All About Flooring (and how it can affect comfort and safety at home)

Flooring is a functional part of a home, but its impact on comfort and ease of living is often overlooked. Consumers are often overwhelmed with the choices available, but they lack the information to make the most beneficial choice. Flooring is often chosen for its beauty or style, while practical considerations are sometimes forgotten. Choice of flooring is complex, with no “right” answer. Different types of flooring have have different pros and cons, and some options will be a better and safer choice. 

The top 3 concerns to consider related to flooring for people with health conditions or functional limitations:

1. Will the flooring decrease or increase the likelihood of falling?

2. How will the floor affect a person’s ability to see in a living space?

3. Durability and maintenance issues?

Common health concerns that may impact flooring selection include visual impairments, using a walker or wheelchair, decreased balance, and joint pain. 

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Try our 7 page pdf with more detailed information about a variety of flooring choices and the impact on people with a variety of functional limitations, such as mobility limitations, visual impairments, joint pain, and cognitive impairments.  Pros and cons of a variety of options are examined with visual examples.

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Want the details on these 3 ideas, check out the free handout below:

 

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