The mission of Covenant Care and Covenant Living is to “continue the healing ministry of Jesus by serving with compassion, upholding the sacredness of life in all stages, and caring for the whole person – body, mind and soul.” In fulfillment of this mission, Covenant Care and Covenant Living actively participate in advancing the Covenant Strategic Plan which aspires to:
• Serve – we will strengthen our mission and live our values to meet the needs of those we serve through excellence in care, an engaged team, and wise use of our resources;
• Grow – we will see out and respond to the needs of our communities, especially the vulnerable and marginalized populations;
• Transform – we will create systems of care that enable people and communities to be healthy; and
• Contribute – we will leverage our legacy to maximize the strategic contribution of Catholic health care.
Reporting to the Clinical Leader, the Dietician is responsible for assisting resident’s quality of life by ensuring their nutritional requirements are met. This is done by developing meal plans as well as providing coaching regarding diet, nutrition, and the relationship between good eating habits and preventing or managing diseases. The incumbent also acts as a role model and ambassador for the mission, vision, and values of Covenant Care.
ACCOUNTABILITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Dietician has the following key accountabilities:
1. Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation:
• Oversees the overall delivery of person centered resident focused care and day-to-day operation and coordination of the dietetic services.
• Coordinates the development and implementation of nutrition practice guidelines, policies and procedures.
• Meets regularly with residents and family members to promote ongoing communication and follows up resident/family concerns in a timely manner; brings unresolved or reportable incidents to the attention of the Site Lead.
• Completes assessments as per policy and in a timely manner develops goals in collaboration with the residents, their families and the care team, evaluates resident outcomes and makes adjustments accordingly for all residents as required.
• Assesses patient nutrition status using relevant medical / laboratory /anthropometric / social information.
• Identifies nutrition risk / problems; develops nutrition care plan / goals.
• Calculates nutrient intake, assesses needs and prepares meal plans.
• Prepares referral and/or discharge information.
• Provides professional leadership and mentorship to all team members ensuring resident centered programming. This could include doing related in-services for staff.
• Evaluates nutrition programming to ensure regulations, policies, procedures, guidelines and protocols and provincial standards are being met.
• Provides specific nutritional counselling for residents.
• Assists with resident meals and meaningful activities when possible.
• Promotes the concept that it is everyone’s job to engage with residents to help each person have the best day possible.
• Supports the Leadership Team with resident admissions and resident/family care conferences in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team.
• Acts as a good steward by using resources responsibly and operates within allocated program resources.
• Ensures information related to the residents are documented on the resident electronic health record..
• Ensures therapeutic menus meet nutritional adequacy and diet therapy guidelines.
• Acts as a liaison for Covenant Care Nutrition and Food Services for program specific initiatives and issues.
• Provides feedback on menu and food services (nutrition adequacy, acceptance, variety, and quality).
2. Quality Improvement Activities and Reporting:
• Fosters an environment of person centered care and ongoing quality and safety improvements
• Promotes a holistic approach to care that encourages residents to set and reach personal goals for meaning and purpose in life.
• Supports site-based Quality Improvement Initiatives including Butterfly Home, and other organizational initiatives.
• Ensures incidents are identified, followed through, documented and reported to Clinical Lead.
• Manages resident/family concerns and brings unresolved complaints and critical incidents to attention of the Clinical Lead.
• Ensures that all incident reports are completed including follow-up and appropriate action plans occur as well as communication back to the care team
• Stays current on industry trends, policy and best practice.
• Assists in the development and roll out of organizational services, policies and procedures.
• Monitors dietetic reporting systems: completes and submits monthly and quarterly Quality Improvement audits and reports arising from the reporting systems if required.
• Develops action plans related to Nutrition to address concerns identified in satisfaction surveys.
• Provides ongoing reports through the electronic health record that drive quality improvements.
3. Collaboration and Partnerships:
• Exhibits leadership and support as a member of the Leadership Team.
• Fosters and maintains effective interactions and relationships with peers, supervisors, managers, Alberta Health Services partners, residents, families, physicians, volunteers, contractors, and other internal and external stakeholders.
• Participates in site-based audits with CCHSS, Accommodation Standards, Accreditation, etc.
• Attends and participates in resident/family councils.
• Attends site committee meetings when applicable.
• Fosters an environment of person centered care with ongoing quality and safety improvements
• Develops good working relationships with all staff and works closely with the interdisciplinary team.
• Promotes professional growth and education for all staff.
• Seeks ongoing feedback from Clinical Lead, multi-disciplinary team as well as residents and families.
• Promotes safe environments for residents, families and staff.
• Ensures compliance and provides support to the Covenant Care Health and Safety Team.