Many care organisations and stakeholders wonder whether care workers should wear uniforms. There is a lot of variance between uniform policies within care and also a lot of disagreement between what is suitable dress for care work and what is not. Some care providers argue that uniforms help to sign post to people with dementia those who can be of assistance, usually within a residential setting, whilst other feel that uniforms can give care providers an institutional and unwelcoming appearance. Within this article we’ll discuss the For’s and Against arguments for uniform for care workers.
Yes, Care Workers should wear uniforms
One of the biggest arguments for uniform in care is that is can reduce confusion and anxiety among dementia patients. Patients are easily aware of who is there to help.
Uniforms are also helpful for security, both in residential care settings and in domiciliary care. On top of security badges, uniforms offer an extra level of assurance that the person is a member of staff.
Overall, uniforms are thought to present a professional image to patients, and family members, sometimes promoting confidence in ability. A uniform can prevent conversations about appropriate dress in the workplace and promote a sense of team work.
No, Care Workers shouldn’t wear uniforms
Many think that the use of uniforms prevents a relaxed and homely environment in care settings. Uniforms can potentially put up barriers between staff and patients.
Without uniforms, employers can still urge staff members to adhere to a dress policy to ensure suitable clothing is worn.
Uniforms in care settings can create a clinical environment and stifle relationship building between patients and staff. Not wearing uniforms can also help staff to feel more well respected and on an equal playing field with more senior members of staff.
Whats best for your organisation?
It really depends on the type of care setting, as well as the image you’re looking to put forward to staff, patients and family members. Consider consulting your staff on what they think could be best, as well as patients and family members if it’s possible.