Tuesday, 30 June 2015

A Home Carer's Bucket (and Mop) List

MOPPING PART 2:  You are the Mop Master!



For those blossoming HACC workers out there who are still learning the ropes on Home Care; perhaps your mop-handling training wasn't thorough enough, or for others flukey enough to have gotten away with never having to mop a thing in their entire lives – this next bit is solely for YOU.
Prepare to have your mop-less worlds rocked!

Mopped?

Ok, here we go:
The 5 things required for successful floor cleaning are:
  •  a Floor (!)
  • a Mop
  • a Bucket - with wringing appendage
  • Hot Water - but not boiling
  • Detergent - environmentally friendly, non-bleach based variety

Now that wasn't so bad, was it?  But wait.... there's more!!


MOPS

Just a couple of appropriate, yet moppish-type points (...being that it's such a riveting topic and I'm on a roll):

1.  The sturdy old-fashioned string mops with the killer wooden handles (that unfortunately the Greek ladies still swear by) absorb mountains of liquid and have mostly been dropped by councils because once they become fully sodden, they are considered far too heavy for a Home Carer to safely lift.

They are therefore deemed an OH&S hazard.  And that's a bad thing.

Plus they deposit a shite-load of water on the floor making mopping ten times the hard yakka it need be - especially for a surface that is enjoying being so regularly upkept.

(SODDEN.  Great word, that)

Home Care Mopping for Elderly Clients
A
BIG
OLD
BAD

STRINGY 
THINGY
MOP!

2.  The modern mop is superbly made from plastic; is nifty and lightweight and is SO user-friendly you’ll never have an excuse not to mop again (dam dam DAM!)  The rag-head style mop seems to be a popular choice because it’s so nimble and easy to use - you’ll wonder how you ever managed your mopping career without it. Plus they have a removable, washable and/or replaceable head - for obvious reasons I’d like to think.

3.  A sponge mop is fine too though, and works well on smooth tiles or flat vinyl floors.  These babies are also council-approved and are ideal for smaller rooms, or for elderly clients living in one-bedroom units when you don’t need a lot of water action and can knock it all over in ten minutes (not that you would because you'd be pacing yourself within OH&S guidelines now, wouldn't you)

4.  Also, you may have noticed that the stalks (handles?) of mops have been shortened - some of them are even adjustable. This makes them more manageable and means the mop can be daintily utilised as an extension of a Home Care worker’s own body, rather than being thrashed about as an out-of-control weapon that’s about to slaughter the nearest flooring surface unfortunate enough to be asking for it. 

5.  Some client’s like to have a separate mop set aside for use in the toilet area only.  Each to their own, but make sure you use it if your finicky client has instructed you to do so.  


Home Care for Elderly

SHINY
NEW 
NIFTY
LIFTY
LOVELY
MOP!



BUCKETS


Just a couple of handy dandy bullet-points:
Bucket-points?

1.  Again, the keywords here are lightweight and plastic-fantastic!    
Not sodden then?
No, not yet.

2.  Most important: a Home Carer should never be heavy-handed with the detergent.  Less, is most definitely more, in the world of fall-susceptible Seniors. Leaving a slimy residue on a client's flooring can not only strip it of its natural (and possibly expensive) sheen, but worse still… it may greatly increase the chance of your dear old Lovely going for the skate of their lives.

OH GOD NOOOOOO!!!

3.   Where possible, try and fill the bucket as close as poss to the vicinity of the floor area you are about to rip into.  This will mean less 'lugging' to the far reaches of your client's house and thereby increasing the likelihood of you pulling something along the way (the muscles in your back for starters).

Mopping with a full Bucket Home Care
Full Bucket = BAD!


Mopping with a Lightweight Bucket Home Care
Bucket 1/3 Full = GOOD!

4.  Home Carers are now trained to fill their buckets only by a third (at most) rather than filling them up to the sloppy-slop brim and subsequently producing the perfect lifting hazard with the potential to cause the HACC worker a good bit of strain or injury.  Plus there's always the chance your bucket handle might snap under the weight of a maxed-out bucket and then not only will your shoes be soaked in dirty soap suds, but your client's home could end up totally flooded.

And then you're left with one heck of a disaster zone that YOU need to clean up!  Which is more of your valuable time wasted, plus it usually means you'll be running late for the rest of the day.

And then where are you?

Yes, that's right folks... well and truly SODDEN.



Cheers
Dollie


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