Feeding the elderly

Maintaining a good diet for an elderly person can be difficult enough anyway but if they have problems with their dentures or a sore mouth you need to really think about what they can eat.

This week one of my clients couldn’t eat the tea I had left him the night before. The crackers were too hard and the tomato skin was too tough.

I had heated a ready meal for him for his lunch and the same again, the chicken was too tough and so were the potatoes. I offered to liquidise it for him and he agreed. Yuck ! The resulting gloop looked disgusting and he said it reminded him of when he used to feed his dying wife. I felt awful. Eventually he settled for some soup and a yoghurt.

I then cooked for the freezer a chicken stew and tested it myself to ensure all the veg was really soft and the chicken was tender. When feeding the elderly we also need to remember they are not of the generation where veg was eaten almost “al dente”.

Other soft foods to consider include

  • Mashed potato
  • Home made soups packed with veg
  • Yoghurts
  • Blamanges
  • Custards
  • Rice Pudding
  • Semolina
  • Tapioca
  • Soft bread/rolls
  • Boiled eggs
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Fried eggs
  • Poached eggs
  • Skinless sausages
  • Fish
  • Minced beef meals such as cottage pie
  • Weetabix


Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference


  1. My husband makes meals for his mum who is 92 years old. Everytime he cooks a meal, he puts two plastic ‘take away’ containers next to our plates and puts extra meat and veg aside for his mum. He puts them in the freezer then delivers them on his next visit. She loves popping the meals in the microwave, without the bother of cooking from scratch. She seemes very healthy as a result. In addition cranberry juice seems popular with older people, especially served in a wine glass. Cheers! Doris Sheridan

    1. Hello Doris,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment on Caron Cares. Your husband is certainly very organised and thoughtful. Cranberry juice is great for older people as it helps to prevent urinary tract infections which are so common in that age group. Anther thing I have found handy is that when making a cheese sauce or gravy – freeze it in an ice-cube trays and then just to defrost what is needed for each future meal.
      Thanks again for commenting
      Best wishes

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