Bedrooms are an area of tranquillity, an intimate and private space for those that occupy that room. It’s a cosy sanctuary where you can relax from the hustle and bustle of the world around you so comfort, warmth and luxury underfoot are essential design considerations.
Therefore there’s no doubt in my mind that carpet within bedrooms is ideal and I would stress that this is partially the case for bedroom installations within residential care settings.
Comfort and Indoor Air Quality
The bedroom floor is a surface you often touch with bare feet; whether it's first thing in the morning or last thing at night and the warmth those soft carpet fibres can bring can truly affect your physical and mental wellbeing.
For the elderly, the bedroom could be one place they spend a large proportion of their day, especially if they are bed-bound, so indoor air quality is extremely important. In previous years hard flooring options were believed to better for allergy sufferers and those with breathing difficulties, but more recent research suggest that this isn’t the case.
On hard floors dust and dirt particles sit on the surface of the floor and can become airborne when doors and window are opened and air circulates into the room. The particles float upwards and travel into the breathing zone. If they are inhaled, they can cause aggravation to those with breathing and respiratory problems.
However, with carpets, the individual fibres hold and trap dust and dirt particles until they are vacuumed away, which means they cannot circulate into the breathing zone and can’t cause any aggravation to the airways.
Trips and Falls
Finally, I think we can all relate to a time when we have woken up and got out of bed too quickly that we’ve experienced an episode of dizziness. Many medical conditions can cause dizziness and balance issues for the elderly. Therefore, when moving around our home if there is a risk of trips and falls, due to dizziness or the medication one may be taking, a carpet could provide a softer landing, cushion any impact with the floor and ultimately could lessen the extent of an injury caused by the fall.
Dementia Approved Carpets
A number of our ranges have been rated by Stirling Universities Dementia Services Development Centre and have been approved for use within dementia inclusive environments. We also have a range of colours, which ensures that the co-ordination of light reflectance values with the flooring in en-suites and corridors carpets can be achieved, which aids with a smooth transition from one area to another.
For more information view our range of Healthcare Carpets