Safe Workplace, Smart Business: How Can You Make Your Store Senior Friendly?

store floorAll business owners have the same goal when it comes to work safety: They don’t want anyone to get hurt. Every accident or injury is a cost to your business, and it can have a serious impact on your reputation. In fact, the smaller the business, the bigger the impact will be.

As a store owner, taking action to improve safety standards is good for your image and finances. Let’s face it: the long-term success of a business depends upon ensuring the safety of customers, no matter how young or old they are. As the elderly population continues to increase, you need to evaluate whether or not your place is age friendly. Seniors are loyal consumers, and they will appreciate it if a business goes the extra mile to make their visit worthwhile.

Read on to know how you can make your establishment safe for elderly people.

Friendly Floors

No matter how well a business maintains its surroundings, accidents may still happen. One of the most common causes of major injuries is slippery surfaces. When you’re conducting a safety audit in your establishment, make sure you include making all floors slip-resistant. Instead of adding mats under area rags, it’s best to apply non-slip fluoropolymer coatings to provide safe access to floors, aisles and areas with regular foot traffic. Knowing the importance of a coating on your floor is highly necessary.

A Place to Sit and Rest

Is your store comfortable for not-so-young customers? It’s best to provide them a quiet place to stop and sit. Some older people have weak knees and may experience joint pains, so make your establishment stress-free for them. Also, make sure your chairs have firm seating with armrests.

Safe Stairs

For older people, stairs can be dangerous. To prevent trips and falls, use bright-coloured grit tape to divide steps. When an accident happens, it’s important that you know how to respond and prevent it from happening again.

Among businesses, the perception is that seniors spend less. Today, however, elderly people have a more active lifestyle, so they spend more money. This is the reason you must think of ways to attract and keep these consumers.

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As a psychology professor at a university in Texas. Athrun also teaches at a personality development institute in the same state.