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Dietary Cook


Daily Pay Available!

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 menus
    • Have 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, and
    • The 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.

Salary Range
$19,000.00 - 24,000.00
per Year
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Newburgh, IN 47629, US