Create an ambiance to feel like home
With millions of square meters of our floor coverings installed in senior care facilities, Forbo is at the forefront when it comes to understanding the needs and concerns of any senior care environment.
We recognize that when it comes to choosing floor coverings for senior care facilities, the decision is about more than just function and performance. Creating an ambiance that helps people to feel comfortable and relaxed is an essential requirement, in addition to making sure that the finishes can stand up to the daily demands. Our wide range of floor coverings has been used across a broad portfolio of senior care facilities across the globe.
Safe and sound
When it comes to care homes, it's not just the residents' feet you have to think about. Round the clock staff shifts and the constant flow of visitors mean entrance areas can take quite a pounding, and wet and dirty soiling can be trailed into the reception area and beyond. Not only can this damage interior floor coverings, it also creates unnecessary health and safety hazards.
Communal areas not only have to provide comforting and stimulating social areas for residents, they also need to be able to withstand the wear and tear of daily life in a busy home. Residents should be able to enjoy their social areas without worrying about the floor.
Feeling at home
The resident's room is the room that replaces the previous apartment and is often the only private retreat in a senior citizens facility. Resident's living rooms and bedrooms are the space they can call their own. The design of the rooms should be based on normal living environments and convey familiarity and calm. In addition to living in the communal areas, residents can come to themselves here, pursue their own interests and find relaxation and tranquility.
In Aged Care facilities, slip resistance is a paramount consideration. Responsible for many accidents that lead to injury, slips and trips, floors have a lot to answer for. By choosing a slip resistance safety flooring, the number of accidents caused by slipping can be reduced significantly.
Forbo offers its particle enhanced Step safety vinyl flooring which has guaranteed life time slip resistant performance. Varying from R10 slip resistance to R11 & R12 for areas where higher slip risk is identified, like professional kitchens.
For areas where water or spillages could affect safety underfoot, like bathroom facilities, Forbo offers Step wetroom flooring and Onyx+ wall coverings.
Go for a walk
Corridors are primarily movement spaces that connect different areas of a facility. In everyday living and care, they also serve as a meeting and exchange between residents. If the spatial structure permits, they can "go for a walk" with one another or follow their urge to move. Recreational niches invite you to take a break, relax and linger. Seating options that are close to common areas are particularly popular, so that what is happening there can be followed and at the same time a certain distance can be maintained.
Products to use in senior care
Our Marmoleum products are proven to inhibit the growth and spread of infections such as MrsA, Norovirus and C Difficile, helping to contribute to a healthier and more hygienic environment.
Marmoleum’s unique Topshield pro finish reduces soiling and is resistant to staining from hand disinfectants. Marmoleum is approved by allergy UK as thanks to its smooth surface, it does not harbor house dust mites. Marmoleum 2.0mm and 2.5mm are now independently EPD confirmed as CO2 neutral in the cradle to gate stages of the product’s life cycle. Marmoleum has been awarded 12 independent Ecolabels – more than any other floor covering in the world.
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Convenience and Style
Create an interior with personality without compromising on durability with our Allura planks and tiles. Practical and easy to clean, Allura offers high quality aesthetics with low maintenance costs. Allura luxury vinyl tiles are easy to clean, helping to create hygienic environments and the striking realistic designs can create a sense of wellbeing for residents. Allura Flex can be fitted with tackifier alongside carpet tiles meaning that tiles can be replaced one at a time whenever required.
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Design Vinyl Sheet
Eternal flooring helps transform community spaces by offering the natural look of a home with a highly practical and easy to clean surface.
Use Eternal for a floor that feels like home whilst also being durable and chemical resistant.
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Eternal Step safety flooring can be used in the entrance hallways to further reduce the risk of slip hazards. Our Eternal step collection offers safety flooring in wood and stone effects to ensure a homely and welcoming impression is made at the entrance of your building. Our Step Crystals give the vinyl guaranteed lifetime slip resistance and contribute to the clean, fresh designs and easier cleaning.
For all other areas where slip resistant flooring is a paramount consideration, Forbo offers it's Step safety vinyl floor coverings, which have guaranteed life time slip resistant performance and offers safety solutions for a wide range of applications. Varying from R10 slip resistance to R11 & R12 (Safestep) for areas where higher slip risk is identified.
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For entrances that require a textile floor covering Flotex is extremely hard wearing and durable. Flotex can also be used for en-suite bathrooms that require a more homely feel. 100% rot and water proof it can withstand the daily rigors of areas which are subject to water spillages while inhibiting odors.
Flotex allows care facilities to have the benefits of a carpet and a resilient floor covering. It is comfortable to walk on and warm underfoot, easy to clean and durable whilst also having excellent slip resistance and acoustic properties. Should accidents happen, germs and bacteria don't stand a chance with Flotex flocked flooring. Thanks to its upright fibers, it is incredibly quick and easy to clean. When a sanitizing treatment is used for cleaning, more than 99% of bacteria is removed. Flotex combines cleanability with the warmth and underfoot comfort benefits of textile flooring.
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Round the clock staff shifts, deliveries and the constant flow of visitors mean that entrance and circulation areas can take quite a pounding. Unfortunately, many people do not stop to effectively wipe their feet properly before entering a building, so wet and dirty soiling can be trailed into the reception area and beyond. This can have a detrimental effect on the aesthetics of interior floor finishes, not to mention create potential slip hazards on hard floors for all those that use the building.
In fact, according to Cleaning Research International, soil and moisture being tracked in on both the soles of shoes and the tires of wheeled traffic can account for up to 95% of the dirt being tracked in to a building. Therefore, taking the time to choose an effective entrance flooring system is important, as this will ensure that staff, residents and visitors enjoy a safe transition from the entrance.
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The All Natural Solution to Hold Your Thoughts
Bulletin Board is an all natural pin board linoleum that can be applied in framed pin boards or directly to the wall. Bulletin Board does not attract dust and has bacteriostatic properties making it ideal for care environment.
It can be used in public areas for communication with residents, staff and visitors as well as in individual rooms to display personal mementos.
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Flooring is one of the most essential factors in determining a basis for designing a dementia environment as it has much impact on safety and orientation of a space, giving patients confidence, security and independence.
We would like to contribute to creating a safe and pleasurable environment, providing a sense of well-being for the residents of special care and dementia institutions. That's why we have partnered with Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), an international centre which draws on 25 years of global research and practice, to identify which products in our portfolio can contribute to improving the quality of life for people with dementia.
Designing for dementia is no ‘exact science’. No clear boundaries can be made as to which design is or is not suitable. What is ‘good and acceptable’ in one country may well be judged to be ‘questionable or not accepted’ in another. The choices to make always depend on the specific project and common sense and basic design principles lie at the start of every interior design.
In a dementia environment no single design element stands on its own. The floor is an integral part of the design, together with the color of the walls, doors, furniture, sanitary fitting and lighting schemes. Providing contrast in lightness between the various objects is of importance, just as providing harmony within the individual objects.
The designs in our collections are coordinated and muted, so that people are not getting confused or tempted to try and pick design elements from the floor. Our designs are matte, avoiding the disturbing reflection and by their nature provide a comfortable atmosphere.
Textile, vinyl as well as linoleum designs generate a recollection of the past and to create an environment that looks like being home whilst being in a dementia environment. Finally choices are made in such a way that when applied correctly, there are no transitions between different surfaces that are difficult to manage at old age.
Color, also in designing for dementia is a matter of taste. In our selection therefore we have not made a color choice as such. Instead we looked closely at the contrast and harmony in lightness of the colors with which designs can be created that provide a good bases for the colors of other interior elements such as walls and furniture. Contrasting floor colors in a building can be used to indicate that certain areas are off-limit, f.e. staff areas, or indicate a clearly different space, f.e. stairs, bathroom, or toilet.
Light reflection values (LRV) are the most important design tools for dementia environments. We have added the LRV of all products in our dementia flooring selection. In this way combinations of various colors and products can be made by using identical or contrasting LRV’s for the area that needs to be furnished. As LRV’s are a universal measurement for all materials, also the LRV of wall covering or furniture can be measured against the colors chosen for the floor. In our set-up you can see the light reflection values of all products grouped together which allows you to make a choice within a certain LRV range or decide to go beyond that. In this way the LRV guide of the dementia flooring selection provides a practical tool for designers of dementia environments.
For the applications in dementia environments we have selected the following floor coverings:
Marmoleum: Our natural Marmoleum floors are available in a wide range of tranquil allover designs. Marmoleum has a smooth surface which makes maneuvering easy even when walking has become a ‘shuffle’.
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Eternal Step slip resistant vinyl: Eternal Step safety vinyl is available in natural wood and stone designs as well as various muted colors. The traditional shiny non slip particles have been replaced by mat crystals that do not light up.
See the Eternal Step safety flooring selection in our product finder
Eternal design vinyl sheet: Eternal is available in mute all over natural designs that mimic homely environments. Seamless application is ideal for corridors as well as living areas.
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Allura luxury vinyl tiles: Allura tiles create realistic natural floors without the hazard of tripping or seams opening up. Easy to install and decorative. Out of the wide collection of designs we have chosen the most suitable and muted, tone in tone items.
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Flotex flocked flooring: this textile floor covering is created from a densely packed nylon flock surface mounted on a vinyl backing. It can be cleaned with water detergent and scrubbers and as such is the most hygienic textile in the market.
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Marmoleum is chosen as the desired flooring solution for aged care facilities to date. Senior care facilities and assisted living environments all benefit from using Marmoleum as a hygienic floor covering solution that is easy to clean and maintain as well as durable, safe and comfortable for both wheeled and foot traffic.
✔ Infection control
✔ Phthalates free
✔ Prevent the growth of bacteria
✔ Allergy approved
✔ Low emission
Marmoleum's ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria stems from the natural raw materials that go into its production, namely linseed oil. An inherent property of the product, the anti-bacterial qualities of Marmoleum won't diminish over time, giving peace of mind and constant protection from the moment it is installed.
Independent testing by the University of Glasgow has proven that Marmoleum has a unique suitability for a diverse range of environments where hygiene and control of bacteria such as MRSA or E. coli is an everyday concern. The test results for MRSA, Norovirus and C-DIFF can be downloaded below.
Marmoleum has been awarded the Allergy UK Seal of Approval as, thanks to its smooth surface, it does not harbour house dust mites. With the correct, regular cleaning regime this can help to improve indoor environments.
Marmoleum Allergy UK Certificate
Flotex has been awarded the Allergy UK Seal of Approval as, thanks to its unique nylon construction, allergens are trapped within its densely packed flocks, thereby reducing the number of allergens in the atmosphere.
Flotex Allergy UK Certificate
Many aged care facilities worldwide used Forbo floors before you. Visit our reference section and get inspired by existing Forbo flooring solutions in aged care environments. Our reference overview will help you to see products in use and how they are applied.
To create your floor and make up your mind what would fit best we have several tools and services. Our floorplanner helps you to place any of our floors in an aged care environment or even combine them so you can see how this works.
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Our design service can even go further. We can help you design your floor. Our team of designers is ready for you, get in contact and let them know the requirements, sent them the pictures of the current situation or the desired solution and they will come up with floorplans and product proposals.
Learn more about custom flooring
The responsibility for forging global partnerships with key clients is entrusted to our most experienced Key Account Managers. Dedicated to customer care, their only remit is to ensure that Forbo delivers a flooring solution that is ideally suited to your needs.
• We can supply international quotations and have experience with international order processes and local regulations
• We manage international logistics
• We have 20 years partnerships with worldwide customers
As a global partner we stand next to you on a local level. Our design team can offer guidance and assistance as required. Our technicians speak the language of the flooring installers and in this way everybody is aligned.
• Forbo Flooring Systems is part of the Swiss Forbo Group
• Key figures Forbo Group 2019:
> Net sales 1282.2 CHF Mio
> Employees 5.600
• A worldwide presence:
> 25 production facilities and distribution companies
> 6 assembly centers
> 48 pure sales organizations in a total of 38 countries across the globe
• European manufacturer with factories in The United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Russia.
• European logistics and responsiveness
We care about you and the environment
• We have received various labels and certification for your products and or production facilities.
• All of our manufacturing sites are ISO certified. Raw materials are used efficiently, waste is recycled whenever possible.
• We are committed to social responsibility, the Forbo sites are certified according to SA8000.
creating better environments
We offer you:
• A sole source of supply for all your flooring requirements
• Local advice, support and cross border project management
• Efficiencies of scale, certainty of supply and rapid delivery
Above all one single contract and one single point of contact to save you time and money.
Local teams working with local representatives
Throughout the duration of a project, your Forbo Key Account Manager serves as your single point of contact for any questions, from anywhere in the world.
We believe that this approach saves you time, eliminate hassle and uncertainty and ensures consistency and reliability, no matter how complex your project.