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A Profile of Richard Wiggins, Our Housekeeping Director

...(CONTINUED)...Rick started working at the Home in 1993; he was named Director of Housekeeping in 1994.  He is ably aided by his Assistant Director, Adelia Bauza.  A large part of his staff is responsible for cleaning the resident rooms, the various staff offices, the hallways and the public areas of the building.  They clean and disinfect all door knobs and handles and are particularly careful in cleaning the residents' bathrooms and the restrooms for public use.  Another staff member is responsible for floor cleaning and polishing and for carpet care.

In addition to all regularly scheduled cleaning, the housekeeping staff is also responsible for special cleaning when a resident dies or leaves the facility.  Each room is thoroughly cleaned, the former resident's possessions are gathered and packaged, and the bed, dresser, night stand and food table are washed and disinfected.

The department's laundry staff, working in three shifts, is responsible for washing and drying linens, towels and all other washable items, plus the personal clothing of many of the residents.  They also work on sorting, labeling, mending and searching for lost clothing.  For the mending chores, the laundry staff is assisted very ably by volunteer Mary Zimmerman who works one day each week on sewing and repairing residents' clothing.

In addition to his many duties running the housekeeping department, Rick handles purchasing orders for his housekeeping and laundry staff and also for the nursing department.  He also is responsible for set up and teardown of tables and chairs for activities, meetings and classes.

Rick and his staff are to be commended for their hard work and the wonderful results of their efforts.  We hear many very complimentary remarks about the neatness and cleanliness of the Home from resident's family members and visitors.  Our sincere thanks to Housekeeping Director Rick Wiggins and his excellent staff for making the SHA a facility all of us can be proud of.