Apr 13, 2018 by Nancy Hmieleski, RN, BSN Director of Nursing
There are many reasons a doctor might suggest a soft food diet for a senior. One reason a senior might need to consume soft foods is because they are recovering from a surgical procedure that affected the digestive system. Or, they might have dental or oral problems that interfere with chewing and swallowing. Additionally, some medical conditions can make swallowing difficult because they interfere with the nerves or muscles involved. If your parent’s doctor has suggested a soft food diet, you might be wondering which foods they should eat.
What Is a Soft Food Diet?
A soft food diet is one that is comprised of foods that are soft or liquid. They are easy to chew and swallow. The foods in a soft food diet are cut into small pieces that make them even easier. They may be mashed, pureed, chopped, or ground. Some suggestions for preparing soft foods are:
Foods to Eat
It can sometimes be difficult to ensure an older adult gets all the nutrients they need on a soft food diet. Try to include foods from all food groups. Here are some suggestions:
Planning and preparing a soft food diet can be time consuming. If you find yourself struggling to keep up, a senior care provider can help. A senior care provider can plan meals and assist with grocery shopping. They can also cook the meals and ensure food is small enough to swallow. If your parent needs assistance eating, a senior care provider can help them to eat, too.
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