Dear Carpet Girl,
My husband’s aging father is moving in with our family next month. We’re concerned about the hardwood floors in our home being slippery and too cold for him, and our home health aide suggested that we purchase new carpet for his bedroom, hallway, and steps. We’ve done some research on our own about the differences between hardwood and carpet, but still are unsure of whether or not hardwood or carpet is the safer flooring. We need your help to find the best flooring for our family.
Dear Safety First,
Having an elderly family member in your home can be a joy and a challenge, and we applaud you for taking this on. We agree with your home health aide, installing carpet in your home will make his new space warm, cozy, and will create a safer environment than hardwood floors. Carpet comes in a variety of different styles, we suggest that installing a nice, plus, low profile carpet is the way to go!
Our recommendation is a low profile carpet. A tight, dense carpet will allow your father in law to walk comfortably on top of the carpet rather than sink into a loose carpet, which may pose a tripping hazard.
We would also recommend a nylon or wool, which is a stronger yarn and less likely to “pill”. Plus it lasts longer!
Best of Luck,
The Carpet Girl