2. Rubber Assisted Living Flooring
Another alternative for senior living communities is natural rubber tiles or rolled rubber flooring. Rubber is a quickly renewable resource that is extremely durable and a excellent shock and sound absorber. Rubber comes in a variety of colors and has an appealing natural sheen that improves with age. It’s naturally antibacterial, needs very little care, and can be cut using a water-jet method to create intricate patterns before being laid down.
3. Carpet Assisted Living Flooring
Carpeting still remains a dominant material in flooring for senior living communities. Healthcare carpet installers say that broadloom carpet is a cost-effective option for offices and areas where replacement and heavy traffic is not such a big concern. Carpet tile has made its entry in non-critical care spaces. It’s fast becoming a favorite for its ease of installation and replacement, as well as the variety of patterns and colors. Plus, it’s a natural acoustical conditioner, promoting speech privacy in large spaces.
4. Cork Assisted Living Flooring
Installers also suggest cork flooring. Cork, like carpet, is shock absorbent and pleasant to stand on for lengthy periods of time. When properly cared for, cork has a 40-year lifespan. Furthermore, it is all-natural, biodegradable, and recyclable.
5. Terrazzo Assisted Living Flooring
Terrazzo flooring, which was formerly employed in hospitals, is making a comeback in retirement residences. This is due to its low-maintenance nature. To keep your terrazzo floor looking nice, simply sweep and mop it on a regular basis.
6. Linoleum Assisted Living Flooring
Linoleum is a wood-based, natural flooring product that can be cut with water jets to create intricate patterns. It’s antibacterial, anti-static, and sound absorptive in addition to being durable, flexible, and sound absorbing. Linoleum is similar to padded vinyl in terms of comfort but isn’t quite as stain-resistant. Linoleum is easy to clean, maintain, and disinfect despite this.
7. Dual-Stiffness Assisted Living Flooring
The researchers from the Bruyere Research Institute in Canada, which is funded in part by SATech Inc. and the Care of the Elderly Physicians’ Association, conducted a study of falls at an Arizona nursing home from 2008 to 2010. On DSF flooring (flooring that has a compressible layer intended to cushion falls), 82 falls occurred. Residents who fell on the DSF did not suffer fractures. Of the 85 falls on normal flooring, two people had fractured bones. The fracture rate of 2.4 percent of falls on the regular floor is consistent with previous studies in the literature, whereas a 0 percent incidence reported on the DSF floor is a clinically significant difference, according to researchers.