What to wear for Home visits

  1. Hi,

    The title says it all...What do you wear for home visits?
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   joannep
    Our company supplies polo shirts with the company logo on, but many wear neat casual; shirt/trousers, no jeans.
  4. by   bethin
    When I did home health we had the option of wearing scrubs or streetwear. I usually wore khakis because for me, they are more comfortable than scrubs but still look professional. I usually wore a knit shirt with it and clogs. I work as an aide, so there's alot of bending and reaching so I needed something that moved with me.

    We were allowed to wear jeans provided they weren't low riders, had no holes or tears, and didn't look like they belonged on Britney Spears.
  5. by   jnette
    Quote from bethin
    We were allowed to wear jeans provided they weren't low riders, had no holes or tears, and didn't look like they belonged on Britney Spears.
    LOL !!!

    We get to wear jeans (as described above) on Fridays.

    Other days we wear scrubs. Just the most comfortable, I think.
    When I wear jeans, I still wear a nice sweater or knit top and a white lab coat over it.

    Lots of bending or kneeling, so nothing tight, to be sure!
  6. by   caliotter3
    I usually wear scrubs. Since most of my clients have been children, I got to buy all the neat kiddie scrub top prints (like I needed an excuse!). My employers have all had dress codes that required no jeans, and a professional appearance, but most of the time, I've seen nurses wearing jeans that didn't look like the B.S. type. The most important consideration, besides being neat and clean, is that you can actually work in them. Comfortable, big enough to bend and stretch in. And easy to maintain. I stay away from white because of getting stains on white that I can never seem to remove. But I do keep a lab coat for when I do immunization clinics and for those times that I might need it.
  7. by   Annony RN
    I wore Khakis or other nice casual pants (preferably with a little spandex woven in... for flex not tightness!) or I wore navy, black, brown, or khaki colored "nice" scrub pants. Something that didn't look too clinical. I did peds and often was at school or in the community with clients so needed a balance between looking discrete (not like a nurse) and easy movement and easy washablity. I had one girl I went to school with where I needed pocket room- pushing her chair, carrying pulse ox, stethoscope, pens, chart form, book for me, etc. We often had little emergencies and had to leave the classroom in a rush so I couldn't be grabbing more than one extra thing so I did wear a scrub top there some days. I'd pick the fashion tops that again, don't look too clinical, since they mirror casual styles. Like the crossover tops in nice prints.
    Dark Crocs with no holes in winter (they do so well in snow) and casual flats other times. Nice socks in homes that require you to remove shoes! Slippers in my bag.
    Preggers, I wore jumper dresses a lot since I never found pants I loved and I got tired of rearranging them when I stood up, sat down, or played on the floor. Always Crocs with them since my feet were too big for anything else, LOL.
  8. by   NewEnglandRN
    Thanks for the ideas.

    My new company said scrubs or "business casual" is fine. You have given me some great suggestions.
  9. by   Elektra6
    I work for 2 different clients. One client doesn't care what I wear so I usually wear scrubs. The other does NOT want me to wear scrubs since we go to the stores or movies. I usually wear khakis or jeans there.
  10. by   jl_nurse
    Quote from meanbird
    I work for 2 different clients. One client doesn't care what I wear so I usually wear scrubs. The other does NOT want me to wear scrubs since we go to the stores or movies. I usually wear khakis or jeans there.

    Wow, to be able to have such a choice of what to wear. We HAVE to wear all white and the uniform tops have to be button down not the v-neck preferably. I have begged to wear a colored uniform just one day a week, but no luck!!! Wear the colors for me !:spin:
  11. by   annaedRN
    At my VNA - we had been doing the "business causal" thing, but just reverted back to uniforms - scrubs or polos with logo on them with khakis or scrub pants - all navy blue or white. We have so many people ( PT, OT, HHA, MSW,etc) going in and out of houses that our patients had difficulty figuring out who was who...are you here for bathing? therapy? wound care?.... It is also a good way to be recognized by the community. I am happy with my new scrubs!
  12. by   Lessordinary
    The company I work for allows "street clothes" or scrubs. Most of our staff is wearing scrubs. However, there are issues with HIPPA and scrubs. Many elderly believe this is a violation of their privacy since the "neighbors" can see that there is a nurse visiting. This is a new issue that most did not see coming. Before you invest in much of anything, get a feel for what the agency feels is best- street clothes vs. scrubs and be prepared to be told you can't wear scrubs...

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