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Shulchan Aruch, Chapter 163: Din Mi She'ein Lo 2

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Anonymous South Euclid June 15, 2020

I was interested in the discussion about feeding someone else: how much is the eater responsible for not washing, or enabling them to eat: as this is not an unusual event in the industry in which I work. (I am in the financial department, but we have home health aides, who are for the most part not Jewish): who take care of elderly people (most of whom are Jewish, and in some cases Holocaust survivors) who : some of them cannot feed themselves any more, so they DO need to be fed by others.
Now, hygienically the caretakers DO wash their hands (although not al natilas yadim), but, what would be the halachah in this type of situation? Reply

Eliezer Zalmanov for Chabad.org June 16, 2020
in response to Anonymous:

If the person eating would be open to washing, then it is certainly a good idea to offer it. But if they will resist, then you are not obligated to make them wash. The caretaker does not need to wash ritually before feeding the patient. Reply

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