Security Tips for Assisted Living Facilities

Security Tips for Assisted Living Facilities

Posted on September 10, 2020 by A-1

When it comes to assisted living facilities, the health, happiness and peace of mind of its residents are all a priority for staff. After all, one of the main purposes of assisted living facilities is to ensure older citizens can be safe while still maintaining their independence.

Improving security is one way to accomplish this, so allow us to provide our commercial locksmith expertise. Here are some security tips for assisted living facilities.

Secure Entries and Exits

It goes without saying that you want to protect entry points from intruders, but with assisted living facilities, you also want to think about protecting exit points as well. Dementia, Alzheimer’s and memory issues can result in a confused resident trying to leave and not remembering where they are. 

You can control entries and exits with smart locks that will only open via a code or key card, as well as install alarm systems for certain doors that should only be opened during an emergency. Make sure you also have high-security locks installed and repair any locks that are broken.

Improve Surveillance

Voice and video intercom systems can help you better secure main points of entry or exit and also allow you to easily identify visitors. Residents of assisted living facilities may have friends or family that want to see them and you need to ensure that their visit is planned. 

Also, a proper security system can help you monitor all highly trafficked areas to ensure residents are safe and not confused or lost.

Get a Master Key System

To protect both the staff and the residents of your assisted living facility, you might want to limit access to some rooms. With a master key system, you’ll have control of the entire security system and can access any room, but you choose who else has access to what room. Need to keep the surveillance room limited to security staff? Or keep certain medical supply closets away from curious residents? Master key systems let you easily handle both of these situations (and more).

Keep a Locksmith’s Number on Hand

Finally, you never know when an emergency lockout or other situation might occur, so it’s always a good idea to keep a commercial locksmith’s number on hand. Either put it in a prominent place or keep it with other important numbers, like the police or hospital. Time can be of the essence when it comes to locksmith emergencies in assisted living facilities.

If you’re interested in improving the security of your assisted living facility, contact the team at A-1 Locksmith today.

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