JOB SUMMARY: :
The primary purpose of the Dietary Aide position is to provide assistance in all dietary functions as directed.
JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: :
Dietary Service 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.
- 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.
Safety and Sanitation 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.
Equipment and Supply 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.
Resident Rights Responsibilities:
- 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.
- Maintain confidentiality of all pertinent resident care information.
- Knock before entering a resident’s room.
- Report complaints to the Dietary Manager.
Staff Development Functions:
- 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.
JOB REQUIREMENTS: :
- 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.
- 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.