The Paid Dining Assistant Course is an 8-hour program that teaches:
- Dining techniques
- Assistance with dining and hydration
- Communication and interpersonal skills
- Appropriate responses to resident behavior
- Safety and emergency procedures, including the Heimlich Maneuver
- Infection control
- Resident rights
- Recognizing behavior changes in residents that are different from their normal behavior, and know the importance of reporting those changes to the supervisory nurse.
After successful completion of the course, the student will receive a certificate for the completion of the Paid Dining Assistant program, which will fulfill all of the training requirements needed to work as a State of Michigan Paid Dining Assistant!
Must be at least 17 years of age or older
Pass a Criminal Background Check
Be capable of responding to help if needed, either in person, by voice or call light system, radio, telephone, pager or other method of communication during a dining experience.
A minimum of eight (8) hours of skills training
Use of A Paid Dining Assistant Textbook (free to use or available for purchase)
Certificate when you successfully complete the course
1. Feeding techniques.
2. Regular and special diets.
3. Reporting food and fluid intake.
4. Assistance with feeding and hydration.
5. Communication and interpersonal skills.
6. Infection control.
7. Safety / emergency procedures including the Heimlich maneuver.
8. Promoting residents’ independence.
9. Abuse, neglect, and misappropriation of property.
10. Nutrition and hydration.
11. Recognizing changes in residents that are inconsistent with their normal behavior and the importance of reporting these changes to the supervising nurse.
12. Mental health and social service needs including how to respond to a resident’s behavior.
13. Residents’ rights including the following:
c. Promoting residents right to make personal choices to accommodate their needs.
d. Maintaining care and security of residents’ personal possessions.
e. Dignity and respect.