My Dad's favorite thing is food. He no longer enjoys his meals & he still coughs. Since the pureed food isn't helping with the aspiration and he hasn't gotten pneumonia only once and that was 6 months ago, can't he continue eating the mechanical soft diet he was on? Since Dad is now in a facility, it appears I have no choice in this, or at least the memory care is resisting this idea and the same with the speech therapist. But I am his proxy and want to do what is good for his quality of life. And I think his doctor would give me an order for the mechanical soft if I asked for it. Anyone have any experience on this topic?