Montessori Mealtimes: A Pathway to Person Centred Care for People Living with Dementia

Type: Video 36mins

Guest Lecture – Thursday 28 Jan 2021

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf

Mealtimes are a central aspect of daily life. In addition to meeting peoples’ nutritional needs, mealtimes provide an opportunity for social interaction, choice and independence, and are a way to honour an individual’s preferences, culture and identity.

Too often, mealtimes in residential care settings are highly proceduralised and focused on the task, rather than the individual needs and abilities of residents, and the psychosocial aspects of the dining experience.
This presentation showcases the impact of multifaceted mealtime interventions used to implement Montessori and person centred care principles within two residential memory support units in Western Australia and Victoria, as part of larger cultural change initiatives.

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Presentation SlidesPDF | File size: 444KB Post event Audience Q&APDF | File size: 94KB


  • Understand what Montessori mealtimes look like in residential care, and how they differ from a more traditional meal service
  • Consider how ‘Quality of Choice’ can be enhanced during mealtimes
  • Explore ways to measure change in the mealtime experience
  • Evaluate whether Montessori mealtime interventions can lead to more engaging, respectful and person centred dining experiences for residents living with dementia


Elizabeth Oliver

Elizabeth Oliver

Occupational Therapist Curtin University

Jane Cartwright

Jane Cartwright

Speech Pathologist & Lecturer Curtin University


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