As a home care professional, you have a busy schedule. So, do you have everything you need for your upcoming shift? Here’s how to pack your bag to prepare for a day as a home health aide.
Packing Tips to Prepare for a Day as a Home Health Aide
Find the Right Bag
Although your coworkers may love a certain brand or type of bag, you want something that works well for YOU. Consider the following factors:
The bag should be large enough to hold everything you require but not bulky or cumbersome.
An over-the-shoulder or crossbody strap allows you to carry your bag and keep both hands free. However, some people find straps hurt their back, so they prefer easy-to-grip handles. Many bags offer both options so you can switch back and forth.
You need to quickly locate frequently used items such as pens, hand sanitizer, and your phone. Thus, look for a bag with at least a few zipper pockets and/or compartments. After all, you don’t want to spend your day digging through your bag.
- Personal Style
Your bag can be practical AND fun! Color, fabric, and design should be part of your decision-making process too.
Pack Essential Items
There are certain items you want to have on hand. These may vary from person to person but should include these categories:
- The Necessities
Always have a pen and paper available to take notes. A phone (plus a charging code) and a list of emergency contacts are essential too.
- Medical Supplies
What equipment do you need to take care of your patient? Some items, like hand sanitizer, a thermometer, and latex gloves, are universal. Others may depend on the individual.
- Personal Items
Also, remember to throw in supplies to keep yourself comfortable throughout the day. These may include lunch, snacks, a water bottle, tissues, and/or a sweater.
- Arts & Entertainment
Sometimes your clients will appreciate an extra activity or two. Consider adding art supplies, puzzles, games, books, and/or magazines to your bag for entertainment purposes!
Travel as Light as Possible
Finally, keep in mind, carrying everything you could possibly require is likely to give you backache. Therefore, use your car as an extension of your bag. By placing a few bins or storage containers in your trunk, you can easily load and unload items. For example, let’s say your first client needs extra medical equipment and your second client loves board games. You could start the day with the medical equipment in your bag. Then, before you go to see your second client, swap out the medical equipment for a game.
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