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Making the Outside and Entryway of the House Safer

Outside Approaches to the House

Changes that may need to be made to the outside of the house include:
  • Keep steps sturdy and textured to prevent falls in wet or icy weather.
  • Mark the edges of steps with bright or reflective tape.
  • Consider a ramp with handrails into the home rather than steps.
  • Eliminate uneven surfaces or walkways, hoses, or other objects that may cause a person to trip.
  • Restrict access to a swimming pool by fencing it off with a locked gate, covering it, and keeping it closely supervised when in use.
  • In the patio area, remove the fuel source and fire starters from any grills when not in use, and supervise use when the person with Alzheimer's disease is present.
  • Place a small bench or table by the entry door to hold parcels while unlocking the door.
  • Make sure outside lighting is adequate. Light sensors that turn on lights automatically as you approach the house are available and may be useful. They may also be used in other parts of the home.
  • Prune bushes and foliage well away from walkways and doorways.
  • Consider a NO SOLICITING sign for the front gate or door.


Changes that may need to be made in the entryway include:
  • Remove scatter rugs and throw rugs.


  • Use textured strips or nonskid wax on hardwood floors to prevent slipping.
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