A dietary aid at a nursing home aids in the planning and preparation of patient meals and inspects the finished food of special diet patients before delivering trays to ensure patients' dietary nutritional requirements. A dietary aid may also be responsible for ensuring that the kitchen stays stocked with enough food to feed the patients appropriately.
In addition to assisting with menu planning, food preparation, food inspection and food delivery, a dietary aid in a nursing home facility helps with kitchen cleanup. Duties also often include minor kitchen maintenance, such as changing light bulbs and unclogging drains, setting up dining tables and tearing them down after mealtimes. Dietary aides must also learn and follow all the rules and procedures of individual facilities where they work. Different facilities may have different expectations of their dietary aides and may also have differences in policies and procedures.
Most nursing homes require dietary aides to be high school graduates with a minimum of one year experience in the field. In some facilities, they may be required to attend in-depth training programs or attended specialized courses pertaining to the job title. They must be flexible and possess the availability to work flexible schedules, including weekends.