Resource Topic: Food and nutrition

CHOICE+ Program: Enhancing the Mealtime Experience in Long-Term Care

CHOICE+ is an innovative program that enhances the mealtime experience for residents in long-term care. It focuses on nurturing relationships and creating comfortable dining environments.

The CHOICE+ program is made up of six principles:

  1. Connecting: having meaningful conversations and socializing
  2. Honouring Dignity: respecting decisions, choices and preferences
  3. Offering Support: supporting residents based on individual needs
  4. Identity: knowing and accepting residents as unique individuals
  5. Creating Opportunities: supporting active mealtime participation
  6. Enjoyment: creating a warm and welcoming dining environment

CHOICE+ Resources

CHOICE+ tools are available online, including two self-assessment checklists and six new online learning modules. Teams can use the CHOICE+ tools to:

  • Learn about the CHOICE+ principles and the importance of creating an enjoyable mealtime experience
  • Understand their current strengths in supporting residents at mealtimes
  • Get ideas of simple strategies to try in their day-to-day practice
  • Spark discussion at team meetings and help develop plans for practice change


CHOICE+ Webinar: New Tools and Online Education to Enhance the Mealtime Experience in LTC

Webinar Description

This webinar describes the six principles of the CHOICE+ program and introduces tools and resources that teams in long-term care can start using to make change. Two user-friendly tools are shared along with the recently launched CHOICE+ online education modules. The webinar highlights how these tools can be used to improve mealtimes in your home.

This webinar was offered by the Ontario CLRI hosted at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and was originally delivered on May 29, 2018.

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