CHOICE+ Modules

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.

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CHOICE+ is an innovative program that aims to improve the mealtime experience for residents in long-term care. It focuses on developing relationship-centred practices and enhancing the dining environment.

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

As part of the program, online education modules were created to help teams in long-term care understand and work towards achieving the CHOICE+ principles.

There are six online modules, one for each principle. The modules can be viewed on a computer, tablet, or smart phone, and include short videos, interactive checklists, and self-reflection questions. Each module takes less than 3 minutes to complete.

Long-term care teams can use the CHOICE+ education modules to:

  • Learn about the CHOICE+ principles and the importance of creating an enjoyable mealtime experience
  • 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


Date created: 2017


These resources were created by Heather Keller, Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition and Aging, and the RIA.

Funding Acknowledgement

These 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.

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