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Introductory Session

We discuss the paid feeding assistant regulation requirements, training logistics, and staff recruitment strategies. This session is intended for the key contact person at each facility (e.g., DON, Administrator, Staff Developer) to prepare for training.

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Key Topics:

  1. What is the training series? How will it be run?
  2. Why should your facility participate?
  3. What are training requirements?
  4. Which staff should participate in training?

Session 1: Assistance with Feeding & Hydration

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Key Topics:

  1. Paid Feeding Assistant Regulation Overview
  2. Resident Risk Factors
  3. Warning Signs of Malnutrition & Dehydration
  4. Role of Feeding Assistants

Session 2: Diet Types

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Key Topics:

  1. Texture modified diets
  2. Therapeutic diets
  3. Thickened liquids
  4. Adaptive (eating) equipment

Session 3: Appropriate Feeding Techniques

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Key Topics:

  1. Preparing the Dining Environment
  2. Proper Resident Positioning
  3. Types of Feeding Assistance
  4. Specific Feeding Techniques

Session 4: Communication and Interpersonal Skills

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Related Video Clips

Key Topics:

  1. Fundamentals of Positive Communication
  2. Verbal v. Non-verbal Communication
  3. FOCUS with Dementia Residents

Session 5: Appropriate Responses to Resident Behavior

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Key Topics:

  1. Causes and Contexts of Resident Behavior
  2. Approaches to Handle Difficult Behaviors

Session 6: Recognizing Changes in Residents

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Key Topics:

  1. Dysphagia
  2. Aspiration
  3. INTERACT (STOP AND WATCH)
  4. Reporting Resident Changes to Nursing
  5. Related Links: Nestle Dysphagia Clip and New Jersey Department of Human Services "Managing Dysphagia" Clip

Session 7: Safety Procedures & Infection Control

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Key Topics:

  1. Potential Safety Hazards
  2. Choking
  3. Disease Transmission
  4. Handwashing

Infection Control Measures in Food Service


Session 8: Resident Rights

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Key Topics:

  1. Basic Principles of Resident Rights
  2. Definitions of Abuse & Neglect
  3. Reporting Abuse & Neglect
  4. Feeding Assistant's Role in Maintaining Resident Rights