John Rodwell, 73, was a resident of Norfolk Lodge Care Home in Hunstanton, Norfolk.
At the inquest opening in Norwich, area coroner Yvonne Blake said Mr Rodwell died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Lynn last year.
She recorded the medical cause of death as choking due to food aspiration.
The inquest opening heard Mr Rodwell, who had a sister, was born in Lewisham, London, and worked as a postman before he retired.
A full inquest will take place on next month.