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Making your home flooring senior friendly

As most elderly people want to spend the rest of their lives in their own home, it is important to make your home senior friendly, paying particular attention to the floor surfaces.

Given the choice, most people want to remain in their own home for the rest of their lives rather than move into a nursing or retirement home. To help aging occupants, it is essential to make a home senior friendly.

One of the most important areas is the floor. As people age, their bones can become weaker, and a common injury is a broken hip caused by falling onto a hard floor. A nonslip floor surface will help prevent falls. The floor should have a cushioned or carpeted surface that prevents injury when someone falls. You could consider rubber flooring, but this can be pricey.

Rugs should be fixed to the floor and nonslip treads added to stairs. If a resident needs to use a wheelchair then thick pile carpets are not ideal for self-propelled wheelchairs and should be replaced by smoother surfaces such as laminates. Cork floors are good for wheelchairs, and can help prevent fall injuries.

Consider installing floor coverings that are easy to clean by an old person with limited mobility.

When your solid flooring in your North Wales home needs renewing, if you plan to stay in your home for the rest of your life, consider making your floors senior friendly. This will help protect yourself during the retirement years.

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