This position is responsible to collaborate with the individual’s interdisciplinary team to provide nutritional assessments for both child services (26th Street) and adult services (Western Avenue) within the Community Life Department in accordance with the organization’s Mission and Core Values, utilizing Person-Centered Practices.
KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS
Completes nutrition assessments for individuals based on the guidelines listed below.
Approves written menus to meet National School Breakfast, National School Lunch and DOH Guidelines.
Ensures food is prepared and nutritionally adequate in accordance with RDA.
Assists with staff training as needed and participates in organization’s New Employee Orientation as requested.
Assists with maintaining and updating policies/procedures that govern dietetic activities.
Works with nursing and physician to initiate and manage enteral nutrition.
Collaborates with individual’s team to identify and implement individualized meal/snack plans in the classrooms and residential areas.
Provides nutritional assessments to identify problems and risk factors upon admission, readmission and monthly thereafter for high risk individuals.
Monitors for significant changes in individual’s diet, eating ability, unplanned weight gain or loss or nutritional risk level. Conducts annual reviews.
Obtains and collects data to provide recommendations to physicians during clinic visits or consults.
Attends team meetings and is an active member of clinics (i.e. GI clinic, Rehab clinic, etc.)
Participates in Education Wellness Policy Committee.
Completes nutrition assessments upon admission and annually, setting weight management goal for individuals
Follow-up on individuals as needed per consult from physician, nursing, or family members (i.e. significant weight change, lab values, concerns, bowel management, fluid intake, etc.)
Provide diet instruction and staff training as needed to meet nutrition goals and meal safety
Collaborates with interdisciplinary team to ensure diet order, meal plan, and nutrition goals are managed sufficiently
Works with service coordinator on scheduling assessment needs, implementing diet restrictions, consulting with individuals, etc.
Provide medi-aide training to staff
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Minimum qualifications include registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, education equivalent to Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics or Institutional Management or formalized post secondary education program approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and current licensure as a Registered Dietitian in the state of South Dakota. Experience with children and adolescents with developmental delays and other disabilities preferred.
LifeScape-Our mission is to empower children and adults with disabilities to lead fulfilling lives.