Dietary Aide

Church Hill Health Care and Rehab - Church Hill, TN


The primary purpose of the Dietary Aide position is to provide assistance in all dietary functions as directed.

Administrative Functions:
  • Work with the facility’s dietary manager and dietitian as necessary and implement recommendations.
  • Ensure that all dietary procedures are followed according to facility policies.
Dietary Service Functions:
  • Prepare meals that are tasty and appetizing in appearance.
  • Assist in serving meals as necessary and on a timely basis.
  • Serve food according to established portion and control procedures.
  • Work in various line functions as assigned.
  • Assist in daily or scheduled cleaning duties as assigned.
  • Clean worktables, meat blocks, refrigerators/freezers, etc.
  • Sweep and mop floors as directed.
  • Carry soiled utensils, dishes, glass, etc. to wash area.
  • Return clean utensils to proper storage areas.
  • Wash and clean utensils as directed.
  • Carry out garbage and keep work areas clean, dry and free of hazardous equipment, supplies, etc.
  • Set up meal trays, food carts, dining room, etc. as instructed.
  • Assist cook in preparing meals.
  • Distribute and collect menus as necessary.
  • Obtain food supplies for next meal.
  • Assist in checking diet trays before distribution.
  • Deliver food carts, trays, etc., to designated areas.
  • Serve food in dining room as instructed.
  • Perform dishwashing/cleaning procedures. Assure that utensils, dishes, glasses, etc. are ready for next meal.
  • Remove food trays from carts, dining rooms, etc. and take to dishwashing area.
  • Prepare and deliver snacks, etc. as instructed.
  • Make only authorized food substitutions.
  • Assist in food preparation for special meals, parties, etc.
Personnel Functions:
  • Develop and maintain a good working relationship with fellow dietary personnel and also with other department associates to assure that food service can be properly maintained to meet the needs of the residents.
  • Create and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest and positive emphasis, as well as a calm environment throughout the department.
Safety and Sanitation Functions:
  • Prepare food, etc. according to sanitary regulations and facility policies and procedures.
  • Follow safety regulations and precautions at all times.
  • Follow established Infection Control and Universal Precautions policies and procedures when performing daily tasks.
  • Ensure that the department is maintained in a clean and safe manner by assuring that necessary equipment and supplies are maintained.
  • Report all hazardous conditions/equipment to your supervisor immediately.
  • Report all accidents/incidents to your supervisor on the shift in which they occur.
  • Assist in maintaining food storage areas in a clean and properly arranged manner at all times.
  • Dispose of food and waste according to facility policies.
  • Wear protective clothing and equipment when handling infectious waste and/or blood/body fluids.
  • Report missing or unreadable MSDSs to your supervisor.
Equipment and Supply Functions:
  • Ensure that food equipment and supplies for the next meal are readily available.
  • Assist in inventory and storing of in-coming food, supplies, etc. as necessary.
Resident Rights Responsibilities:
  • Maintain confidentiality of all pertinent resident care information.
  • Knock before entering a resident’s room.
  • Report complaints to the Dietary Manager.
Working Conditions:
  • Works in food preparation area as well as throughout the dietary service areas. Atmosphere is warm for cooking.
  • May experience temporary exposure to cold temperatures in the refrigerator/freezer.
  • May be exposed to heat/cold temperatures in kitchen/storage areas.
  • Moves intermittently during work hours.
  • Is subject to frequent interruptions.
  • Is involved with residents, personnel, visitors, government agencies/personnel, under all conditions and circumstances.
  • Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, personnel and visitors.
  • Communicates with the medical staff, nursing personnel and other department supervisors.
  • Works beyond normal working hours and in other positions temporarily, when necessary. Works on weekends and holidays when necessary.
  • Is subject to callback during emergency conditions.
  • Is subject to injury from falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc., throughout the workday, as well as to reactions from dust, plastics, synthetics, disinfectants, tobacco smoke, and other potential contaminants.
  • Attends and participates in continuing educational programs.
  • Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc. including TB and the AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses.
  • May be subject to the handling of and exposure to hazardous chemicals.
  • Maintains a liaison with the resident, their families, support departments, etc. to adequately plan for the residents’ needs.
Staff Development Functions:
  • Participate in departmental projects as assigned.
  • Attend in-service programs and on-the-job training classes as directed
  • Must possess, as a minimum, a tenth (10th) grade education.
  • High School diploma or GED preferred.
  • On-the-job training provided.
  • Some experience in food service helpful.
Specific Requirements:
  • Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language.
  • Must display professionalism both in appearance and attitude.
  • Must possess the ability to solve problems and make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
  • Must genuinely care for and understand the elderly and disabled.
  • Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agency personnel and the general public.
  • Must possess the ability and the willingness to work harmoniously with other personnel.
  • Must be able to plan, organize, develop, implement and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies and procedures that are necessary for providing activity services.
  • Must have patience, tact, a positive disposition and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult people.
  • Must be willing to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing activities practices.
  • Must be able to relate information concerning a resident’s condition.
  • Must not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace.