Enhancing the mealtime experience for older adults in long-term care

Relationships between team members and residents in long-term care can have a big impact on the mealtime experience. The atmosphere and physical aspects of the dining room also play a role in creating a relaxing and enjoyable dining environment.

CHOICE+ is an innovative program that enhances the mealtime experience in long-term care by focusing on relationships at mealtimes and creating an enjoyable environment.  CHOICE+ includes six principles:

  • Connecting – being social and making meaningful conversation
  • Honouring Dignity – respecting residents’ decisions, choices, and preferences
  • Offering Support – supporting residents based on their individual needs
  • Identity – knowing and accepting residents as unique individuals
  • Creating Opportunities – supporting active participation in mealtimes
  • Enjoyment – creating a calm and welcoming dining environment

These six online modules will introduce the principles of CHOICE+ using videos, checklists and self-reflection.  Each module is short and should take less than 3 minutes to complete.

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

Teams can use the CHOICE+ resources 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

CHOICE+ Resources:

Mealtime Practices Checklist:  Encourages person-centred practices at mealtimes

Dining Room Checklist:  Helps to make dining rooms welcoming, comfortable, and enjoyable

Access the checklists by visiting the RIA wesbite.

Online Education Modules:  Introduces the CHOICE+ principles using videos, checklists and self-reflection. Includes 6 modules. Each module takes less than 3 minutes to complete.

Access the modules by clicking ‘Let’s get started’ below.

CHOICE+ is an innovative training program created by Dr. Heather Keller (Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition and Aging, University of Waterloo/Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging) and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

These 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.

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