When working in community care you’ll find that you spend a lot of your time in your car. Whether waiting out a break between calls or driving between visits, much of your shift will have you stuck in your car. A lot of the time it might be too far, or too much hassle to drive home whilst you’re out on shift, so it’s important that you have everything you need in your car to hold you over for the duration. Here’s our list of essentials to keep with you whilst working in community care;
These are the items you shouldn’t start your shift without.
- Your Uniform (if you wear one)
- Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel
- Your Mobile Phone (charged)
A lot can go wrong when you’re driving, keep these on hand and prepare for the worst.
- Reflective Triangle
- Spare Tire
- Jumper Cables
- Break Down Cover Information
- First Aid Kit
- Flash Light
- Warm Clothes
- A Jerry Can
It’s not all about preparing for emergencies, stock up on things to keep you entertained during your breaks.
- An AUX Cable
- Audio Books
- Phone Charger (and cigarette port adapter)
- Candy Crush
- Downloaded shows on 4OD/BBC Iplayer/Netflix
Food and Drink
Keep your self going for the day and try to avoid spending your hard earned money on expensive bottled waters.
- Large Water Bottle
- Cereal Bars
- Hot Flask of Tea/Coffee
- Starbucks/McDonalds/Costa Loyalty Cards
If you have anything you’d like to add to our list, let us know in the comments. If you’re looking for a new role in community care, why not register as a candidate with us? Just click here to get started.