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Technical Talk

In this issue of Cutting Edge, Paul Rogers, Forbo Technical Specification Manager, looks at some of the main flooring considerations for those involved in the creation of dementia friendly environments.

View our DSDC Frequently Asked Questions here

Paul Rogers
Dementia LRVs

Can I use wood plank effect flooring? Does it matter if it's dark coloured or light coloured wood?

We know that wood effects have always been very popular in care settings as they help to create a homely and welcoming ambience. But some effects are more confusing to a person with dementia than others so cannot be recommended. We would therefore refer you to the accreditation rating of each individual product.

What about using transition strips?

Any transition strips, if they really have to be used, should match the tones of both surfaces, ideally with no more than 3 degrees of LRV difference. Where it is possible to abut flooring without a strip, (assuming the floors are equal height), this is preferred as it will reduce the number of interfaces to be coordinated. Shiny transition strips, such as polished brass or aluminium which can create glare should be avoided as they can be also confused for steps.

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