I work in assisted living where I felt an aire of home should be felt! We use to be able to wear scrubs
of any color or print, have fun and wear sunny prints in the summer and what not...it was great! The residents loved it, and enjoyed all those visually stimulating colors and prints
Then, someone chose to change all that and moral dropped to an all time low, and has never recovered! CNA's were forced to wear blue v-neck tops (oh yeah that's nice..bend over and you can see down them! Oh they were furious!!!!!!!) with kakhi pants, nurses pastel button down tops (no prints) kakhi pants and white vests with only ONE pocket (okay that was HARD to find!!!!!!!).
Their rational...residents needed to be able to distinguish between a caregiver and a nurse...after a year most of them still don't remember that the different unforms mean a different title! I am just as much a nurse to them as the person that does their direct care even if our uniforms are different, and vice versa (some don't even believe I am an RN because I am the youngest nurse..about the age of our caregivers).
At least they started implementing Friday fun day where we can wear our colorful scrubs again (happened after much debate from us and residents)..and suprisingly..they know when it is FRIDAY..because of all the extra visual stimulation of fun colors and prints...fridays are happier days...
So do I think it is a good idea in assisted living or some other LTC faclities...no, I believe so much in the visual stimulation creating memories and connections even if it is a colorful scrub worn by those that care for you. Also, it seem to make the patients more relaxed or cheerful to see their caregivers/nurses wearing happy colors vs the bland stuff we are forced to wear now!
Also, it brings up moral and a feeling of more satisfaction to choose what you wear...because we all felt..if I wear sunny colors, I feel sunny, they feel sunny!
It was the worse of many of the bad choices my facility ever made!!!!!!