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Tips for Creating Hazard-Proof Flooring in a Senior's Home

by Mike Dodd, Home Remodeling Expert
May 14, 2014

Question: My mother has started using a cane and I am scared she will slip on the smooth, marble flooring of her house. Any recommendations on making her home safer?

Answer: In a situation like this, no throw rugs of any kind should be present as they would represent an opportunity for someone to easily slip or trip over, especially on such a slick surface as marble.  In addition, it would be strongly recommended that she wear shoes with rubber soles for greater traction. Slippers and/or socks would not be a good choice for footwear. There are products on the market known as "friction" strips that are intended to highlight an area (many times in a florescent-type color) and that have a sandy kind of texture to them, again for greater traction and to reduce the likelihood of slipping. These would not be aesthetically pleasing on a beautiful marble floor, but safety should take precedence in this scenario.  

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Mike Dodd is the founder and President of Lifewise Renovations, that combines home remodeling project management with the expertise of health care professionals, to make it possible live safely and comfortably at home regardless of age or physical ability. As a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Mike holds the Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS) designation.

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