Menu Planning / Meal Preparation

Are the residents encouraged to participate in menu planning and the preparation where possible?

Dining Experience

Does the dining room look welcoming

Are tables set with?

Linen Table Cloths and Napkins?

Cutlery and Non-Plastic Glasses

Place settings laid out correctly

Do staff create a relaxed and social atmosphere by limiting distractions and minimising noise?

Are residents offered the choice of sitting in either a wheelchair or an ordinary chair?

Are residents provided with an opportunity to make choices according to their preferences in order to:

Socialise with other residents

Socialise with staff?


Is the temperature in the dining area, when full, at a comfortable level?

Is the food served at a pace that is appropriate to all diners?

On a scale of 1 - 10 please rate the appearance of the plated food, where 1 is very poor and 10 is excellent.

Are snacks available as an alternative to large meals

Is there an interesting combination of textures and colours?


Does the food smell appetising?

Do unpleasant smells interfere with eating?

Taste test
On a scale of 1-10, where 1 is Very poor and 10 is excellent please rate the food for taste.

Was the food presented hot?

Is the food in keeping with cultural and religious food requirements of individual residents

Was the food served appropriate to the residents appetite?

Assistance and Support

Is the food cut up in a sensitive manner for those who cannot manage to do it for themselves?

Do residents receive discreet and appropriate support to eat a meal by

Do staff apply good standards of hygiene?

Was tea and coffee served or made available after the meal to allow residents time to relax and chat?

Are teapots, coffee and cold drink facilities available to enable residents to pour their own drinks?

Are hot drinks freshly made?


Had the residents been given a choice of at least 2 options of meals prior to having them served?

Are residents given appropriate time to savour their food before the next course is offered?

Are second helpings available?

Is a sweet trolley used to offer a variety of desserts?

Did resident 1 enjoy their mealtime experience and have they made any comments?

Did resident 2 enjoy their mealtime experience and have they made a comment?

Did resident 3 enjoy their mealtime experience and have they made a comment?

Please take a picture of the meal that has been served
Please demonstrate the choice that been offered.
Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.