So I stepped in with a couple of quick projects which I hope will help. This is the first - somewhere for the spare door keys to go. This will hang on a hook on the back of the bedroom door, ready to access and very quick to find in an emergency.
It takes very little fabric to make: you'll need a few scraps (could be recycled from old clothes or other projects) a small piece of felt (optional), approx 20cm of binding or ribbon for the top loop and some heavy interfacing. A button or perhaps a few beads will finish it off nicely.
This is how to make your own spare key holder:
Cut out a piece of fabric measuring approx 30cm x 6cm (accuracy isn't that important - longer, wider, shorter, narrower are all OK!).
Fold in both long edges and press; then fold both folded edges in again. Press. Stitch to secure.
Fold the stitched strap in half and place the two raw edges into the squares, inside where your stitching lines for your flower (or whatever) will be.
Sew around the drawn image, three times to produce the sketchy outline, and enclosing the raw edges of the strap. I got a bit carried away and sewed a few more details onto my flower, which were less than perfect, but worked out OK in the end!
Sew a piece of bias binding, tape or fabric to make a hanging loop (you could even use string or ribbon). Stitch onto the back of the flower - in the centre, as this will be covered at the front with a button.
Attach your keys by slipping the large loop onto the split ring on your key fob.
Not only ideal for older people, I think this spare key holder might be a good idea for all of us. A set of door and window keys hanging on the back of the bedroom door might make it quicker for any of us to exit safely should there be an emergency.
It turned out there was another bonus to this. Because it was made by me (and Mum was touched by the effort I made) and because she thought it was pretty (she loved that little flower button!!) I think she's more likely to remember it's there.