Best flooring for Senior Living
Senior living communities pose unique challenges when it comes to flooring. In addition to the typical characteristics, such as durability, cleanability, and appealing design, higher performance features like safety, accessibility and comfort must be considered when choosing flooring for senior living facilities.
The growing senior living market features many different types of facilities, including independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing facilities, formerly known as nursing homes. Each of these facilities will have their own unique needs. In this article, we’ll cover the most common requirements for all senior living facilities.

Senior Living Flooring Requirements

Keeping seniors safe, mobile, and comfortable are top considerations for senior living. Falls and injuries become more common as we age, and mobility becomes more difficult. So the surfaces seniors move around on need to facilitate ease of movement while protecting them from falls and injuries. 

Slip Resistance

Slick flooring surfaces can be dangerous anywhere, especially in senior living environments. Also, the glare from glossy floors can cause difficulty, especially for seniors with vision issues. Slip-resistant flooring with a matte finish, like vinyl flooring, helps minimize slips and falls.

Comfort Underfoot

Hard surface flooring like hardwood or tile can cause foot and back fatigue. It is also more likely to cause injuries in the case of a fall. Soft carpet and resilient flooring like cork or vinyl with a cushioned underlayment offer more comfort underfoot and protection from falls. 

Ease of Movement

Keeping seniors mobile is critical to their health. Nursing home flooring needs to be smooth with level transitions. Thick carpets, uneven tiles or stones, area rugs, or uneven transitions pose slip and fall risks and can impede movement, especially for those using canes, walkers, or wheelchairs.

Easy Maintenance

Senior living or nursing home flooring must be easy to clean and stain-resistant. Busy staff members don’t have extra time to spend cleaning surfaces. Also, stained flooring can affect the satisfaction of current residents and make it difficult to attract new ones. 


New flooring is a significant expense for senior living facilities, so facility managers prefer flooring that will perform and look good for many years. With high traffic seven days a week, durability is crucial. 


Since people live in long-term senior living facilities, it’s also essential for the interior spaces to feel like home. Providing beautiful surroundings, including flooring in hardwood and stone looks, can help seniors transition to assisted living. If you’re designing floors for a memory care facility, you’ll also want to avoid a lot of patterns, which can create confusion and cognitive issues for some residents.

It’s also essential for the senior living facilities to feel like home

Best Flooring Options for Senior Living

Nursing home flooring needs to be high performance and low maintenance, with enhanced durability and residential design. It’s a lot to ask of the floorcovering, and many senior living communities use different flooring formats and designs to suit different areas. You’ll want to consider which flooring works best for every area of the facility, including resident’s rooms, dining halls, activity centers, lounges, corridors, and more. 

Vinyl Flooring

Senior Living Facilities design idea
One of the most used flooring types for senior living facilities is vinyl, meeting all of the requirements for residents and staff. Vinyl flooring installation is quick and more affordable than other flooring types, helping lower replacement costs.
Vinyl flooring comes in a variety of formats, including luxury vinyl plank and tile, sheet vinyl, and homogeneous sheet vinyl. With such versatility, vinyl can be used in practically any space. And vinyl flooring’s durability helps lengthen the time between replacements for added savings.
Vinyl flooring is easy to clean and maintain, plus it is water and stain resistant. Waterproof vinyl flooring can even be used in areas like kitchens and bathrooms to protect subfloors. It offers a smooth but slip-resistant surface with a wide array of beautiful styles that mimic hardwood, tile, stone, and other materials associated with home.
Vinyl flooring is resilient, so it is not as hard as tile or hardwood, and a cushioned underlayment can add even more comfort underfoot as well as protection from injuries. 
Senior Living Design Inspiration

For nursing home flooring, homogeneous sheet vinyl can be used in any medical spaces that need to be sterilized. It also stands up to rolling equipment more often used in nursing homes.

Cork Flooring

Another resilient option, cork flooring, has risen in popularity in recent years. Like rubber, it is a natural option with comfort underfoot but comes in fewer designs and styles than vinyl flooring. It is relatively easy to clean but is more susceptible to damage and typically more expensive than vinyl.

Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum Flooring comes in tiles, planks, and sheet rolls but costs more

Another natural resilient option, linoleum flooring comes in tiles, planks, and sheet rolls but typically costs more. It is water and stain resistant but not as resistant as vinyl. It is naturally antimicrobial, but cannot be sterilized. Like vinyl, it needs a cushioned underlayment for better comfort underfoot and protection from injuries.

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