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Forest Valley – Housekeeper

Job Description


  • Previous housekeeping experience, preferably in a retirement home.
  • Ability to speak read and write English. Must be able to follow oral and written directions and to do simple arithmetic calculations.
  • Ability to do extensive standing, walking, squatting, kneeling and moving of light objects.
  • Maturity and good physical and mental health
  • Ability to co-operate with others as members of care team
  • Must be able to communicate in English (written, verbal, reading)


  • Maintain a clean, safe environment in the community.
  • Work as a member of a team with all other community personnel.
  • Be knowledgeable of and practice home’s fire and safety programs.

Job Duties

  • Follow cleaning schedule (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.) as outlines for the department
  • Clean and sanitize residents’ bathroom and all washrooms in the home, including all fixtures, tiles, floors, vanity and mirrors. Replenishes Bathroom supplies
  • Must have the ability to handle cleaning product safety and properly clean assigned areas, furnishings, and fixtures according to established Housekeeping Procedures
  • Empties, cleans and relines wastebaskets. Removes waste and disposes of waste in trash bins.
  • Assists in terminal cleaning duties according to established procedures, Resident’s room when a Resident has been discharged or transferred and prepares room for new occupant.
  • Water and care for plants in the home.
  • Receives and puts away cleaning supplies delivered to the Residence. Clean and restock housekeeping cart.
  • Report malfunctions in equipment and repairs needed to Maintenance Department through the Maintenance Book.
  • Clean, dust and vacuum residents’ bedrooms and public areas of the home, i.e., lounges, corridors and elevators.
  • Notify Building Support Coordinator, when housecleaning supplies are low.
  • Removes curtains for cleaning and re-hang curtains, drapes, etc. when they are cleaned
  • Is aware of Resident’s rights to privacy and endeavours to respect and promote it
  • Attends in-services that are job-related in order to better serve the needs of the Residents and participates in Fire Drills
  • Attends Staff meetings as required to know changes in the community
  • Performs other related duties as requested by the manager
  • Reports unusual Resident behaviour or illness to the RPN in charge or person most in charge.

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to deal with exposure to dust during performance of duties and work safely with cleaning compounds
  • Lifting alone, maximum 40 lbs. (5-25 lbs. usual) as a major job function. Lifting, with assistance, maximum 160 lbs. (100-120 lbs. usual ) as a major job function
  • Pushing/pulling using wheeled equipment such as carts, trolleys, maximum 100 lbs. (20-50 Lbs. Usual) as a major job function
  • Stretching/reaching on a regular frequency throughout the shift, as a minor job function.
  • Walking with possibility some upstairs walking, up to 3 hrs. Maximum (1-2 hrs. Usual) as a major job function
  • Standing for lengths of time, up to 3 hrs. Maximum (1-2 hrs. usual) as a major job function
  • Bending/stooping on a regular frequency throughout the shift, as a major job function
  • Crouching/kneeling for short periods of time as a minor job function
  • Carries and transports objects of various sizes, to a maximum of 25 lbs. (5-15 lbs. Usual) as a major job function

Other considerations

  • You must pass a Vulnerable sector back ground check.
  • You must be able to work with Dogs and Cats and other animals, allergies or other needs cannot be accommodated.
  • Due to our high level of residents with dementia; your tattoos and piercings must either remained covered by clothing or are discrete. Any other external body decoration, including hair, must not be frightening to a frail senior with dementia.
  • You must be legally allowed to work in Canada.
  • You must be in good physical health as this job requires lifting, sitting, standing and walking.
  • Must be able to read and write in English to a minimum High School Level.
  • Available on call and in emergency situations.
  • Thank you for your career interest!

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