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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:

  • Name
  • Identification number; and
  • Date of course completion and competency evaluation.

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