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Assists with the preparation and service of food using proper food handling and food safety techniques for residents, as well as employees and special events that tastes good and is served at the proper temperature and in an attractive manner in accordance with established standards. Maintains a clean and safe working environment in accordance with established standards.
- Tenth grade or above desirable.
- Food Handlers permit is required per state regulations.
- Experience in foodservice desired.
- Prepares and/or pre-portions food (such as beverages, salads, desserts, and other items assigned by the supervisor for regular and therapeutic diets according to the planned menu for meals and snacks, as well as employees and special events, as instructed.
- Prepares and/or portions food using proper food handling and food safety techniques according to established policies, procedures, guidelines, and regulations.
- Makes only authorized changes to the planned menu and records the change according to established policy.
- Ensures that food is served in an attractive, appetizing manner.
- Utilizes standardized recipes to prepare menu items.
- Ensures that meals and snacks are delivered to designated areas according to established time schedules.
- Ensures that the proper quantity of food is prepared and/or pre-portioned as directed and within established time schedules.
- Maintains the proper temperature of food during preparation and service. Records temperature of food according to established procedures.
- Serves resident meals/snacks accurately in accordance with the planned menu, the resident’s diet order, and food preferences.
- Uses the correct portion control utensils during the preparation, pre-portioning, and services of food.
- Labels, dates, and stores food properly according to the established policies.
- Ensures that refrigerator/freezer temperatures are within the appropriate range. Records temperatures on appropriate logs and reports any discrepancies to the supervisor.
- Washes dishes, etc. according to established procedures for manual and/or automatic dishwashing. Records water temperatures and/or sanitizer on designated logs. Reports any problems with proper water temperature or sanitizer to the supervisor in a timely manner.
- Keeps work area clean and uncluttered during preparation and service of food.
- Performs cleaning assignments according to established policies and utilizes the proper cleaning chemicals.
- Performs duties using proper infection control techniques and using protective equipment as needed.
- Ensures that dishes, etc. are readily available for the next meal. Stores dishes, etc. in the proper location in a way to prevent contamination.
- Assists in receiving, storing, and verifying invoices for incoming food, supplies, etc. as indicated by the supervisor.
- Ensures that an adequate supply of food, supplies, etc. is available at all times. Reports inadequate stock levels to the supervisor in a timely manner.
- Uses food supplies and equipment in an efficient and economic manner to prevent waste.
- Maintains the security of the department.
- Performs all duties using proper safety techniques.
- Operates equipment according to manufacturer and supervisory direction. Maintains equipment in clean and safe operating condition. Reports all equipment problems to supervisor promptly.
- Completes tasks according to established time schedules.
- Makes recommendations to the supervisor regarding improvements in recipes, menus, production and service of food, equipment, etc. to enhance the quality of the food service.
- Works cooperatively as a team member with co-workers in all departments of the Nursing Center.
- Interacts appropriately and in a positive manner with residents, families, and visitors.
- Demonstrates professional conduct and ethics according to Extended Care policies, procedures, and standards of practice.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Attends in-service education and applies instruction to job.
- Knowledge of safe food preparation and handling techniques.
- Ability to read and write at a level appropriate for the job.
- Ability to communicate effectively with residents and their family members.
- Ability to be patient and polite.
- Ability to be accurate, concise, and detail-oriented.
- Ability to read, speak, understand and communicate effectively in English through verbal and written means.
Homestead Rehabilitation Center has been recognized as a 2017 “Silver Achievement in Quality Award” recipient by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The award is the second of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which was established in 1996 and spotlights providers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for residents and patients in long term and post-acute care centers and communities.
“Homestead is one of four skilled nursing facilities in Nebraska to achieve this prestigious recognition,” said Administrator Matt Romshek. “This honor demonstrates the dedication and commitment to high quality resident care which our team strives for every day. I am very proud of our team for setting the bar so high. I feel it is worth repeating that the application process as well as the quality improvements a facility must achieve, in order to receive this award are strenuous. This award is granted from a national organization, not the city of Lincoln, Lancaster County, or even the State of Nebraska. We look forward to the journey for the Gold Award.”
Based on the core values and criteria of the “Baldrige Performance Excellence Program,” which is also the foundation of the metric-based “AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative,” AHCA/NCAL’s National Quality Award Program challenges member providers to achieve performance excellence through three progressive levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. At the Silver level, members develop and demonstrate effective approaches that help improve performance and health care outcomes. As a recipient of this year’s Silver award, Homestead Rehabilitation Center can now advance in developing approaches that meet the criteria required for the “Gold Excellence in Quality Award.”
For more information, visit www.HomesteadRehab.com. Homestead Rehabilitation Center offers short-stay rehabilitation, long term living, memory support, respite and end-of-life care. Homestead is open for admissions and therapy seven days a week and accepts Medicare, Medicaid, VA Contract, managed care and insurance.