• 20 July 2020
  • 3 min read

Should Care Workers Wear A Uniform?

  • Matt Farrah
    Co-Founder - Nurses.co.uk, Socialcare.co.uk, Healthjobs.co.uk, Healthcarejobs.ie
    • Luise Ryan
    • Richard Gill
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"Should care workers have to wear a uniform?"

Is wearing a uniform when working as a carer necessary? If so, should the wearing of uniform be required by law or should individual institutions determine their own policy?

We previously published an article entitled ‘Should we wear uniforms in care work?’. A reader recently commented: ‘I have come across a care home where wearing leggings is not allowed because it is ''unprofessional'. What do you think? Comment 💬 Like ❤️ Reply 🙂 below.

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Is there, or should there be a requirement for a certain ‘professional’ uniform provision in care homes?

In the original article, Georgie, the writer says that when she worked in a dementia care home, bright clothes and bold patterns were encouraged in order to give the residents visual stimulation and possibly relieve the agitation that can be present as a symptom in dementia sufferers.

Do you think such possible health benefits outweigh the need for ‘professional’ work uniform?

If no formal uniform is provided, is there such a thing as ‘unprofessional’ work attire?

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Georgie also mentions that another justification for her wearing her own clothes was to make the residents feel more at home and less institutionalised.

She also states that having a uniform at work can be an aid to good hygiene standards.

Do you think that hygiene considerations should outweigh other less tangible benefits when deciding on a uniform policy?

When deciding whether uniform is appropriate, several factors will most likely be taken into consideration.

What factors should have greater weight in such a decision-making process?

Please let me know in the comments your thoughts on uniforms for care workers - we can chat there!

Oh, and Like this article to let me know if you enjoyed it - thank you!

About the author

  • Matt Farrah
    Co-Founder - Nurses.co.uk, Socialcare.co.uk, Healthjobs.co.uk, Healthcarejobs.ie

I studied English before moving into publishing in the mid 90s. I co-founded this and our other three sites in 2008. I wanted to provide a platform that gives a voice to those working in health and social care. I'm fascinated, generally, by the career choices we all make. But I'm especially interested in the stories told by those who choose to spend their life supporting others. They are mostly positive and life-affirming stories, despite the considerable challenges and burdens faced.

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About the author

  • Matt Farrah
    Co-Founder - Nurses.co.uk, Socialcare.co.uk, Healthjobs.co.uk, Healthcarejobs.ie

I studied English before moving into publishing in the mid 90s. I co-founded this and our other three sites in 2008. I wanted to provide a platform that gives a voice to those working in health and social care. I'm fascinated, generally, by the career choices we all make. But I'm especially interested in the stories told by those who choose to spend their life supporting others. They are mostly positive and life-affirming stories, despite the considerable challenges and burdens faced.

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    • Jonathan Clarke 2 months ago
      Jonathan Clarke
    • Jonathan Clarke
      2 months ago

      I've worked with learning disabled adults and with dementia and I would say that with learning disable especially, there is ... read more

      • Thanks Jonathan.

        Replied by: Matt Farrah
    • Luise Ryan 2 months ago
      Luise Ryan
    • Luise Ryan
      2 months ago

      I have worked in care for a number of years and have also assessed across the levels in multiple care ... read more

      • Thanks Luise. Clearly, this is not a simple one to navigate and, I guess, every setting will govern differently, depending on the service, and require a conversation of its own around this.

        Replied by: Matt Farrah