Are you prepared with the right tools for your job as a home health aide? Make sure that you have available the supplies you need to help you successfully do your job at all times.
Having a well-stocked and quality supply of the items we list below will show your agency and your clients that you are a professional HHA.
First and foremost, it is important to routinely wear a uniform such as a scrub for all of your client visits.
Scrubs are typically short-sleeved shirts and drawstring pants that are made of cotton material worn by medical professionals.
What is great about scrubs is that they are comfortable, easy to maintain and cost effective.
Scrubs have come a long way since the standard-issue green color they were available in. These days scrubs are available in a wide variety of styles, colors and patterns of your choosing.
In addition to what you wear to work, what you bring with you on the job is also important Having a stock of personal protective equipment is definitely essential. Personal protective equipment includes latex gloves and alcohol wipes for sterilization.
It is possible that your clients may already have these on hand, so you won’t need to use your own supply. But at some point sooner or later you will need to have your own supply as the client may not have them available.
Also, equipment for measuring your client’s vital signs is very handy to have with you. This equipment includes a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff and a digital thermometer.
Whatever profession you are in, its always a good idea to keep yourself up to date in your chosen field of work by reading books.
There is a nice selection of HHA books to choose from. Take a look at the HHA books below to give you an idea of what is available.
These are great as a handy reference as well as to help you study for your HHA exam!