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Independent living and your safety
As we get older, we want to live a safe and confident life as part of our communities, and also to feel safe and secure within those communities.
Safety concerns can include:
Most older people want to stay in their own homes. A secure and supportive home environment that is low maintenance and designed to minimise the risk of an injury gives them the ability to do this and offers them dignity and freedom.
Read more: Safety in the home
Read more: About home design and modification ideas
The good news is that:
- most falls are preventable
- injury from falls can be minimised, and
- ageing does not have to mean a loss of independence.
Older Australians are among the most vulnerable in our community. Whether they are being cared for in their homes or in residential aged care every person the right to be treated with respect and dignity. They are, like every Australian, entitled to the protection of the law.
Read more: Prevention of elder abuse
Common questions on this topic:
- What services are available for older people from culturally diverse backgrounds who are in need of aged care?
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