Mom is moving into a multi-unit memory care home. Each resident has private quarters and are supplied with room keys. Based on recent behavior, I have no doubt she will either lose the key or lock it in her unit on a weekly (or more frequently) basis. Has anyone found a keyless solution that does NOT require a smartphone?
After 2 more calls, I found a person who gave me the answer I was hoping for: "sorry, someone mistakenly thought she was going into assisted living, not memory care, and gave you the wrong info...there are no locks".
So problem resolved. That said, some research did produce a result I did not expect...available at your local WalM. They have a biometric lock (fingerprint), that also has a key pad, and a keyed entry. Beyond the no lost key concern, it can be programmed for up to 9 different key codes and more than one fingerprint. Didn't know something like that existed. Apologies if this is not withing the rules of the board, but if anyone has a need, here is the description to help do a search. TURBOLOCK TL115 Smart Lock with Keypad and Voice Prompts | Digital Deadbolt
I wouldn't make any changes to the lock system, as the Staff needs to be able to get into the apartment. They use a "master key" which is one key that opens all of the apartments.
Just the fact of loosing keys has to be a nightmare for staff.
When I was caring for my Husband, he had a tendency to leave the house...I put locks on that were key lock on the inside as well as out. I wore the keys around my neck. I NEVER took them off. That might be an option a pretty ribbon and put the key on it.
Another option might be a plastic card, like most people use to get into office buildings now. It could have her picture on it. And all she would have to do is get near the sensor to trigger the lock to open.
The doors don’t lock without the key.
My Mum was getting quite upset until her key was finally cut and given to her but she loses it every day or two. It’s found in her pocket, top drawer or laundry most often. Trained Staff know they are dealing with dementia patients, this is not a difficult care situation.
-Necklace with pendant key.
-Similar to life alert device.