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Title: Section 455.10 - Housekeeping service

Effective Date


455.10 Housekeeping service. This functional reporting center must contain all the expenses associated with care and cleaning of the interior physical plant, including care of floors (washing, waxing and stripping), walls, ceilings, partitions, windows (inside and outside), furniture stripping, disinfecting beds, fixtures (excluding equipment), and furnishings, and emptying of room trash containers. Routine housekeeping services performed by dietary personnel in dietary (kitchen) should be reported in the Patient Food Service functional center. This includes the costs of purchasing similar services from outside organizations. Additional activities include but are not limited to the following: providing pest and rodent control; gathering bacteriological surface samplings and carrying out pertinent infection control procedures; providing technical assistance in selection of furniture and furnishings; moving and relocating furniture; and arranging for refinishing, repairing and upholstering or replacement of furniture.

(a) Standard unit of measure: square feet serviced. The number of square feet in the residential health care facility should be determined either by a physical measurement of the facility or by a measurement from blueprints. Floor area measurements should be taken from the center of walls to the center of adjoining corridors if a hallway services more than one department. Exclude stairwells, elevators and other shafts. General and unused areas are also to be excluded. When changes in assigned areas have been made during the year as a result of new construction, departmental relocation, expansion, or curtailment of service, statistical data should be maintained to allow for the development of weighted areas for the fractional part of the year.

(b) Data source. Square feet shall be determined from the blueprints of the residential health care facility, or actual measurement if blueprints are not available. Square feet serviced should then be determined by reference to housekeeping assignments as maintained by the director of housekeeping.


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