Aging In Place Guidelines for Flooring

Aging in place is becoming more and more of a concern with new builders, re-modelers and adults with aging parents.There are many concerns that have to be considered such as heights of certain objects, width of certain areas for wheel chair access, slip resistant surfacing and more.

Some of the flooring considerations and guidelines:

  • Smooth, non-glare, slip-resistant surfaces, interior and exterior
  • If carpeted, use low (less than ½ inch high pile) density, with firm pad
  • Color/texture contrast to indicate change in surface levels

Some bathroom considerations as it pertains to flooring and tiled areas:

  • Wall support and provision for adjustable and/or varied height counters and removable base cabinets
  • Contrasting color edge border at countertops
  • Bracing in walls around tub, shower, shower seat and toilet for installation of grab bars to support 250 – 300 pounds
  • If stand-up shower is used in main bath, it is curbless and minimum of 36 inches wide
  • Bathtub – lower for easier access
  • Fold down seat in the shower
  • Adjustable/ handheld showerheads, 6-foot hose
  • Shower stall with built-in antibacterial protection
  • Wall-hung sink with knee space and panel to protect user from pipes
  • Slip-resistant flooring in bathroom and shower

There is a council designed especially for more knowledge on aging in place called The National Aging in Place Council.The National Aging in Place Council is a membership organization founded on the belief that an overwhelming majority of older Americans want to remain in their homes for as long as possible, but lack awareness of home and community-based services that make independent living possible.  NAIPC has created a national forum for individuals from the aging, healthcare, financial services, legal, design and building sectors to work together to help meet the needs of our growing aging population, so they can continue living in the housing of their choice


To learn more about aging in place, click here for the National Aging in Place Council.