this one on Amazon but I am sure they are available most everywhere.
They are simple in their design and use a four digit combination to gain access to the key box. Releasing the curved yoke is possible once the box is open. Once you have access to the inside of the box all you have to do is to set your code and find a location to place the box.
Our front door has a handle that is connected to the door in two places so that is the location I chose but if your door has some other configuration or you just don’t the box seen from the street there is another location. Find an exterior hose bib, gas meter or incoming water line that is close to the front of the house and secure your box there.
I then called my local police department (don’t call 911!) and told them that I wanted to register the location of the lock box and the combo with their emergency services. I was told that I needed to call a special Fire Department number, which I did and so now the problem is solved.
Anytime a call comes into the 911 system from my address the location of the lock box and the combination appears on the dispatcher’s screen. The dispatcher will then transmit that information to the responding emergency personnel. This will save me the $2000 repair costs for the front door. For us this works for short periods of time, if we were to be gone for more then a day then we would have a caregiver come in for several hours a day to make sure that all is well and prepare meals for Mom.