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Housekeeper

Olde Knox Commons

This is a Contract position in Huntersville, NC posted February 27, 2021.

JOB SUMMARY A Housekeeper is to maintain assigned areas in a clean, sanitary, safe, orderly, attractive manner in accordance with current applicable federal, state and local standards, guidelines and regulations, our established policies and procedures, and as may be directed by the Environmental Services Supervisor and/or the Administration, to assure that the highest degree of cleanliness, safety and sanitation is maintained at all times. QUALIFICATIONS (Educational) ● Must possess, as a minimum, a high school diploma. (Experience) ● One (1) year experience preferred, but not required. On-the-job training provided. (Specific Requirements) ● Must be able to read, write and speak the English language. ● Possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action. ● Must have patience, cheerful disposition, enthusiasm, and caring attitude, with ability to deal tactfully and work harmoniously with personnel, physicians, nurses, attendants, residents, administration, and general public. ● Must be a minimum of 18 years of age and good moral character. ● Knowledgeable of housekeeping/laundry practices, procedures, as well as related laws, regulations and guidelines pertaining to long term care facilities. ● Ability to minimize waste of supplies, misuse of equipment, etc. ● Possess the ability to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing housekeeping practices. ● Be able to follow written and oral instructions concerning the mixture of cleaning compounds, liquids, cleaning instructions, etc., as directed. (Working Conditions) ● Sitting, standing, bending, lifting and moving intermittently during working hours. ● Works in all areas of the facility. ● Subject to frequent interruptions. ● Involved with residents, family members, personnel, visitors, government agencies/personnel, etc., under all conditions/circumstances. ● Subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, etc. ● Communicates with the medical staff, nursing personnel, and other department supervisors. ● Willingness to work beyond normal working hours, and in other positions temporarily, when necessary. ● Attend and participate in continuing educational programs. ● Subjects to reactions from dust, housekeeping and disinfecting solutions, falls, burns from equipment, infectious diseases, substances, odors, etc., throughout the work day. (Physical Demands) ● Must be able to move intermittently throughout the work day. ● Must be able to speak the English language in an understandable manner. ● Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position. ● Must possess sight/hearing senses, or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately so that the requirements of this position can be fully met. ● Must function independently, have flexibility (reaching up and behind items such as furniture), personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with personnel, and support agencies. ● Must be in good general health and demonstrate emotional stability. ● Must be able to lift, push, and move equipment and supplies throughout the workday. ● Must be able to relate to and work with ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and at times hostile people within the facility. Job Requirements:DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Listed below is an outline of the major duties and responsibilities that you will be required to perform as a Housekeeper. Even though your job description is broad, every effort has been made to make this outline as complete as possible. HOWEVER, we must emphasize that you will be required to perform other related duties and activities as determined by the Administration of the facility. ● Receive and follow cleaning schedule/instructions from your supervisor and/or as outlined in our established housekeeping policies and procedures. ● Clean/polish furnishing, fixtures, ledges, room heating/cooling units, etc., in resident’s rooms, living /recreational areas, etc., as instructed. ● Clean, wash, sanitize and/or polish bathroom fixtures. (Assure water marks are removed from fixtures). ● Assure shower area is cleaned, ensuring that shower curtain is dry and free from any mold or soap build-up. ● Clean windows/mirrors in resident’s rooms, living/recreational areas, and entrance/exit areas as instructed. ● Clean floors, to include, sweeping, dusting, damp/wet mopping, waxing, buffing, disinfecting, in resident rooms, hallways, common areas as instructed. (Ensure that CAUTION/SAFETY signs are properly setup PRIOR to performing such duties.) ● Clean carpets, to include vacuuming, shampooing, deodorizing, and disinfecting as instructed. ● Clean walls and ceilings by washing, wiping, dusting, spot cleaning, disinfecting, deodorizing, etc., as instructed. ● Remove dirt, dust, grease, film, etc., form surfaces using proper cleaning/disinfecting solutions. ● Clean hallways, nurse station/office, public bathrooms, utility closets, clean/soiled linen, nourishment, shower and activity rooms, as necessary/instructed. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES CONTINUED ● Dispose of waste/trash into proper containers and reline trash receptacle with plastic liners. ● Assist in implementing and coordinating departmental policies and procedures, to assure that the premises, equipment, and facility is clean, orderly, and attractive at all times. ● Develop and maintain a good working rapport with inter-department personnel, as well as other departments within the facility to assure that housekeeping programs can properly planned and maintained to meet the needs of the facility. ● Interpret department policies and procedures to personnel, residents, visitors, family members, etc., as necessary. ● Serve on various committees of the facility as directed. ● Review department policies, procedures, manuals, job descriptions, etc., at least annually, and participate in making recommended changes. ● Ensure that resident’s rights to fair and equitable treatment, self determination, individuality, privacy, property and civil rights, including the right to wage complaints, are well established and followed by all department personnel. ● Assist in the recruitment, selection and training of competent department personnel. ● Ensure that the housekeeping department’s procedures are followed. ● Adhere to written policies that will effectively maintain clean and sanitary conditions for the facility. ● Responsible for working scheduled hours and work assignments, etc., to maintain quality resident care. ● Inspect the facility, on a daily basis, to ensure that cleanliness and sanitary standards are maintained at all times. ● Assist and participate in programs designed for in-service education, on the job training and orientation classes for newly assigned department personnel. ● Assist in the development of the department budget. ● Participate and assist in departmental studies and projects as assigned or that may become necessary. ● Maintain CONFIDENTIALITY of all pertinent resident care information to assure resident rights are protected. ● Be economical and use housekeeping supplies in accordance with use and safety requirements and understand chemicals that are used in the workplace ● Ensure that you utilize facility PPE (personal protective equipment) to create a safe working environment ● Evaluate and implement recommendations from the facilities committees, e.g., Infection Control. ● Make written and oral reports/recommendations to the administrator concerning the operation of the department. ● Attend; participate in workshops, seminars, etc., to keep abreast of current changes in the health care field, as well as to maintain a professional status. ● Recommend your supervisor the equipment and supply needs of the department. ● Assist in standardizing the methods in which work will be accomplished. ● Create and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest, and positive emphasis, as well as a calm environment throughout the department. ● Represent the facility at and participate in meetings as required. ● Maintain an adequate liaison with families and residents as required. ● Report all hazardous conditions/equipment to the administrator immediately. ● Report all accident/incidents as established by department policies. Fill out and file reports as directed. ● Promote the morale of all personnel and maintain a spirit of cooperation. ● Follow all universal precautions for infection control including isolation cleaning procedures ● Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Administration of The facility.