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Problem: As is common in care homes, this particular one had a problem with some of their mainly bedbound residents suddenly walking out of the main door.

A front door in a care home needs to allow for easy egress in case of an emergency, but residents should not necessarily be able to simply walk out.

Solution: We installed a door alarm that would go off every time the door was opened. The alarm would then notify the care home staff that someone was on the way out. So as to avoid the alarm going off upon entry or exit of staff, we added a little key switch on both sides of the door. Staff would turn the key in the switch before leaving, so as to disable the exit alarm.

It took the care home staff about a day to get used to this new system, but there have apparently been no further incidents of absconding residents.

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