What does a Dietary Aid do?
Dietary Aids work in different healthcare facilities, cooking and serving foods to patients. Once they’re finished preparing and serving the meal, the Dietary Aid cleans up the kitchen, dining room or cleans and clears the plate in the patients’ room. Dietary Aids sometimes feed the patients if they’re unable to do so themselves. Dietary Aids are responsible for learning and following the local, state and federal food and infection control regulations when preparing and serving meals.
Dietary Aid skills and qualifications
A Dietary Aid should have the following skills and qualifications:
- Ability to maintain a clean environment
- Excellent time-management and organizational skills
- Interpersonal and communication skills
- Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
- Passion for helping patients achieve an excellent quality of life
- Attention to detail when reviewing dietary restrictions and meal plans
- Food handling certificate preferred
Dietary Aid salary expectations
A Dietary Aid makes an average of $10.95 per hour. Pay rate may depend on level of experience, education and the geographical location.
Dietary Aid education and training requirements
The minimum education requirement for Dietary Aids is a high school diploma or equivalent, though an associate degree in nutrition is typically preferred. Most training takes place on the job, including instruction on patient care, food preparation and sanitization procedures. Dietary Aids sometimes hold food handling certifications to show that they received training regarding proper food preparation and storage guidelines.
Dietary Aid experience requirements
Dietary Aids usually don’t need experience since it’s an entry-level role. If the role involves a high level of responsibility, 2 to 3 years of experience may be required. Experience in customer service could be especially useful as Dietary Aids interact closely with patients, and experience as a cook or server is valuable. Volunteer experience at a nursing home or hospital could apply to this role. Most important is a candidate’s passion to help others and a willingness to learn.
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