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Dietitian

Company: Harbor Health Services, Inc.
Location: Boston
Posted on: May 15, 2024

Job Description:

Harbor Health Services is an innovative, growing, mission-based organization that lives, serves and collaborates with our community members to achieve our mission to help individuals reach their full potential through access to local, affordable services that promote health. Harbor provides medical, behavioral health, dental, and support services to more than 34,000 patients in Boston, the South Shore, and Cape Cod. Harbor Health also operates two Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly in Mattapan and Brockton, providing comprehensive healthcare, transportation and social services for more than 580 frail elders who continue to live with dignity and independence in the community and a Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program. To help further the mission of Harbor, we are looking for a talented part time Dietitian to join our team at the Elder Service Plan in Mattapan.
Harbor Health offers an excellent, comprehensive benefits package including Health, Dental, Vision, Life, & Disability insurance, 403b Savings Plan, Generous Paid Time Off plus 11 additional Holidays and much more!

Role:

The Dietitian is responsible for implementing the overall nutrition program for the Elder Service Plan. Under the general supervision of the Nutrition Manager, the Dietitian assists the Nutrition Manager to ensure that the nutrition programs are in compliance with regulatory and compliance agencies and meals are in compliance with PACE and DPH requirements; provides guidance and advice to participants and their families regarding nutrition; assists in overseeing the food services programs provided by the food vendors and actively participates in the interdisciplinary teams (IDT). Position is 24 hours weekly including benefits (schedule to be determined/negotiated) and requires some home care visits as needed.

Responsibilities:

  • Performs and documents timely initial and annual nutrition assessments which include entry of diet order, height and weight, pertinent lab results, dietary history, dietary preferences, medical conditions and medications affecting nutrition status and eating habits.
  • Develops individual nutrition plan for participants and ensures the plan is effectively communicated to participant, IDT, Dietary Aides, family members and other caregivers for implementation.
  • Effectively communicates concerns or issues arising from Nutrition Assessment to IDT.
  • Ensures that the Nutrition Plan is appropriately implemented by providing participant, family members or other care givers with both general and customized nutrition education materials and one-on-one guidance when needed and providing guidance to Dietary Aides, Center Aides and Home Health Aides to ensure compliance with the Nutrition Plan.
  • Recommends and ensures provision of nutrition supplements when appropriate, communicates need of supplements to IDT and monitors and documents participant use of supplements.
  • Recommends and arranges for provision of home delivered meals to participants as needed.
  • When necessary arranges for and supervises provision of specialized meals or supplements for participants.
  • Assists the Nutrition Manager by ensuring the Dietary Aides are performing all necessary functions including ensuring hot and cold foods are held and served at appropriate temperatures; ensures that all kitchen equipment is regularly reviewed for proper operating condition, ensures that logs and labeling are in accordance with regulations and protocols; ensures that kitchen usage and maintenance is in compliance with OSHA, DPH, PACE and CMS regulations.
  • Utilizes objective information available in EMR in combination with subjective information regarding food intake to complete comprehensive and accurate initial and annual nutrition assessments.
  • Assists in presenting the Annual Safety training for ESP staff on food handling, temperatures, feeding of participants, sanitation of the kitchen to Dietary Aides, Center Aides and Home Health Aides.
  • Must be able to travel to and from multiple patients' homes and the work site in a timely manner. Required/Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:
    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college with major studies in Food and Nutrition or Dietetics, Master's degree preferred.
    • Licensed in the state of Massachusetts as Registered Dietitian required
    • Current BLS (Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers) Certification required
    • Intermediate skills with Word, Excel and Outlook.
    • One year of professional experience providing nutrition counseling and assessments.
    • One year of experience working in geriatrics required.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Must be able to successfully obtain Serve Safe certification (Food Handlers or Food Protection) within 3 months of employment.
    • Must be able to successfully obtain Mass Allergen Certificate within 3 months of employment Supervisory Responsibilities:
      • Provides functional supervision to Dietary Aides during Adult Day Health Center kitchen operations. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

        Position is 24 hours weekly (schedule to be determined/negotiated)
        24 hours weekly offered with a Benefits package.

Keywords: Harbor Health Services, Inc., Boston , Dietitian, Healthcare , Boston, Massachusetts

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