Best practice flooring for medical and aged care facilities


Everyone knows the old joke about clinics- “getting a few extra diseases” by going in to a room full of sick people. As a matter of fact, while actual infection rates are debatable, coughing and spluttering does donate biological materials to the environment, and whether they’re infectious or not, they’re not the sort of thing you want in your medical centre. New task-specific healthcare carpet is designed to deal with that issue, as well as providing tough, durable and aesthetic surfaces for medical and aged care facilities.

The new paradigm

The new carpets are part of what’s actually a rather large revolution in the whole theory of carpet manufacturing. The first step was sustainable carpet manufacturing techniques and technology, reinventing the production process. The revolution in the marketplace began with the idea of “modular” carpets, using a new breed of carpet tiles to provide ultra-tough commercial carpeting. It soon expanded to customization of designs using visualization software to allow clients to design their own carpeting and colour schemes.

These ideas soon expanded to more specialized uses and meeting the needs of specific situations, including health and aged care carpet. This area was a natural area for improved flooring solutions, partly due to the sometimes rather grim state of old-style flooring which simply couldn’t do these jobs properly. The fact is that tiles, hardwood and big, dusty old carpets are not the ideal flooring environment for sick, semi-mobile people

The new carpets on the job

Modular carpeting can be used in any environment from doctor’s rooms to waiting rooms and wards. It can be customized and tailored to provide multiple design options, and meets these very demanding criteria:

Health care flooring needs to be:

Reliable, providing a good surface for patients.

Suitable for wheeled traffic like wheelchairs.

Improves air quality by not breaking down and producing micro particles, also making it asthma patient-friendly.

Anti-microbial and anti-fungal, eliminating the risk of build-up of biological materials.

Cost-effective, easy to maintain, and simple to replace quickly if the surface is damaged.

Reduces wear and tear on health care workers’ legs and feet by providing proper support and cushioning, not the “instant rebound” impact of hard surfaces.

Able to provide built-in “visual cues”, that is, signs for patients and people looking for locations or other essentials.

These are the fundamental characteristics of the new generation of health care-specific carpets. The new carpets are really a whole new dynamic for health care flooring, not just “better carpets”. This flooring is designed to solve problems, not create them and/or make them worse, and it represents a new tier of technology in health care building concepts. Also you can read about “before and after aging lips” here

The health care market has been very quick to see the advantages of better quality flooring, particularly the anti-microbial/anti-fungal and air quality improvement options.  It’s not an overstatement to say that the new carpets are actually a new dynamic in health care concepts, building in useful proactive assets, literally from the ground up.