If you have to lock things away from your carepartner (ailing mom, dad, spouse, sister, etc) or from paid caretakers, where do you put it and what kind of lock do you use? Who has access? What event made you decide it was time to go into lockdown?
I'm particularly interested in how you lock up food.
I think I need to lock up the meds and am having trouble enforcing a healthy diet when I'm not around.
I've seen some fairly expensive pill minders that lock, so you can only take a dose at the appropriate time. I don't think we need to go that far (yet) but I do need to keep the "as needed" drugs and my own prescriptions out of reach. Sometime my husband decides he needs an as-needed pill and starts rummaging around for something suitable. When a short-term prescription runs out, he looks for more. His meds and mine are in different places in the same cabinet, but he no longer recognized the difference. I noticed before he actually took one of my antibiotics when his ran out, but it was close.
It's one thing to quit buying obviously unhealthy foods, but even stroke survivors and their caregivers need a treat now and then. Plus, some things that are healthy in small quantity aren't so good if eaten all the time. It's OK to use an Ensure nutrition drink to take his morning pills (the texture makes it easier to swallow them), but Ensure is too fatty, sweet, and fiber-free to drink all day long whenever you're hungry or bored. He has teeth--he can eat real food now and then.
Our paid caregiver has never stolen anything but we'll soon be needing more than one paid worker a day and will have to go through a service. When my in-laws needed in-home care, things disappeared fairly regularly but of course with many people in and out every day, you can't say where the stuff went. (I do know my in-laws didn't go out and hock their own jewelry; MIL was mostly immobile in an alternate universe from a brain tumor and FIL never went out except for milk shakes at McDonald's.)
So what do you lock up, where do you keep it, how do you keep it secure, and who has access?