One of the most important roles in nursing homes and long-term care facilities is the dietary aide, and RPI Consulting Group has placed thousands of candidates into this role over the last few years. If you’re a dietary aide who’s currently looking for a new opportunity, contact us today to learn more about our many available openings. Otherwise, read on and learn more about the duties of a dietary aide. And be sure to check out our recent blog on health care aides and how we can help place them in healthcare facilities across Canada.
Duties and responsibilities of a dietary aide
The primary role of a dietary aide – especially in an environment such as a nursing home or long-term care facility – is to ensure that patients and residents receive high-quality meals that are accurately prepared based on their specific dietary needs. For example, if a patient is on a low-sodium diet, the aide must only prepare and serve them food that has very little to no salt. Other duties including serving patients in a sanitary and friendly manner; ensuring that food stock is properly stored and maintained; tracking inventory; monitor the temperature and accuracy of food during and after preparation; clean dishes, utensils, and eating areas using appropriate procedures; and plan menus as required.
Dietary aides are an interesting case when it comes to necessary qualifications – unlike the majority of roles in healthcare, an aide doesn’t necessarily need to have previous work experience in a healthcare environment. The most important skills required to work as a dietary aide include a high school diploma (or equivalent); previous work experience in food service; strong customer service skills; a general understanding of dietary and nutritional needs; and the ability to be on your feet for several hours at a time.
If you’re a dietary aide who is currently looking for work, we have dozens of opportunities available – contact one of our Account Managers today, and let us know when you’re available to begin work and improve the lives of patients in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
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