There is an increasing number of senior residences popping up across Canada. This is due to many of our aging population choosing these community residences to move to during their later years. To meet the demand, we are seeing many newly constructed residences in many of the larger cities in Canada.
These senior living properties provide a great social environment for our elderly to connect and remain social, without having to travel anywhere. The management of these locations has kept that in mind and they have planned many different activities based on a wide variety of tastes. There are gardening groups, book clubs, travel clubs, and even billiards tournaments for any enthusiasts.
While keeping seniors engaged and active, the management also is aware that their resident’s safety is a priority. With all the correct safety measures in place for monitoring entrances and ensuring the individual units are secure, there is another area that has not been overlooked. The flooring.
You may not think that is a real safety concern. It is. Slippery flooring surfaces are definitely a concern for seniors. A fall can have many complicating issues associated with it. The construction of these residences have taken that into consideration. And many are using epoxy flooring whenever possible. Let’s examine why.
Epoxy flooring is very durable and non-porous. Mold, mildew, bacteria, and other harmful pathogens do not thrive on this surface. It simply does not provide an environment for them to grow or spread. And it is so very easy to maintain and clean.
Because of the durability of this kind of flooring, it is environmentally friendly. It takes a great deal to damage these floors. And the finished product can last for decades. Yes, decades. This will not end up in a landfill very often.
There are many different colors that epoxy flooring can come in. And when you add in color flakes, you can get a really stunning finished product. This can be a great added feature to any area of the residence. The finish or sparkle of the flooring does not get dull over time. Simple maintenance of cleaning the flooring will bring back the shine like it was installed yesterday.
The biggest benefit of epoxy flooring for seniors is that it is slip resistant. During the final stages of curing the floor, a non-slip compound can be applied to the top of the floor. This will reduce the number of falls or near falls that the residents may have. Considering the fragility of these residents, this is a huge factor. It is also temperature resistant, ideal for whatever climate you are in. It doesn’t overheat in the summer or ice up in the winter. And there are no toxic fumes produced from epoxy. Once it is cured, it is one of the safest flooring options out there.
We mentioned earlier that epoxy flooring is very durable. There are many different commercial structures that have installed epoxy because of that factor. You can drop very heavy pieces of equipment on the floor and it will not damage it. In a senior’s residence, while you may not have heavy equipment concerns, you will have a hard time even scuffing up the surface from moving furniture around. It is that durable.
Maintenance and cleaning of epoxy is so easy. Simply sweep with a good floor broom and wash with a mop and bucket. Chemical cleaners do not have any effect on the finish. Dust and grime don’t collect anywhere because of the non-porous surface. Routine cleaning will be very easy for the staff and the floors will look like new again.
The residents and their visitors will be impressed by how clean the flooring looks. This will further convince them that the residence is keeping a healthy, safe place for their family members and loved ones.