The physical environment can encourage a person who is at risk to spend time enjoying being outdoors in a safe space.  Below are some ideas for in and around home to encourage people to stay in a safe attractive area, while reducing the chances that they will leave unexpectedly.


There are a number of things you could consider to ensure the person at risk goes out at the appropriate time and with protection.
Things to consider:

  • Install bells / buzzers / alerts that sound or send an alert when external doors/windows are opened.

  • Decorate or modify the exit doors so they are not obvious (for example place curtains in front of doors, place a mirror or artwork on the inside of the door).

  • Place keys and other objects associated with going outdoors out of sight until the appropriate time for going outside.

  • Visit your local disability store / resource center to see what they have to offer – visit Firstport to find your local provider.

  • Have indoor exercise activities such as a treadmill, so a person can enjoy walking whenever it is not possible to do so safely outdoors.


If you have a home with a garden / yard make it an interesting place. Consider creating fun activities for the person at risk to enjoy while being outdoors in an enclosed space. Funding may be available to assist with fencing, discuss this option with your health professional, GP or Specialist.