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

  • Resource Type: Program, Toolkit, Website
  • Posted On: June 1, 2018
  • Author/Source: Dr. Heather Keller and Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging
  • Audience(s): Staff / team members

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:

  • Connecting: having meaningful conversations and socializing
  • Honouring Dignity: respecting decisions, choices and preferences
  • Offering Support: supporting residents based on individual needs
  • Identity: knowing and accepting residents as unique individuals
  • Creating Opportunities: supporting active mealtime participation
  • 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

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