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
- Rice Pudding
- Soft bread/rolls
- Boiled eggs
- Scrambled eggs
- Fried eggs
- Poached eggs
- Skinless sausages
- Minced beef meals such as cottage pie