FT Cook

Fairfield Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
1454 Fairfield Loop Road, Crownsville, MD 21032

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Job Description

The Cook prepares palatable, nutritionally sound meals consistent with departmental policies and procedures and consistent with state and federal laws and regulations that meet daily nutritional and special dietary needs of each resident. Responsible to ensure that foods are prepared and served at the proper temperature and the proper time. Works with Director of Food Service to allocate resources in an efficient and economic manner so that each resident receives food in the amount, type, consistency and frequency to maintain acceptable body weight, nutritional values, and quality of life.
Follows recipes and prepares foods that correspond to menu cycles prepared by Dietitian.
Cooks or prepares palatable, attractive, nutritionally adequate meals in institutional quantities that are served at proper temperatures and at proper times.
Supervises kitchen staff who assist with food preparation, assembling trays, cleaning and storage of supplies and equipment.
Continuously cleans food service work areas as food preparation and service is done.
Uses food supplies and equipment in an efficient and economic manner to prevent waste.
Prepares and maintains supply of food substitutes to accommodate resident choices, cultural, ethnic and religious preferences.
Inspects trays following meal service to monitor and record resident acceptance of menu items. Reports findings to Director of Food Service.
Uses food preparation equipment according to manufacturer instructions. Follows proper cleaning techniques and preventative maintenance schedules.
Handles, stores, and disposes of food supplies and prepared 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 a sanitary food preparation and storage area. Uses personal protective equipment when indicated. Follows 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 problems and/or reports problems promptly to Director of Food Service.
Communicates with 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 or others to supervisor immediately.
Specialized Knowledge & Skills:
Working knowledge of food handling, preparation and storage techniques that comply with state and federal laws and regulations. Ability to apply regulations to work situations of cook and to supervision of staff assistants.
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 knowledge of and respect for the rights, dignity and individuality of each resident in all interactions.
Appreciates the importance of maintaining confidentiality of resident and facility information.
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.

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1454 Fairfield Loop Road, Crownsville, MD 21032

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