Feeding Assistants Law and Legal Definition

Feeding Assistants are paid staff, who work under the general supervision of a registered nurse (RN), or licensed practical nurse (LPN) and who have successfully completed a State approved training program to assist residents having problems with eating and hydration, with their meals. The health care facilities providing feeding assistants must ensure that they only serve residents who have no complicated feeding problems. The feeding assistant is not permitted to perform other nursing or nursing related duties such as measuring or recording input or output, transferring, and toileting. In case of emergencies, a feeding assistant must immediately call a supervisory nurse on the resident call system. Feeding assistants must be at least 16 years old and they are not direct care staff.