Paid Dining Assistants
Paid dining assistants are single task workers who:
- Work in nursing homes only.
- Only feed residents who have no complicated feeding problems.
- Work under the supervision of a licensed registered or practical nurse who is on duty, physically present in the nursing home, and immediately available.
- Must call a supervisor for help in an emergency.
• Supplement and are not a substitute for licensed registered and practical nurses or nursing assistants.
- At least 16 years of age;
- Able to speak and understand English or a language understood by the nursing home resident being fed;
- Has successfully completed a state approved course of training for paid dining assistants;
- Has no adverse finding on the Nurse Aide Registry or the Adult Protective Services Registry; and
- Has no adverse finding on the Child Central Registry if the nursing home has at any one time more than one resident under the age of 19 years.
Registry – The Department will maintain a registry of individuals who have successfully completed an approved paid dining assistant course and competency evaluation. The registry will include:
- Identification number; and
- Date of course completion and competency evaluation.
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