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My uncle recently moved to an enhanced assisted living home and is having trouble using a traditional key to open a door as his hands and fingers are rigid. The door key hole and knob is located a bit lower so he must stoop to try to insert the key but can't seem to do it on his own. His sight is also not the best due to Gluacoma. I am thinking of putting a chair beside his door so that he can sit down. Of course the option may be for him to ask someone to help him but immediate help is not always available. Anybody else have such issues?

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His assisted living home will not allow a chair to be put outside his room due to fire code which is understandable. For safety we are not able to change the locks to the fob/sensor type which would have been ideal.

The AL has advised that he leave his room door open. He really has nothing of value in there and anything important he has the only key to a locked drawer (which he would need help to open!).

I will order a key turner online and hope that works for the time being.

Thank you for your advice everyone!
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Kay, I don't know if your Uncle would feel safe doing this, keep his door unlocked except when he is asleep at night.

Once my Dad moved to senior living facility, he started to keep his apartment door unlocked just because it was easier. But I know it all depends on the facility and if there are others on the floor who roam in and out of rooms.
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There are door locks that you just swipe a card near a sensor. Ask if they would do this, but only if you are sure he will not lose the card.
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There are various assistive "key turners" that may help him to get the key in the lock and turn it, check those out to see if they may be helpful. The chair is a good idea if it is allowed and if he can still easily rise from a seated position. Does the AL have any advice?
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