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Certified Dietary Manager: Task Statements Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.


Dietary Managers Associ­ation supports the philosophy of person­-di­rected dining and believes it can promote improved quality of life for long-term care residents. The Certified Dietary Manager has an essential role in promoting this indivi­dua­lized nutrit­ion­/dining care, as well as helping to ensure quality of life and quality of care.

Certified Dietician Managers (CDM), Certif­ified Food Protection Profes­sionals (CFPP) work together with registered dietitians
to provide quality nutrit­ional care for clients, and perform the following tasks on a regular basis: (CDM, CFPP Scope of Practice)

• Conduct routine client nutrit­ional screening which includes food/fluid intake inform­ation
• Calculate nutrient intake
• Identify nutrition concerns and make approp­riate referrals
• Implement diet plans and physic­ians’ diet orders using approp­riate modifi­cations
• Utilize standard nutrition care procedures
• Document nutrit­ional screening data in the medical record
• Review intake records, do visual meal rounds,and document food intake
• Partic­ipate in client care confer­ences
• Provide clients with basic nutrition education


Task Statements

1. Empowers and honors the resident and quality of life first and foremost by getting to know the resident, listening to the
resident’s prefer­enc­es/­goals in dining, and informing the resident of dining rights.
2. Builds an ongoing relati­onship with the resident that includes quality of life markers such as satisf­action with food, mealtime service, level of control, and indepe­ndence.
3. Collab­orates with the dietitian, other interd­isc­ipl­inary team (IDT) members, and the family/POA or surrogate decision makers to create a person­-di­rected enviro­nment and maximize resident choice in dining, quality of life, and quality of care.
4. Recognizes that all dining decisions default to the resident, works to ward removing tradit­ional or instit­utional decision making, and implements creative, effective solutions based on person­-di­rected decision making.
5. Encourages active resident partic­ipation in changing the language of nutrition care plans a way from the proble­m-g­oal­s-a­ppr­oaches format, to promoting the incorp­oration of resident prefer­ences and goals into develo­pment of an indivi­dua­lized plan of care.
6. Collab­orates with the dietitian and other IDT members to develop, implement, and review policies and procedures that ensure residents are offered dining choices that promote dignity and self determ­ination (e.g.,­choices regarding waking times and breakfast dining, evening snack times, availa­bility of preferred food between meals, libera­lizing diets, discus­sions of risk/b­enefits in making informed choice­s/r­efusal of therap­eutic diets).
7. Partic­ipates in orienting, training, and monitoring staff in promoting indivi­dua­lized dining care.
8. Partic­ipates in mainta­ining and contin­ually improving the quality of care (e.g., helps develop quality assessment and assurance projects that monitor the success of person­-di­rected dining approa­ches).
9. Continues to seek inform­ation in order to implement the best practices and recognized standards of practice for elder nutrition care and person­-di­rected dining.
10. Ensures regulatory compliance for a resident’s dignity, rights, and self determ­ination in dining areas, as well as supports the mainte­nance of nutrition markers, food safety, and other dietary requir­ements.