Under the supervision of the Center Director or Center Manager, the Dietitian completes participant nutritional assessments and reassessments, screens and assesses participants nutritional status and uses pertinent data to plan and implement appropriate nutrition interventions, obtains participant food preferences and makes dietary modifications as needed, in addition to providing nutrition education to participants, caregivers and InnovAge PACE staff.
Essential Functions and Work Responsibilities
Functional Category: Participant Care
Estimated Percent of time Spent 60%
- Develops and implements nutritional Plan of Care (POC) for participants and reassesses every six (6) months for each participant, or as necessary if there are changes in participant status.
- Assesses participants access to food and makes referrals to Inter-Disciplinary Team (IDT) for; meal preparation evaluation, Meals on Wheels, sack lunches and grocery shopping needs.
- Determine participants need for and orders liquid nutritional supplements accordingly.
- Designs and implements the nutritional components of participant care plans including active participation and development of therapeutic dining programs.
- Provides instruction to participants and caregivers regarding dietary regimens and nutritional requirements. Home visits may be necessary.
- Develops and implements the nutrition care plans for high risk participants including medical therapy recommendations.
- Communicates with In Home Service providers regarding participants stock of groceries, intake of food and fluids at home or as needed.
- Monitors food intake, therapeutic diets and special dietary modifications and communicates information and concerns with the IDT.
- Calculates data obtained from food intake records and calorie counts, and makes recommendations for changes to appropriate staff.
- Documents nutrition notes in the participants medical record.
- Communicates diet changes and nutrition concerns with dietary aides, interdisciplinary team, participants and/or caregivers.
- Provides basic nutrition and sanitation education for participants, families, primary caregivers and/or InnovAge PACE staff as needed.
- Assists with meal service on an as needed basis.
- Participates within the interdisciplinary team in the formulation of Plans of Care for InnovAge PACE program participants, as well as in other interdisciplinary team settings that plan, coordinate and monitor the care of InnovAge PACE program participants.
Under the supervision of the Center Director or Center Manager, the Dietitian completes participant nutritional assessments and reassessments, screens and assesses participants nutritional status and uses pertinent data to plan and implement appropriate nutrition interventions, obtains participant food preferences and makes dietary modifications as needed, in
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
- Bachelors degree in food science, nutrition, and/or dietetics or a related field from an accredited college/university is required.
Work Experience and Qualifications
- Current medical terminology and the ability to complete written assessments and document participant care.
- A minimum of one year experience working with the frail or elderly is required.
Licensure, Certification, Registration or Designation
- Current Certification by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) as a registered dietitian