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By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun—
WELLINGTON — Wendy DeLaCruz, housekeeping and laundry supervisor and certified nurse aide at Wellington Care Center (WCC), is proud of the way the staff goes the extra mile and takes pride in their work.
“I am very grateful for all my staff,” said DeLaCruz. “They take pride in their job by keeping the facility clean, odor free and in an orderly manner to prevent infection. The employees strive to the safest environment possible.”
During the coronavirus pandemic, DeLaCruz and her staff have made sure WCC has ample supplies and chemicals to keep the facility clean and sanitized.
“Protecting our residents is our main priority,” she said. “We use proper PPE (personal protective equipment) and wash our hands frequently in addition to our sanitizing routines.”
Housekeeping staff includes Thalia Herrera, Crystal Santana, Daniel Strickland, Lonnie Watkins, Ben Brooks and Eva Thiessan, night housekeeper.
“Job duties for housekeepers is to disinfect on a daily basis,” DeLaCruz said. “We use K-Quat Select for daily disinfection of surfaces in our facility. We disinfect high tough surfaces at least three times a day.
This includes door knobs, light switches, hand rails, time clocks, phones, call lights and anything that is touched by staff and/or residents frequently throughout the day.”
A schedule to deep clean resident rooms once a month if followed by staff.
Minerva Olvera serves in both the housekeeping and laundry departments. Marcia Kroemer works in laundry too.
“Laundry staff duties are to wash and dry resident and facility laundry and linens utilizing both household and industrial equipment,” said DeLaCruz. “Folding and stacking linens and hanging clothing and delivering clean linens to resident and facility areas are routine responsibilities too. Plus staff cleans the laundry area and equipment and delivers clothing to resident rooms.”
Edgar DeLaCruz, maintenance supervisor, ensures the facility physical plant and equipment are maintained in safe and efficient working order, repairs equipment as necessary and performs preventative maintenance.
Joshua Vega assists in maintenance, and Dylan Nation serves as floor technician.
Floor tech job responsibilities are to keep floors clean and shiny and buff halls and rooms. Nation also strips floors and re-waxes them as needed.
Wendy DeLaCruz has been a WCC employee since October 2010. She became housekeeping supervisor in August 2015.
“I enjoy my job and especially love and enjoy my residents,” she said.