The Dietitian’s Role in the Interdisciplinary Team


Registered Dietitians (RDs) play a crucial role within IDTs by leveraging the collaborative approach to enhance residents’ nutritional care. This teamwork ensures that residents receive well-rounded, personalized care that addresses their unique health needs.

Registered Dietitians:

For  RDs, establishing strong relationships with other team members is essential. They collaborate with nurses, nurse practitioners, and doctors to gather comprehensive health information about residents. This information forms the foundation for creating tailored nutrition plans that address specific medical conditions and dietary requirements.

  • Therapists
  • Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)
  • Social Workers
  • Restorative Aides
  • Certified Dietary Managers

Collaboration with Speech Therapists:

Partnering with Restorative Aides:

Another close relationship within the IDT is between the RD and the restorative aides. Restorative aides are responsible for measuring weights, among many other vital tasks. With weight loss and weight gain being a prevalent issue with many residents, tracking weight is a preventative tool for maintaining resident’s health and well-being.

Much like the relationship between an RD and a speech therapist, having open communication between the RD and the restorative aides makes a difference when assessing an individual’s nutritional status and assisting with their health outcomes.

Teamwork in Resident Care:

When it comes to nursing and care, the well-known expression, “It takes a village,” often comes to mind. Daily collaborations and communication within the network of individuals at facilities are integral to resident care. While the examples outlined above are merely a glimpse of the daily interactions RDs experience with other health professionals, a well-oiled IDT is essential for achieving health, safety, and comfort for residents.

By working together, IDTs ensure that every resident receives comprehensive and personalized care. This collaborative approach enhances the quality of care and fosters a supportive and efficient healthcare environment, ultimately leading to better health outcomes for residents.

Sara Ross, MS, RD, LD |

“The opportunity to develop relationships with residents and team members is why I love being a part of an IDT. Knowing that I am a part of a team actively trying to make a positive difference in residents’ lives through nutrition and other services is immensely rewarding.”

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