Safe Eating

Safe Eating 

As we age, the need to maintain a healthy and nutritional diet becomes increasingly important. The aging process makes people more prone to illnesses, decreased appetite, a decreased sense of taste, and impaired swallowing abilities. As a caregiver in a long-term care facility you are tasked with helping residents to eat well and obtain the nutrients they need to remain healthy. You should be knowledgeable of residents’ individual dietary needs and how to promote healthy and safe eating in your facility.


Hours: 0.75


Certificates provided by accrediting body (4 Match)

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants


This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.This activity is approved for 0.70 contact hours.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)

0.75 HOURS

Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CE1730000

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)

0.75 HOURS

Pennsylvania Personal Care Home Administrators

0.75 HOURS

This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-SE
Hours: 0.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
List the different types of diets used in a long-term care facility.
Identify what thickened liquids are.
List the special assistive devices or adaptive equipment used to assist residents in the feeding process.
Recall the guidelines for safe eating.
Recognize how behavior disorders can prevent residents from properly eating.
List the interventions used in a long-term care facility to control negative behaviors

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Types of Diets A. What Does “Diet” Mean? B. Evaluation C. Restrictions D. Why Restrict? E. Textures F. High Risk Foods G. Review H. Summary Section 3: Feeding Techniques A. Maintain Independence B. Levels of Assistance C. Steps D. Review E. Summary Section 4: Thickened Liquids F. Swallowing Difficulties G. Thickening Agents H. Consistency I. Resident & Family Support J. Other Strategies K. Learning Activity L. Review M. Summary Section 5: Assistive Devices A. Types of Assistive Devices B. Plates C. Utensils D. Cups E. Review F. Summary Section 6: Guidelines for Safe Eating A. Keep a Watchful Eye B. Allow for Time C. Inspect the Tray D. Task Segmentation E. Review F. Summary Section 7: Behavior Disorders A. Interventions B. Environment C. Learning Activity D. Review E. Summary Section 8: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. References D. Congratulations

Staff Writer: Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN
Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN, Content Writer, Relias Learning, has held positions as staff nurse, charge nurse, research nurse clinician, and clinical instructor with over 25 years of clinical practice in a broad range of specialties: med/surg, pediatrics, long term care, mental health, research, and IDD. Prior to becoming a Registered Nurse, Ms. Schnaufer successfully challenged the Practical Nursing Boards in NY. After working with the Breast Oncology Research group at Duke, Ms. Schnaufer switched her focus to the area of IDD and worked with individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues, who live in group homes. Among her various responsibilities in this area was to train direct support staff and clinicians in medical issues/medication administration, participate in state surveys, providing and implementing plans of correction, as well as, serving on various committees, such as Human Rights, to help improve the lives of the individuals supported. To this day, she continues to volunteer in this realm. A veteran of the U.S.A.F., Ms. Schnaufer is committed to creating relevant and intelligent continuing education courses for healthcare professionals throughout the continuum of care. Disclosure: Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level Direct Care Workers; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility, Assisted Living, Home Health, Hospice, Long-term Care, Palliative Care, Residential Care.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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