Cook/Housekeeper - Inpatient - PRN
Arkansas Hospice, Inc.
Housekeeper, Cleaning, Cooking Job in Russellville, AR
Under the direct supervision of the Hospice Home Manager, the Housekeeper/Cook performs routine housekeeping duties including cleaning patient rooms, offices, and public areas while following established guidelines for safety and infection control. Responsible for the preparation and service of breakfast, lunch and dinner meals for patients according to the approved menu cycle and production sheets.
Education: High school diploma or GED.
Experience: Previous experience in a hospital, long-term care facility, or hospice preferred. Minimum of two years' experience in quantity cooking, a basic knowledge of modified diets; training in food service sanitation, and experience utilizing industrial kitchen equipment and utensils.
Additional Requirements: May be required to work flexible hours and occasional overtime.
Perform routine cleaning of patient rooms, offices, and public areas to include dusting, sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming.
Clean all areas, furniture, and equipment using only approved cleaning supplies and chemicals.
Move furniture and equipment to ensure effective cleaning. Replace furniture and equipment when cleaning is complete.
Collect and dispose of trash following established safety and infection control guidelines.
Restock supplies in patient rooms, offices, and public areas (e.g., paper products, soap, etc.) as needed.
After patient discharge, perform terminal cleaning of patient room according to established guidelines (may include washing walls, windows, furniture, baseboards, etc.).
Store cleaning supplies and equipment according to established safety and security guidelines when not in use.
Practice universal precautions and follow environmental safety guidelines including instructions on Material Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
Comply with established guidelines for infection control, OSHA regulations, and safety/risk management plans, policies, and procedures.
Notify supervisor immediately of any unsafe condition or other situation that may affect the health and/or well-being of patients, staff, or visitors.
Open the kitchen and organize supplies, equipment, and utensils needed for the day's activities.
Prepare meals and beverages according to menu cycle and daily production sheet.
Follow menus and recipes as provided by the Inpatient Service Manager (CDM) and Registered Dietician.
Accurately prepare food for modified diets, consulting with Registered Dietician as required.
Complete and prepare meals in a timely manner as prescribed by established meal times.
Adhere to appropriate portion control and avoid over production.
Adhere to standards for food temperatures during cooking, serving and storage of leftovers.
Maintain freezer and storerooms in an orderly fashion and properly date and label all food items.
Follow posted cleaning schedule and ensure a clean kitchen and dining room at all times.
Document refrigeration and dish machine temperatures according to posted schedules.
Immediately report any equipment malfunction to the CDM.
Comply with all established safety guidelines at all times.
Maintain strict confidentiality at all times.
Utilize and model excellent customer service skills at all times; seek opportunities to assist patients, families and co-workers; demonstrate teamwork and cooperation
Accept direction and follow instructions from supervisor; seek additional information as needed; work with minimal supervision.
Adhere to all organizational and departmental policies and procedures.
Continually meet organizational standards for attendance and punctuality; notify supervisor in a timely manner when employee will be absent or late for work.
Attend all required meetings and in-services; seek opportunities for additional professional development activities as appropriate.
Perform other duties as assigned.
COMPETENCIES, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
THIS SECTION DESCRIBES WHAT KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES AN EMPLOYEE IN THIS POSITION SHOULD CURRENTLY POSSESS. THIS LIST MAY NOT BE COMPLETE FOR ALL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION.
Knowledge of basic housekeeping procedures.
Knowledge of proper use of cleaning chemicals and disinfectants.
Knowledge of proper patient bed disinfecting procedures.
Knowledge of proper methods for cleaning chemical/biomedical spills.
Knowledge of universal precautions.
Knowledge and acceptance of hospice philosophy and principles of care.
Skill in organizing and prioritizing workloads to meet deadlines.
Skill in use of basic cleaning equipment (e.g., vacuum, floor buffer, etc.)
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with co-workers and other customers.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, patients, families, and other caregivers.
Ability to follow basic safety policies and procedures.
Ability to use good judgment and to maintain confidentiality of information.
Ability to work as a team player.
Ability to demonstrate tact, resourcefulness, patience and dedication.
Ability to accept direction and adhere to policies and procedures.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
This position is designated as a safety sensitive position because it includes as part of the essential job duties the regular operation of a motor vehicle. This position is one in which a lapse of attention could result in injury, illness, or death. For the safety of the employee and others, the employee must be able to work in a constant state of alertness and concentrate for long periods of time while operating a motor vehicle.