Laundry Aide

Vanguard Healthcare Vicksburg, MS



The primary purpose of the Laundry Aide position is to perform the day-to-day activities of the Laundry Department and as may be directed by your supervisor.


* Ensure that work/cleaning schedules are followed as closely as practical.

* Assist in coordinating daily laundry services with nursing and activity services when performing routine assignments in resident living areas.

* Attend department and staff meetings as directed.

* File complaints/grievances with your supervisor.

* Turn in all lost and found articles to your supervisor.

* Maintain a lost and found area in the laundry department.

Laundry Services Functions

* Perform day-to-day laundry functions as assigned.

* Perform specific tasks according to daily work assignments.

* Perform assigned tasks according to established laundry procedures.

* Collect, sort, count and/or weigh soiled laundry, linen, garments, etc. and place in appropriate containers or assigned areas.

* Separate items that require special stain removal/treatment.

* Press/iron garments as instructed.

* Fold, count, stack, hang, label and distribute clean laundry to residents daily or as instructed.

* During emergency conditions, assure that clean laundry, linen, garments, etc., are distributed to designated areas as instructed.

* Clean floors, including sweeping, dusting, and mopping as requested.

* Keep laundry area clean and sanitary.

* Remove dust, dirt, grease, etc. from equipment and/or floor surfaces as necessary.

* Discard waste/trash into proper containers and reline receptacle with plastic liner.

Staff Development Functions

* Participate in department projects as directed.

* Attend in-service programs and on-the-job training classes as directed.

* Attend annual OSHA and CDC in-service programs for hazard communication, TB management and blood borne pathogens standards.

Safety and Sanitation Functions

* Follow established fire safety policies and procedures.

* Follow established safety precautions when performing tasks and when using equipment and supplies.

* Wear and/or use safety equipment and supplies when lifting or moving heavy objects.

* Ensure that assigned work areas are kept in a clean and sanitary manner.

* Keep work areas free of hazardous objects, unnecessary equipment, supplies, etc.

* Follow proper techniques when mixing chemicals, disinfectants, and solutions used in the work area. Always refer to MSDSs when necessary.

* Follow established procedures for product labeling and MSDSs.

* Report all hazardous conditions or equipment to your supervisor.

* Report any and all accidents/incidents to your supervisor during the shift in which they occur.

* Ensure that established infection control and universal precautions are followed.

* Use appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment when handling infectious materials.

* Discard sharps into designated container.

* Follow established hand washing procedures.

* Dispose of refuse daily according to proper sanitation procedures.

* Coordinate isolation procedures with nursing services.

* Participate in in-service training prior to performing tasks that involve potential exposure to blood, body fluids or hazardous chemicals.

Equipment and Supply Functions

* Ensure that an adequate supply of laundry products is maintained to meet the daily needs of the residents.

* Keep supervisor informed of supply needs.

* Report all broken or malfunctioning equipment to your supervisor.

* Ensure that equipment is cleaned and properly stored at the end of your shift.

Resident Rights Responsibilities

* Maintain the confidentially of all resident information.

* Knock before entering the resident's room.

* Honor the resident's personal and property rights.

* Report all allegations of resident abuse and/or misappropriation of resident property.

* Inform resident when it is necessary to move his/her personal possessions.

* Report complaints of missing or mislabeled property to your supervisor.

Working Conditions

* Works primarily in the laundry area as well as in all areas of the facility.

* Moves intermittently during work hours.

* Is subject to frequent interruptions and may need to reschedule laundry activities.

* Is involved with residents, personnel, visitors, government agency personnel, etc. under all conditions and circumstances.

* Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, personnel and visitors.

* Communicates with other laundry personnel, nursing personnel and other department personnel.

* Works beyond normal working hours, on weekends and holidays, and in other positions, temporarily, when necessary.

* Is subject to callback during emergency conditions.

* May be required to work on shifts other than the one for which hired.

* Attends and participates in continuing education programs.

* Is subject to injury from falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc., throughout the workday, as well as to reactions from dust, plastics, synthetics, disinfectants, tobacco smoke, and other potential contaminants.

* Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, disease, conditions, etc. including TB and the AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses.

* May be subject to the handling of and exposure to hazardous chemicals.


* Must possess a minimum, a tenth (10th) grade education.


* None required. On-the-job training provided.

Specific Requirements

* Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.

* Must possess the ability to make independent decisions, follow instructions and accept constructive feedback.

* Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agency personnel, and the general public.

* Must possess the ability and willingness to work harmoniously with other personnel.

* Must have patience, tact, a positive attitude and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult residents.

* Must be willing to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing housekeeping practices.

* Must be able to follow written and oral instructions concerning the mixing of cleaning compounds, liquids, disinfecting solutions, etc.

* Must be able to distinguish between cotton, wool and synthetics.

* Must be familiar with proper heat to apply to particular fabrics to prevent damage.

* Must not pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other individuals in the workplace.