If you are moving into
an assisted living facility, you are very likely to notice some
of the more obvious features such as the cleanliness, staff
attitudes and helpfulness, and who your neighbors might be.
However, there are many smaller items that
you will need to consider about the home, or your unit before
you move in. One of these items relates to the physical doors,
locks, and peepholes. If your door has a locking bolt, you will
want to make sure that you can lock and unlock it easily. If
you are suffering from arthritis (The inflammation of the body's
joints, causing pain, swelling, and difficulty in body movement),
the lock will need to be very easy to turn.
Peepholes are very important,
but they are not very useful if you are not tall enough to see
through them. If the door's peephole is not at a good height
for you to use, make sure that the facility can arrange to move
the peephole to a height that is comfortable for you.
Another feature that
many assisted living apartments have is an alarm system.
This is especially important if you have a door that opens to
the outside world. It is very important that you know how to
use the alarm, and can turn it on and off. If you are not able
to operate the alarm, make sure the staff of the facility can
teach you how to use it. Many alarms have small buttons and
require a lot of dexterity - which can make things difficult
if you have joint pain, or Parkinson's. Many alarms require
that you are able to memorize a combination code. Unfortunately,
this may pose problems if you or your loved one is suffering
from dementia or Alzheimer's.
Things to consider about
locks and peepholes:
» Does your facility have
» Are they in proper working order?
» Can they be reached?
» Are you strong enough to work them?
- Assisted Living Directory