Country Terrace dietary aide says fast-paced job is ‘a perfect fit’

‘I’m a person who likes to be always on the go and keep moving,’ says Joy Goddard

Joy Goddard learned about the job requirements long-term-care home dietary aides need from a friend who works as one. She told Joy it was a job that required people to work at a fast pace and have strong organizational skills along with a good memory.

That was all Joy needed to hear.

“I’m a person who likes to be always on the go and keep moving, so I thought this would be a perfect fit for me,” Joy tells The OMNIway.

“My friend told me that if you are working in the kitchen, you have to be organized or else you will fall behind, and I said, ‘I’m an organized person.’ ”

When a job opening for a dietary aide came up at Country Terrace, Joy applied and got the position. Eight years later, she’s still working at the Komoka, Ont. long-term care home.

Joy says she enjoys the fast-paced environment that comes with serving residents their meals. With more than 100 residents to serve during mealtimes, Joy says dietary aides need to be fast and efficient.

This means knowing residents’ specific preferences – for instance, what they like to drink with their meals or how they take their tea – so they can be served quickly.

Speedy service is crucial when there are more than 100 residents who are dining at any given time, Joy says.

“When you are working in the kitchen, it’s a really intense job and you have to be really, really organized and you have to keep up the speed and you have to know the residents,” she says.

As much as she enjoys the fast-paced environment that comes with the territory, Joy says her favourite part of her job is making residents happy.

“I really like working with the residents,” she says. “It’s really nice to see the residents enjoy what they’re eating.”

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