Senior living today is focused on addressing more active lifestyles in hand with age-related mobility and comfort challenges. As a result, every aspect of a senior’s home should take into consideration changing lifestyles and healthcare needs that make it easier to age in place.
Adding to the challenge is the introduction of COVID and the need for easy maintenance. One of the most important aspects of safe senior accommodations is the flooring. Safe, slip-free options that are versatile and stylish while also being easy to maintain are all top of mind for senior flooring. Here we offer the best flooring options for seniors post-COVID-19.
Luxury Vinyl Tile
Luxury vinyl tile is changing the way designers and homeowners approach flooring. These beautiful floors have come a long way offering more flexible, convincing flooring options mimicking everything from wood to stone. They are elegant, soft underfoot, easy to install and maintain, and best of all look stunning. New wide plank, textured vinyl floors can be coordinated to suit any taste and budget, making it easy to create one-of-a-kind looks ideal for any home.
In fact, because they are so soft underfoot, they are an ideal solution in condos for seniors who choose to downsize their homes and enjoy a zero-maintenance lifestyle. Vinyl can also be used in just about any room making it a practical, affordable, and very low maintenance option for seniors. It is highly resilient and less worry than traditional hardwood or tile, with textures available to make vinyl more slip-resistant.
Engineered hardwood flooring offers the best of both worlds for seniors wanting an affordable hardwood look with better resiliency. It’s available in an impressive variety of woods, textures, and finishes and makes a lovely finishing touch for many rooms in the home. Its high durability and easy care make it an ideal option for seniors who want to create warmth in their space without the worries of a high-maintenance flooring option like carpeting.
Resiliency in hand with soft smooth surfaces is ideal for seniors using a cane or walker to get around. It reduces the risk for trips and makes a smoother transition when seniors move from room to room. An excellent, but less obvious option is cork flooring. Cork flooring offers the added benefit of being very flexible and soft, so if seniors tend to drop things, they have less risk of dealing with cleaning up broken glass or dishes.
It is better than carpet which is more difficult to walk on when using a cane or walker. Cork is beautiful and durable and also naturally germ and water-resistant. Its interesting patterns and texture come in a wide variety of tones, making it easy to match cork flooring to any home design scheme.
Slip-Resistant Vinyl for Bathrooms
High-end vinyl is the ideal slip-resistant flooring for bathrooms. They are water-resistant, come in a wide variety of styles and sizes and can be perfect in areas prone to moisture. Bathrooms become safer when slip-resistant floors are installed in hand with features such as grab bars. Vinyl floors are easy-care and resistant to mould and mildew, making them the ideal choice for senior bathrooms.
Any of these choices offer the perfect flooring option for seniors post-COVID-19.