§ 2800.161. Nutritional adequacy.

 (a)  Meals shall be offered that meet the recommended dietary allowances established by the United States Department of Agriculture.

 (b)  At least three nutritionally well-balanced meals shall be offered daily to the resident. Each meal shall include an alternative food and drink item from which the resident may choose.

 (c)  Additional portions of meals and beverages at mealtimes shall be available for the resident.

 (d)  A resident’s special dietary needs as prescribed by a physician, physician’s assistant, certified registered nurse practitioner or dietitian shall be met. Documentation of the resident’s special dietary needs shall be kept in the resident’s record.

 (e)  Dietary alternatives shall be available for a resident who has special health needs or religious beliefs regarding dietary restrictions.

 (f)  Drinking water shall be available to the resident at all times.

 (g)  Between-meal snacks and beverages shall be available at all times for each resident, unless medically contraindicated as documented in the resident’s support plan.

 (h)  Residents have the right to purchase groceries and prepare their own food in addition to the three meal plan required in §  2800.220(b) (relating to service provision) in their living units unless it would be unsafe for them to do so consistent with their support plan.

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  2800.162 (relating to meals); 55 Pa. Code §  2800.220 (relating to service provision); and 55 Pa. Code Appendix A (relating to assisted living resident rights: during residency and during discharge or termination of residency).

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