Dietary Aide

Vanguard Healthcare Vicksburg, MS



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


* 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.

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