This page provides in-person activities that long-term care facilities can use to supplement the webinar training series (related unit of the curriculum in paranthesis).  We encourage facility staff developers and dietitians lead these activities to improve the care the provided by trained feeding assistants.

  1. Diet card matching game (Unit 2)
  2. Return demonstration of safe feeding techniques (Unit 3)
  3. Estimating food and fluid consumption (Unit 3)
  4. Role playing appropriate responses to resident behaviors (Unit 5)
  5. Resident rights matching worksheet (Unit 6)
  6. Additional Feeding Demonstration Videos

DIET CARD MATCHING GAME

Ask the dietary manager to print a variety of meal tray tickets for either lunch or dinner then take photos of resident meal trays before the meal.  Have the trainees form teams, and see which team can match the diet types on the meal tray tickets with the correct photos.

RETURN DEMONSTRATION OF SAFE FEEDING TECHNIQUES

Ask staff to form groups of three. The first group member will play the role of the resident.  The second staff person will practice feeding his/ her co-worker while the third staff member uses the Snack Time Performance Evaluation to ensure that he/ she is following the proper steps for offering and providing a resident food.  Rotate roles until all staff members have had an opportunity to practice feeding.

ESTIMATING FOOD & FLUID CONSUMPTION

Guidelines

To avoid errors and ensure the highest agreement between staff members, we recommend the following guidelines for calculating an estimate of total percentage consumed.

  • List each food and fluid item on the tray at the point of meal tray delivery and record resident consumption of each item at the point of meal tray pick-up
  • Use a continuous percentage scale, from 0% to 100%, for estimation instead of percentage categories.
  • Each food and fluid item on the meal tray is counted equally as opposed to assigning differential values to different items.
  • Ideally, consumption of fluids should be recorded in ounces, in addition to percentage consumed, to allow for accurate measure of hydration status. 
  • Oral liquid nutrition supplements consumed during the meal should not count in the total percent consumed estimation, though the amount consumed (in ounces) of the supplement should be recorded separately.

Sample Photos

Click the links below for photos of pre- and post- meal trays to  estimate food and fluid consumption.


ROLE PLAYING APPROPRIATE RESPONSES TO RESIDENT BEHAVIORS
 

Residents may exhibit difficult behaviors during meal or snack time.  Attached are specific scenarios that may present a challenge to Trained Feeding Assistants during mealtime.  Additionally, you will find interventions and strategies for responding to these eating-related behavioral problems.  Have trainees pair up and role play some of these scenarios.

 

RESIDENT RIGHTS ACTIVITIES

Print this Bingo card for trainees to play along during the webinar.

After the session, test the trainees' knowledge of abuse and neglect with this Matching Activity.