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55 Pa. Code § 2600.164. Withholding or forcing of food prohibited.

§ 2600.164. Withholding or forcing of food prohibited.

 (a)  A home 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 resident’s primary care physician and the resident’s designated person shall be immediately notified.

 (d)  If a resident has a cognitive impairment that affects the resident’s 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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