October 2, 2009, Newsletter Issue #186: Restroom Air Dryers Are Easily Used By Elderly

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Restroom automatic dryers may be a good choice for public restrooms in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. Older people with sensitive skin or those who suffer from arthritis may prefer a restroom hand dryer to paper towels for several reasons:

Sanitation: Paper towels can transmit germs, and they can be left lying on the floor because it is difficult for an older person to bend over and pick up a paper towel that misses the trash can. Comfort: Industrial paper towels are often rough and can be especially uncomfortable for the elderly, who may have dry or sensitive skin. Ease of use: Pushing a button to turn on an air hand dryer is easier than pulling paper towels from a dispenser for someone who suffers from arthritis of the hands.

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