Position Overview

Working with different types of facilities such as hospitals, health clubs and sanatoriums, dietary aides perform a huge array of duties. More often than not, dietary aides encourage patients during entire meals and talk them through bad eating habits.

Consultation is the most important part of a dietary aide’s work. A dietary aide interviews patients to determine diet and lifestyle modification needs and prepares guidelines in accordance to the supervising dietician’s instructions. They consult patients about their food preferences, decipher what types of foods patients should or should not eat.

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Job Duties and Responsibilities of a Dietary Aide

• Assist licensed dietitians in interviewing patients to determine their individual diet needs

• Take clients’ medical histories to identify food allergies and determine chronic illnesses

• Confer with patients to understand their food preferences and dislikes

• Provide consultation to patients regarding changing lifestyles and eating habits

• Prepare a menu for each individual patient depending on their physical and medical condition and likes and dislikes

• Provide assistance to the cook by giving out instructions for specific meals for specific patients

• Arrange food items and drinks on the tray and transport meals to the patients

• Ensure that patients their meal in an attempt to ensure proper calorie intake

• Make sure that all food items are prepared under strict hygienic conditions

• Talk to patients during, before and after meal times

• Observe changes in patients’ conditions such as lowering of blood pressure in hypertensive patients and weight loss

• Document any changes in patients’ files and provide periodical updates to the dietician

• Handle meal nourishment duties such as providing patients with fruits and healthy drinks

• Ensure that each patient takes his or her medication on time

• Clean food preparation areas in order to maintain sanitation standards