§ 2800.54. Qualifications for direct care staff persons.

 (a)  Direct care staff persons shall have the following qualifications:

   (1)  Be 18 years of age or older, except as permitted in subsection (d).

   (2)  Have a high school diploma, GED or active registry status on the Pennsylvania nurse aide registry.

   (3)  Be free from a medical condition, including drug or alcohol addiction, that would limit direct care staff persons from providing necessary assisted living services with reasonable skill and safety.

   (4)  Be able to communicate in a mode or manner understood by the resident. Strategies that promote interactive communication on the part of direct care staff and individual residents shall be developed in accordance with the resident’s final support plan under §  2800.227(e) (relating to development of the final support plan).

 (b)  A volunteer who performs or provides ADLs shall meet the direct staff person qualifications and training requirements specified in this chapter.

 (c)  A resident receiving assisted living services who voluntarily performs tasks in the residence will not be considered a volunteer under this chapter.

 (d)  Food services or housekeeping staff may be 16 or 17 years of age.

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  2800.56 (relating to administrator staffing); and 55 Pa. Code §  2800.61 (relating to substitute personnel).

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