What to Do if Your Loved One Doesn't Swallow Food and Chokes
Avoid hard foods: popcorn, nuts, hard candy, hard raw vegetables (such as carrots), hot dogs (unless finely diced), grapes, apples.
Avoid foods that require a lot of chewing: celery, steak, chips.
Avoid sticky foods such as peanut butter.
Mash up foods or puree them in a blender or baby-food grinder; finely dice meat and cheese.
Choose nonsolids, such as puddings, gelatins, applesauce, small-curd cottage cheese.
Try nutritional supplement drinks (such as Ensure).
Be sure liquids aren’t too thin; they may be drunk too quickly, causing a choking hazard.
Choose thicker soups, purees, and smoothies, which are easiest for seniors with chewing and swallowing problems.