CHOICE+ Program

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. Two user-friendly checklists and six online education modules are available to help teams in long-term care improve their mealtime practices.

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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, two user-friendly checklists and six online education modules were created to help teams in long-term care improve the mealtime experience. Teams can use the CHOICE+ tools to:

  • 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

Explore the CHOICE+ tools (see links below or download PDF files in More Information):

  1. Mealtime Practices Checklist – Encourages person-centred practices at mealtimes
  2. Dining Room Checklist – Helps to make dining rooms welcoming, comfortable, and enjoyable
  3. CHOICE+ Education Modules – Introduces the CHOICE+ principles using videos, checklists, and self-reflection.

Date created: 2017

Authorship

© Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, 2017 CHOICE+ was created by Heather Keller, Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition and Aging, and the RIA.

Funding Acknowledgement

The checklists and education modules 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.