Good food for elderly people
Maintaining a good diet can be difficult but especially so if they have problems with their dentures or a sore mouth. If this is the case you need to really think about what foods are going to be easy to eat and still contain nutritious elements.
Whilst this article will provide some ideas – it is essential to address what is causing the elderly person to struggle to eat. New dentures or treating the condition causing the sore mouth would help maintain overall health especially if thrush is the cause of the soreness.
When we have good teeth and healthy mouths it is difficult to imagine how challenging otherwise innocuous foods can be to someone elderly. Crackers and crisps become sharp when teeth are missing and tomato skins a choking hassard.
A simple tip here: prick the skin of the tomato and plunge into a mug of boiling water. This will allow you to peel the skin away.
One solution is to liquidise foods. Once again I learnt this the hard way, it takes more time but can be done in advance. Always liquidise the different components of the meal individually. No-one is going to find a brown dish of mixed pureed food tempting.
- Homemade 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
- Corned beef
- boiled ham
- Spinach and all veg cooked until soft
- cheese can be grated to make it easier to chew
- Mashed and boiled potato
- Biscuits dunked in tea – essential
- Weetabix made with hot milk
Whilst these are foods that can be tasty and healthy for someone elderly – it is essential that the issues causing the eating difficulty are addressed. New dentures or treating the condition causing the sore mouth would help maintain overall health.