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 work towards achieving the CHOICE+ principles.
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 links below to learn more.
1. Mealtime Practices Checklist
Encourages person-centred practices at mealtimes
2. Dining Room Checklist
Helps to make dining rooms welcoming, comfortable, and enjoyable
3. 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.
These tools were funded in part by the Government of Ontario to the Schlegel Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care, and the University of Waterloo.
© Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging 2018