CHOICE+ a good start
CHOICE+ is an innovative program that aims to improve the mealtime experience for residents in long-term care. By bringing leaders, team members, residents and family to the table, the program focuses on 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
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Champions for Change E-Learning Course
The CHOICE+ Champions for Change course is for leaders who, having recognized that a pleasurable dining experience is meaningful for residents, team members and family, want to implement long-term change in their homes.
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
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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.
CHOICE+ E-Course and Community of Practice:
Acknowledgement: The CHOICE+ eLearning Course and Community of Practice were developed by the RIA, Heather Keller, RD, PhD, FCAHS and Sarah Wu, PhD with support from the CHOICE+ Review Board