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This Policy defines the procedures relating to the types of assistance that the Care Worker may offer with respect to laundering and ironing of service users’ garments and fabrics as part of the agreed Care Service:

1. As part of their care duties the Care Worker may undertake some or all of the following domestic tasks to assist the service user:

  • Laundering / hand-washing of garments, bedding and linen.

  • Ironing.

  • Light needlework.

2. The Care Worker should check that electric irons are safe and in good working order. Checks should be made to ensure that there are no loose wires or cracked plugs. The Care Worker reserves the right to refuse to use any electrical item which he / she feels is unsafe, and will report the same to the service user and the Domiciliary Care Services Supervisor or Manager, making appropriate notes in the service user’s File.

3. Washing machines and tumble driers must be used in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions with regards to wash loads, washing cycles and detergents to be used. After use, all detergents and fabric softeners should be stored away safely in correctly labelled containers. Care Staff should be familiar with the C.O.S.H.H. Safety Data Sheets for these materials where relevant.

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