Flooring for the disabled is often overlooked due to the misconception that it is too costly to install and difficult to maintain. Nothing could be further from the truth; flooring for individuals with disabilities has never been more accessible or affordable. Even seniors without disabilities or young children can benefit from disability- friendly products.
Approximately 54 million individuals* in the U.S. have some sort of disability requiring the use of wheelchairs, canes, walkers, etc. This statistic illustrates the importance of non-slip flooring in the home. As the Baby Boomer generation continues to age, it will be imperative for families to address this all-important safety issue.
Keep in mind not all flooring is created equal. Certain types of disabilities require one type of floor whereas another disability may dictate the purchase of a different product. It is essential to choose the right floor and a number of accessories including handrails and automatic doors will complement your flooring choice.
Since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act over two decades ago, we have become increasingly aware of the need for products to accommodate the disabled. Although public venues have provided a number of amenities, as required by law, homeowners lag behind in this regard. Granted, the law is not applicable to homeowners; however, it may prove beneficial to explore various options as our population continues to age.
Next time we will discuss available flooring options and how you can create a safe, happy, and healthy environment for your entire family!
*Statistics courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau.