Mum switching off phone and freezer

Discussion in 'Recently diagnosed and early stages of dementia' started by mogreig, Dec 5, 2015.

  1. mogreig

    mogreig Registered User

    Dec 5, 2015
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    My mum has recently moved into very sheltered housing as her condition meant she was not remembering to eat and not able to cope with living in a big house alone. She has been switching off the phone at night and also switched off the freezer and lost some food. We have tried taping over the switches but she still manages to switch them off. My brother and I live more than a hundred miles away and I try to go home to her every six wks or so but I wondered if anyone had seen or heard of anything to cover the whole socket to prevent this.
     
  2. fizzie

    fizzie Registered User

    Jul 20, 2011
    2,731
    My mum did similar and it turned out that she thought she was saving electricity. We managed to sort out the freezer problem by having the switch moved so that it sat inside a bottom cupboard in the kitchen and that worked. I'm not sure how to sort out the phone problem unless there is a chance of hiding that switch somewhere too. It wasn't expensive to do but it would be advisable to get someone to do it when she is out!!!!!! My mum used to remember the strangest things and I'm sure if she had seen it being moved she would have remembered !!!
     
  3. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
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    Male
    North Manchester
    #3 nitram, Dec 5, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2015
    This Safetots product is widely available, Tesco, Amazon, ....

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    http://www.safetots.co.uk/Safety-Es...iversal-Single-Socket-Cover/product_info.html

    Also available to fit a double outlet.

    It's released by squeezing so you may have to go to the considerably more expensive industrial safety ones using a key. I know of one cheap double outlet version using a key
    http://www.alzproducts.co.uk/socketsafe-lockable-plug-cover.html
    you could fit it over a single outlet by screwing to the wall - either one screw or both - instead of the socket. If you do this be careful as the regs allow a buried cable to be run horizontally with the socket.

    EDIT

    You could use a self tapping screw and large washer to prevent the release tab being pressed.
     
  4. fizzie

    fizzie Registered User

    Jul 20, 2011
    2,731
    These are great for some people and definitely worth a try but when we tried it at first my Ma was able to access it and then she cried with frustration because she thought she had 'broken' the electricity supply and it was all just too frustrating for her.
     
  5. mogreig

    mogreig Registered User

    Dec 5, 2015
    2
    Thank you for that .it's worth a try.
     

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