If your loved one is impaired and requiring care, there are a number of options to consider. The type of assistance ranges from caring for them yourself, finding a care home or getting help from a paid carer. Your local authority is a good place to start to understand the options available. As a rule of thumb, it is recommended that the person in need of care is cared for at the comfort of their home for as long as possible, to enable them to live more fulfilled lives.
There are numerous solutions for the elderly to enable them to facilitate independent living such as personal alarms to call for assistance in case of an emergency, to key safes to allow carers and emergency personnel into one’s home. In fact, the choice is so abundant, many people feel daunted by the number of options as it can be difficult to know where to start. If this is you, we’re here to help with some handy tips to look out for when choosing the best key safe or panic alarm for the elderly, so you can enjoy the peace of mind that your loved one is safe and the home can be easily accessed by carers or medical staff, even if you’re not there yourself.
When it comes to using a key storage device to share a key to a vulnerable person’s home, opting for a key safe with high levels of physical security is paramount.
Just a quick Google search will present you with an array of options from £15 scroll boxes and £40 push-button key boxes to £60-£80 mechanical key safes and electronic key safes from as low as £50 to over £200. Price is often a good indicator of security and reliability but in the case of electronic devices, you are more likely to be paying for features rather than reliability or security.
The key takeaway here is that not all key safes are safe. Read our 2021 Guide to Key Safes to find out about the various types of key storage devices. For quality and security assurances, we only recommend devices with both, a Police Preferred Specification from ‘Secured by Design’ (official UK police initiative) and a security accreditation from LPCB (Loss Prevention Certification Board) as suitable key safes for the elderly or vulnerable people.
‘Police approved key safes’ is a phrase often used to refer to Police Preferred Specification which is issued by Secured by Design – an official police security initiative. Secured by Design work to improve home security across a range of devices such as smoke detectors. Key safes bearing this independent seal of approval denote a high level of physical attack resistance and allow safe and secure key sharing.
Solutions without the Police Preferred Specification or LPCB certification are unlikely to have been manufactured and tested to the same high standard and could leave both the property and its occupant vulnerable.
Look out for a key safe with high quality, a durable keypad to ensure the buttons and paint do not wear quickly, disclosing the code.
Whether the key safe will be used by the service provider and emergency staff only or by your loved one themselves, opt for a key safe that is easy to use for quick key access. For example, fiddly scroll locks are not ideal for elderly people with poor eyesight and fragile skin and nails. Conversely, a push-button key safe with highly visible, easy to press digits would be much easier to use.
A hook to hang the keys on in the internal compartment is also very handy as keys can easily fall out of the vault otherwise.
We recommend our Supra P500 as the best key safe for the elderly. Not only is Supra P500 police preferred (often referred to as ‘police approved key safe’), it also holds the highest anti-attack standard from the Loss Prevention Certification Board achieved to date by a mechanical key safe in the UK. You can rest assured that the key to your loved one’s home is safe and protected.
Additionally, it features easy press conical shape buttons designed for use by people with low mobility and an integral hook to hang the keys on.
Supra P500 key safe is ideal for people with an early onset of dementia thanks to its additional code safety feature. The key safe comes with a built-in code cover to guard the code changing mechanism to prevent the person with memory loss from changing it themselves and unintentionally forgetting the code, which could inadvertently lock out the service personnel and put the person in danger.
All of our products are offered with optional professional installation.
A personal alarm is another handy gadget you may want to consider for your loved one. Also known as elderly push button alarms, personal alarms typically come with a pendant or a wristband that the wearer can easily access in case of an emergency. The device works via GSM and GPS networks and, if triggered, connects the wearer with the emergency services.
We recommend our One Touch personal alarm which can call up to three contacts simultaneously upon activation, alerting of the emergency. One Touch allows family and emergency services to locate the wearer and set up safe zones, sending alerts if the wearer wanders. It works in 28 European countries, enabling your loved one to continue to enjoy an independent life without compromise.
If you have any questions about the best key safe or personal alarm for your loved one, we’d love to help. Call us on 0330 363 0303.