Job Title: Cook
Department: Support Services
Reports to: Hospice House Manager
Next Review Date: 03/2017
Job Description Details
Statement of Position/Position Summary
This position will provide dietary assistance to include: meal preparation resulting in a quality product, distribution of meals, maintenance and inventory of the kitchen and supplies.
Qualifications and Education requirements
  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Previous experience as a dietary aid/cook in a health care facility preferred.
  • Must be able to work independently, be self-directed, and have strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Computer proficiency and a working knowledge of Microsoft programs required.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Belief in the hospice concept.
Position Role and Responsibilities
  • Prepares and cooks meals for the patients at the Seasons Hospice House.
  • Sets up trays and tables including pouring and coverage beverages and preparation and serving food.
  • Serves trays, buses trays, and cleans up kitchen and dining room.
  • Washes dishes, loads dishwasher, and sanitizes equipment as necessary.
  • Keeps work area clean in accordance with a cleaning/sanitizing schedule.
  • Monitors dates and temperature on foods in refrigerator and freezer and meals, and reports concerns to supervisor.
  • Responsible for kitchen/grocery inventory and ordering.
  • Prepares meals for a variety of Seasons Hospice events that occur throughout the year.
  • Cover for housekeeping in absence of housekeeper and as time permits.
  • Plans/coordinates menus with dietician.
  • Travel may be necessary to transport food to events off-site.
  • Maintain the dignity of the dying patient.
Agency Expectations
  • Adhere to all Seasons Hospice policies and procedures.
  • Maintain absolute confidentiality of all information pertaining to patients, families, and staff and adhere to all HIPAA rules.
  • Display a positive and professional image and attitude in all relationships with patients, families, peers and in the community.
  • Serve as an ambassador for Seasons Hospice at all times.
  • Provide verbal and written performance evaluations for assigned staff members, including peer and self evaluation.
  • Demonstrate ongoing responsibility for self education.
  • Assume responsibility for the promotion of the hospice concept in the community and with other agencies and professionals.
  • Participate in the Quality Assessment Performance Improvement Program (QAPI), as requested.
  • Maintains patient and personal safety regarding occupational health and safety.
  • Participate in safety program, as requested:
    • Participate in employee job safety analysis to eliminate hazards and prevent accidents.
    • Cooperate to investigate employee injuries.
    • Promote and support safety awareness and implement safety operations.
    • Encourage staff to make suggestions on safety practices.
  • Participate in orientation of new employees.
  • Participate in volunteer orientations, training and education as requested.
  • Participate in orientation and supervision for students seeking experience in hospice care.
  • Attend regularly scheduled department meetings and agency meetings.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
ADA Requirements (essential functions)
Physical Requirements
Lifting More than 10 lbs, routinely
More than 50 lbs, occasionally
Sitting 0 - 1 hour/day
Standing 3 - 5 hours/day
Walking 3 - 5 hours/day
Bend, stoop, squat, and/or twist Repeatedly throughout day
Climbing stairs Repeatedly throughout day
Reaching 1 hour/day – arms above shoulder level
Repeated prolonged use of hands Repeatedly throughout day
Use of telephone 0 - 1 hour/day
Working under pressure 3 – 4 hours/day
Working rapidly for long periods 4 - 5 hours/day
Use of keyboard/computer, printer, fax, copier 0 - 1 hour/day
Position requires close work; finger dexterity; good vision, hearing, oral communication and critical thinking on a regular basis.
May occasionally work longer than 8 hours/day.
Cognitive or Mental Requirements
The following cognitive or mental requirements are necessary on a daily basis:
  • Critical thinking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Drawing conclusions from written or computer generated materials
  • Analyzing data or report information
  • Creating methodologies for accomplishing a goal
  • Conducting research
  • Implementing recommendations by coordinating persons and/or other resources
  • Developing plans, procedures, goals, strategies, or processes
  • Directing activities of others to accomplish a goal
  • Clear verbal articulation
Working Environment
  • Indoors, in the kitchen setting for majority of the day
  • Travel required; may require transportation to get to various work sites
  • Possible exposure to communicable diseases
  • Skin contact with solvents or other chemicals such as alcohol, acetone, detergents, bleach, and latex gloves
  • Exposure to medical equipment with the risk of lacerations or punctures
This job description is only a summary and is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required by the employee. This document is subject to change at any time.
Created by: Michelle Donahue – Director of Human Resources Date: February 2015
Approved by: Beverly Haynes – Executive Director Date: February 2015