Thank you all for answering. Yes I normally carry extras in my car. It was my day off; I covered a last minute am shift for 2 hours, and again for night shift new client as a favor.
Since it was a call-out, I didn't have my ordinary work bag except the basic paperwork (clean out car on weekend). Appreciate the compassion toward your caregivers ventmommy, and the logical answers Flare and CloudySue.
The socks weren't yet dry & took patient's clean nightwear to quarters (shoes off this carpet). The cycle was done, however, after cleaning her restroom (normal and expected), I was exhausted from being up over 24 hours. BTW wiping bathroom shelves down was wrong also. Should have sat on my "chair" and done nothing but get patient up once.
Family member arrived @ 7am, I needed to go, gave full report explaining night details, what leaked, why and how I fixed it. Family member stated aware of other issues and patient scheduled for Doctor visit that day or soon. My shoes were on & last thing I cared about were the socks -- only the patient.
Family member had stated @ beginning of shift, it was the brother to begin with -- working with the foley. He hung it uphill, and did not clamp it properly, therefore the initial leak. The next family member assisted in cleaning the carpet & put a trash bag around it after I moved it properly. There was another spot apparently that my socks got soaked of which I mopped up -- note client's were aware needed professional cleaning already.
Didn't think this foley issue "had to be reported," because family was handling the loved one's care prior to my arrival for night shift. I explained this in detail to family member in charge during the am report @ shift change.
Unfortunately, I didn't know "washing my socks at the same time as the patient's soiled clothes" was doing anything wrong (in this case). We are hired as trustworthy caregivers who, independently need to make judgement calls depending upon circumstances.
I would never bring bags of dirty clothes to their home to do on their dime. However, the family member thought, somehow whether suggested or not, to call our supervisors about doing personal laundry. It was not mentioned for a month, so I asked to be informed sooner to prevent further issues in order to avoid wrong doing. They didn't call me to ask about it when the client called, instead it was made into an official "complaint" of which the clients stated I was not to return.
The end result was a harsh disciplinary action. Since it was a month later, I barely remembered the details when reporting for a positive type of meeting (which consisted of intense study, etc.)
For anyone else reading this, I hope it gives a heads up as to how some don't give the benefit of the doubt. Thought Private Duty would involve much less stress! FYI anyone thinking of a switch.