Foods for weight gain when elder has no teeth and history of potential aspiration. Any ideas?
This is more an answer than a question. I'm in the process of getting my father to gain weight after a hospitalization and being on feeding tube last fall. Dad and I went to gastroenterologist appointment yesterday and doctor gave me a list of foods that are soft enough to be swallowed easily with minimal chewing, and are calorie dense. It's mostly common sense stuff but I thought I'd share the list in case anyone else out there has a similar situation. Gastroenterologist gave me a list.
1. Mashed potatoes with lots of butter - doc said potatoes would bulk up my father quicker than anything else.
2. Haagen Dazs brand ice cream which is about twice the fat per serving as other ice creams. Doc was right about this, I couldn't believe it when I read label today.
3. Microwave waffles with lots of butter and syrup to soak the waffles in until they are soft.
4. Sloppy Joes sandwiches, or just the meat mixture, made with high fat hamburger.
5. Any kind of potato salad, macaroni salad, egg salad, tuna salad made with lots of real mayonnaise, and chopped up small enough to eat with minimal chewing.
6. Chocolate bars, specifically the kind where a small square can be broken off and sucked on until melted.
7. Scrambled eggs with melted cheese and finely chopped bacon.
Of course, dad gets the extra calorie Ensure Plus shakes as well, 2-3 per day.
Anyone have any simple-to-make foods you want to add to this list? I personally find that this list goes against my own natural tendency to want a diet high in vegetables and low in carbs, so it was helpful for me to get these tips. I'd love to hear from anyone who has also had to put weight on your elder/family member, and what foods you used to do it.