Posted by Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook on 01/18/2016

Housekeeping Aide

Devlin Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation
Cumberland, MD

Employment Type

The Housekeeping Aide provides cleaning services to provide a safe, sanitary, comfortable and homelike environment for residents, staff and the public. Housekeeping services provided are in accord with facility policies and procedures and consistent with state and federal laws and regulations to maintain an environment that enhances the quality of life for residents.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: ·         Cleans (dust, dry mop, wet mop, sanitize, scrub) assigned resident rooms, bathrooms and common areas daily according to facility procedures.

  • Respects residents’ privacy and preferences about room arrangement, personal items. Knocks before entering resident rooms and bathrooms.
  • Cleans walls, ceilings, windows, mirrors, waxes floors according to department procedures and cleaning schedules.
  • Takes appropriate actions to secure housekeeping supplies out of reach of residents at all times.
  • Disposes of trash and waste, including bio-hazardous waste and other materials that require special handling, only in accord with facility procedures.
  • Posts signs indicating a safety hazard any time housekeeping activities pose environmental hazards to staff, residents, visitors or others in the facility.
  • Uses personal protective equipment when at risk of exposure to blood or other potentially hazardous body fluids and at all other times indicated by facility policies and procedures.
  • Complies with all safety instructions and procedures when using chemical substances. Refers to labels and Material Safety Data Sheets for instructions.         Keeps all chemicals and cleaning supplies in their original containers. Asks supervisor for assistance if unsure of proper handling techniques. Assures all cleaning supplies are in appropriate, labeled containers.
  • Monitors and reports all evidence of rodents or pests to supervisor.
  • Communicates with Director of Housekeeping & Laundry throughout shift and as needed.
  • Assists Director of Housekeeping & Laundry with preparation for state inspections. Attends survey training and interacts with state surveyors as instructed by immediate supervisor.
  • Reports injury to self or others to supervisor immediately.
  • Attends in-service education programs as assigned.         Applies information to job tasks.
  • Monitors workplace for safety and fire hazards and corrects or reports potential problems. Reports housekeeping and maintenance problems, including equipment breakdown, to Director of Housekeeping & Laundry promptly.
  • Participates in fire and disaster drills. In the event of an emergency carries out assigned duties to assure resident safety.
  • May wash and buff floors to a glossy shine.
  • May extract and bonnet carpets



ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS: 1.    Education/Training/Work Experience:

Education: Sufficient to demonstrate functional literacy

Certificate/Licenses: None.

Work Experience: Prior housekeeping experience in an institutional setting preferred.

Freedom from illegal use of drugs, and freedom from use and effects of use of drugs and alcohol in the workplace.

Persons who have been found guilty by a court of law of abusing, neglecting or mistreating individuals in a health care related setting are ineligible for employment in this position. 2.    Specialized Knowledge & Skills:

·         Carries out all duties in accord with the facility mission and philosophy.

·         Demonstrates knowledge of and respect for the rights, dignity and individuality of each resident in all interactions.

·         Appreciates the importance of maintaining confidentiality of resident and facility information.

·         Demonstrates honesty and integrity at all times in the care and use of resident and facility property.

·         Able to understand and to follow written and verbal directions. Able to effectively communicate with staff members and residents through verbal and/or written means.

·         Knowledge of emergency and disaster procedures of facility. Able to locate nearest exit, to understand and respond to written or oral instruction in case of emergency.

·         Sufficient mobility, and strength to move freely through the building, to assure resident safety at all times and to assist, transfer or otherwise move residents of facility out of danger in case of emergency.

·         Demonstrates respect for co-workers and responds to needs of residents by complying with facility policies on attendance and punctuality and dress code.   Able to arrive and to begin work on time and to report for duty as scheduled on all shifts, weekends and holidays.



·         Working knowledge and ability to comply with facility policies and procedures for workplace safety including infection control procedures, application of universal precautions for blood borne pathogens, use

·         of personal protective equipment and handling of hazardous materials.

·         Demonstrates ability to prioritize tasks/responsibilities and complete duties/projects within allotted time

·         Able to respond to change productively and to handle additional tasks/projects as assigned.

·         Able to carry out the essential functions of this job (with or without reasonable accommodation) without posing specific, current risk of substantial harm to health and safety of self and others.



·         Successful performance of essential functions can best be achieved through consistent application of current knowledge, use of good judgment, common sense, ability to establish and carry out priorities, effective use of interpersonal skills and ongoing communication with residents, staff, families, interdisciplinary team members, and government officials, including state surveyors and ombudsmen.

·         This job cannot be performed without exposure to the stresses associated with an intimate, 24 hour residential care environment that delivers care and services primarily to disabled and cognitively unpaired residents.   Examples of these stresses include, but are not limited to: shift rotation, weekend and holiday duty, unusual or impaired behavior by residents, family reactions to having a loved one in the nursing home, death and dying, oversight of state surveyors, ombudsmen and federal officials, presence of consultants and attorneys, and variable involvement of medical staff.

·         Essential functions are carried out in a variety of positions including standing and sitting. To meet residents' needs, virtually all positions require the ability to move freely through the building. Stooping, bending, lifting and carrying, as well as other physical demands may be required as described in the Essential Physical Demands of this position.

Contact Info:
Sarah Shade, HRM

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