Dietary Aides – All Locations!
As the COVID-19 situation rapidly evolves, peopleCare Communities is asking for your support in helping us to proactively connect with potential new candidates to work in our long-term care homes. Specifically, we are looking to hire nursing students as personal support workers (PSWs) in our Homes, as well as Dietary Aides, Cooks, Housekeepers and Laundry Aids, and Recreation Staff. This would help ensure we have the appropriate staff teams to deliver the care that our residents need, lessen the impact on those who are laid off from other industries due to this situation, and is also an excellent opportunity for your students to gain valuable hands-on experience in geriatric care.
These are challenging times and we appreciate your support and partnership in working with us to ensure the needs of our local vulnerable seniors are met. Our Homes are located across Ontario and all locations are looking for additional support at this time.
As a member of the peopleCare dietary team, the dietary aide will follow established policies, procedures and standards. This position assists with food preparation and serving of meals. As part of the dietary team, the food service worker will provide meal service according to the resident nutritional profile and in a timely manner to maintain a pleasurable dining experience.
Reports to: Director of Food Services
Duties are determined by the home and may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Complies with all provincial/long term care regulations and established dietary department policies and procedures.
- Assists in maintaining the dietary department in a safe and sanitary manner. Provides assistance to the Cook in the preparation and service of meals.
- Assists in the preparation, re-heating and service of beverages, breakfast items, vegetables, nourishment items, salads, desserts and catering as assigned.
- Serves meals and beverages, following residents’ diets and food preferences, using the Dietary Profiles and Therapeutic Menus.
- Assists in monitoring quality of food supplies received and advises Director of Food Services/Cook of problems.
- Follows proper food handling techniques. Dates, labels, and stores food properly. Keeps work area clean and uncluttered and completes scheduled cleaning duties. Maintains cleanliness of floors in the food preparation, dish room, and storage areas.
- Completes pre-start up equipment checks as necessary.
- Meets scheduled meal and snack times.
- Uses equipment and supplies properly.
- Sets and cleans dining tables and trays.
- Assists in dish and pan washing, storage, and cleaning duties.
- Completes all necessary documentation of food and refrigeration temperatures as assigned. To include dishwasher temperatures as applicable.
- Communicates and co-operates with staff, residents and their families.
- Assists with maintaining the security of the department.
- Participates actively in department’s Quality Management program and any department/home committees as requested.
- Participates actively in special occasion and theme meal days.
- Alerts Director of Food Services to problems and makes recommendations about corrective action.
- Is knowledgeable of, and practice, home’s fire safety and emergency programs.
- May participate in resident care conferences and quarterly reviews, when assigned.
- Attends departmental and home staff meetings, in-services and other necessary training sessions. Assists in the orientation and training of new dietary employees.
- Promotes a positive team spirit within the department. Maintains good attendance record according to Company policy. Performs other duties as are necessary and appropriate.
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
- New hires, including any internal transfers from departments other than the dietary department and any former employees of a Dietary Department must have completed, or be enrolled in the Food Service Worker training program.
- Must maintain up to date certification in the Food Safety Food Safety Awareness Program offered by Public Health.
- Preference will be given to individuals who have previous Long Term Care experience
- Must have leadership qualities, be self-motivated and be able to organize and manage a home area kitchen.
- Must be able to read, write and accurately follow written and verbal instructions.
- Must be able to work and communicate effectively with residents of an LTC home.
- Must be able to work accurately, quickly, and safely.
- Must be an effective team player who works well with others and is able to take directions.
- Must be able to maintain an acceptable standard of health and personal hygiene.