Sliding patio door - lock and general door queries

11 Sep 2007
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United Kingdom
My mother's sliding patio door is of the type that has a lever that you push up/pull down to engage the latch along with a Yale-type lock.

The lever looks like this:

(I've been trying to find some better photos online of the whole lock arrangement but no luck yet, all I can find is the lever type).

As my mother's hands are becoming increasingly arthritic and weaker she is finding it difficult to use the lever.

Is there a much simpler to use patio door lock which can, relatively easily, be exchanged for her current one? I have no idea of the make of patio door that she has so I guess this is a tricky question to answer! I'll have to take some photos of the door when I next visit her.

She also finds the door quite heavy to slide (it's lubricated just fine) but short of replacing the whole door I can't think of a solution to that. Can a special electric motor be fitted to a fairly standard aluminium sliding door?
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