Welcome to the Dietary Department

Welcome to the Dietary Department 

As we age, the need to maintain a healthy and nutritional diet becomes increasingly important. As such, your organization must determine and provide the proper combinations of foods and fluids that promote wellness. As a staff member of the Dietary Department, it is important for you to know the role of the Dietary Department. It is also important for you to know your responsibilities in providing meals to residents.


Hours: 0.50


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-WDD
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 2/28/2023
Learning Objectives:
Identify the five types of staff in the Dietary Department and the job duties of each.
Identify the role and responsibilities of the Dietary Department.
Identify the two components of a diet order and list examples of common diet orders.
Recall which departments the Dietary Department interacts with and how.

Section 1: Introduction
A. About This Course
B. Learning Objectives
Section 2: Role & Responsibilities of the Dietary Department
A. Dietary Department
B. Role & Responsibilities
C. Dietary Staff
D. Review
E. Summary
Section 3: Diet Orders
A. Diet Orders
B. Mechanically-Altered Diets
C. Nutritional & Medical Needs
D. Therapeutic Diets
E. Review
F. Summary
Section 4: Presenting & Serving Food
A. Presenting & Serving Food
B. Food Presentation
C. Serving Meals
D. Attitude & Respect
E. Review
F. Summary
Section 5: Interacting with Other Departments
A. Team Work
B. Diet Order Process
C. Activities
D. Maintenance Department
E. Review
F. Summary
Section 6: Conclusion
A. Summary
B. Course Contributor
C. References
D. Congratulations!

Instructor: Melvin Greengus, MPH, RD, LDN
Melvin J. Greengus, MPH, RD, LDN, is President of Basic 4, Inc., a company that provides nutrition consulting services. Basic 4 employs licensed and registered dietitians who are experts in geriatric and pediatric nutrition, as well in food service sanitation. Mel received his bachelor's degree in Foods and Nutrition at Mundelein College in Chicago and his master's degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His work experience includes 13 years as a clinical dietitian at several Chicago area hospitals, covering a wide variety of clinical situations. Mel is also an adjunct professor/senior lecturer at Loyola University Chicago. He has taught basic nutrition and food chemistry courses to undergraduate students. He currently teaches food management, community nutrition, and nutrition in the elderly at the graduate level to dietetic interns. Mel is licensed in food service sanitation by the state of Illinois and has been a registered dietitian for over 19 years with the American Dietetic Association. Disclosure: Melvin Greengus, MPH, RD, LDN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, CDP, WCC
Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, CDP, WCC started working in the senior care industry in 2000. She is a certified Gerontological Nurse, a Certified Dementia Practitioner, and Wound Care Certified. She has held positions including MDS Coordinator, Director of Nursing, Medicare Nurse Coordinator, Nurse Consultant, Area Manager, and Director of Quality Assurance. Her overall responsibility within each of these positions was to ensure residents received the highest quality of care. This included active participation in quality improvement initiatives, review of clinical records to identify areas of weakness, corroboration with the medical director to institute policies and procedures for resident care, and staff education/training. Additionally, she was responsible for maintaining an effective compliance program under a Quality of Care Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Office of Inspector General for a period of five years. She currently serves as the Director of Curriculum Design & Research for Relias. Within this position, her responsibility is to oversee the development of online training modules across the healthcare continuum. She has served as the subject matter expert for courses on re-hospitalization, clinical skill reviews, leadership, management, and various OSHA and regulatory compliance topics. In addition, she has presented at various state conferences on mandatory compliance, quality assessment and assurance (QA&A), and quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI).  Disclosure: Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, CDP, WCC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level Direct Care Workers; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
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