Registered Dietitian

Website Senior Care Partners PACE

Do you believe in ensuring patient autonomy, helping the elderly

Primary Purpose
Provide nutrition care and education to Senior Care Partners PACE participants.  This includes evaluating the participant’s nutrition status, developing and implementing nutrition care plans, assessing nutrient requirements and evaluating effectiveness of nutrition care. Responsible for communicating nutrition status to the physicians and IDT Members.

Accountability Chart Key Roles 

• Assess, develop and implement care plans

• Monitor meals in day center and in the home 

• Manage therapeutic and special diets

• Monitor key clinical indicators of nutrition status

• Manage Nutrition Support

Duties and Responsibilities
• Conducts initial and periodic assessments, identifies those at nutrition risk and develops a specific plan of care for the nutrition needs of participants per policy. Reassess every 6 months as needed

•Functions as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT), communicates participant changes to team members, participates in IDT meetings, and the development of the participant plan of care

•Conducts home visits if a need is identified 

•Provides nutrition education/consulting with participant/family regarding special dietary regimens and nutrition requirements by referral or Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics standards

•Acts as a resource to other staff regarding nutrition requirements and education

•Determines the most appropriate nutrition interventions to meet a participants need and monitors the effectiveness of these interventions

•Communicates with food service vendors as needed regarding the menu, daily lunch orders, weekly food supply order, etc. 

•Participates in the coordination of the home nutrition services such as take home meals, supplements, Meals on Wheels, etc. and maintains the participants schedule in the Electronic Medical Record System

•Assists in monitoring meals, including intake, diet compliance, and tray accuracy

•Monitors participants chewing/swallowing function, initiation of meals, and ability to self-feed (collaborate with other disciplines as needed, SLP/OT, etc)

•Responsible for the management of therapeutic diets, including texture modifications, food allergies, and other diet restrictions to meet individual participant needs and comply with physician orders

•Maintains sanitation of food preparation and kitchen area through annual inspections and as needed

•Refers participants to appropriate community agencies or facilities and acts as a liaison/participant advocate with such organizations 

•Participates in developing and maintaining internal Nutrition Service policies

•Collaborates routinely with outside facilities such as dialysis, nursing homes (NH), skilled nursing facilities (SNF), assisted living facilities (ALF), adult foster cares (AFC), boarding homes, etc.

•Collaborates with IDT and the home enteral/parenteral infusion companies to manage participants home nutrition support needs

•Mentors dietetic interns and medical students regularly throughout the year. 

Qualifications
•Bachelor’s Degree from an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics accredited institution with a major in food and nutrition or dietetics; Master’s Degree preferred.

•Completion of an accredited Dietetic internship with a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice hours.

•Minimum of one year of experience working with the frail, elderly, or long-term care population.

 

To apply for this job please visit www.seniorcarepartnersmi.org.