Most homes’ flooring is designed for people who can stand up and often not suitable for people in a wheelchair. Flooring like the thick carpet is not ideal for wheelchairs and require more energy to push a wheelchair across the surface. Tile is a very durable option that is easy to use a wheelchair on. However, it’s not really recommended for those who use walkers, because it’s very easy to slip on a tile floor. Either way, a textured, non-skid tile is a great option for a handicapped-accessible home.
The ideal flooring for wheelchairs should be firm, with flat transitions from one room to the next. It should be non-slippery and still offer enough traction to easily maneuver. Regular and power wheelchairs place lots of pressure on the flooring and might even track dirt on it, therefore it needs to be durable. Flooring that works best for wheelchairs is hardwood, certain laminate finishes, and ceramic tile.
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The CAPS Designation was developed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in partnership with AARP and is administered by NAHB. Professionals who have earned the CAPS designation are experts in designing and building aesthetically-enriching, barrier-free living environments. They have been trained in the unique needs of the older adult population and apply strategies and techniques to provide comprehensive and practical home modification solutions