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Restroom Air Dryers Are Easily Used By Elderly

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Are warm air hand dryers better than paper towels for use in nursing homes?

Restroom Air Dryers Are Easily Used By Elderly

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.



3/21/2008 8:19:56 AM
Charlotte said:

The powerful new hand dryers are much too harsh for the fragile skin of elderly people. Our senior center manager had the powerful hand dryers installed in all the restrooms on several floors at our big senior center. It was a shocking surprise.

It was a very stupid decision. They are very loud and have a very harsh air flow. That is not good for elderly hands.


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