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DIT 2101 Eating Matters for Dining Assistants

Practical skill development in feeding techniques for the elderly. Ensures understanding of nutritional needs of residents, communication and interactions between residents/staff, behavior challenges and safety procedures. Students receive a Dining Assistant Certificate from Ohio Department of Health upon completion.

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Nutrition and Dietetics
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: No

Prereqs: NONE  


  • Utilize and demonstrate feeding strategies that optimize independence, safety, quality of life and overall nutritional well-being.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and nonverbal communication skills with residents who may be visually, hearing, cognitively or physically impaired while respecting residents rights and maintaining human dignity.
  • Identify and minimize special safety concerns of the resident that include falls, burns and choking while maintaining a low risk of food borne illness and contamination.
  • Utilize the food pyramid guidelines for meeting nutritional needs and goals of the resident with an emphasis on calorie, protein, and fluid needs in a form best suited for the resident.
  • Demonstrate skills that promote a positive mealtime atmosphere increasing independence and maximizing nutritional intake.

Credit Hours: 1

Classroom Hours: 1