Department: Dining Services
Reports To: Dietary Supervisor
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Date Updated: 8/2016
Dietary Aides are responsible for assisting in the preparing and serving meals and snacks throughout the facility. Responsible for performing various duties in and around the kitchen, including preparation of various portions of meals, presentations of food and delivery of food. Responsible for sanitary condition of tableware and working area, delivering and collecting food in and around residents’ rooms.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Prepares and serves beverages per recipes.
Performs food preparation, covering, storage, and labeling tasks as assigned.
Arranges tray and or table settings with proper tableware, condiments, and tray card.
Serves meals to residents in accordance with established schedules, dietary procedures and resident rights/quality of life principals.
Delivers nourishments and supplements to the nurse station for distribution to specific residents.
Assists in maintaining dry storage areas and handling the unpacking, dating, and rotating of food and non-food supplies as directed.
Avoids waste of food items and dietary supplies.
Clears tables and removes dishes, trays, and utensils from the dining room to the dishwashing area.
Scrapes, empties soiled dishes, disposes of waste, properly loads dish machine, and operates automated dishwashing solution dispensing systems. Records wash and rinse temperatures as requested. Unloads dish machine and sorts clean dishes. Washes and sanitizes cooking equipment and utensils by hand as necessary.
Maintains sanitation and cleanliness of all kitchen equipment, utensils, counters, and preparation and storage areas as directed and according to established schedules, and facility and departmental policies for routine cleaning.
Bags and disposes of garbage according to established procedures.
Delivers soiled tablecloths and dietary linens to laundry.
· Reports and documents resident changes in consumption or behaviors appropriately.
Actively participates in QAPI (Quality Assurance Process Improvement) program, taking a proactive approach to quality care and services on a continuous basis with engagement of residents, family members and staff.
Demonstrates high standards of excellence for meeting resident needs. Communicates effectively, establishes rapport and maintains relationships with residents.
· Meets requirement of regular attendance to perform job duties.
· Has fun in creating a positive atmosphere for residents.
· Follows instructions and completes daily assignments as assigned and is proactive to change.
· Possesses understanding and compassion for the elderly population.
· Performs other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
· High School Diploma or equivalency (preferred).
· CPR Certification (preferred).
Continuing Educational Requirement
· Required to complete annual 12-hour in-service training programs (as well as supplemental online education). Failure to complete the 12-hour in-service training program, or any other requirement under internal policies, local, state, or federal law may result in termination.
Physical Activity Requirements
· Lifting –lift objects up to 50 lbs. while preparing foods in the kitchen. Push/pull requirements of 40 lbs. are common.
· Carrying - carry various food items up to 15 lbs.
· Other physical requirements – will frequently be called upon for twisting, bending, crawling, squatting, kneeling and crouching. Must be able to be mobile in all kitchen areas, carry trays, and do transport to resident areas.
Regulatory Compliance Requirements
· Report any arrest, charge, or conviction of a crime other than a traffic violation, and receipt of notice of any agency investigation or charge, including investigations relating to licensure, certification status, or dependent adult or child abuse within 24 hours of such charge, arrest, investigation, or other similar issue. Once notice of such issues have been received the employee may not perform any work functions or duties until clearance for return to work is granted by the Iowa Department of Human Services. Failure to report may result in termination.
· Understand resident rights and comply with these requirements at all times.
· Report reasonable beliefs a dependent adult has suffered dependent adult abuse by another employee, resident, family member, or visitor to the Administrator or DON (if Administrator is not on duty) upon incident.
· Report any information that may impact patient/resident care, including, but not limited to, violations of resident rights and HIPAA violations to his/her supervisor upon identification.