Posted by Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook on 01/18/2016

Dietary Aide

Devlin Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation
Cumberland, MD

Employment Type

Basic Purpose:

Under the direction and supervision of the Director of Food service or the Assistant Food Service Director, the Food Service Aide works in the kitchen assisting in the preparation and service of food and follows a cleaning schedule.   The service of food may include the transporting of food trays to the nursing units.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: ·         The Food Service Aide may be responsible for some and/or all of the following functions some and/or all of the time under the assignment and direction of his/her supervisor.

  • Prepares and/or assists in preparation of meals, snacks and beverages.
  • Responsible for or assists in assembling trays, cleaning and storage of supplies and equipment.
  • Continuously cleans food service work areas as food preparation and service is done.
·         Labels nourishment and sends or transports them to resident floors.
  • Transporting trays and carts to or from the resident floors.
  • Uses all equipment according to manufacturer instructions. Follow proper cleaning techniques and preventative maintenance schedules.
  • Handles, stores, and disposes of food supplies and prepares food in accord with department procedures and in compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Follows facility policies and procedures for infection control at all times to maintain sanitary preparation and storage areas. Uses personal protective equipment when indicated.         Follow facility procedures for resident trays that require special handling.
  • Inspects food service work areas for evidence of rodents or pests, safety, or fire hazards, housekeeping and maintenance problems. Corrects problem and/or reports problems promptly to Director of Food Service.
  • Communicates with Director of Food Service or Assistant Director of Food Service throughout shift as needed to best meet needs of residents.
  • Assists department head with preparation for state inspections. Attends survey training. Interacts with state surveyors as instructed by supervisor.
  • Attends in-service education as assigned. Applies information to job tasks.
  • Reports injury to self and others to supervisory immediately.



ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS: 1.    Education/Training/Work Experience:

Education:. High school diploma or equivalent preferred. Sufficient education to demonstrate functional literacy.

Certificate/Licenses: None required

Work Experience: One year institutional food service experience preferred.

Freedom from illegal use of drugs, and freedom from use and effects of use of drugs and alcohol in the workplace.

Persons who have been found guilty by a court of law of abusing, neglecting or mistreating individuals in a health care related setting are ineligible for employment in this position. 2.    Specialized Knowledge & Skills:

  • Working knowledge of food handling, preparation and storage techniques that comply with state and federal laws and regulations. Ability to learn and retain this knowledge as directed by supervisor.


  • Appreciation of the importance of food preparation in enhancing quality of life for residents.


  • Carries out all duties in accord with the facility mission and philosophy.


  • Demonstrates honesty and integrity at all times in the care and use of resident and facility property.
  • Able to understand and to follow written and verbal directions including menus, substitution lists and labels. Able to effectively communicate with staff members and residents through verbal and/or written means.


  • Knowledge of emergency and disaster procedures of facility. Able to locate nearest exit, to understand and respond to written or oral instruction in case of emergency.


  • Sufficient mobility and strength to move freely through the building to assure resident safety at all times and to assist transfer or otherwise move residents of facility out of danger in case of emergency.


  • Demonstrates respect for co-workers and responds to needs of residents by complying with facility policies on attendance and punctuality and dress code. Able to arrive and to begin work on time and to report for duty as scheduled on all shifts, weekends, and holidays.


  • Working knowledge and ability to comply with facility policies and procedures for workplace safety including infection control procedures, application of universal precautions for blood borne pathogens, use of personal protective equipment and handling of hazardous materials.




  • Demonstrates ability to prioritize tasks/responsibilities and complete duties/projects within allotted time.
  • Able to respond to change productively and to handle additional tasks/projects as assigned.


  • Able to carry out the essential functions of this job (with or without reasonable accommodation) without posing specific, current risk of substantial harm to health and safety to self and others.




  • Successful performance of essential functions can best be achieved through consistent application of current knowledge, use of interpersonal skills and ongoing communication with residents, staff, families, interdisciplinary team members, and government officials, including state surveyors and ombudsmen.


  • This job cannot be performed without exposure to the stresses associated with an intimate 24-hour residential care environment that delivers care and services primarily to disabled and cognitively impaired residents. Examples of these stresses include, but are not limited to: shift rotation, weekend and holiday duty, unusual or impaired behavior by residents, family reactions to having a loved one in nursing home, death and dying, oversight of state surveyors, ombudsmen and federal officials, presence of consultants and attorneys, and variable involvement of medical staff.


  • Essential functions are carried out in a variety of positions including standing and sitting. To meet residents needs, virtually all positions require the ability to move freely though the building. Stooping, bending, lifting and carrying, as well as other physical demands may be required as described in the Essential Physical Demands of this position.

Contact Info:
Sarah Shade, HRM

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