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The paper first looks at floors and discusses the need for a non-slip material in order to prevent falls and fractures. Beyond the surface material, the paper also considers the cushioning of the material used to cover the floor surface and how floors can be reinforced against accidents. The paper discusses the unique needs of transitional flooring between rooms and then addresses the safety requirements of chairs that include their upholstering and the affixing of handles and railings to seats.
From the Paper:"Preserving the mobility of the elderly while simultaneously improving the safety parameters of their living circumstances are twin goals of equal importance. Indeed, the preservation and improvement of mobility in the elderly can have the effect of significantly enhancing the quality and length of life in later years. However, the need to ensure that these levels of mobility and independence are conducted within the confines of safe and advisable circumstances is tantamount. Thus, there is an array of factors to consider with respect to one's living space that speak to the necessity of special accommodations for the elderly or otherwise infirm."
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- Minns, R.J. (1999). CAN FLOORING AND UNDERLAY MATERIALS REDUCE THE NUMBER OF HIP FRACTURES IN THE ELDERLY? Regional medical Physics Department, Newcastle General Hospital.
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