Rubber Mats for Elderly Safety
If you're worried about Mom or Dad falling onto hard floors in the kitchen, bathroom or bedroom, why not consider a solution? Many people don't consider these type of mats, which can be used in a number of situations, both indoors and out, to enhance the safety and security of your loved ones.
For home safety and elderly fall prevention, the use of mats may help prevent broken bones. Mats today are made in a variety of thicknesses, components, colors and designs. Mats don't have to look like your doormat. Today, rubber mats can be ordered in a variety of styles that enhance the look and appeal of kitchen floors, bathroom floors, and outside steps.
Rubber mats can help prevent trips from slippery floors in the bathroom, wet stoops outside, and even as a temporary cushioning on the side of Mom or Dad's bed. Mats can be large or small, and are available in a variety of shapes that will meet the needs of every individual.
One of the most common types of mats used by seniors today is soft rubber floor tiles. These floor tiles or rubber matting can be purchased in a number of sizes and fit together much like the edges of the jigsaw puzzle. These mats make this type of rubber flooring ideal for use in various locations in the house, and are easily removable and put together by seniors or caregivers.
Soft rubber floor tiles are generally made in 2' by 2' sizes and range between 3/8" and 3/4" thickness. This type of mat provides extra security and stability, often used in garages, gyms, and beneath playground equipment. High density, closed-cell and environmentally friendly foam rubber help protect seniors from falling onto a hard surface that doesn't give, potentially reducing the risk of broken bones.
Other types of mats include carpeting tiles or carpet mats, recessed entrance mats, safety mats and industrial runners. Interlocking anti-fatigue mats are ideal for kitchen floors, bathroom floors and showers, as they allow an open grid pattern that nevertheless provides secure footing in such environments.
Rubber safety mats and runners are also available in a variety of components and designs. Textured rubber matting and runners offer additional security in hallways, and when transitioning from carpet to linoleum or vice versa. Many types of mats are available with traction and non-skid matting on the underside to provide security and peace of mind not only for your loved one, but for caregivers as well.
Rubber matting designed for bathtub or shower use also provide added security and peace of mind for loved ones using a bath or shower stall.
With rubber suction grippers on the bottom side, anti-slip surfaces and a variety of colors and sizes, rubber bath mats will encourage your parent to continue taking care of hygiene while at the same time promoting greater independence and confidence in their abilities.
Whether you're looking for a small mat for the bathtub or a 10 by 12 foot or larger section of mat for the safety of your loved one, look to the Internet for factory direct or wholesale prices depending on the size of your order. Rubber flooring is easy to install and provides a smooth and seamless surface for those diagnosed with Parkinson's who often shuffle from location to location, or for those who use wheelchairs, walkers, pronged canes or traditional canes.
Enhance the safety of your loved one indoors and on their patio or backyard by considering rubber matting. Mats designed for outdoor use enable your loved one to get outside and enjoy the activities they used to. Many seniors reduce their activities or outdoor enjoyment because they're afraid of falling. Take that worry away.
If you're not sure where to start, contact your local medical supply store and ask to see some samples of rubber flooring or mats that might help protect your loved one from bone-breaking falls.