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Older people reconsider floor choices to ensure safety

A survey by Saga Personal Loans found that two thirds of people over the age of 50 have had major renovation work completed on their homes. Many of these home improvements involve replacing old floor coverings for safer ones.

Most elderly people want to remain in their own homes, but are modifying them to make them safer and easier to manage in case they have health issues. This means installing walk-in showers, safety rails and widening doorways to accommodate wheelchairs.

As people get older, their bones are not as strong, which means that if they fall, they are more likely to break a bone or suffer another serious injury. To prevent slips, nonslip flooring can be installed, especially in bathrooms and kitchens.

Any area in a home that can become slippery when wet could be dangerous, and it has been estimated that there are more slipping hazards in the average home than in workplaces. Currently, there are strict regulations for workplace floors, but no equivalent regulations for domestic floors.

Nonslip tiles and vinyl are less smooth and are harder wearing than conventional floor coverings. Most nonslip floor installers will supply a guarantee that lasts many years. These floors are easy to clean and maintain, and in some cases can be laid over an existing floor, reducing the cost of installing them.

In the Cheshire West and Cheshire area, more than one in five residents is aged over 65. For people retiring or approaching retirement, it makes sense to protect themselves by installing nonslip solid flooring in their Cheshire homes.

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