Care Uniforms and Colour



Working in care homes can be demanding and requires uniforms that are durable and meet infection control requirements. Recent years have seen the trend for care home uniforms move away from the institutional-style designs, and take a lead from beauty and hospitality sectors, creating a professional appearance without the traditional medical look. By embracing uniforms in these styles, care home providers can balance a modern style with comfort and functionality for staff.

Embracing colour

One of the more noticeable changes in care industry uniforms has been the choice of colour and many private care homes are beginning to move away from the traditional NHS colourways of white and blue, and embrace more vibrant shades.
It has long been acknowledged that the idea of colour therapy can have a positive effect on health and well-being for patients – impacting the general mood and recuperation time. While neutral shades may be associated with a medical environment and have a hospital-like feel, bright colours have the potential to energise a room and promote happier emotions for residents. 
With this in mind, Simon Jersey’s latest healthcare catalogue offers more than 100 new styles and colours for care homes, ensuring there’s something to suit every residence and employee. For example, its Zip Front Tunic is available in six varieties of contrast colours, including cerise with black, lilac with navy and sky blue with white, demonstrating the vibrant colours now available for care uniforms.

Building strong teams

By considering a wider palette and a variety of styles, care home providers can incorporate uniforms that reflect the brand image and create a full front-to-back design to suit all job roles. This doesn’t only relate to carers, but could also be shirts and blouses for reception staff, polo shirts for recreation staff and aprons for caterers. Selecting the correct coloured uniform for a brand can engender trust in staff; building a strong team appearance that’s professional and stylish.

By using complementary and coordinated colours and designs for both male and female staff, all employees can feel part of the team whilst showcasing their individual personalities. Due to hygiene reasons, a uniform can only be worn once before needing to be washed, and therefore coordinating items can give employees more of a choice to mx and match as they can change their uniform on a daily basis.
For patients suffering from degenerative or memory loss related diseases, or residents who are visually impaired, uniforms in stand-out colours can help distinguish staff from fellow residents and visitors. By using a variety of colourways, job roles and professions can also be denoted and differentiated.

Historically, the healthcare industry has had concerns that changing traditional uniform colours may result in a compromise of functionality for style. This isn’t the case, as there is a wide range of suitable yet stylish options for the more traditional homes, such as patterned designs with a more subtle colour choice. These allow staff to feel united and part of a team, while not straying too far from the traditional styles. Simon Jersey has introduced a new Healthcare Dress to offer the perfect balance of fashion and functionality, which can be chosen in a plain or striped style. Changing the traditional shape of care home uniforms in this way adds a modern twist while maintaining key features, such as a double action back to allow movement when bending and lifting and waterproof pockets.