Street clothes improve the quality of interactions between caregivers and residents
Objectives: To contribute to the discussion on the potential of wearing or non-wearing of uniforms by caregivers: What are the effects on the communicational behaviour of elderly people with Alzheimer's disease in nursing homes? What do caregivers think about wearing (or not wearing) uniforms?

A study called STRECLO (an abbreviation of ‘street clothes’) was carried out at the initiative of the Korian Foundation for Ageing Well in partnership with the Psychology of the Ages of Life and Adaptation laboratory at Université François Rabelais in Tours, France. 

The study was carried out in the Alzheimer's units of three Korian nursing homes located in Indre-et-Loire, France, over a period of six months (from June to December 2017). Its goal was to observe the impact of street clothes worn by the caregivers (street clothes/uniform) on residents with neurocognitive disorders.

It was the first study to compare the medium-term effects of wearing and not wearing a professional uniform among caregivers.

The results show that the absence of uniform reduces the ‘institutional’ distance between residents and caregivers and helps residents feel more ‘at home’ and encourages them to engage in more personal conversations about their health.

Université Rabelais Tours

The teams from Université François Rabelais, the Korian Foundation, and other participating facilities met to share the results of the study on 15/05/2018 in Tours, France.