(210 ILCS 45/3-206.03)
(a) As used in this Section, "resident attendant" means an individual who
assists residents in a facility with the following activities:
(1) eating and drinking; and
(2) personal hygiene limited to washing a resident's
hands and face, brushing and combing a resident's hair, oral hygiene, shaving residents with an electric razor, and applying makeup.
The term "resident attendant" does not include an individual who:
(1) is a licensed health professional or a registered
(2) volunteers without monetary compensation;
(3) is a nurse assistant; or
(4) performs any nursing or nursing-related services
for residents of a facility.
(b) A facility may employ resident attendants to
assist the nurse aides with the activities authorized under
subsection (a). The resident attendants shall not count
in the minimum staffing requirements under rules implementing this Act.
(c) A facility may not use on a full-time or other paid basis any individual
as a resident attendant
in the facility unless the individual:
(1) has completed a training and competency
evaluation program encompassing the tasks the individual provides; and
(2) is competent to provide feeding, hydration, and
personal hygiene services.
(d) The training and competency evaluation program may be facility-based.
It may include one or more of the following units:
(1) A feeding unit that is a maximum of 5 hours in
(2) A hydration unit that is a maximum of 3 hours in
(3) A personal hygiene unit that is a maximum of 5
These programs must be reviewed and approved
by the Department
every 2 years.
(f) A person seeking employment as a resident attendant is subject to the
Health Care Worker Background Check Act.
(Source: P.A. 91-461, eff. 8-6-99.)