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Flooring Options For Seniors

As we all get older, our homes need to adapt to our changing needs, especially when it comes to safety and comfort.

One of the most crucial aspects of a senior-friendly home is the flooring.

The right flooring can significantly reduce the risk of slips and falls, which are a leading cause of injury among older adults.

Our List Of Recommended Products For Making Your Floors Senior Friendly

Anti Slip Floor Treatment

Stone Grip Industrial (Quart) Non-Slip Floor Treatment for Tile and Stone to Prevent Slippery Floors. Indoor/Outdoor, Residential/Commercial, Works in Minutes for Increased Traction
  • Stone Grip non-slip tile treatment works on most natural stone floors and stairs, including porcelain and ceramic tiles, terrazzo, quarry, slate, brick, travertine, unsealed concrete, honed marble and granite, unsealed concrete and many other stone or mineral surfaces

This is a specialized coating or application process applied to flooring surfaces to enhance traction and reduce the risk of slips and falls, particularly effective in wet areas like bathrooms and kitchens.

Also a great option for stair treads.

Non-Slip Floor Rugs

Antep Rugs Alfombras Modern Bordered 5×7 Non-Skid (Non-Slip) Low Profile Pile Rubber Backing Indoor Area Rugs (Gray, 5′ x 7′)
  • Perfect for Dining Room, Living Room, Bedroom. Lightweight and low profile. No Additional Rug Pad Needed. Spot clean with mild soap. Vacuum Regularly.

I honestly do not recommend rugs in any home with older adults, it’s simply too easy to trip over them and they can be difficult to maneuver with a cane or walker.

But, if you HAVE to have a rug, then at least use a non-skid rug and preferably one that is low-pile..

These are designed with a skid-resistant backing, providing a safe and stable surface in wet bathroom conditions, while also adding comfort and style to the bathroom decor.

Rug Grippers

Home Techpro Rug Pad Gripper, Washable Grippers for Rug, “Vacuum TECH” – New Materials to Non Slip Rug Pads for Hardwood Floors, Under Rug Carpet Tape : Keep Your Rug in Place & Make Corner Flat
  • ★Wondering how to keep rugs from slipping? This is a problem that troubles many people. To address it, we provide a new material which works as a rug pads gripper. This method uses VACUUM TECH design which grips all types of floors firmly and easily. Patent Pending.

One way to make your existing rugs non-slip is to add grippers like this one.

Adhesive or non-adhesive products placed under rugs or mats to prevent them from slipping, sliding, or curling at the edges, enhancing safety by reducing the risk of trips and falls, especially on hard flooring surfaces.

Vinyl Rugs

Carolina Creekhouse Vinyl Rug | Isabella (043948UA) | Vinyl Floor Mat | Vinyl Floor Covering | Vinyl Carpet | Vintage | Decorative | Waterproof | Eco-Friendly | Non-Slip | 2’x3′ | Navy
  • CREATIVE ARRANGEMENT – Enhance your space with our sophisticated grey and white kitchen rugs, featuring a timeless white geometric floral pattern. Ideal for various spaces, this 4’x6’ mat is perfect for your kitchen, bathroom, or under-covered entryways.

I personally use vinyl rugs throughout my own home.

They are decorative, extremely easy to keep clean and as low to the ground as you can get making it almost impossible to trip over.

Just make sure that when you order one, it’s a non-skid version.

Non-slip Bath Mats

Lahome Washable Boho Bathroom Rugs, Grey 2×3 Kitchen Rug with Rubber Backing Soft Bath Mat, Southwestern Geometric Non Slip Entry Rug, Non-Shedding Low Pile Indoor Carpet for Bedroom…
  • 【Non-Slip & Safe Rug】 Designed with TPE backing that is slip assistance, helpful to keep the carpet griping the kitchen floor, thus enhancing safety. Safe enough for children and pets’ activities.

A low pile, non-slip mat to place by your bathtub and/or shower, like this one is what I would recommend.

Carpet To Tile Transition Strips

Many homeowners have flooring that changes throughout their homes, the most common being carpeted to tile or wood.

The transitions from one type of flooring to the other can sometimes be “uneven” or if the carpeting is old, can be lifted which could possibly cause someone to fall.

For more information about flooring – read our article on the Best Flooring For Aging In Place.

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