Terri Jones
Dietary Manager
Abbyshire Place Skilled Nursing & Rehab

Soft Food vs Mechanical Soft Food

soft mechanical foodToday I would like to talk a little about the difference between soft food and mechanical soft food. Soft food diet is one that includes foods that are easy to chew and swallow and excludes foods with a hard texture. Mechanical soft food diet refers to using  equipment, such as a blender or processor.

When we should use these diets?

Examples : Following surgery , Doctors may recommend that people who have mouth, head or neck surgery be on a soft diet for a period of time. Cancer treatment Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy can make the digestive tract sore and inflamed condition known as mucositis.

Difficulty swallowing, people with difficulty swallowing may have what to called dysphagia. Doctors will assess people with dysphagia and will make the appropriate recommendations on individual needs rather it be for puree or mechanical soft diet textures.

Dental problems

A soft diet may be appropriate following dental implants, or tooth extractions.

A soft or mechanical soft diet might take a little time to get used to, but it can be a healthful diet to follow. Both diets can include foods from all food groups. As a rule it is best to avoid chewy, crunchy, and dry foods when following a soft diet.

As for our Team here at Abbyshire, we consult with the doctors and the Dietitian to make the best recommendations for each of our residents.