Paid feeding assistant means a person who:
- meets the requirements specified in § 42 CFR 483.35(h)(2); and
- is paid by a long term care facility, i.e., a nursing home or intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID); or
- is used under an arrangement with another agency or organization to assist residents who have no complicated feeding problems with the activities of eating and drinking.
- Complicated feeding problems include, but are not limited to, difficulty swallowing, recurrent lung aspirations, and tube or parenteral/IV feedings.
The feeding assistant is not permitted to provide any other nursing or nursing related service. Paid feeding assistants must be at least 16 years of age. Facilities are prohibited from counting paid feeding assistants toward their minimum staff requirements.
A feeding assistant does not include a person who is a:
- Licensed healthcare professionals who received appropriate training relating to feeding in conjunction with the education for the professional licensure as outlined in DQA Memo 09-006 (PDF, 63 KB).
- Volunteers without money compensation; or
- Nurse aide.