Under the supervision of the Center Director, the Dietitian completes participant nutritional assessments and reassessments, obtains participant food preferences and makes dietary modifications as needed, in addition to providing nutrition education to participants, caregivers and InnovAge Greater California PACE staff.
Essential Functions and Work Duties
The following essential functions of this position are performed personally, in cooperation with your supervisor, and/or in coordination with other staff. Additional work functions and duties may be assigned.
PARTICIPANT CARE (Approximately 60% of Time)
• Develops and implements nutritional Plan of Care (POC) for participants and reassesses every six (6) months for each participant, or as necessary if there are changes in participant status.
• Assesses participants’ access to food and makes referrals to Inter-Disciplinary Team (IDT) for; meal preparation evaluation, Meals on Wheels, sack lunches and grocery shopping needs.
• Determine participants’ need for and orders liquid nutritional supplements accordingly.
• Communicates with In Home Service providers regarding participants’ stock of groceries, intake of food and fluids at home or as needed.
• Monitors food intake, therapeutic diets and special dietary modifications and communicates information and concerns with the IDT.
• Communicates diet changes and nutrition concerns with dietary aides, interdisciplinary team, participants and/or caregivers.
• Provides basic nutrition and sanitation education for participants, families, primary caregivers and/or IGCAP staff as needed.
• Assists with meal service on an as needed basis.
ADMINISTRATION (Approximately 40% of Time)
• Conducts sanitation and safety checks for kitchen and kitchen equipment as needed.
• Monitors adequacy of lunch and snack menus for the ADHC and notes/makes changes as necessary.
• Updates the sack lunch list, supplement sheet, diet lists and assisted dining room guide as needed.
• Attends Care Planning conferences, Family and wound care meetings and reports on nutritional status of participants.
• Assists in the training of new Dietary Aides and Lead Dietary Aides.
• Participates in work area development, in-service training and department meetings.
• Works with the State Food Program as guided by state rules and regulations.
• Demonstrates a commitment to the quality improvement process and the philosophy of continuous improvement; identifies and responds actively and with sensitivity to the needs of all concerned; participates as a team player in all phases of the organization; and is open and responsive to change.
• Communicates and interacts with co-workers and all others in a pleasant and professional manner at all times.
• Maintains strict confidentiality of personnel data, proprietary information, and sensitive materials as required.
• Maximizes cost efficiency and productivity in the use of all resources of the department and organization.
• Attends all required department events, staff meetings, and any other job-related functions. Attends and successfully completes all mandatory trainings.
• Does not communicate with any news media or volunteer business information to other agencies. Directs public relations issues to the appropriate person.
• Does not enter into any contract without approval which commits the organization to any obligation, or which transfers company assets to any outside interests, or which involve expenditures of a capital nature.
• Performs within position and personal limitations and provides information to employees, co-workers, business contacts, and others only as able and appropriate for position.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree in food science, nutrition, and/or dietetics or a related field from an accredited college/university is required.
• Current Certification by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) as a registered dietitian is strongly preferred.
• Current medical terminology and the ability to complete written assessments and document participant care.
• A minimum of one year experience working with the frail or elderly is required.
• Must be computer proficient and possess experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
• Must be able to quickly learn specific software and new applications.
• Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
• Ability to read, analyze and interpret regulations and other documents.
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively and tactfully present information to, and communicate with, co-workers, employees, and others.
• Possess exceptional English written and verbal communication skills, including accurate grammar and business correspondence knowledge.
• Ability to read and write memos, reports, and correspondence that conform to prescribed style and format.
• Ability to define problems collects data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Other Skills and Abilities:
• Able to establish and maintain cooperative and positive working relationships.
• Organized, detail-oriented, diplomatic, proactive, self motivated, dependable, and driven by excellence.
• Even-tempered and able to balance multiple tasks in accordance with changing deadlines and priorities in a fast-paced environment.
• Ability to work sensitively and effectively with individuals of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
General Job Performance Requirements
Meets/exceeds established performance goals. Additional performance requirements may be communicated.
• Alignment with Company Goals & Objectives – Supports the organization’s mission, vision, and values and holding self accountable for applying these principles daily and personally living them when working with co workers, participants, clients, and all other business contacts.
• Adherence to Company Policy – Follows and enforces guidelines as established by policies. Conforms to company and job standards and requirements. Shows respect for others. Acts in the best interests of the company at all times. Serves as an example for others. Conducts business in an ethical fashion.
• Job Knowledge – Demonstrates a thorough understanding of his/her job processes and procedures. Integrates knowledge to efficiently accomplish job requirements. Efficiently uses resources (including staff and management) to obtain additional knowledge.
• Cooperativeness – Consistently supports management decisions as demonstrated by his/her actions. Demonstrates a “can do” attitude by responding positively to instructions. Follows instructions and works harmoniously with others to complete the job or task.
• Commitment – Commits to his/her job and to the success of the company. Continuously puts forth the effort to achieve goals and continuous quality improvement. Degree to which employee goes the extra step to ensure job/task completion. Takes initiative to offer ideas to improve processes or results.
• Customer Service - Embraces the organization's commitment to internal and external customer service and demonstrates a customer-centric approach when interacting with co-workers, participants, clients, and all other business contacts.
• Safety – Maintains a safe work place. Reports all unsafe work conditions to supervisor and/or Safety & Loss Control Manager and works in conjunction with supervisor, Safety & Loss Control Manager, and staff to correct unsafe work conditions. Follows and enforces all safety policies.
• Quantity of Work / Productivity – Produces at a high volume. Always puts forth the effort to maximize productivity. Meets or exceeds established work deadlines. Engages in a productive work effort whenever possible. Meets goals and objectives.
• Quality of Work – Produces work that is accurate and reliable. Accomplishes work quickly and efficiently. Works in a thorough and organized manner while minimizing down time. Results are consistently within acceptable quality standards.
• Reliability – Completes responsibilities with minimal direct supervision. Follows through with assigned jobs and tasks all the way through completion. Puts forth the effort to achieve goals and objectives under varying circumstances.
• Attendance – Meets or exceeds punctuality and attendance expectations/requirements. Faithfully reports to work and conforms to scheduled work hours. When necessitated, follows call-in procedures and informs others of absences.
• Communication – Exhibits good interpersonal skills. Develops and fosters professional relationships with co-workers, participants, clients, and vendors. Keeps others informed as directed by operational demands and need-to-know. Keeps self informed of announcement made via established company venues.
• Confidentiality – Maintains confidentiality of employee, participant, and client data/information, and any other sensitive organization information as appropriate.
Physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Requires full range of body motion including handling and lifting patients, manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination.
• Requires standing, walking, pushing, bending, kneeling and reaching at arm’s length and overhead in clinic, rehab department and in community for prolonged periods of time.
• Must be able to transfer participants needing total assist.
• Requires the ability to use and assist in maintaining department equipment and supplies.
• Requires the ability to lift/carry up to 50 pounds and push or pull objects exceeding 150 pounds, using appropriate body mechanics.
Visual, Hearing and Communication Requirements
• Requires corrected vision, including close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
• Requires hearing to normal range and must be able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with co-workers, vendors, participants, and others for work-related purposes.
Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• May requires working under stressful conditions.
• Working conditions may be noisy and crowded with fluctuating indoor temperatures.
• There may be moderate pressure to meet scheduled timelines while dealing with frail and confused participants.
• May be subject to participants that may have the potential for verbal or physical aggression.
• May be exposed to a risk of bodily injury through contact with moving instrumentation, toxic substances, medicinal preparations, bodily fluids, communicable diseases and any other conditions common in a clinic environment.
• May be subject to unpleasant odors.
InnovAge - 17 months ago
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