A new uniform for night carers
A new uniform for the night team to support residents living with dementia
The team on duty during the night can now be seen on the households at Goodson sporting their pyjamas. And there is a very good reason for doing this; when someone is living with dementia, the concept of time can be one of the many elements of daily life to become confusing.
To support the residents, the team ensure there is a tangible difference in the night-time environment and this is clearly distinguishable from the atmosphere during the day. This can be achieved in several ways, from maintaining a greater sense of calm by using different lighting, drawing the curtains and with call bells set to night mode to try to minimise noise – and this is all designed to promote sleep.
And the night team wearing their pyjamas is just another way to support the residents; they are more easily able to recognise that it is night time and that the day team have left. It creates a more relaxed ambience and promotes a sense of unwinding at the end of the day by signalling the time when they feel it’s right for sleep.