No matter how long your senior’s favorite carpet has been in her home, it might need some modifications if it’s causing safety concerns. Here are some things you need to be on the lookout for so that you can solve some of these problems before they get too big.
Check for Worn Spots and Holes Regularly
Carpet that has some worn areas or holes can easily trip your senior, especially if she uses a cane or a walker in her home. Look for this type of damage and determine what needs to be done about it. Believe it or not, this type of damage may be repairable. You may want to contact carpeting installers in your area because many do repair work.
Determine if it’s Loose Anywhere
Another problem that can crop up with carpeting is that it can become loosened. This might happen because padding underneath thins with years of wear or some areas may not have been installed as thoroughly as they could have been. You might spot this kind of thing in a high traffic area, much as you might find worn areas or holes.
Fix Anything that Is Fixable
Much more of your carpeting woes are fixable than you might think. Some of these fixes might involve stretching the carpet and reattach it to the floor while other fixes might include using patches that match the carpet as closely as possible. The key is that the repair needs to be a better and safer solution than what was going on with the carpet already. If the repair adds bulk to a high traffic area or otherwise causes further issues, you may have to revisit whether the carpet is the right flooring for your senior’s home after all.
Rip it Out and Look for a Better Option
Some carpet is beyond repair. That might mean that it’s time to tear out the damaged carpeting, but what is going on underneath? If no one remembers what’s under the carpeting, you may want to choose an inconspicuous area to start lifting the carpet. This can give you an idea what you’re dealing with under the carpet and pad so that you can get ready to prepare that surface.
Don’t try to do this all by yourself. Ask other family members and senior care providers to let you know if they spot any potential issues with carpeting in your aging adult’s home. The quicker you know about a situation the easier it is to get it corrected.