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2014 Newsletter- Safer Ground

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Safer Ground for Our Seniors

Seniors are the largest growing segment of our population and the greatest at risk for serious injury and death due to falls.  According to the British Columbia Falls and Injury prevention Coalition; falls and injury can occur for a number of reasons:

Age related changes: balance, vision, depth perception, and the need for medications

Situational factors:  Rushing, distractions, faulty equipment used for mobility

Environmental factors: Slippery surfacing, uneven cracked surfaces, hard unforgiving surfaces.

We at Marathon Surfaces cannot change the fact that with age comes mobility issues and deficits in balance, however we can supply and install a surfacing that will be safer for our seniors.  It has been suggested in the Geriatric Merck Manual, a trusted reference for medical professionals, as well as by a study conducted by Simon Fraser University that, compliant flooring i.e. firm rubber, can help dissipate the impact force, a direct result of this dissipating effect is less critical injury in our elderly.

Landsafe pour in place recycled rubber safety surfacing is an ideal surfacing for outdoor environments frequented by seniors. It offers a slip resistant, porous, and seamless surfacing to assist in the prevention of falls, but also has compression properties to reduce impact forces when those unavoidable age related falls occur.

When considering surfacing for a senior’s area, think secure footing, reducing injury, and aesthetically pleasing design…..Think Marathon Surfaces.

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Senior's Courtyard

Chemainus Health Care Centre

The Courtyard at Chemainus Health Centre is an area that is frequented by senior's with dementia and their visiting friends and families.  The Managing staff at the health centre wanted to convert the concrete surfacing in this area to a safer surfacing more suitable to the special needs of their patients.  Marathon Surfaces installed Landsafe pour in place safety surfacing in calming shades of …

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"The surfacing is lovely and our residents and their visitors are enjoying it very much.  I want to thank you and your team for providing excellent service and a wonderful new surfacing for our residents."

Sue Kurucz, Manager, Residential Services Chemainus Health Care Centre

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Picture Courtesy of City of Kamloops

Prince Charles Wading Pool

  The City of Kamloops wanted to revitalize the wading pool in Prince Charles Park.  Design aspects of this project were extremely important to the City.  Their wish was to have a variety of sea creatures, with expressive eyes in vibrant colours that would appear to come to life with the movement of the water.  Marathon Surfaces was able to fulfill these …

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