CHOICE+ Checklists

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.

CHOICE+ is made up of 6 principles:

  • Connecting – 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 calm and welcoming dining environment

Two tools were created as part of the CHOICE+ program to help teams in long-term care work towards achieving the CHOICE+ principles:


Mealtime Practices Checklist:  to encourage person-centred practices at mealtimes

Mealtime Practices Checklist   |   Instructions


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

Dining Room Checklist   |   Instructions


 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, 2017.