PYJAMA style uniforms for care home night staff have drastically reduced sleep deprivation, pacing and disorientation for residents living with dementia.
The switch to scrubs covered in cartoon cats and love hearts was trialled at Simonsfield Care Home in Runcorn.
Staff are required to conduct regular checks on residents and both the day and night teams previously wore the same blue scrubs.
Many of the home’s residents with dementia had trouble differentiating between the two and when they should be sleeping.
Disorientation and pacing was a regular occurrence during night time hours, leading to sleep deprivation and associated lack of energy, irritability and mood swings.
Due to infection control guidelines, staff cannot wear pyjamas, so home manager Debbie Smith came up with the idea of cartoon patterned scrubs for night staff.
She said: “We thought we’d try out scrubs that mimic pyjamas for the night carers to help minimise sleep deprivation, pacing and disorientation for our residents living with dementia.
“The initiative met with a really good response from most of the residents and we’ve seen a drastic improvement in their sleep patterns, so the switch has been made permanent.
“It is remarkable how a simple change in uniform can have such drastic impact on the lives of those living with dementia.”