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22 Jun
Tennessee, Memphis

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Accept responsibility for preparation of therapeutic and routine Resident meals as approved by a Dietician. Follows standardized recipes to achieve appetizing and nutritious food in large quantities.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assure Resident safety at all times.

  • Willing to address each Resident by his/her preferred name as well as learn and abide by Residents' Rights, rules and regulations.

  • Commitment to work well with other staff avoiding petty conflicts that disrupt a productive work environment. Does not participate in facility gossip and rumors.

  • Follows standardized recipes and makes appropriate substitutions when necessary.

  • Accept change in a positive and productive manner.

  • Commute to and from work on a regular, dependable basis.

  • Prepare each meal according to established serving times by closely supervising cooking schedules.

  • Maintain equipment in a clean and well-functioning manner.

  • Maintain confidentiality of all activities, persons, and records.

  • Supervise other dietary employees.

  • Prepare attractive, tasty foods and nutritious meals and snacks by ensuring food is palatable and appetizing.

  • Prepare food carefully to avoid wastefulness and supervises portions served.

  • Take care not to overcook or undercook food.

  • Provide correctly labeled snacks between meals as needed.

  • Ensure safe preparation of foods served by using good personal hygiene and utilizing correct sanitary techniques during food preparation, handling and serving.

  • Adhere to established dietary policies and procedures.

  • Ensure compliance with Residents Rights by giving consideration to individual Residents' likes and dislikes and by calling Resident by his/her preferred name.

  • Prepare special diets as ordered by physician.

  • Alter food texture for edentulous Residents or Residents who have difficulty with chewing and/or swallowing.

  • Season food, or not, in compliance with established regimens.

  • Prepare adequate amounts of eternal feedings to last through the night. (when applicable)

  • Exercise prudent independent judgment and follow through with preparation of meals without supervision.

  • Make independent decisions regarding substitution of items in recipes.

  • Take initiative in utilizing leftover food.

  • Accurately estimate quantities of food required for each meal.

  • Be familiar with optimal methods of preparing meats according to cuts.

  • Store raw and cooked food in proper containers and in correct locations.

  • Maintain efficient workflow by following standardized work methods.

  • Demonstrate flexibility in adapting and to unexpected changes in routine.

  • Closely follow timetable for schedule duties to ensure that food does not set too long before serving, and to ensure meals are ready to serve at established times.

  • Store equipment in proper place ready for next use.

  • Report malfunctioning equipment or lack of supplies to supervisor immediately.

  • Resident preferences are followed when providing care and service.

  • Maintain Resident privacy, values and right for decision making.

  • Immediately notify supervisor and Executive Director for any injury, illness, or if develop a condition, that might impact the aptitude to perform job functions.

Ancillary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform duties in compliance with established policies and procedures.

  • Note changes in Resident's condition and report immediately to charge nurse or Director of Nursing.

  • Report on and off duty at assigned times.

  • Establish and maintain positive rapport with administration, interdepartmental personnel, volunteers, Residents, visitors and outside agency representatives.

  • Maintains an attitude of support for department activities.

  • Remain alert to health safety standards by reporting expediently to his/her Director of Dietary suspected unsafe conditions.

  • Adhere to employee health and safety program by consistently washing hands before handling food products and wearing gloves when indicated by activity.

  • Obtain timely annual TB tests.

  • Do not work during periods of illness that might transmit disease.

  • Is careful to avoid contamination of food.

  • Adhere to safety policies and procedures by demonstrating proper body mechanics when lifting, bending and stooping.

  • Demonstrate proper precautions to avoid accidental fires and bodily injuries.

  • Responds according to policies and procedures during fire/disaster drills and emergencies.

  • Be receptive to constructive feedback from co-workers and supervisors.

  • Establish annual objectives by achieving at least two (2) objectives related to job in a twelve-month period and setting personal goals for self-fulfillment.

  • Attend in-services or seminars as often as possible and apply new knowledge in day–to-day job performance.

  • Secure department during off-duty hours.

  • Be creative in utilization of leftovers to avoid excess waste.

  • Accepts additional assignments within scope of training, education or experience that may be assigned from time to time by the Director of Dietary.

Resident Rights

  • Maintain the confidentiality of all Resident care information including protected health information. Report known or suspected incidents of unauthorized disclosure of such information.

  • Ensure that the Resident's rights to fair and equitable treatment, self-determination, individuality, privacy, property and civil rights, including the right to wage complaints, are well established and maintained at all times.

  • Review Resident complaints and grievances and make written reports of action taken. Discuss such actions with Resident and family as appropriate.

Safety and Sanitation

  • Ensure that you and all facility personnel, Residents, visitors, etc., follow established safety regulations, to include fire protection/prevention, smoking regulations, infection control, etc.

  • Ensure that the building and grounds are maintained in a clean, safe, and sanitary manner as well as in good working order by reporting all concerns to management.

  • Ensure that you and all facility personnel follow established regulations governing the use of labels and SDSs for hazardous chemicals.

  • Ensure that facility procedure manuals identify safety precautions and equipment to use when performing tasks that could cause bodily injury or exposure to a hazardous chemical or infectious waste.

  • Ensure that you and all facility personnel follow established ergonomics policies and procedures to prevent self-injury.

  • Ensure that you and all facility personnel performing tasks that involve potential exposure to blood, body fluids, or hazardous chemicals are appropriately trained prior to performing such tasks.


  • Some experience in institutional cooking.

  • Knowledge of food preparation, sanitation and hygienic methods.

  • Follow verbal and written instructions.

  • Sincere desire to work with elders and others who have a limited capacity for self-care.

  • Mental and physical capacity to perform the essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodations.

  • Work with and provides care to individuals of a wide range of personality types and maturity levels.

  • Demonstrate creative initiative and mature judgment in making competent decisions.

  • Consistently maintain courteous, empathetic, and professional attitude.

  • Maintain a professional appearance at all times.

  • Communicate and comprehend orally and in writing to effectively receive and share information as necessary to perform job duties.

  • Transportation accessible to enable flexibility of work schedule.

Work Environment

WORKING ENVIRONMENT: All statements addressed in the "Working Hours," "Environment" and "Physical/Sensory Demands" sections below are applicable to all jobs maintained by the employer.

Working Hours: The employee will

  • Be employed on a full-time, part-time or PRN (as needed) basis. May be subject to change after employment.

  • Work unusual hours as necessary and as required.

  • Be expected and required to adhere to policies and procedures regarding attendance.

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