Door Knobs and Keys are Kings today! With an article on the importance of changing your locks when you move into a new home at Kaye Swain.com and an article about the challenges of rekeying or replacing locks and doors if you have a vintage old house at HistoricOldHomes.com. And now, it's time for yet another take on this subject. Yes, if you are caring for elderly parents and helping them move into a new home on their own or with you, it's just as important to change the locks for them as for you. But while you're at it, you might also take a good look at the door knobs – both inside and out. For many elderly parents, the traditional door knobs are too hard for them to manage easily – or may become more difficult a lot faster than you may think.
One of the things I'm adding to my wish list of aging in place options for my senior mom the next time we move is door knobs that are levers. They are much easier for an aging senior to manipulate than the balls or pinch style door "knobs."
With levers, if they need to, they can just push down with their wrist. There is no real flexibility or range of motion issue required. And that can be a big help for an aging parent dealing with arthitis, torn rotator cuffs, or other health issues causing limited range of motion.
So when you are looking at the doors and figuring out how to rekey/change the locks, you might want to think about replacing some of the vital ones for your senior parents and replacing them with levers at the same time. By combining the jobs, you can save time and money and I bet you also put a big smile on your elderly parent's face. 🙂
P.S. They can be easier for our younger grandkids too – a twofer that will result in a multiplication of smiles! 🙂