Is there any state requirement for Assisted Living Providers in Colorado for lunch to go?

by Mel
(Denver)

Question:
If the residents go in the morning and will not be back to assisted living during lunch hour, do we have/require to provide lunch to go for the resident?

If the residents go in the morning and come back to assisted living pass the lunch hour, do we have/require to provide/serve lunch when the residents come back?


Answer:

The regulations state,

1.109 (3) Meals and Snacks
109 (3)(a) Meals
(i) At least three nutritionally balanced meals in adequate portions, using a variety of foods shall be made available, either directly or indirectly through the resident agreement, at regular times daily.
(ii) In the event the meal provided is unpalatable, a substitute shall be provided.
109 (3)(b) Snacks
(i) Between meal snacks of nourishing quality shall be available.

If a resident plans to be gone and requests a lunch to go, I would provide it for them. If they are gone and are late getting back at the designated meal time, I would provide an alternate meal (perhaps a sandwich). (i.e., I wouldn't "hold" a lunch for them unless I knew they were coming back late and they had requested it).

It is a requirement that between meal snacks are available.

It is probably a good idea to address your "rules" in the house rules and the resident agreement.

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