Over 13 million items of clothing are washed every week in UK care homes, so it’s no wonder residents’ clothing gets mislaid and lost. Whether it’s a name label which has fallen off leaving the garment unidentifiable, or the writing from the permanent marker used has faded leaving the name unreadable.
Across the UK, busy care home staff spend over 6,000 hours a week rummaging through lost property and residents’ rooms to find mislaid clothing. That’s time that could be devoted to what your team does best, caring for your residents.
Furthermore, if you ask a relative of someone in a care home if they have any concerns, fairly soon they will tell you that they find it distressing to see their loved one in the wrong clothes. Lost, unnamed, and incorrectly labelled clothing is the second most common complaint with families of residents about their relatives care home.
A recent survey conducted by Electrolux Professional of 160 care homes, found that 69% of respondents see the loss or damage of clothing as being a highly important concern to the resident’s families.
Surely then, finding a simple, cost-effective and time-saving solution is something that care home management, staff and residents’ families would all welcome.
Step forward Snappy Tags.
Increasingly care homes have seen the benefit of using Snappy Tags to label their residents’ clothing. Snappy Tags are discreet and resemble small buttons, making them comfortable and unobtrusive to the wearer.
Names are permanently laser etched into the tag, ensuring that they will never fade, even in multiple harsh industrial laundry conditions. Snappy Tags are simply snapped onto the garment seam or laundry label using the Snappy Tag applicator, and although they will not fall off in the laundry process they can be easily removed using the applicator and reapplied to a new item of clothing.
Snappy Tags can be etched with either the residents’ name or the care home room number, so depending on whether the resident has long term needs, or if they’re staying for a short period of respite, the tag works equally well.
Dale-Jaimé Matthews from the St Cloud Care group, agrees: “Snappy Tags have made it so much easier to keep track of all of our residents clothing since introducing this product throughout our care Homes. We have for years been trying to find a product just like this, everything else we have tried has failed! Now nothing gets lost and the staff, relatives and residents have one less thing to worry about. The little tags have given back hours of time to our laundry staff and have provided peace of mind with the residents and their families for their items of clothing.”