Functions as an integral part of the resident care team; by providing feeding assistance to residents who do not have any complicated dining problems. Dining Assistant works under the supervision of a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse.
At least 17 years of age
Passes criminal background check and employee physical exam
Successful completion of a State of Michigan approved dining assistant curriculum and training program
Follows facility policies and procedures (including attendance)
Commitment to high quality resident and family customer service
Upholds Resident’s Bill of Rights (provides dignity, privacy, etc.)
Follows principles of infection control/prevention
Completes ongoing educational requirements within the given time.
Areas of responsibility:
Provide encouragement/verbal cueing to a resident to assist with his/her consumption of food or beverages.
Provides food by spoon to residents who are unable to do so for themselves. Assists with consumption of beverages by holding glass, cup for resident.
Recognizes when a resident is experiencing difficulty and notifies nurse immediately; provides Heimlich maneuver if needed.
Documents food acceptance
Provides water or other beverages as directed
Additional position requirements:
Ability to understand and hear normal conversations; ability to speak English clearly. Demonstrates interpersonal skills necessary to communicate and interact effectively with residents, visitors, and other facility personnel.
Adequate vision to see fine detail printing and ability to read English
Fine motor coordination as in the ability to write clearly, type on computer keyboard
Ability to walk, stoop, and stand almost constantly without assistive devices. Ability to use good body mechanics
Ability to withstand stresses due to time constraints, responsibilities, emergencies and interpersonal job demands.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively with other team members to provide safe care to all residents and accomplish necessary tasks.
Possible exposure to communicable diseases and infections
Possible exposure to confused and combative residents
Possible exposure to unpleasant odors, noise, dust, etc.
Occasional exposure to sharp objects
Occasional exposure to cleaning chemicals