Hello again everyone!
I have been working, since this summer, at a residential home for DD clients and for the most part I love it; there's no lifting, no toileting messes, no call bells. I cook, clean, pass meds and help the residents with their bathing in the morning. They can all dress themselves, feed themselves, etc. Even though these people are adults, they have do have child-like personalities and love to color, bead string for necklaces, listen to audio books or look at pictures, etc.
When doing the wash, etc, I have been here long enough to know what belongs to who but I have been told that I am not allowed to wash the females' laundry with the males, (but it's okay to wash the females' laundry together with another female's and vice versa for the males), because of fear of "cross-contamination".
Also, the female residents are not allowed to be visiting the males alone in their rooms and vice versa. I asked why once and the answer I got back was that it; "Just looks bad,".
I'm wondering what, exactly, is the risk of washing their laundry together other than something not getting put in the right drawer, etc. Cross-contamination of what, exactly, the dreaded cooties virus? Keep in mind this is a small house with only five residents whose rooms are all three right across the hall from each other. And they share two bathrooms, eat together, etc.
And is there some rule that says it's bad to allow men and women time alone together in their rooms? Common areas are fine, though, and same gender residents can visit each other in their rooms just fine.
Thank you all for reading this!