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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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Hiya everybody, I hope everyone is well, I’m just writing this post as a bit of a life update since I’ve not been posting for a number of weeks, so I just thought I should explain a bit on why. So in September I unfortunately was not getting any more hours at my previous employment in a nursing home due to an injury on my back which I needed to have several MRI scans and even stay in overnight in hospital for, which I wrote a post on my experience which you can check it out here. Anyway so I decided it was time to look around for a new job, which I got one in my old hair salon where I worked as junior, but this was as a stylist, now I hadn’t done a lot of hair for about 2 years so I was rusty anyway which I warned my boss, so I undertook 2 days of being fully booked, but it wasn’t working out and I just wasn’t feeling it, I had clearly made a huge mistake when I was 16 by training in hairdressing. To add to that, the boss was not willing to help train me further and she also wanted me to be self employed which would not of worked out for me, so I decided to leave there and look further for a job. The only trouble was that I had left my job in the nursing home, but luckily my parents and fiancé was very supportive with my bills (which wasn’t that many). So just under 2 months passed and I had applied for so many jobs and attended several interviews but I was not being successful in any area. I started to feel quite down about everything and It was making me feel ill from it, so when I got an interview at a care home near where I live and they started asking me about my back And I told they everything that happened and I thought that in no way they would consider me for the position, even though my back has healed I was positive I hadn’t got it, so when I got a call a couple of days later I was so shocked when she said that they would love me to join their team, I was so happy I started to cry, because I had given up hope on ever getting a job but I finally done it. So now I’m waiting for my DBS check to come back and then I can get started and back to normality, because I wasn’t used to not working since I had started work the day after my last exam at school and I had been working ever since. Now I’m back and feel up to writing more posts on here and finally feeling a million times better about my self, and now that both me and my partner both have quite well paid jobs we can go on the house hunt again after Christmas and be able to start another chapter in our lives together. Thank you for reading this and I’m sorry for the lack of posts recently again this was due to the reasons ive just explained, so I will be posting many more up again like I was doing originally,thank you very much.

Hannah.