This may be an odd observation for most, but different types of flooring can be more or less beneficial for senior citizens. But ultimately, when it comes down to it, the benefits of carpeting far outweigh the drawbacks. Here are some highlights on how carpeting is the best option for senior citizens.
Carpet is Safer
When choosing between carpet and hardwood flooring, carpet is by-far going to be the safer choice. Senior citizens who face greater challenges with mobility are more prone to slips and falls. These accidents can sometimes have devastating effects, and can create an even greater mobility challenge. For seniors who live independently, a bad fall could potentially make it impossible to reach a phone, door, or window to call for help. Carpet provides greater friction when walking on it, which makes it more difficult to slip. Not only is carpet more effective at preventing slips, it also provides a soft surface in the case of a fall.
Some carpets can have foam installed underneath to provide an even softer surface, which can also reduce shock to joints when being walked or stood on. This cushion is great for individuals using walkers, canes, or braces. Assisted mobility technologies such as these are designed to support the body weight of those using them. However, if the assisted walking device slips on a smooth floor, it could cause the individual using the device to slip and fall. Carpeting provides greater friction to ensure stability for these devices. It is also recommended to secure rugs to the flooring underneath to prevent slippage and bumps.
Carpets Create Less Noise
Some senior citizens may be more sensitive to noises than others. For seniors who live independently and appreciate lower noise levels, carpet can be a better option for when family comes to visit. It is also a good option if there are caretakers in the home as well.
Carpets Create a More Comfortable Environment
Layers of carpet fibers act as a layer of insulation, and can efficiently trap and hold heat. As bodies age they become more sensitive to the environment around them, and temperature can can an effect on joint pain. Holding warmth in carpets can help reduce pains around the feet and ankles for elderly citizens.
Carpeting Can Provide Positive Psychological Effects
Carpets come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Studies have proven that different colors can have different psychological effects on someones mood. Warm, neutral colors such as greens, blues, peach and coral, tend to be more soothing.
Colors can also help patients with mental degenerative diseases. Studies have shown that patients with Alzheimer’s were better able to remember colors than they were numbers. Colored carpets can better help seniors remember which room they are in, and can potentially provide links to other memories.
No matter who you are, walking around safely in a home environment is paramount. At Clean Earth, we believe that clean, healthy carpets are an important part of a safe home. To schedule a carpet cleaning give us a call at 888-471-6653, or visit our website at cleanearthrestorations.com.