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Neighborhood & Community Factors

When older adults transition back to their homes, there are community level factors that can also inhibit or promote their ability to function.  Neighborhood safety is a primary issue, and includes social factors such as crime or violence, and physical safety such as adequate streets and sidewalks.  If functioning has decreased the older individual's ability to drive, availability of transportation is another issue that needs to be addressed.

This section includes resources that will assist in determining the fit between the older adult and their community environment.  Methods to assess the older adult's transportation needs and transportation resources for caregivers are included.  In addition, strategies to enhance older adults' safety within their neighborhoods and communities are included.



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