Written by Brian B

Best Non-Slip Shower Floor Tiles

Finding the best non-slip shower floor tiles can be a tough task. There are many choices when looking for flooring, but these four options are the top slip-resistant styles available for purchase.

Non-Slip Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is one of the best non-slip options on the market. There are many benefits to adding this surface to your bathroom area. For starters, vinyl flooring is one of the easiest to maintain, with its resistance to water and stain damage. If a slip does occur, vinyl flooring is well-equipped to break a fall. Vinyl has built-in padding, which will minimize any harm to your body.

An additional benefit to vinyl flooring is its price. Vinyl is one of the more affordable options in today’s marketplace. Its versatility is very appealing to customers, as well. Vinyl can be made to look like wood, ceramic tile, or various other types of popular flooring styles.

Ceramic/Porcelain Tile

Ceramic and porcelain tile are extremely popular flooring types. The biggest pro for both ceramic and porcelain is the smooth surfaces both provide. The possibility of tripping is rare, but slips cannot be avoided at times. The good news is several manufacturers now offer slip-resistant ceramic and porcelain styles.

If the slip-resistant styles prove too costly, simply adding a carpet or mat to the flooring is a very practical option. Adding the extra carpeting will help decrease the risk of slipping on your brand new ceramic or porcelain tile.

Carpet Flooring

Of course, if you prefer to go in a different direction from the porcelain or ceramic tiles, carpet flooring can be a solution. Carpet flooring was wildly popular into the 1970s, while being paired with carpeting in the bedroom. The biggest benefit of choosing carpeting is its versatility. Customers are able to choose from a variety of material types and colors.

Did we mention that carpet absorbs moisture well, obviously? That is one of the biggest benefits of carpet flooring, but it leads to one of the only drawbacks, as well. Carpeting needs time to dry out to prevent mold and mildew.

Glass Flooring

The beauty of glass flooring is this style’s main appeal. Glass flooring has long been a popular upscale option for home bathrooms. This style is more durable than most other styles, and the design options are seemingly endless.

While glass flooring may look the most appealing to the eye, this style is not the best for slip resistance. Glass flooring can be especially dangerous for the elderly. As is the case with ceramic and porcelain tiles though, a simple carpet covering can fix this issue.

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Young At Heart, But Not Physically – When Denial Gets In The Way Of Safety

As we age, there is no doubt in our hearts we feel young. And although being young at heart is wonderful, this ethereal feeling is no match for the ever-changing state of our bodies and the status of our health.

The changes that take place with our health that can dramatically affect our ability to navigate our home environment safely. Although falls are not necessarily a part of aging, 40% of nursing home admissions are due to slip and fall accidents. These accidents can affect the course of our ability to be independent and live quality lives at home.

Of course, walking around in bubble wrap to keep from falling in your home is not a doable solution – it’s hot, unsightly, and frankly not a fashion stopper. Many individuals elect to do nothing, feeling invincible. This denial can lead to unexpected accidents, which then brings you into crisis mode. However, seeking preventative solutions in advance of a potential crisis, is the best way to stay safe while aging at home. Intervention IS prevention.

At the top of your list should be a home safety assessment. The American and British Geriatric Societies report, “Multi-factorial risk assessment and intervention strategies are effective in decreasing the rates of falls and have a similar risk reduction to that of other prevention measures such as statins for cardiovascular disease”.

What can I expect from a home safety assessment? Who will evaluate my environment? What happens following the assessment?

Our physical therapist provides a home safety assessment. During the assessment, not only will you be evaluated navigating your home environment, but the environment itself will be evaluated for safety hazards in a variety of rooms – including the bathroom, where falls occur most frequently in the home.

The therapist will make clinical recommendations based on your individual diagnosis or physical limitations to ensure optimal fall prevention safety outcomes, customized for you in your space.

We complete the process by providing and clinically installing all needed items. We provide a warranty for all of our products and services, and we are licensed, bonded and insured.

You may not have concerns about falling now, but denying that it’s a possibility puts you at greater risk. Once injuries occur from falls, often there is no turning back. Protect your health, independence and future, scheduled your clinically guided home safety assessment.

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The Risks of Returning to Work Early Following an Injury

The Risks of Returning to Work Early Following an Injury

The potential effects of early return-to-work without appropriate physical restrictions can be devastating.

All too often, I hear stories of individuals being released back to work following an injury or illness before they are ready. Frequently, these people are victims of systematic pressure, i.e., someone is trying to control claims costs at the expense of their health.

Many times, the individual is released prematurely or inappropriately due to a doctor’s unfamiliarity with the return-to-work form or the physician just doesn’t have the time or resources to test function and fill the form out correctly.

This potentially puts the individual in harm’s way – especially if the appropriate physical work restrictions aren’t in place. Not all employers offer “modified or light duty” assignments that allow employees to come back to work while they heal and gradually progress back to full duty.

Without the appropriate work restrictions in place when an employee returns to work, they may be required to perform work tasks that put them at risk of re-injury or re-aggravation of their condition.

No one wins in this scenario. The employer is at risk of losing their valuable employee and the individual is at risk of developing a chronic condition.

Workplace interventions for preventing needless work disability start with an accurate understanding of what an individual’s true functional abilities are, and one of the most reliable ways to determine a person’s true functional capacity for return to work is through objective functional testing.

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