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DEPARTMENT: Food Services
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Food Services
Reporting to the Director of Food Services, the Dietitian will develop, coordinate and evaluate nutritional services for the Home. The Dietitian assists the Food Services Director in identifying goals and objectives to further improve the overall scope and efficiency of the Food Services Department and sets the standards for safety, sanitation, and food quality.
As an employee of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home, every person has a responsibility to be involved in providing a stimulating environment for the residents. In keeping with our Mission, Vision and Values and our philosophy of Resident Centered Care, the Dietitian serves as a positive role model; as a partner in the provision of care and support of our Residents, and represents the home in a positive, professional, efficient and confidential manner.
- Understands that the Resident and family are central to all departmental activities, services and decisions
- Establishes and maintains working relationships and performs all work in keeping with the Mission, Vision, Values and philosophy of resident centered care of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home
- To promote and maintain the safety of residents, staff, and visitors as a strategic priority for the home at all times.
- Replaces Director of Food Services in their absence.
- Provides overall supervision of Food Services Department and participates in Food Services meetings.
- Acts as a liaison between residents, Nursing, and the Food Services Department to best meet the resident’s needs. Informs Food Services, Nursing and Recreation Departments of changes as they occur. Updates diet manuals, diet profiles, floor lists, and tray tickets.
- With Director of Food Services, plans, organises, directs, and implements the food service to ensure that the department functions optimally, in accordance with the mission statement and philosophy of the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home.
- With Director of Food Services, establishes policies for procurement, storage, and preparation of food as recommended by the Department of Health and Infection Control Guidelines.
- Establishes regular, soft, and puree menus with the Director of Food Services to ensure that residents receive a nutritionally adequate diet based on Canada’s Food Guide.
- As part of the Dysphagia Team, works with the Occupational Therapist to assess and treat dysphagia, as well as educate staff.
- Establishes therapeutic, texture modified, and IMP menus which correspond with the regular menu so that special diets are available to residents as their diagnosis warrants.
- Performs initial nutrition assessment on all new admissions within two weeks of admission.
- Attends resident care conferences bi-annually (or as they occur) that includes completing a nutrition assessment and making recommendations pertinent to the resident’s nutritional well-being.
- Recommends (nutritional) supplementation to residents as required.
- Participates in various committees and meetings according to personal interests and/or the Home’s needs. Examples include: Wellness Committee, Dementia Care Committee, Medical Advisory, etc.
- Conduct basic nutrition in-services for staff in relation to special diets, feeding techniques, and hydration.
- Responsible for the provision of nutrition care as advised by the principles of Best Practice for Food, Nutrition, and Dining Services in Long Term care.
- Be familiar with the following R.K. manuals; Emergency Plan and departmental Policies and Procedures, Occupational Health and Safety, and other programs in place.
- Attend annual in-service for WHMIS, Fire and Safety, and Protection of Persons in Care Act.
- Maintains certification of Food Handling Course, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (certification is valid for 5 years).
- Performs additional duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Foods and Nutrition from a recognized University.
- Completion of Dietetic Internship approved by Dietitians of Canada.
- Member of Nova Scotia Dietetic Association or eligible for membership.
- Previous experience in a long term care facility preferred.
- Supervisory ability preferred.
- Familiarity with food service operation and equipment would be an asset
Additional Skills & Abilities Required
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Familiarity with computer operation would be an asset
Atmosphere may at times be warm and noisy.