Housekeeping/Laundry Aide

Mescalero, NM

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Posted On: Jul-06-2021
Status: This Job is Closed
Job Summary
The Housekeeping Aide provides cleaning services to provide a safe, sanitary, comfortable and homelike
environment for residents, staff and the public. The Laundry Aide handles, folds, sorts, stores, processes, and
transports laundry and linen throughout the facility so that sufficient supplies are available to meet resident
needs. Housekeeping and Laundry services provide 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. Mescalero Care Center reserves the right to adjust employment assignments as deemed
necessary to facilitate the everyday operations of the facility.
This position description may not include all of the listed duties, nor do all of the listed examples include all tasks, which may be
found or assigned to this position.
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 references about room arrangement, personal items. Knocks before
entering resident rooms and bathrooms.
 Cleans wall, ceilings, windows, mirrors, according to department procedures and cleaning schedules.
 Sorts soiled laundry according to departmental procedures for handling linen and for infection control.
 Loads of appropriate amount of laundry into washing machine. Adds correct amount of detergent.
 Maintains separation between soiled and clean laundry.
 Care for residents’ personal laundry according to each individual’s personal needs and preferences.
Delivers clean laundry to residents’ room. Request residents’ permission before entering room.
 Follows facility procedures to ensure that personal laundry is always returned, without damage from the
laundry process, to the correct owner.
 Operates laundry equipment according to manufacturer’s instructions.
 Utilizes personal protective equipment according to departmental policies and procedures.
 Follows all safety information and procedures when using chemical compounds. Refers to product labels
and Material Safety Data Sheets for information. Keeps all products in original containers. Asks
supervisor for assistance is unsure of proper handling techniques.
 Inspects laundry item and reports wear and damage to supervisor.
 Returns clean laundry and linens to units promptly. Stocks linen carts and closets as scheduled. Notifies
supervisor of any difficulty in meeting unit needs for laundry. Places laundry carts in proper position on
 Maintains workplace in orderly, clean manner. Stores supplies and equipment in proper places when not
in use.
 Communicates with supervisor throughout shifts as needed.
Position DescriptionEffective September 2020
Housekeeping/Laundry Aid
 Takes appropriate actions to secure housekeeping supplies out of reach of residents all times.
 Disposes of trash and waste, including bio hazardous waste and other materials that require special
handling in compliance with state and federal requirements.
 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 Data sheets for instructions. Asks supervisor for assistance if unsure of proper handling
 Monitors and reports all evidence of rodents of pests to supervisor.
 Communicates with Director of Housekeeping & Laundry throughout the shifts as needed.
 Assists Director of Housekeeping and Laundry with preparation for state inspections. Attends survey
training, interacts with state surveyors, and instructed by immediate supervisor.
 Reports injury of self or others to supervisor immediately.
 Attends in-service education programs 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 event of an emergency, carries out assigned duties to assure
resident safety.
 Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
 High School Diploma or GED.
 Must successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen and background investigation.
Tribal preference and Native American Indian preference shall apply to all positions.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
 Caries 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
 Appreciates the importance of maintain 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 effectively to communicate with
staff members and residents through verbal and/or written.
 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 coworkers 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 work place safety
including infection control procedures, application of universal precautions for blood borne pathogens,
use of personal protective equipment and handling of hazardous materials.
 Demonstrate 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. Effective September 2020
Housekeeping/Laundry Aid
 Able to carry out the essential functions of this job (with or without reasonable accommodation) without
posing specific, current risks of substantial harm to health and safety of self and others.
Physical Demands
Successful performance of essential functions can best be achieved through consistent application of current
knowledge , use of good judgment, teamwork, common sense, ability to establish and carry out priorities
effective use of interpersonal skills and ongoing communication with residents, staff, and families,
interdisciplinary team members, and government officials, including state surveyors and ombudsman.
This job cannot be performed without exposure to the stresses associated with the intimate 24- hour residential
care environment that delivers care and services primarily to disabled and cognitively impaired residents.
Examples of these stressed 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, ombudsman and federal officials, presence of consultants and attorneys, and
variable involvement of medical staff.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit; use hands and fingers to
handle, or feel; and talk and hear. The employee occasionally is required to stand; walk; and reach with hands
and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Work Environment
INSIDE/OUTSIDE: Must be able to withstand temperatures inside and out cleaning purpose.
COLD/HEAT: Must be able to tolerate different temperatures in the building. Ability to withstand some heat
from dryers in summer months.
NOISE/VIBRATIONS: Able to withstand noises. Example: vacuum cleaner, carpet cleaner or other equipment
used in the facility.
DRY/DUST: Be able to work around dust areas. Ability to withstand the cleaning of dryer lint traps.
FUMES/ODORS/CHEMICAL EXPOSURE: Ability to withstand urine odors and odors such as bleach, or any
chemical used laundry. Daily odors of cleaning supplies.
OTHER ENVIRONMENT HAZARDS: Be alert and know which chemicals are hazardous and take the correct
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has determined that certain employees in nursing
homes are at significant risk of exposure to blood borne pathogens such as Hepatitis B and Human
Immunodeficiency virus (HIV)