Despite what you may have heard elderly safe subsidized housing does exist with the majority of subsidized senior housing being perfectly safe.
No matter what age a renter is safety is a major concern but it is even more of a concern when talking about the elderly.
This is because many criminals prey on the elderly because they are perceived to be weak and easy targets but the fact is many seniors are armed and I have read countless stories about elderly people in their 70s on up to 90 plus years old shooting a burglar that broke into their home.
When looking for elderly safe subsidized housing you want to make sure that the area is well lit at night and that it is free from overgrown shrubbery where criminals can hide.
A gated or fenced community is always a plus as are built-in alarm systems in the residences.
Police or private security patrols will also be a benefit but too many patrols might be an indication of a high crime area.
Some senior subsidized apartments have people that periodically check on the residents to make sure they are OK and not having any difficulties.
Always talk to other residents about safety issues to find out if they feel safe living there or if they have had any problems and if they are reluctant to talk take that as a bad sign and look elsewhere.
Another thing to look out for is the physical aspects of the housing. Are there many stairs that could cause a problem? Are the safety rails in place? Is the complex up to government specifications?
In the residence is there any loose carpeting or tiles that could cause you to trip and fall? Is there a defined exit in case of emergency? Do you require any special equipment like hand rails in the shower or tub?
Another key point is medical assistance. You need to find out if there are any medical personnel on staff and how close the nearest medical facility or hospital is in case of an emergency.
These are just some of the questions you need to ask to make sure that you find elderly safe subsidized housing that you can feel comfortable living in.