Medical housekeepers work in the healthcare industry, mostly at hospitals. They may also work at patients’ homes. They may clean patients' rooms, surgical areas, nursing units, laboratory areas, and many other areas. They must make sure that all areas are clean and sterile to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. When working at patients’ homes, medical housekeepers must make sure that they provide a clean and sanitary environment for patients.
These housekeepers must often have a high school diploma, but employers usually provide on the job training. However, employers prefer candidates who have previous experience as medical housekeepers. The ability to speak a second language, such as Spanish, is a plus. However, it is not always necessary.
Medical housekeepers are responsible for having sufficient supplies to perform their jobs. They sometimes order these supplies as needed, either from a department within their company or from an authorized vendor. They must be willing to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as in a team environment. They must pass a drug test and background check. Some medical housekeepers are required to be bondable. They may be required to continuously attend workshops or classes relevant to their job. They may be required to train new medical housekeepers.
Medical Housekeeper Tasks
Disinfect and sterilize hospital equipment.
Clean linens, towels, toilet items, and cleaning supplies, following patient discharge.
Clean patient rooms, restrooms, corridors, and other work areas so that health standards are met.