Food Server - Nutrition Services

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Unit Description

This position will work 345pm to 745pm

4 shifts a week

Most weekends (includes both SAT and SUN)

Serving drinks and meals to residents in our Healthcare Center.


As a member of our care partner team, you are joining a group of dedicated people who:

•Are committed to creating an environment that promotes the well-being of all, fights to eliminate loneliness, helplessness and boredom, and where decisions are made by those who live here or those closest to them.

•Believe in the value of person-directed care. This is why we have chosen to weave the Eden Alternative Philosophy and Principles deeply within our organization.

•Are a community where becoming well-known and developing close and caring relationships matter.

•An interdisciplinary effort to achieve a successful integration of quality of life and quality of care processes.

•The Eden Alternative Philosophy and Principles are embraced to ensure that each person’s life can fully be enhanced.

•Aligns actions and decisions with our mission and vision.

•Keeps the Elders’ preferences and needs at the center of all your decisions, conversations, and actions.

•Works with the team to identify Elders strengths, preferences, life goals, and simple pleasures, and then bring them to life for each elder.

•Being an effective advocate for the Elder and helping them achieve the highest practicable physical, mental and spiritual well-being possible.

•Assists with daily life within the neighborhood in a variety of ways such as helping with fun events, serving meals, spontaneous activities, assisting Elders, leading Learning Circles, and fulfilling daily pleasures.

•Educating, advocating and supporting our culture change efforts which include plants and animals.

•Creating an atmosphere that is welcoming, relaxed, and relationship-driven, where everyone feels at home.

•Participate in educational offerings that strengthen your personal and professional skills as required.

Care Site Description

Colorado Lutheran Homes and Apartments is part of SCL Health System, a faith-based, nonprofit health care organization.


Interested in making a difference? Then check us out. Our rich heritage and mission, and our focus on health care delivery that values person-centered care, excellence and accountability are a winning combination as we bring health – and hope – to our patients.


As a nonprofit residence, our mission is to foster healing and health within our community by providing a wellness way-of-life with quality, efficiency and empathy for those residents entrusted to our care.


Fast Facts

  • Arvada, Colo. (Apartments estab. 1964, Health Care Center estab. 1974)
  • Independent Living, Assisted Living, Long Term Care
  • Secured Memory Unit for Women
  • Kudos:
    • Excellence in Action award places it in the top 380 nursing homes in the U.S. (out of 16,000+).
    • Eden Alternative Registered Home
    • Step One Quality Award from the American Health Care Association


Of all the rituals we human beings have created in our lives, sharing good food with good friends is one of the most important, memorable, and enduring. 


The Dining Care Partner plays a pivotal role in making the dining experiences within our community filled with meaning, memory, and relationships.  Food should be prepared with care, served with pleasure, and appeal to all the senses.  Food and beverages should reflect the preferences of the Elders who live here, with a few surprises thrown in for variety and spontaneity.  Spurred by appetite or interest, all should be able to fix, request, and enjoy foods of their choosing throughout the day.  If baking cookies at 10pm while watching movies sounds good to the Elders, it happens, just as it does in our own home.  The pace of mealtime should be one that celebrates the slow food experience, where local foods are included when available.  All who sit to down to break bread together should be so in the spirit of pleasure and joy.  In our community, all are welcome at the table when it is time to dine, bringing the Domains of Well-Being into each person’s meal experience. 


As a team member, your responsibilities will include:

· Developing relationships with the Elders in your neighborhood to ensure foods and beverages of their choosing are readily available as desired;

· Creating a dining atmosphere that is welcoming, relaxed and relationship-driven, where everyone feels at home;

· Engaging Elders, families, children, and other care partners in all aspects of the meal experience, helping everyone become well-known to one another;

· Understanding the Domains of Well-Being and working across the community to bring them to life daily;

· Teaching your unique skill set to others, so that the nutritional desires of the Elders can be met throughout the day;

· Collaborating with the neighborhood team to plan and participate in special celebrations and spontaneous events and being available to make food available spontaneously to coincide with individual Elder’s daily routines and appetites;

· Follow proper food preparation and storage to assure regulatory compliance, quality food outcome and food safety.  Monitors and documents refrigeration temperatures.  Reports temperatures that are out of range and follows direction and process to address the issue;    

· Provides caring service and support to the Elders, family, guests and care partners that include beverage service, food distribution, set up and offering of condiments while making sincere effort to honor personal preferences and requests; 

· Maintain a clean, sanitary and orderly dining atmosphere and kitchen environment for the Elders, Care Partners, families and guests; 

· Monitors and documents sanitizing agents used throughout the culinary areas and communicate discrepancies; 

· Demonstrate knowledge and ability to follow basic therapeutic diets; honors Elders choices by communicating lack of acceptance of therapeutic diets or textures;

· Ensure compliance with regulatory guidelines and requirements by following proper procedures for cleaning, sanitizing, dishwashing, food storage, hand washing, food handling and personal cleanliness;

· Perform daily tasks that include but are not limited to basic food preparation, bussing, cleaning and resetting tables, rolling silverware, washing and sorting diet cards, cleaning and sanitizing of counters, walls, beverage areas, dishwashing, sweeping, stocking and trash disposal;

· Protect the Elders, guests, team and self from illness and infection by wearing protective equipment when applicable and practicing good hand washing procedures;

· Follow individualized plan of care for the Elders to include adaptive equipment, supplements, beverage and food prefences.



Other actions to help build strong working relationships with your care partner team include:


  1. Be available to work as scheduled and report to work on time
  2. Be available to work overtime if needed
  3. Be respectful of all with whom you interact and follow the Exempla Service Behaviors
  4. Be well groomed and dressed appropriately for your role
  5. Be in compliance with the drug and alcohol policy as stated in the Employee Handbook
  6. Be sufficiently rested to perform your duties throughout the period assigned
  7. Demonstrate a willingness to learn
  8. Be able to communicate clearly, think clearly, and concentrate on assigned tasks


The successful candidate must be able to speak, read, and write English.


Hours are 345pm- 745pm, 15-18 hours/wk

Mon-Sunday shifts

3-4 weekends a month, most weekends including being available both SAT and SUN


Organization: Lutheran Homes and Apartments, Arvada, CO
Primary Location: CO-Denver/Boulder/Surrounding Areas-Arvada
Department: Nutrition Services
Schedule: Part-time
Shift: Day Shift
Job Posting: 11/23/2016 11:00:51 PM
FTE: .4
Job Number: 16003569
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