N.J. Admin. Code § 10:44C-5.5 - Food

Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022

(a) Sanitary practices shall be utilized in the storage, handling, preparation, and serving of all food and drink.
1. Food shall be thawed in a refrigerator.
(b) All appliances, equipment and utensils used for eating, drinking, preparation and serving of food shall be kept clean and in good condition and thoroughly washed after each use.
(c) Food shall be readily accessible to persons served unless limitations have been approved by the TDT.
(d) The licensee shall assure that each person served is provided the opportunity for the following:
1. Three nutritionally balanced meals, varied in nature, in the home or in the community.
i. Food shall meet the medical and dietary needs of the persons served.
ii. When a prescribed diet is required, the licensee shall assure that all equipment necessary for preparing food is readily accessible and used appropriately.
iii. Documentation of all such diets shall be maintained on the menu.
iv. Diets shall be adjusted for age, sex, disability and activity when necessary.
v. The licensee shall make reasonable adjustments to personal preferences, habits, customs and appetites.
(e) Persons served shall be afforded the choice of dining with other persons or dining by themselves.
1. If a person served decides to dine alone, such choice shall be documented in his or her ITP.
(f) A person served shall be allowed to eat at his or her own pace, unless otherwise determined by the TDT.
(g) Menus, to include all meals and available snacks, shall be dated, prepared at least one week in advance, and retained on file for a period of 30 days, unless a person's ITP documents independence in meal purchase and planning.
(h) Consistent with their abilities, the persons served shall be consulted for preferences in determining the weekly menu and/or changing it as desired.
(i) Any substitution of food from the menu shall be of equal nutritional value and shall be documented on the menu.


N.J. Admin. Code § 10:44C-5.5
Amended by 49 N.J.R. 259(a), effective 2/6/2017

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