Flooring is a crucial aspect of an aging-in-place remodel. Apart from being safe, it should allow for easy movement throughout your home. To help you select an appropriate flooring material for elderly family members, remodelers recommend looking for the following qualities.
It’s common for older adults to accidentally trip or fall. To reduce the risk of this accident, make sure to pick a flooring material that offers a non-slip surface. This would make it safer for an elderly family member to move around independently.
Ensure the flooring is easy to clean and maintain. Even though there is someone else who will do the cleaning for your elderly loved one, it’s still best to choose low-maintenance flooring for them.
The flooring should be able to reduce the impact of a fall in case an elderly family member trips. That is why home remodeling contractors typically recommend flooring materials that can provide some cushioning. In this regard, rubber flooring is particularly a good option to consider as it has excellent shock absorption properties. It can reduce the risk of serious injuries among older adults.
Flooring materials like ceramic and vinyl tiles are usually tough on the feet, legs, knees and joints of the feet. It can cause joint pains among the elderly and make them feel fatigued after moving or standing for a while. That said, the flooring should have a gentle springiness that would allow seniors move around with great comfort.
Fewer and Smoother Transitions
Aim for fewer and smoother transitions by being consistent with your flooring. By keeping transitions like saddles and thresholds to a minimum, you can also reduce the tripping hazards for elderly family members. Many older adults tend to drag their feet as they walk. So, to ensure safer living spaces for them, you should minimize the transitions in the flooring.
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