§ 2800.164. Withholding or forcing of food prohibited.
(a) A residence may not withhold meals, beverages, snacks or desserts as punishment. Food and beverages may be withheld in accordance with prescribed medical or dental procedures.
(b) A resident may not be forced to eat food.
(c) If a resident refuses to eat or drink continuously during a 24-hour period, the residents primary care physician and the residents designated person shall be immediately notified.
(d) If a resident has a cognitive impairment that affects the residents ability to consume adequate amounts of food and water, a staff person shall encourage and remind the resident to eat and drink.
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