Purpose of Position
The primary purpose of your job description is to provide whatever level of assistance the resident needs to get good nutrition and hydration, and make dining as enjoyable as possible.
Delegation of Authority
As a dining assistant, you are delegated the administrative authority, responsibility and accountability necessary for carrying out your duties.
Every effort has been made to identify the essential functions of this position. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related, or is an essential function of the position.
Record food and fluid intake according to facility policy.
Food Service Functions
A dining assistant may take the resident to the dining room; prepare the food for eating; serve food; prepare the resident for the meal; provide encouragement and conversation during the meal; prepare food, such as cutting meat, so that the resident may self-feed; assist a resident as he or she drinks a beverage; in some cases, feed the resident; take the resident back to the room or another area in the facility; record food and fluid intake according to facility policy.
Residents who need dining assistance may have cognitive impairment, dementia; impaired swallowing, a tendency to aspirate or choke; visual impairment; poor control of their arms or hands; decreased strength or endurance.
A dining assistant may only feed a resident who does not have a complicated feeding problem. A dining assistance cannot feed a resident who has complicated feeding problems or clinical conditions that require nursing training in order to be fed safely.
Safety and Sanitation
Wash hands before and after performing any service for the resident. Follow established safety precautions in the performance of all duties. Report all hazardous conditions and equipment to the Charge Nurse immediately. Follow established non-smiling regulations. Report all violations. Report any communicable or infectious diseases to the Director of Nurses and/or to the Infection Control Coordinator.
Care Plan Functions
Inform the Charge Nurse of any changes in the resident’s condition at mealtime so that appropriate information can be entered on the resident’s care plan.
Maintain the confidentiality of all the resident care function. Ensure that conversation at mealtimes is pleasant and resident oriented. Ensure that you treat all residents fairly and with kindness, dignity and respect. Knock before entering a resident’s room. Report all grievances and complaints made by the resident to the Charge Nurse. Report all allegations of the resident abuse and/or misappropriation of resident property.
Transport residents to/from the dining room. The majority of on duty time is spent in the dining room. May be subject to interruptions and emotionally upset or combative residents. You will communicate with residents, dietary and nursing personnel. You will be subject to exposure to infectious diseases, conditions, etc., including TB, AIDS, and Hepatitis B virus.
You must be able to read, write and speak and understand the English language. You must possess the ability and willingness to work harmoniously with other personnel. You must have patience, tact, cheerful disposition and enthusiasm. You must be able to relate to and work with the ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and, at times, hostile residents within the facility. You must be able to push and pull wheelchairs with the resident seated in it. Must be able to successfully complete the dining assistant course.