Sirona Care & Health, a social enterprise providing community, health and adult social care in Bath and North East Somerset, has recently introduced a new uniform by Grahame Gardner Ltd, developed specifically for staff in their 3 dedicated Dementia Homes. The result of a yearlong research and consultation process, these new uniforms unveil a striking new look for staff, comprising of a brightly coloured polo shirt with rainbow collar.

 These new uniforms have been designed to incorporate findings from several studies which indicate that the use of bright colours is beneficial to dementia patient care. After working within Dementia Care for 15 years, Support Worker Sue Simms was selected to head up the change in image. She comments:-

“The staff in our homes previously wore traditional clinical garments, however with Dementia Care a different approach is required. These patients need special consideration; we hope that the care home becomes their home. Therefore, we, as the staff, are visitors. Clinical uniforms lead to the patients feeling institutionalised, and our new garments strive to move away from this.

 There is a great body of evidence that suggests that bright colours help break down barriers, staff are perceived as more approachable, communication is improved and patients feel more relaxed. Although these garments have only been in use for a relatively short period of time our residents already appear calmer talking about the colours of the uniform and the feedback has been positive.”

Although all of the shirts have the Rainbow Collar, the main body of the garment was available in any one of five colours. Each member of staff was able to select the shirt they preferred, thereby maintaining a cohesive look whilst reflecting their own personalities and individuality. The complementary colours available are; Pink, Purple, Green, Blue and Yellow, and each of these is also used within the collar.

 Grahame Gardner turned to their sister company, Gymphlex to fulfil this unusual order. Their flexibility alongside their product sourcing capabilities meant they were best placed to deliver the garment that perfectly fitted the brief.

 One of the most distinctive elements on the new garments is the new departmental logo. Developed by a pupil at local secondary school, St Gregory’s Catholic College,Bath this logo depicts the rainbow alongside the Bath landmark of Pulteney Bridge and represents the passage from youth to old age. Grahame Gardner was able to replicate this logo in its original form in embroidery, creating an attractive detail to enhance the garments.  

 If you would like any further information on Grahame Gardner, or have any unusual uniform requirements please call 0116 255 6326, or email [email protected]