Personal safety and security, particularly in the home, is often a concern to an older person, as well as to their family and carers. Newspapers and other media regularly report cases of older people being robbed or attacked in their own homes. These reports feed on people's fears and may give an unrealistic picture of the likelihood of being a

Establishing a process to monitor the safety and security of an older person who is living alone can be done in a variety of ways. Some people arrange for a regular phone call at a specific time of day, others set up a visible signal that can be monitored by neighbours and friends. This can be something as simple as opening the curtains in a