Feeding Assistant Program in a Long-Term Care Facility

The purpose of the feeding assistant is to supplement nurse aides and licensed nursing staff. Section 42 CFR 483.60(h) requires feeding assistants to be supervised by RN’s and LPNs. The requirement to complete a state-approved training program for feeding assistants is found under 42 CFR 483.95 does not therefore apply to RNs, LPNs, or nurse practitioners. Nurse aides do not include those individuals who furnish services to residents only as paid feeding assistants as defined in 42 CFR 488.301.

“Paid feeding assistant” means a person who meets the requirements specified in 42 CFR 483.60(h) and who is paid by the facility 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 parental/IV feedings.

A feeding assistant is not permitted to provide any other nursing or nursing related service. Paid feeding assistants must be at least 16 years old. Facilities are prohibited from counting paid feeding assistants toward their minimum nursing-related staff requirements.

Feeding Assistant Program

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Contact Us

  • For application, regulatory and program information contact Vickie Bergquist, Dietitian Consultant, at 414-313-9557.
Last Revised: March 20, 2020