GLEN ROSE- Cherokee Rose Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center is the only nursing home in the surrounding four counties to have a dietary manager in their kitchen.
Johnnie Martindale, former Glen Rose resident of ten years, recently received her dietary manager certification from the National Association of Food Safety Professionals.
“Being a dietary manager has to do with food protection, quality of food and managing a kitchen.” Martindale said.
Anfponline.org states, “CDM, CFPPs are experts at managing foodservice operations and ensuring food safety. They are responsible for implementation of menus, foodservice purchasing, and food preparation. They apply nutrition principles, document nutrition information, manage work teams, and much more.”
Martindale said that in her courses she learned some interesting facts about food safety.
“When you don’t have a lot of acid in your stomach, like children and the elderly do, it is very easy to get sick from food,” Martindale noted. “Bacteria grow in food at certain temperatures. We know when it’s going to grow and what conditions it grows under and how to keep it from growing. It’s all about keeping it safe and preventing foodborne illnesses.”
Martindale has been working at Cherokee Rose for seven months.
“I love to see the residents smiling and give me a thumbs up after they eat,” Martindale stated.
“I love it here. We all pull together as a team. We try doing our best to care for each individual. You get to know them better. Catering to the residents is my biggest thing. I want them to feel like they’re at home.”