General grooming standards

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  1. Professional Image: Employees should present a professional, neat, clean and coordinated professional appearance while at work.

  1. Clothing must be clean and of proper fit. Proper fit is defined as clothing that is sized properly (i.e., non-clinging and not too tight or baggy).

  2. Clothing must be non-revealing, wrinkle-free and in good repair.

  3. Appropriate undergarments must be worn and not visible.

  4. Eldercare expects all employees to follow normal and customary personal hygiene standards.

B. Hair, Beard and Mustaches:

  1. Hair, beards and mustaches must be well groomed and neatly trimmed.

  2. Neatly combed and clean hair is acceptable; extreme hair colors that are unnatural are not permitted.

  3. Hair must not obstruct vision, and in clinical environments, must be pulled back if greater than shoulder length.

  4. Hair accessories should not interfere with job performance or cause a distraction and should be consistent with a professional appearance.

C. Fingernails:

  1. Fingernails must be short, clean and healthy.

  2. Nail polish must be chip free and moderate in color. (Avoid extreme colors.)

  3. Eldercare prohibits artificial/acrylic nails including tips, gel nails, shellac nails or nail decorations by any staff that has direct patient contact.

  4. This includes non-clinical staff that has direct contact with patients. This also includes any nail product that requires “curing” under an ultraviolet light.

D. Make-Up, Tattoos and Perfume:

  1. Fragrance should be minimal and used with discretion.

  2. Those that use make-up should apply shades complimentary to natural coloring and avoid extreme make-up styles.

  3. Visible tattoos should be small in size and covered when possible.

E. Jewelry: Employees providing patient care should not wear jewelry that dangles away from the body. An employee’s jewelry should not interfere with job performance or distract others.

  1. Ear jewelry must be less than two inches in diameter and length, and is limited to four items per ear. If safety is a concern, individual departments may modify this guideline.

  2. Gauges must be solid and not exceed ¼ inch in diameter. Jewelry connectors are not permitted.

  3. Rings are limited to one ring per finger in nonclinical areas with the exception of a wedding set. For employees working in clinical settings, rings are limited to two per hand (wedding sets count as one ring) for purposes of infection control and patient safety.

  4. Clinical providers may only wear nonporous bracelets.

F. Facial Piercings (Other Than Ears):

  1. Nose piercings must be limited to one small stud no greater than 1/8 inch. Employees with a nose piercing must have a back-to-back nose stud in place.

  2. Eldercare does not permit nose rings or any other facial or tongue piercings.

G. Identification Badges:

  1. Each employee is issued an identification badge at new employee orientation.

  2. When at work, employees must wear identification badges at eye level with name and position visible at all times.

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