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Dietician

Overview

Under the supervision of the Wellness Manager, the Dietician screens and assesses participant nutritional status. Uses pertinent data to plan and implement appropriate nutrition interventions and communicates the same to the inter­disciplinary team to ensure the nutritional needs of participants are met, including those participants who are considered to be high risk. Provides direction to staff involved in providing food service to participants, oversees dining at the PACE center and monitors staff to ensure appropriate diet orders are being followed.

Responsibilities

  • Monitors food service delivery and food service areas providing direction to staff involved as necessary to ensure that quality and sanitation standards are consistently met.
  • Coordinates with food safety manager to ensure safe meals.
  • Develops and implements quality standards and policies and procedures for nutritional services; monitors staff adherence.
  • Provides in-service education to PORI employees and participants related to nutritional services.
  • Documents nutrition notes in the participant’s medical record.
  • Conducts a comprehensive nutritional assessment on all PACE Organization of Rhode Island participants upon enrollment and a semi/annual nutritional review on participants as required and indicated.
  • Functions as a member of the interdisciplinary team. Maintains regular attendance at, and participation in, interdisciplinary team meetings; collaborates on care planning and service allocation decisions.
  • Monitors meals, including intake, diet compliance, supplements and plate accuracy.
  • Recommends and monitors for the use of supplements, ensures compliance to the policy
  • Calculates data obtained from, food intake records and calorie counts, supplements and makes recommendations for changes to appropriate staff.
  • Develops and implements the nutrition care plans for high risk participants including medical therapy recommendations.
  • Monitor for significant weight changes and provide nutrition intervention.
  • Evaluates menus for nutrition adequacy in the PACE centers.
  • Evaluates emergency food supply for appropriateness and nutritional content at least yearly.
  • Provides instruction to participants and caregivers regarding dietary regimens and nutritional requirements.
  • Provides home visits when necessary to include family and participant teaching and menu planning.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of PORI’s Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement Plan for nutrition services.
  • Maintains current diet list for dietary staff and makes changes and additions when needed.
  • Participates in periodic assessments and coordinating of 24 –hour care delivery.
  • Performs other duties/projects and participates on other committees as requested by supervisor.
  • Maintains supplement/snack/bag lunch list and dietary census.
  • Protects privacy and maintains confidentiality of sensitive participant, employee, participant, and agency information.
  • Develops and implements the nutritional components of participant care plans including active participation and development of therapeutic dining programs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Advanced degree in food and nutrition or dietetics from an accredited college or university, required.
  • Current American Dietetics Association registration, required.
  • State of Rhode Island Dietitian/Nutritionist license, required.
  • Minimum of 1 year of nutritional services experience with frail or elderly population required.
  • Valid Driver’s License & Reliable Transportation (travel required)

Benefits:
This position is eligible for paid time off accruals, paid holidays and participation in the organization’s 403b plan.

About the PACE Organization of Rhode Island:
With a mission to preserve and sustain the independence of older adults who have significant health needs & wish to remain in the community, PACE-RI provides Community-Based Health Care & Support Services in order to ensure the needs of our participants are fully met through a plan of care that is specific to each and every participant.

PACE-RI is dedicated to the values of equal employment opportunity and strives to develop and cultivate a diverse and knowledgeable workforce dedicated to its mission to preserve and sustain the independence of older adults who have significant health needs and wish to remain in the community.

All applicants, including internal PACE applicants, will be considered on the basis of their qualifications and ability to perform the job successfully.