How Do You Know When It’s Time to Install a Key Safe for Your Loved Ones?

elderly key safe

If you have ageing parents who have recently been discharged from the hospital, you will know that care doesn't stop once they leave their hospital bed. If they have mobility issues, they will need extra support at home to remain as independent as possible - not just for their physical health and safety but also their mental well-being.

The National Audit Office calculated that it costs £820 million per year to care for older patients in a hospital setting who no longer need clinical care[1].
If patients were cared for at home or in a community setting, this would only cost £180 million per year[2]. Not only would this save millions annually, but these people could also recover in the comfort of their own homes in familiar surroundings rather than in a hospital bed away from loved ones.

 

Key safes enable better care at home

Our key safes empower people to live better lives at home. With the help of our outdoor key safes, patients can leave the hospital sooner, knowing their home is equipped for their return, as care providers can let themselves in without the need for the care receiver to answer the door. Your loved ones can continue their recovery in the comfort of their surroundings, with neighbours, family, and friends close by, rather than in a hospital bed with strict visiting hours. Additionally, much-needed hospital beds are freed up for the next patient to receive vital care.

Key safes allow sharing a key safely with trusted service providers

As well as helping your loved ones live independent lives, a key safe box will also make your life easier as you can rely on external help if you can't be there. Many of us will be juggling our own home lives, whether that's a full-time job or looking after young children. Our lives are busy, and looking after loved ones in need and making sure they are cared for can be tricky and challenging, mainly if there is some distance involved.

This is where our push-button key safes come into play. Our devices can help a wide range of service providers, including carers, occupational therapists and cleaners, to deliver their brilliant services. Once they have the code to the key safe, they have access, and you have the peace of mind that you've got your loved one cared for when you can't be there.

A secure outdoor key safe is the only safe place to store your keys when you need a helping hand. Surprisingly, it is still common for people to place a spare key under a flowerpot or a doormat which offers no security at all. We don't need to tell you how dangerous this practice can be; not only does it make it easy for thieves, hiding your key in places that are not secure will most certainly invalidate your home insurance.


Our external key safes permit quick, controlled access, eliminating the danger of unnecessary trips to the front door that can increase the risk of falling. A survey by Age UK found that 36% of older people put falling over as their top concern[3]. One of our key safes can give less mobile elderly residents much peace of mind.

wall mounted key safe

Key safes to the rescue in case of an emergency

What's more, key safes can be life-saving, especially during a crisis, as they enable rapid yet secure access to emergency services. Rather than wasting vital minutes looking for a hidden spare key or finding another means of access, all that is needed is for the emergency services to be aware of the key safe code. This means that they can focus on providing essential and potentially life-saving care.

The best key safe for your loved one

 In a nutshell, it is always best to look for a secure key safe. While a cheap key safe may be tempting, it is likely that it isn't very secure, if at all, to protect your key and, therefore, your home.

With our police preferred range, the Supra C500 KeySafe™ and Supra P500 KeySafe™, you don't need to worry about the safety of your key. Not only have these two key safes been certified by the official police initiative 'Secured by Design' and the LPCB (Loss Prevention Certification Board), but they are also the most secure mechanical key safes available in the UK. Unmatched by any other mechanical key safe, the Supra C500 KeySafe™ and the Supra P500 KeySafe™ have a formidable security standard LPS 1175 Issue 8 A5, providing the ultimate peace of mind. The products' security rating will offer additional reassurance and security for elderly persons living alone, empowering them to remain independent without compromising their safety. This makes them the best wall-mounted key safes for the elderly in the UK.

Each of our police preferred key safes are tailored to your needs. The Supra C500 KeySafe™ offers the highest levels of security while being easy to install and use.
The Supra P500 KeySafe™ offers additional features, including an additional steel insert for added toughness and an anti-tamper cover for the coding mechanism. The cover is particularly useful when installing a key safe for a person with early-stage memory loss to prevent accidental code changing, eliminating the risk of forgetting the new digits they have set.

DIY or professional installer options 

If you're considering one of our police preferred key safes as the best option for you and your loved ones, you may be wondering how to get one of our push-button key safes fitted. You'll be pleased to know that all of our push-button key safes are easy to install for those handy with a drill. If you'd rather leave it to us, we offer a nationwide installation service by one of our DBS checked professional installers.

 



[1] https://www.if.org.uk/2016/06/03/new-report-delays-discharging-elderly-patients-from-hospital-costing-nhs-820-million-per-year/#:~:text=The%20cost%20to%20the%20NHS,National%20Audit%20Office%20(NAO).
[2] https://www.nao.org.uk/report/discharging-older-patients-from-hospital/
[3] https://www.ageuk.org.uk/latest-press/articles/2019/may/falls-in-later-life-a-huge-concern-for-older-people/#:~:text=A%20survey%20commissioned%20by%20Age,hip%20fractures%20in%202017%2F18%20.