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My Top 10 Healthcare Assistant essentials.

Hi, as some of you may know if you had read my ‘about me’page I have been working as a healthcare assistant for about 2 1/2 years now and has worked in a number of different environments including community residential care, Nursing home and now I am working in a residential, physiotherapy rehabilitation and dementia specialist care home. So I thought I would do a post on some of the essentials that you would need and that I use as a healthcare assistant.

  1. Alcohol handrub– This one is pretty self explanatory due to the hygiene factor of the profession, however this one is mainly for people working in the community since in a care or nursing home they should have them there scattered about where as you don’t if it’s other people’s homes, so this is a must. You can get ones that clip on to your uniform so you never lose it.
  2. Nurses Fob watch– Another useful one because time is a big part of the profession, whether it’s filling out documents, medication time needs or cooking times you will always need to be checking the time and you can’t keep on looking for a clock or looking at your phone, so a fob watch allows you to always have the time on you just connected to you uniform at easy reach.
  3. Lots and lots of black ink pens- Now this one is again pretty self explanatory but you will need to write something in this job through out the day somewhen so I tend to try and keep atleast 3 or even 4 pens on me, this is mainly because I’ve either lost them or the little pen fairy comes and takes them. So I now advise people to keep a lot of pens on them in the profession.
  4. Hair ties– Now this one is for the woman or men with longer hair, but this is a must for me I never understand why people wear there hair down in this job, because it is a hard job and they need to keep care and nursing homes and the homes of the clients really warm since the elderly find the cold really easily, so you most probably will sweat somewhen in the day and when I have my hair down it just makes it worse so I tend to always put my hair up.
  5. Comfortable shoes- Now this one is a must, since I work 12 hour shifts my feet used to be in agony by lunch time but a month or so ago I brought some sketchers memory foam gel trainers specially for work and they are the best purchase I’ve ever made, my feet don’t ache half as much as they did before. I got mine on amazon and I would recommend this to anyone in this profession because there is a lot of walking.
  6. Deodorant– This one is pretty self explanatory since you might be sweating quite a lot I recommend a powerful anti perspirant.
  7. Pain killers– Because the profession we are in can be very heavy and physical, I suggest just carrying with you some pain killers since you could injure yourself or get aches and pains, so to tackle the issue of pain it’s always essential to have some form of pain relief close at hand just in case.
  8. Water– This one is a must due to the fact that if you perspire you need to replenish those lost fluids, so many times I’ve seen people get dehydrated through not drinking enough at work, so I carry around a bottle of water around with me so I can keep up my fluids, I also feel like it gives me more energy.
  9. High in protein foods- Speaking of energy when your working a long shift you need to keep your energy levels quite high and you can do this by eating foods which are high in protein. 
  10. Hand cream or barrier cream and lip balm- Now I find I get very dry chapped hands and lips in this profession it’s due to the central heating, possible dehydration, wetting of hands and not drying them properly and also the wearing of the gloves. So I like to combat this by always carrying a small tube of hand cream/ barrier cream and a tube of lip balm, in my pocket so I can apply when ever I need them. I like to use a Nivea lip balm and I’ve been using E45 barrier cream, you can find both at a local pharmacy or drugstore, such as Boots or Superdrug in the UK.

So these was my Top 10 essentials for any healthcare assistant, I hope you found this useful and don’t forget to like and share on your social medias. thank you.

Hannah 


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Sick day essentials.

Recently I’ve been a bit under the weather and just been spending the majority of my time staying in bed and resting so today I will be sharing all of my essentials for a sick day.

  1. Plenty of fluids- Now when I’m ill my appatite gets thrown right off, I don’t feel like eating anything at all not even my favourite foods. But I do however get extremely thirsty all the time and nothing seems to quench my thirst, so plenty of fluids is essential to me getting better. When I’m especially sick I love a nice ice cold glass of some fruit squash my favourite is blackcurrent Ribena.
  2. My bed and tons of blankets- When I get ill I normally feel the cold so much that I start shivering so blankets is a must. Also when I’m ill I don’t feel like doing anything at all including getting out of bed.
  3. Access to You tube- This one is something I need to have since It does get quite boring just being in bed all day , however you really do want to keep the videos quite relaxing, my favourites to watch is Zoella, The Pointless Blog, KEEMi, Good mythical Morning, Shane Dawson and more.
  4. Netflix- This is like you tube with the fact that it can get boring doing nothing all day so I normally watch a film on there, or even a few episodes of a tv show my favourite at the moment is Gotham whilst I’m waiting for walking dead to start again.
  5. Medication- Now this is one thsat you need plenty of when sick, depending on what is wrong depends on what medication you need, now I’m no doctor so I cant give you the best medication advice, but what I take when I’m feeling ill is 2 paracetamol and 2 ibuprofen every 4 hours, and it normally clears everything up in a couple of days, I also take a tonic for after I’m sick to get me back to my normal self, I normally get the metatone tonic which they sell in Boots or Superdrug stores.
  6. Warming comfort foods- This is a must since even though you may not feel like eating anything you need to have something to keep your energy levels up so you can start getting better so I like too have things that are log and easy to eat, such as soups, noodles, jelly, ice cream, beans on toast etc. My favourite soups are spicy tomato, oxtail, chicken noodle and my own chunky spicy leek and potato soup, which the recipe is in a post but I have linked the post.
  7. Hot bath- This one always makes me feel at least a little bit better I like a nice Hot bath with steam to clear everything, I like to use a relaxing bath bomb such as the Ickle baby bot bath bomb from lush, I will also add some bubbles by using either the relaxing bubble bath from Radox or the Milky bath bubble bar from lush. I will sometimes add some candles to the side of the bath and listen to some relaxing music from a playlist on Spotify.
  8. Soft tissues- This is pretty self explanatory since if you are having a runny nose as a symptom of your illness then you will pretty much need some tissues but I like to get the Kleenex brand especially the ultra soft ones since there is nothing worse than a sore nose.
  9. Phone- I think is one of the main ones since you can do so much on it, from playing games, to searching the Internet, watching YouTube or Netflix, listening to music and going on social media this is the ultimate thing you need for entertainment, but I do suggest not looking up your symptoms as you may freak out and think that you are dying.

So these was some of my sick day essentials, now a little disclaimer this is in my own opinion and what I use and do when I am ill, I’am in no way a doctor or health care professional as this may not work for everyone and I’am not held responsible if it does not work. 

Any way I hope you found this useful, I will link the places mentioned down below.

Boots.com

Superdrug.com

Lush.com

Radox.co.uk

YouTube.com

Netflix.com

Hannah.

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My Autumn/ Fall Essentials 

Today I’m going to be sharing my top 10 essentials I need for Autumn or fall time.

1. Candles- I love Candles so much I collect all different scents and types, so these have got to be a big part of my Autumn essentials, my favourite is Yankee candles, there is a Yankee candle shop near where I live and I spend a lot of my time and money in there. A few of my favourite fall time scents are…                     Snow in love- This is actually a winter candle but I love it all year round.

Honey clementine-This one is a new scent for 2016.

Midsummers night- This one is a very deep dark scent, that just makes you feel cosy and warm.

Mandarin cranberry- This one has a lovely fruity scent that makes you feel very cosy and festive

Wedding day- My all time favourite scented candle.
2. Cosy blankets- There is nothing I love more than cuddling up to a good film on the sofa with a nice soft blanket keeping you warm, I have a couple just Incase but my favourite is one I got from Primark quite a while ago now but it is still as soft as ever.

3. Hot chocolate- My favourite hot drink is a nice creamy hot chocolate with cream and mini marshmallows, I am lucky enough to own a tassimo coffe machine and I use the cadburys chocolate pods they are so easy and delicious.

4.Hot Baths- I love a good bath especially with bubbles and a bath bomb, there is nothing quite like it before bed to get you all cosy and sleepy. I normally light some candles, get my bubble bars and bath bombs from lush and sit and wind down after a long day with a hair and face mask. My favourite lush bath bombs and bubble bars are…

Frozen bath bomb

The comforter bubble bar

Ickle baby bot bath bomb

Butterball bath bomb

Dragons egg bath bomb

Pop in the bath bubble bar

5. Fluffy socks/bed socks- Now I never go anywhere with out fluffy socks on in the fall and winter time they are my ultimate essential.

6. Cosy knitted jumpers- My favourite seasons are fall and winter time because of knitted jumpers and the fashion involved with that time of year, plus they never go out of fashion because they are a fall must have.

7.Comfort foods- This is a must, they are the meals that just make you feel all warm inside like a home cooked meal, my favourites are soups, chilli con carne, chicken cassarole with dumplings, chicken stew, sausages and mash with peas and gravy, chicken roast dinner, spaghetti Bolognese, toad in the hole, curry. 

8. Dark lipstick- Over the past couple of years I’ve been really loving a dark lip in the autumn time, one of my favourites is by Mac cosmetics, it’s called amorous it is a deep plum red colour and it is my go too dark lip shade.

9.Coffee shops- In fall time the best place to be when it’s cold or raining is a coffee shop my favourite place to go is Costa, I love their coffee or hot chocolate and their food is amazing, you can take away or eat in, which I much prefer to eat in and get on with any work or go with my fiancé or friends and family for a coffee and a chat. 

10. Medicine and tissues- This is a massive essential especially in Autumn and winter time because it’s cold and flu season with the change of weather, so you defiantly need to try and combat any germs before you get sick, because I think there is nothing worse than being ill. 

So these are my Autumn/ fall essentials, I hope you enjoyed reading this post, don’t forget to check out some of my others.

Hannah.

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