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Can J Aging. 2018 Mar;37(1):84-94. doi: 10.1017/S0714980817000551. Epub 2017 Dec 29.

Feasibility of Compliant Flooring in Long-Term Care: Results from a Stakeholder Symposium.

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Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology,Faculty of Science,Simon Fraser University,British Columbia.

Abstract

Compliant flooring aims to prevent fall-related injuries among high-risk older adults in long-term care, but uptake of compliant flooring in this setting is limited. We hosted a one-day stakeholder symposium to identify advantages and disadvantages of implementing compliant flooring in long-term care and the most pressing directions for future research from the perspective of key stakeholders. Twenty-three stakeholders representing health care, industry, and research attended the symposium. Attendees believed the most important advantages of compliant flooring were reducing injuries in residents who have fallen, potential benefits to care staff, and potential increases in quality of life for residents. Attendees perceived the most significant disadvantages of compliant flooring were financial considerations, lack of research evidence, and challenges with installation. Attendees indicated a need for additional research on cost-effectiveness and clinical effectiveness. While stakeholders perceived compliant flooring to add value to long-term care, there are significant informational and financial barriers to uptake.

KEYWORDS:

aging; chutes; compliant flooring; diffusion des connaissances; falls; injury prevention; knowledge dissemination; long-term care; prévention des blessures; revêtement de sol compliant; soins de longue durée; vieillissement

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