Primary Job Function
The primary purpose of the dietary cook is to prepare and serve all foods according to the menu in a safe, sanitary manner while maintaining a clean safe work area within the guidelines in accordance with facility, OBRA, Federal, State and other regulatory expectations.
Primary Responsibilities The Dietary cook is responsible for preparation/serving of residents daily meals and maintaining kitchen area. This includes: Preparing quality food products according to standardized recipes and menus;Suggesting menu changes and alternate items to utilize leftovers and other supplies;Tasting and smelling food to determine quality and palatability;Ensuring proper preparation, portioning and serving of foods according to standardized recipes;Maintaining and recording assigned temperatures daily;Directing and supervising Dietary Aides as appropriate;Having food ready at the specified time and beginning meal service on time;Following temperature regulations in preparing, serving and storing foods;Using and cleaning institutional equipment;Ensuring supplies have been replenished in work areas as necessary;Being involved in tray set up and delivery of meals;Putting away stock on delivery days;Washing and storing all pots, pans, dishes and utensils;Bussing tables and cleaning dining room if needed;Sweeping and mopping floors as well as assigned special cleaning;Being responsible for securing department doors/windows, turning off lights and turning off/locking equipment per facility procedures when closing kitchen for the day. Attending and participating in in-service educational classes, department meetings and all staff in-services;Maintaining the confidentiality of all residents and their care to ensure resident rights and privacy are protected at all times;Reporting and documenting resident and/or visitor incidents, accidents, complaints or allegations according to the facility s policy and procedure using the designated occurrence reporting system; &Serving as the employee in charge in the absence of the Dietary Manager. Complying with safety requirements, infection control measures, and maintaining a clean work environment in accordance with facility policy as indicated by:Maintaining an neat and clean work environment;Assuring that work/assignment areas are neat, clean and office equipment is covered before leaving such areas on breaks, end of work day, etc.;Following all safety procedures/precautions when using equipment;Ensuring the dietary work areas are maintained in a clean and sanitary manner;Reporting equipment malfunctions or breakdowns to supervisor as soon as possible;Adhering to sanitation regulations;Reporting all unsafe/hazardous conditions supervisor immediately;Abiding by all emergency protocols for crash carts, resident codes, fire safety, missing residents, tornado preparation, violent residents, Wander guard alarms, door alarms, and other facility policies as assigned;Reporting any forms of abuse witnessed or aware of to the nurse manager immediately; &Following infection control and universal precautions procedures. Performing other duties as assigned by the Dietary Manager.
Minimum Qualification/Requirements: Have an understanding of dietary procedures and practices. Have interpersonal and managerial skills such as:The ability to follow oral, written and verbal instructions, function independently and make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action;Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language. Must be able to read recipes and menusHave organized, neat work habits.Have a genuine interest in geriatric work and a willingness to work for the best interest of the residents and facility.Have personal integrity and be able to deal tactfully with residents, family members, visitors, government agencies and personnel;Be able to work harmoniously with Dietary and all other facility personnel;Requires judgment in prioritizing the performance of tasks, duties and responsibilities in accordance with established standards, policies and procedures;The ability to be discrete and protect the integrity of confidential information and stay within Corporate Compliance;Patience, a cheerful disposition, enthusiasm and a willingness to handle residents based on whatever maturity and physical level in which they are currently functioning;The ability to adhere to professional code of ethics, andThe ability to relate information concerning a resident s condition. Desired qualifications include:High school diploma or GED is preferred but not required.At least one (1) year of experience in a similar position is preferred.