Flooring manufacturer provides dementia-friendly slip-resistant flooring for new research facility
Dementia-friendly products, such as flooring, can help to improve the lives of residents
Polysafe safety flooring was donated by UK manufacturer, Polyflor, to the new Salford Institute for Dementia Hub at the University of Salford.
The company donated approximately 90sq m of Polysafe Wood fx PUR safety flooring in Oiled Oak shade, which was installed by Flooring Supply Centre in Liverpool.
The £300,000 dementia hub, which was designed by Day Architectural, aims to be an outreach centre for the public to access the latest research and ideas about living with dementia, as well as being a working base for the university’s dementia associates and researchers.
The centre was designed with help from people living with dementia and features a dementia-friendly garden, a visitors centre, and a special kitchen built to demonstrate the latest dementia-friendly designs.
Polyflor has a number of flooring ranges suitable for use within dementia-friendly environments and has forged a close relationship with the Salford Institute for Dementia to better understand the needs of care homes and other healthcare facilities.
The company collaborated with the institute to produce its Specialist Care brochure, available on the Polyflor website, which presents dementia-friendly flooring principles.
Polyflor is also a longstanding partner of the International Dementia Design Network at the University of Salford and of local Dementia Action Alliances whichare committed to transforming the lives of the 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK.
Professor Anthea Innes, director of the Salford Institute for Dementia, said: “The finished hub looks fantastic and we want to say a big thank you to Polyflor for kindly donating this flooring to our project.
“This slip-resistant wood-effect design is ideal for use in dementia-friendly environments.
“We hope to continue our relationship with Polyflor in future and raise awareness in the industry about how to make spaces more dementia friendly through flooring and interior design choices.”
Frequently selected for care home and healthcare projects, the Polysafe Wood fx safety flooring collection is designed to cope with the demands of commercial environments where there are high levels of foot traffic.
The range includes 12 authentic wood effect designs with virtually-invisible slip-resistant particles and is enhanced by the exclusive Polysafe PUR polyurethane reinforcement for superior cleaning benefits and optimum appearance levels.
Polysafe Wood fx PUR offers sustainable wet slip resistance, achieving 36+ on the Pendulum Wet Test with full conformance to HSE Guidelines and the particle-based safety flooring standard EN 13845.
Made in the UK, this range also passes the 50,000 cycles abrasion test demonstrating the sustainability of slip resistant particles in the product.
Polysafe Wood fx PUR is 100% recyclable via the Recofloor vinyl take back scheme and contains recycled content.