CHOICE+ a good start
The 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
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Champions for Change E-Learning Course
The CHOICE+ Champions for Change cource is for leaders who, having recongnized that a pleasurable dining experience is meaningful for residents, team members and family, want to implement long term change in their home.
This e-learning course provides a CHOICE+ work plan to:
- Build team interest in making improvements
- Engage stakeholders from the team
- Identify areas of focus
- Develop an improvement plan
- Measure success and ongoing goals
Handy Checklist Ease Implementation
Here are some resources to help you apply the CHOICE+ best practices in your home. The atmosphere and physical space of a dining room play a big role in creating a pleasurable experience. Is your team able to make meaningful connections at mealtimes? Use these checklists to reflect on current practices and learn how to make the most of mealtime in your dining room.
Acknowledgement: The CHOICE+ Principles resources were supported with funding from the Government of Ontario to the Ontario Centre for Learning, Research, and Innovation in long-term Care hosted at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging. The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the province
CHOICE+ E-Course and Community of Practice:
Acknowledgement: The CHOICE+ E-Course and Community of Practice were developed by the RIA, Heather Killer, RD, PHD, FCAHS, and Sarah Wu, PHD with support from the CHOICE+ Advisory Committee
These summary sheets share some of the key findings and recommendations from a research study called Making the Most of Mealtimes (M3). The study explored what residents living in long-term care eat and drink, and what factors promote better nutrition.
This resource provides a selection of recipes that feature Ontario-grown foods and cater to the needs and preferences of older adults living in the community. Organized by dish (beverages, breakfast, snacks, salads, soups/stews, sides, mains, and desserts), there are over 50 recipes to choose from!
Nutri-eSCREEN is a simple, online tool that assesses older adults’ appetite, eating habits, and changes in weight. This 14-question survey can help older adults find out what they are doing well when it comes to healthy eating and get tips on how they can improve eating habits.
LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) is an award-winning, evidence-informed training program for those who support people living with dementia. Participants gain awareness and understanding that changes not only the way they view dementia, but the way they support people living with it.
The Functional Foods for Healthy Aging Toolkit is a collection of resources on functional foods for older adults. It supports Registered Dietitians and other health professionals in communicating with older adults about the role of functional foods in healthy aging.
CHOICE+ is an innovative program that aims to improve the mealtime experience for residents in long-term care by focusing on relationship-centred practices and enhancing the dining environment. These six online education modules help teams in long-term care improve the mealtime experience.