mobility, maintain independence in the home, while ensuring their safety and security. Simple changes and upgrades to a home (be it their own or a family member’s) help our loved ones stay in their homes and familiar environments longer. World-renowned gerontologist and designer, Patricia Moore, is sharing some simple flooring and lighting tips -- or what she likes to call "accessible design" -- for making a home more all-inclusive.
Because easy and safe access is paramount, start by eliminating unforgiving flooring with hard surfaces that are easy to slip on and can cause serious injuries. For some of the best indoor flooring options, particularly if there is a wheelchair in the home, Moore recommends either vinyl or carpeting with a denser pile -- wheels can maneuver more easily on these floors and they offer more secure mobility. And if you have area rugs scattered throughout the house, use tape to secure them to the floor.
Just as important as accurate flooring are appropriate lighting solutions. With regard to those options, Moore suggests wall sconces because they're multi-functional -- they're not only useful, but stylish as well. Additionally, plenty of floor and table lamps should be readily available throughout the home too.
It's also beneficial to install proper window treatments, such as shades or blinds, which allow in ample light during the day, but ensure your privacy throughout the night.
Call The Carpet Shop at 215-342-5900 to discuss your accessibility needs. We can help you determine a solution today.