JOB TITLE: DOMESTIC
ACCOUNTABLE TO: MANAGEMENT
Ensuring that the cleanliness of all areas in the Home, be it living, dining, sleeping, staff or other, is of a high standard that complies with the requirements laid down by the Environmental Health Department. Responsibilities for the supervision and control of other, junior, domestic staff as delegated from time to time.
- Delegate tasks/work to subordinate staff, ensuring the Homes high standards are maintained and not relaxed up on.
- Use the correct cleaning materials in the correct quantities (as stated by the manufacturers) to clean all areas in the Home.
- Have due regard to the resident and/or other staff whilst using cleaning equipment. At all times you must respect a resident’s right to privacy, peace and tranquillity. Equally, you must not interfere in any case procedures that may be in operation.
- Ensuring that the cleaning equipment is kept clean, well maintained and stored properly ready for use.
- Maintain awareness of the company’s Fire Safety regulations and procedures.
- Be aware of the Health and Safety at Work policy. Report hazards identified immediately and place appropriate warranty notices in position.
- Maintain a standard of dress and personal hygiene in line with company policy, having regard to the public image of the company.
- Ensure confidentiality of information at all times.
- Undertake such domestic and/or other associated duties as may from time to time be delegated.
- As the home is committed to the concept of a Quality Management System, all staff are to be aware of the ISO 9001: 2008 system and take an active part in the development of the system including training to undertake various tasks in its implementation and operation.
CLEANLINESS AND INFECTION CONTROL
- All care home staff who have regular contact with service users have a responsibility to ensure that:
- There are clear procedures in place to prevent, detect and control the spread of infection
- Appropriate standards of cleanliness and hygiene are maintained among the staff, service users and visitors
- The premises and all equipment, medical devices and materials are maintained to the appropriate standards of cleanliness and hygiene.
- wash their hands regularly, including between seeing each and every service user where direct contact is involved, no matter how minor the contact, after handling any body fluids or waste or soiled items, after using the toilet and before handling foodstuffs
- clean up any spillage of any body fluids or body waste, such as blood, faeces and urine, as quickly as possible
- treat every spillage of body fluids or body waste as potentially infectious and wear protective gloves and aprons and use disposable wipes when cleaning such a spillage
- help to keep the home clean and tidy and to identify to the care home manager any areas which fall below acceptable or safe standards of cleanliness and hygiene
- report immediately any injury involving a potentially infected needle or sharp or any “splash” incident involving blood or bodily fluids.
- always use appropriate protective clothing and equipment (e.g. disposable aprons and gloves) whenever at risk of coming into direct contact with body fluids or potentially infectious materials
- on no account attempt to wash and reuse disposable single use protective gloves
- always inform their managers if they are unwell with suspect food poisoning, diarrhoea, vomiting or any other infectious disease
- ensure that soiled articles of clothing and infected linen are not carried through areas where food is stored, prepared, cooked or eaten
- ensure that all laundry machines, equipment, surfaces and storage areas within the laundry are kept clean and tidy and that areas used for foul linen are disinfected and cleaned after use
- wear a clean, properly laundered uniform for each shift
- co-operate with any waste segregation process implemented by the home – including the segregation of domestic and clinical waste.
This job description is intended to give a broad outline to the function and responsibilities of the domestic and may be updated at regular intervals.
A job description is not rigid but acts as a guide to the functions of the post holder.