MOPPING PART 1: But You're Doing it Wrong!
“Oooo its soo nice and fresh in ma wee kitchen right noo, Dollie; it just SMELLS clean. I canny, canny believe it!” And trust me, despite having a googly glass eye and being classed as legally blind, she would know.
Which is how it eventuated for me when I first started my training in Home & Community Care many mop-laden moons ago. Evidently, the fast and fabulous swabbing I’d been doing in my own home, was not quite the cool calculated technique that one is expected to perform as a HACC worker in the houses of one’s Aged clients.
|This would be how NOT to mop?|
MOPPING OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY:
In a nutshell... thanks to the physically repetitious nature of certain housekeeping duties being associated with increasing numbers of musculoskeletal injuries caused to Home Carers, it was recommended that tasks such as mopping and vacuuming needed their very own set of OH&S guidelines. That then meant that workers could be trained to protect themselves from unnecessarily risky work practices. Ultimately they would then need less time off from duty caused by all these nasty on-the-job injuries and incidences.
(Co-incidentally, it also meant employers didn't have to fork out so much $$$ for employee's work-related medical expenses, not to mention taking the edge off rostering and staffing pressures for office staff.)
(And thus too, again, making THEM less likely to sue somebody for something as well. Ahh, there’s a pattern emerging here…)
And God help you, but you’re on your own if you try to reach, stretch or TWIST!
|Don't let your elderly client go for a skate|
- in their own kitchen!
Crikey, who’d have thought moppity-mop-MOPPING could have turned into such a complicated and treacherous affair!
(Over the mop?)
Chat to your client as you go and make it a pleasant experience for both of you. What the heck - you've got nothing to lose! And you may not have noticed, but this mundane Mopping caper is actually the complete body workout in disguise. So no more guilt for NOT going to the gym and becoming depressed with your absence of 'core'. Instead, you get to become discretely firm and toned with every floor - just by being at work and doing a dam good job HOORRRAY!