This guide to making the outside of the home safe takes into consideration not only the things that need to be done to prevent slips and falls outdoors, but also the things that should be done so that an older adult feels less vulnerable when entering and leaving the house.
For some, safety for elderly people entails overcoming feeling physically at-risk. For instance, the fear of falling and breaking a hip plagues many older people. And no wonder: more than 300,000 people break their hip each year. Icy sidewalks and steps can pose a very significant threat.
Older people are also easy targets for burglars and other criminals. Often, they respond to these potential threats by barricading themselves behind closed doors and refusing to leave the house. This can lead to isolation, loneliness and depression. Luckily, help for seniors to keep their home safe is readily available.