Safety is one of the most important considerations when choosing the right flooring, especially when older adults are involved. Considering that most seniors have limited mobility and are prone to falls, it is best to utilize soft surfaces when choosing home flooring. This is important to reduce the risk of injuries. Because of the physical restriction, you also have to consider the amount of work that needs to be done to keep the flooring clean and good-looking.
Taking all these factors into consideration, we have listed down 3 of most elderly-friendly flooring options on the market. These flooring options will help create a safe and easy to manage the environment for your elderly loved ones.
Vinyl is a great option for senior-living because it is virtually maintenance-free. Regular sweeping is all you need to keep it clean. Unlike other flooring options, you don’t have to worry about water damage and stains. The biggest downside is that it has a fairly hard surface. But there’s a solution to that. To create a softer surface, we recommend that you add a layer of cork or felt underneath it.
Carpet is an exceptional flooring option for seniors because of its insulating properties and non-slip surfaces. There are also a lot of soft and plush carpeting options to choose from. The problem is that it can be quite difficult to clean and maintain. Carpet needs to be cleaned and vacuumed regularly because it tends to trap dirt, dust and other allergens, which could lead to asthma, allergies and respiratory problems.
Cork is a great option if you are worried about the risk of injuries that is often associated with fall. It has a natural non-slip feature that will limit the likelihood of trips and slips. Plus, cork flooring has a soft surface that will prevent bodily harm in the event of a fall. As an added bonus, this type of flooring is easy to clean and maintain. There is one drawback, however. It is prone to water damage. Because of that, spills need to be cleaned up as quickly as possible and the floor should be kept as dry as possible.
Contact Denver Carpet and Flooring for more information on your carpet and flooring options that are safe and low maintenance for your loved ones.