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5 reasons why carers will wear care home uniforms

Next week we will be attending the Care & Dementia Show at the NEC Birmingham. The show aims to provide education, products and services to organisations responsible for the care of older people.

AWB Textiles will be exhibiting at the Care and Dementia Show 2015

Designed to give you inspiration, innovation and ideas to assist you in running your care business, we will be at the show with our range of care home uniforms.

Care home uniforms are a hot topic in the sector

Carehome.co.uk’s 2013 survey really started to highlight the discussion topic – should you wear a care uniform or not? Here at AWB we appreciate there are two distinct schools of thought.

One school is that a uniform of any kind can institutionalise residents – the thinking being that a non-uniform approach gives the home a more relaxed and homelike atmosphere. Homes in this camp tend to have their carers in regular, casual clothing.

While the other school of thought is that uniforms clearly differentiate between staff and residents, contributing many benefits to a care home. As a supplier of care uniforms we inevitably work closely with homes from this latter school of thought. These are the ones that actively encourage uniforms, and for these reasons:

1. Choice of uniforms available to staff

There is a huge range of choice available. Some homes and care workers prefer more formal nursing tunics and dresses, but a large and growing faction prefer scrub suit type uniforms - simply because they are medical/clinically orientated without being overtly ‘doctorish’.

Some of our latest styles and fabrics such as Xtreme Stretch also allow the carers to look stylish and feel comfortable at work without the starched, clinical look sometimes associated with a care home environment.

2. Communicates a more professional image

Not only are available styles and fabrics comfortable and easy to care for – and above all very reasonably priced – they also take embroidery very well, which makes it easy to add a corporate look to a uniform.

3. Makes identification of care staff easier

Care uniforms now come in a huge range of colours, which makes it easy to use colour to identify each carer’s specialism (such as a dementia specialist) and/or level of seniority. This can help both residents and visitors identify specific people.

4. Promotes good infection control

Many homes will insist on their care staff wearing specialist uniforms as they help to promote a positive message about good practice in terms of infection control.

5. Care clothing colours have a positive effect on residents

Many care homes talk about the positive effect that colourful environments can have on residents. Having staff in bright uniforms only contributes positively to this.

For the above 5 reasons alone, we’re going to be at the Care and Dementia Show – on stand E14 – at the NEC Birmingham from 3-4 November 2015. Attending delegates will be able to explore our full range of care home uniforms. We look forward to seeing you there.

Shop our range of care home uniforms.

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