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garden gate

sleepingplum

Registered User
Mar 1, 2015
46
I wonder if anybody has any suggestions as to how I can secure our garden gate. we need to go shopping on Saturday afternoon and we need to secure our metal garden gate to stop my fil from going out onto the road the front garden is big enough to be away from the house if he wants fresh air or gets it into his head he wants to go see his friends (he doesn't know where they live) the house is all safe and he cant turn anything harmful on but we have got the worry that he might have a thought he doesn't do it all the time but we need to make sure.
 

susy

Registered User
Jul 29, 2013
801
North East
If it is a big gate then I would put a padlock on the top of it. Either at the front or the back, entirely for where you need it to be. Hide the key somewhere safe (take it with you?)
If it's a low gate then the same unless he could climb over it. Some of our older folk are remarkably nimble!!!! X
 

marionq

Registered User
Apr 24, 2013
6,026
Scotland
When we moved into this house four years ago and before diagnosis my husband put a slip bolt top and bottom on our back gate and a padlock in the centre. I thought it was over the top as we live in a very nice quiet area but it has turned out to be a good thing as I can be quite certain he cannot wander when out there!
 

DivingDavey

Registered User
Feb 18, 2015
32
Solihull
Just a thought, you could fit a combination lock to the gate, that way there's a permanent solution in place. You can also get a little combiation "safe" that fits to a wall or fence that you can keep the key in, so you don't have to worry about relatives and friends not having a key as it's always there.
 

Tin

Registered User
May 18, 2014
4,825
UK
Ah the garden gate, I have had this problem for a long time now. Bought a combination padlock and a small chain. The combination is just set at 1111. It worked, mum has stopped wandering out, maybe its just the Dementia moving on, but now with it I can relax and know that mum is just pottering around the garden while I carry on in the house. I was initially worried that if I did this she would try to climb over the gate, thankfully she never did.
 

sleepingplum

Registered User
Mar 1, 2015
46
Ah the garden gate, I have had this problem for a long time now. Bought a combination padlock and a small chain. The combination is just set at 1111. It worked, mum has stopped wandering out, maybe its just the Dementia moving on, but now with it I can relax and know that mum is just pottering around the garden while I carry on in the house. I was initially worried that if I did this she would try to climb over the gate, thankfully she never did.
I was thinking of this and am always worried if I leave to do shopping but I am never gone for long this time I will be gone for about 3 hours and was worried that if anything happened people wouldn't be able to get in. a combination lock would be good as sometimes I have to go to pick up my son from school and my father in law would let anybody in (cold callers) but sometimes its not possible to stay at home
 

Tin

Registered User
May 18, 2014
4,825
UK
It has worked for me, neighbours and friends know the combination and anyone important. Anyone else who knows the situation in my home can see my car in the driveway and usually give me a quick call on their mobiles. The one tiny problem I have had is occasionally someone forgets to reset it when entering or leaving, they get a quick lecture and telling off and don't usually make the same mistake twice!!!
 

sleepingplum

Registered User
Mar 1, 2015
46
It has worked for me, neighbours and friends know the combination and anyone important. Anyone else who knows the situation in my home can see my car in the driveway and usually give me a quick call on their mobiles. The one tiny problem I have had is occasionally someone forgets to reset it when entering or leaving, they get a quick lecture and telling off and don't usually make the same mistake twice!!!
thank you I will have a word with my OH later anything has to be better than him walking across the street when there are cars up and down and forgetting where he is.