Wednesday is the new Saturday at a Bentley aged care facility, with staff donning a rainbow of colours to brighten the day for residents.
Nursing staff at SwanCare Kingia have started Rainbow Shirt Wednesday, where the staff come to work wearing bright and bold shirts instead of their usual uniforms.
The simple initiative has been a hit, with residents themselves also starting to join in.
The shirts are the idea of Registered Nurse Vicci Donovan, who wanted to shake things up for the nursing staff uniform in the name of fun.
When Vicci started out wearing shirts with loud patterns, such as the ever-popular pink flamingos, it was such a hit with residents that she thought they should make this a regular occurrence – every Wednesday in fact.
“When we started wearing them we had so many compliments from residents, and I saw it gave them something to chat about and it brightened their day,” Vicci said.
Assistant In Nursing Tanya Rose at SwanCare Kingia said the initiative helps to break up the week. “The resident’s certainly know its Wednesday when they see all of these tops come out,” Tanya said. “The shirts bring a really big smile to their faces, which we love to see.”
The residents also love the idea. “I always look forward to seeing which one they are going to wear, and honestly it brightens my day,” said Joan Stubbs-Mills, a resident at SwanCare Kingia.
Are you interested in improving lives of seniors in Western Australia? SwanCare’s fourth residential care facility – SwanCare Ningana – is set to open in March 2020, with expressions of interest now open for potential future staff members. Visit www.swancare.com.au/careers for more information.