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Assisted Living Flooring Trends
From a business and marketing perspective, it is most valuable for senior living centers to establish a great first impression with their prospective residents. As such, the best way to achieve a great first impression is to create a brilliant milieu at the front entrance. Only modern interior finishes and exciting floor coverings can achieve this great impression. And flooring, from both a functional and aesthetic perspective, is a fundamental part of the design.
Interiors for memory care are being thoughtfully designed to create a supportive environment. And flooring, from both a functional and aesthetic perspective, is a fundamental part of the design.
If you are considering a commercial flooring material for an assisted living or location that is frequented by senior citizens, there are several considerations to understand. These are compounded by the function of the facility that is to be designed. By understanding the needs of Seniors, balanced against the requirements of the staff and facility, you can choose a floor that will be safe, sanitary, and relatively easy to maintain.
Let’s look at some common flooring applications.
Common Commercial Flooring Applications for Seniors
Hospitals: Medical facilities often house elderly patients for extended periods of time, requiring flooring that meets special needs. These floors require durability, ease of maintenance, cleaning and sanitation requirements. The floors should also be quiet, dampening the noise of feet and wheels so that patients can rest.
Nursing Homes: Long-term care facilities handle a variety of elderly patients with differing needs of assistance. These flooring applications require some additional thought as the facility as a whole desires an attractive living space, as well as maintenance, durability and cleaning considerations.
Retirement Communities: Residents living in senior communities have varying degrees of health and mobility concerns. As such, assisted living centers need to establish functional and attractive living spaces catering to the needs of their residents. Typically, there are numerous flooring materials used throughout the facility, but great design emphasis is required to make the space comfortable, as well as desirable. These communities also require consideration for maintenance and sanitation. Flooring maintenance is a great concern because there are typically more traffic issues.
Memory Care Facilities: Residents in memory care facilities again have varying health and mobility concerns. Furthermore, these interiors also require design to incorporate a supportive environment, as well as cleaning and maintenance considerations. There will be further discussion in another post to cover these facility needs in more detail.
Special Commercial Considerations for Seniors
Safety: All commercial facilities need to consider liability issues from personal injury. Considering Seniors, the chance of injury is greater. As such, greater precaution is necessary and design considerations should address these concerns. Complying with all applicable state and federal regulations is paramount.
Color and Pattern: Color requirements for memory care facilities are very similar to Senior living environments. Typical designs include carpet with neutral colors incorporated with low-contrast combinations of light and clean shades. Although it is commonly known that perception changes with aging, memory care residents tend to have a more extreme degree of perceptual change. The most difficult colors to see are blue, turquoise and green.
Softness & Traction: Utilizing hard surfaces increases the chance of an accident turning into an injury. As such, design consideration using greater traction materials and softer more giving materials can lessen the amount of injury. Cork and padded vinyl are excellent choices.
Flooring choices for any given area in a senior living environment present a balance of properties and trade offs. In some situations, there is a clear case for soft or hard floor coverings. In others, it is a question of preference, and of balancing product attributes.
Carpet Tile: It offers many key solutions, such as ease of maintenance and replace-ability and a never ending range of design and color combinations. However, carpet tiles have the downside of seam permeability.
Let’s look at some alternatives that offer soft surface characteristics.
Best Commercial Flooring Options for Seniors
Padded Vinyl: Vinyl flooring is a great economic choice. It is also very easy to clean because the sheet membrane is impervious to water penetration. Generally, vinyl does not stain. When combined with a padded under-layment above the sub surface floor, it will create a soft floor that will safeguard Seniors from injury.
Cork: Cork is a naturally soft and “padded” flooring material. Since cork offers a gently giving surface, it can help to avoid injury. Furthermore, there are commercial waxing treatments can make the material and surface impervious to water, stains and can create a seal that provides for greater sanitation requirements.
Main Line Floors focuses on high end residential and commercial carpets and flooring. However, we have great products and installations for Builders, Multifamily, Senior Living and the Real Estate Investor / House Flipper.
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